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Im getting a DSLR in a few weeks and I was wondering if I should just go ahead and get the XSI I decided on or would it not be a bad idea to get something lower down the line? Since megapixels dont have anything to do with image quality would getting something with 10 megapixels or even 8 be a bad idea?
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I can tell you from personal experience that megapixels is only a fraction of the equation, I still shoot on 10mp bodies, and see no need for more at this time. I still occasionally shoot a 20d for backup which is 8mp and with the right glass it still takes amazing pictures. The XSI is a nice body, but you have to ask yourself what kind of shooting are you planning on doing.

Things to consider are: Glass you'll be using, if you want a more "professional body", what image processor each body have (even if shooting raw), AF system's in each body, if you need video or not (my personal opinion is video is great but I'm buying a camera to shoot photo's not video myself so I'll gladly give up video to have other features) these are just a few of the things to think about. Personally I'd say go for a 40d or 50d and some nice glass and you wont regret it!
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The XSi is a great entry level DSLR.. I see no reason to not go with it, if it's in your budget then by all means get it or if you have a bigger budget get something better and just take your time learning it before buying a ton of lenses and accessories.
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Where are you? Maybe you and robilar could agree on shipping and you could buy his D3000 its a pretty nice camera for a beginner one!

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i wouldnt say MP has nothing to do with IQ. it is just a part of IQ, like noise or dynamic range or color.

the rebel xsi is a fine camera for landscape or even static model photographers, but once you start getting into sports or photography you will want a more professional body. as JeremyFr has said the canon 40d/50d are great bodies, actually in that class will serve you just fine (eg. nikon d90, sony a550, pentax k7, etc).
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I wouldnt say I have a budget but if I could spend less than 500 on the camera and the lens that would be cool
This is the Xsi im considering, but if I can get a cheaper/ older camera and be happy with it then id rather do that instead of spending 500+
http://www.adorama.com/ICADRXSIBKRA.html
that has the bag, memory card, extra battery etc thats why im looking at it.

I dont need video, and dont know much about image processing AF system and what not.

ive also been looking at cameras on keh.com
like
http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digi...991179220?r=FE
http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digi...991014550?r=FE
http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digi...990934030?r=FE
stupid question but If I got the Japanese Xsi or XT would the menus be in Japanese? lol
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Any reason why you are only choosing Canon cameras?
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You can usually find your own gear used on POTN and such. A used Rebel XSi goes for around $340. An 18-55mm IS can be had for $90, an 8GB SD card new for $10, a cheap bag for $30 new, and you'd end up with ~$475 price tag.
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Read and learn (about photography, not cameras): http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech.htm

And enjoy shooting!
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Any reason why you are only choosing Canon cameras?
Why not? they're the only company that still makes everything that goe's into their camera's, they don't outsource anything to anyone and that keeps me a loyal Canon person myself.
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