[All prices discussed are in CAD$.]
Today, I did some quick research. Right now, you can get a Canon T1i for $900, and a 50D for $1100. The difference is a paltry $200, but the 50D is a far superior camera. The only “advantage” of the T1i is HD movie recording.
Similarly, you can get a Nikon D5000 for $750, and a D90 for $1000. The difference is a mere $250, but the D90 is a far superior camera. The only “advantage” of the D5000 is an articulating LCD screen.
How cheap are consumers? Would you give up a far superior camera just to save $200 or $250 ??
Would you give up a far superior camera just for the sake of movie mode or swivel LCD ??
Just how stupid are consumers?
One final thought: right now, you can get a Canon XSi for $600. Would you pay an extra $300 for the T1i, just to get movie mode, VGA screen, and 15 mp ? The T1i’s IQ is no better than the XSi’s, unless you plan to equip it with a very good lens (NOT the kit lens).
Frankly, I wouldn’t pay an extra dollar for movie mode (but I’ll take it for free!). While the VGA screen is nice, it’s certainly not worth $300. So it boils down to whether or not you intend to load up on good glass for your camera…
…in which case, the difference in cost is a lot higher than $300. If you can afford that, you might as well make the extra leap to the Canon 50D !
In other words, if you’re in the market for something like a Canon XSi, there is absolutely no reason to consider the midrange T1i. If you’re swimming in this pond, you are clearly budget-constrained…
And that’s the way it is.