Oh how I LOVE my new camera...oops, did I say "my" new camera? What I meant to say was "our" new camera. I have to say "our" because I have to share it with my husband. He likes to play family photographer too. Which is good I suppose, mostly, except for when we both want the camera at the same time. Something about "sharing" and "playing nice" comes to mind...but I'd rather they didn't, because when it comes to this new camera...I want to shout, "IT'S MIIINE!" Yep, real mature right? It's the camera's fault. It's just too awesome not to be stingy with.
We've been dreaming of upgrading our Canon Rebel Xti to a 5D for quite some time now, BUT then Allan visited our local camera shop to purchase a new point-and-shoot (this little number which is awesome by the way!) and he started asking the camera shop guy questions. He always does that. Asks lots of questions. Which is good, except for when it leads him to a new item that he really wants to buy...anyhoo, this time it led him to the Rebel T3i. After lots of talking, comparing, and questions, Allan was pretty much sold on the T3i being our next camera. He came home and told me all about it...I however, was NOT convinced (after all, I'd been dreaming of a 5D for a loooong time). I needed some serious convincing! So Allan did some research online. Found some great info and he actually ended up talking me into it! I'm so glad he did. So far we LOVE this camera. Our biggest complaint with our Xti was that it didn't perform well in low light conditions. The T3i does. Much less grain in photos at higher ISO settings. This was definitely a good upgrade for us, especially at the much cheaper price tag! We found out the T3i actually has the same sensor as the 60D and 7D. You can check out this blog post by Allan that expounds on this. Oh, and this camera has HD video too!