'But the EVF isn't great; it's low resolution, which makes it hard to use for manual focus, too contrasty and a bit jerky on the refresh.'
'The compact body comes at the expense of the through-the-lens optical viewfinder found in traditional DSLRs.'
'This is great for those shooting outdoors in bright sunlight (little reflection means you can still see what you are doing) and it also means that no matter what angle you are looking at the screen, you can see clearly what you are trying to take pictures of.'
'However, you'll want to put the camera on a tripod while your shooting video and try not to zoom too much while filming - these actions can result in a 'wobbly' image, especially when viewed on an HDTV.'
'I love how small and lightweight it is but still find it too slow--the maximum aperture of f/3.5 simply doesn't let in enough light and doesn't allow for a shallow enough depth of field for my purposes.'
'The T1i can capture video at 1080p, but that's at 20 frames per second, rather than at 24, 30, or 60 fpsâ??which is what's required for the video to look truly fluid. 720p30 video captured on the T1i is more natural-looking than 1080p20 video.'
'And while the screen does show very fine detail, it's still not good enough for assessing subtle focus problems.'
'It does tend to underexpose--I rarely use exposure compensation, but bumped it up a stop for many of my shots with the XSi--and you might need to kick the sharpness settings up a little to your taste.'
'A roomy 3-inch live-view LCD sits on the back of the camera, but it isn't a high-resolution LCD as some higher-end digital SLRs have.'
'A more sensitive cross-type AF sensor has been employed in the centre of the diamond-shaped nine-point array, but we noticed some focus inaccuracies at the wider end using the new 18-55mm IS kit zoom.'
'the menus can be irritating, a little inconsistent and sometimes dumb.'
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