LOOKS AND BUILD QUALITY
OverlallThis camera has the same look as you would expect from any DSLR camera, it's easy to hold and is a decent size. Personally I don't like the silver and black finish, but the resultant durability from the materials used means you can drop it (and I have on many occasions) without doing much damage.
The Rebel XTi comes with an automatic mode that sets everything for you. This is great for taking a quick picture, and the settings are normally just about right, resulting in a good quality photo very quickly. The image quality of the 10.1 megapixel sensor is average, but with different lenses the quality can be improved immensely, I have the stock 18-55mm lens as well as a 75-300mm lens from Canon which tend to be the best.
The manual mode on the the camera allows you to cusomise every setting, from the ISO to the white balance, allowing you to produce different sorts of images suited to your needs rather than relying on the auto mode. The shutter speed can go up to 1/4000 of a second, making it easy to shoot fast moving objects, and paired with a longer lens this camera makes the perfect tool to take photos of sport of wildlife for an amateur photographer.
VIEWING AND EDITING IMAGES
Personally I find the software that comes with any electronical product badly made and slow to use, and this is no exception. You're much better off simply buying an adaptor for the CF card and transferring pictures manually, this gives you more and control and is much easier to do. Photoshop is an obvious choice for editing photos, but it's all down to you which program you use to get that perfect photo. The quality of the images produced means that photos can be blown up to fantastic sizes, plenty big enough for your wall.
The Canon EOS Rebel XTi is the perfect camera for a beginner. Although it may not be the flashiest looking, or come with the same diverse set of features as other cameras, it's fantastic for taking high quality photos with very little effort.