Until last fall there were no digital SLRs that shot movies. Now, with the introduction of the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, there will be three, as this $800 model (body only) joins the larger, more expensive Nikon D90 and Canon 5D Mark II in the elite video club.
Similar in size and shape to the popular Canon Rebel XSi, the T1i boosts image resolution, screen resolution and maximum ISO compared to its predecessor, and also steps up to the Digic 4 processor. The big news, though, is 1080p video in a sub-$1000 camera.
Canon gave us hands-on access to a pre-release version of the T1i. In a rare move, they even gave us permission to share some sample photos and videos with you (with the understanding that the quality may be different when the final camera ships). Overall, we found this well-designed newcomer easy to like. Here's why.