Pro Slr

Pro Slr
I am looking for a new semi-pro Digital Slr.?

Am am currently debating between the Cannon 20D or the Cannon Rebel Xti, since they are comparable in price. Which is better overall? Some of the more important features for me are that the camera’s pictures look good at high iso settings, and can get good shots in low light, and have the least of amount of noise as possible. I am open to other camera’s in this price range as well.

Between the 20D and 400D, I wouldn’t hesitate to get the 20D. If image quality at high ISO (> 800) is as high a priority as it seems to be, you needn’t look at the competition.

Please note that the 20D goes up to ISO 3200 and the 400D tops out at ISO 1600. If you plan on shooting in VERY poor light, the 400D might be a non-starter.

Here are in-depth reviews for both models with sample pictures at various ISO settings:
20D: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos20d/page28.asp
400D: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos400d/page29.asp

As for other brands, I personally use a Nikon D200. The Nikon D80 is another nice choice. These models are more expensive than their Canon counterparts (the 30D and 400D) but for this you get a better all around camera. I regularly use my D200 at ISO 800 and even at 1600, but 2000 and above is really pushing it. Nikon and Canon are both excellent up to ISO 800, but beyond that Canon takes an ever bigger lead.
The Pentax K10D is another great camera in this price range, but its main selling points are build quality and value for money – it doesn’t match Canon in terms of image quality… at any ISO level. Neither does the Sony A100, etc..
Here are some side by side Canon-Nikon-Pentax samples: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxk10d/page14.asp

Okay, back to the 20D/ 400D. The Canon 20D is a semi-pro model. Compared to the 400D, you get:
* 5 frames per second vs. 3
* a metal body vs. plastic
* a shutter rated for 100,000 actuations vs. 50,000
* more features
* good ergonomics vs. a tiny grip and having to dive into the menu to change important settings

The 20D is practically identical to the current 30D, so it’s very interesting to see the 20D selling for just $900 retail.

The 400D is an entry level model. It’s also newer than the 20D, and this in itself offers a few advantages:
* more megapixels (although 10 vs. 8 is not a noticeable improvement until you start printing posters)
* a built-in dust reduction system.
* a larger LCD screen (2.5 inches vs. 1.8)
* scene modes (improves ease of use for a beginner)

Like I said, between these two models, I’d get the 20D.

Have you thought about lenses yet?

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