What’s The Top Rated Canon Digital Camera?

Given the popularity of digital cameras these days, and the popularity of Canon cameras, you’d think I would have a lot of readers interested in the answer to that question.  Well, your right there are.  I’ve been writing about the top rated digital cameras for a long time, and Canon consistently seems to land in the top ten lists of just about every digital camera reviewer on the planet.  And with good reason.  First of all, they do their homework, and understand what customers want.  Secondly, they produce such a wide range of models, that it’s pretty much impossible not to find a Canon camera that will fill your needs.  Thirdly, they make a reliable quality product that’s easy to use.  Let’s elaborate a little more on those points shall we.

Even though you may have decided that you want a Canon digital camera, there are a few more things we need to know.  While the best Canon camera for me might be the the Digital Rebel XSi SLR, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you.  You need to decide, if you want a point and shoot, or an SLR camera.  Ease of use was the prime deciding factor in this decision a few years ago, but that’s no longer the case.  With all the automatic modes included with a SLR camera, there’s really a very marginal difference between taking pictures with a SLR, and taking pictures with a point and shoot.  Which is really pretty nice, since nowadays there’s no real reason why a first time camera owner shouldn’t buy a SLR right from the start.  The big bonus of course being that you will get far better pictures.

If your buying a camera for the first time, or simply an SLR for the first time, go with a Canon Rebel XT, XTi, or XSi.  They’re all very good, with the XSi being the newest model and the XT the oldest.  Budget could be a deciding factor here.  Amazon has the best prices on the Rebel line I’ve seen anywhere.

The other consideration is of course budget.  While there may not be much difference between point and shoots and SLR’s when it comes to ease of use, there still is a big difference in price.  While a decent point and shoot can be had for a couple of hundred bucks, an entry level SLR will still start around $600.  If however, I was going to buy a Canon point and shoot, I’d get a SD870IS.  It’s got a ton of features, and last time I looked Amazon was selling them for about $260.  That’s an amazing price for a lot of camera.  A few months from now that may change, but today you can’t go wrong with that.

One other item not to worry about, is size.  There’s is a common misnomer, that SLRs are complicated and require a lot of gear to haul around.  Sure you can if want to.  But carrying a Canon around with just a basic kit lens (8-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) is barely bigger than a standard point and shoot.  No need to be changing lenses, unless you really want to.  The basic SLR lens is also going to be far better quality then any point and shoot lens.


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