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I am a high school student and I have been wanting to get into photography ever since my sister bought a t2i. I've been thinking about getting a DSLR, but I realized that I have nowhere near enough money. lol. So now I decided to get a compact. I was thinking of something like an S95, but now I'm not too sure because it's still pretty pricey. I want something to get me used to having full manual control. Any recommendations?
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I am a high school student and I have been wanting to get into photography ever since my sister bought a t2i. I've been thinking about getting a DSLR, but I realized that I have nowhere near enough money. lol. So now I decided to get a compact. I was thinking of something like an S95, but now I'm not too sure because it's still pretty pricey. I want something to get me used to having full manual control. Any recommendations?
$200 point and shoots like the Sony H55 and Panazonic ZS5/ZS7 have manual controls.

If you're looking at the S95 though, that's $400, which can easily get you a used DSLR setup. A refurbed Rebel XS can be had from Canon for the same price.
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$200 point and shoots like the Sony H55 and Panazonic ZS5/ZS7 have manual controls.

If you're looking at the S95 though, that's $400, which can easily get you a used DSLR setup. A refurbed Rebel XS can be had from Canon for the same price.
wow. I did not see that. lol. Dang. You just made things difficult. Now I have to decide between spening all I got on the XSi or spending about half
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wow. I did not see that. lol. Dang. You just made things difficult. Now I have to decide between spening all I got on the XSi or spending about half
How serious are you/do you want to be with photography?

If you just want a camera for those "life moments", I think a point and shoot would be enough. If you want to pursue photography as a hobby/art, then you should seriously consider the DSLR

EDIT: Oh, and it's a Rebel XS I linked, not an XSi.
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How serious are you/do you want to be with photography?

If you just want a camera for those "life moments", I think a point and shoot would be enough. If you want to pursue photography as a hobby/art, then you should seriously consider the DSLR

EDIT: Oh, and it's a Rebel XS I linked, not an XSi.
Lol. oops. I'm always used to seeing the i after. I'm pretty sure I'm pretty serious. I read your guide and I always have fun playing with my sister's t2i (I know you'd rather I say 550D). I think I'll go with the XS depending how well my birthday goes in terms of money. And I hear Canon has a loyalty program. Would I be able to apply it to this camera? And can I send any Canon camera...even if it's not broken? sorry for being such a noob.
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Lol. oops. I'm always used to seeing the i after. I'm pretty sure I'm pretty serious. I read your guide and I always have fun playing with my sister's t2i (I know you'd rather I say 550D). I think I'll go with the XS depending how well my birthday goes in terms of money. And I hear Canon has a loyalty program. Would I be able to apply it to this camera? And can I send any Canon camera...even if it's not broken? sorry for being such a noob.
No worries

The CLP actually has a nice price, $319 for the XS with 18-55mm lens.

You can only send in a broken Canon camera. Lucky for you there's tons of them on sale. You can easily find one for $15 or so.

There's more info on this thread here, as well as prices of all DSLRs under CLP.

At $319, that XS looks like a hell of a deal
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No worries

The CLP actually has a nice price, $319 for the XS with 18-55mm lens.

You can only send in a broken Canon camera. Lucky for you there's tons of them on sale. You can easily find one for $15 or so.

There's more info on this thread here, as well as prices of all DSLRs under CLP.

At $319, that XS looks like a hell of a deal
awesome. my sister has a broken g5 that maybe I could convince her to let me use. lol
Is there any significant difference between the xs and the xsi?
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awesome. my sister has a broken g5 that maybe I could convince her to let me use. lol
Is there any significant difference between the xs and the xsi?
The XSi has a larger screen, slightly larger viewfinder (although both are still pentamirror), slightly faster burst rate (+.5 FPS, which is barely noticeable anyways), higher resolution sensor (12MP vs 10MP), two more AF points, spot metering, and a larger buffer.

Both cameras have the same IQ and same noise performance. Personally, if you're willing to buy used, you should check out KEH and POTN. You usually see XSi kits with 18-55mm IS lenses go for ~$400 on there. It's one of those things you don't really appreciate until you get into photography, but those two extra AF points + spot metering really matter to me.

However, the XS is still a damn good camera, and especially given your budget, I have a hard time passing up one for $319 via CLP. It's a very great DSLR, and in the end it really is up to the photographer when it comes to how great images are.
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Can anybody recommend me a lens, because I found an xsi body for only $260 on Craigslist.
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everyone will probably tell you to buy a 50mm f/1.8 - so go with that
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