Stating the obvious!
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14-04-10, 05:25 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Hello S Lover,
I believe Paul's review was aimed at both those who have never owned an SLR and want to try out the sophistication of Digital SLR photography, as well as existing owners by showing what has changed in the last 3 to 4 years. To do this, Paul compared the 550d to the 400d in order to assess whether the new Canon would make a worthy upgrade from the 400d. It's a subjective proposition because you may not be in the market for an upgrade for any number of reasons.
Personally, I was very interested in Paul's verdict as I trust his opinion. Ok, so he got the ISO button business wrong on the 400d, but if you own the 400d you would know that anyway.
All the same, I'm glad you raised the issue as I am sorely tempted to purchase the 550d and sell my 400d. I wouldn't want any potential purchaser of my old camera to be put off if they valued a dedicated button for switching ISO to the extent that it may become a deal breaker.
As far as HD video is concerned, we are just going to have to accept that this technology has been introduced into most new models throughout the range, as it has with most other manufacturors. Just because it's available doesn't mean you have to use it.
If your main usage is for shooting video then buy a Hi def camcorder, which incidently will have the additional ability to shoot stills, as video cameras have been able to do for the last 20 years!
So long as new digital SLR's continue to make improvements in still image photography then I won't be upset if they can shoot video, make phone calls, surf the net or play mp3's.
Now there's a thought, maybe I'd better hang on 'til the 600d comes out...............
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