My old Canon XTi vesus my new Canon T2i

A friend has asked me to compare the image quality between my two cameras.  My first camera was a Canon XTi and I bought this for my Laos trip, it has 10.1 megapixels.  The camera came with a kit lens and the image below was taken on April 24, 2008. I was standing right below the nest and even on top of a chair to get closer.  This was not a good idea and the mommy and daddy robins came to chase me away, I almost fell of a chair. I knew then that this was not going to work for me.

I was so unhappy with the quality of the image, the clarity was not there and I couldn’t zoom in close enough to get the image that I want and that’s when I decided to buy a walk around wide angle lens EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Notice I didn’t waste any time, this image below was taken on May 2, 2008 standing from the inside of my house shooting through my window. This is exactly what I’m looking for, but sadly the lens cost more than my camera.

The image below of Lee was taken on July 2008 with my old XTi at Wat Lao Buddhavong in VA.

Then this image below of Lee was taken on April 2010 with the T2i, it has 18.0 megapixel, and note that I’m still using the same lens.  I was actually very happy with my old camera and the only reason that I upgraded was because I was looking for a better video camera.  The point and shoot didn’t do a good job as the image was too small and I didn’t have the ability to adjust the focus like the way I wanted, here is a video of The Exhibition, Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee that I shot with my Nikon CoolPix S630. The T2i video feature seems to work better for me, less gear to carry around also and I’m very happy with the video quality that the T2i has to offer.  This video of Lyra Shines shows the true 1080HD that the T2i has to offer, note again that this is not the kit lens.

July 2009 at Wat Lao Buddhavong taken with my old XTi

July 2010 taken with T2i, notice that the image is a lot sharper.

July 2008 at Wat Lao Buddhavong taken with my old XTi

July 2010 taken with the T2i

July 2008 at Wat Lao Buddavong taken with my old XTi

July 2010 taken with the T2i

I’m very happy with the image quality of the T2i, and now learning to use the manual setting on my camera.

If I have a choice and can do it all over again, I would choose the Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD and 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens.  This has everything that I need, whether it be the 1080HD movie feature and the price is about the price of my camera plus the lens.


  1. Congratulations with your camera Nye.
    I think there are major improvements in your images – although it should be judged with full size images.
    The image with Lee in her yellow t-shirt is very lovely.
    btw, I’m using the EOS 7D with a 15-85 mm lens. It is good.

    • Hi Carsten, thanks for the feed back, this will help my friend in deciding and hopefully he will purchase the one that this dollar will stretch the most. I have to admit that I’ve made a mistake. As for now, this works well for me.

  2. Sometimes it is cheaper to get the camera you NEED instead of the camera you can afford. I put off upgrading to a Nikon D300 because, even though it was better than my old camera, I knew the Nikon D700 was what I needed and wanted for my photography. After this weekend, I know I made the right decision.

    That decision saved me about $1500 in the long run.

    • Scott, I totally agreed. I think when you are new at this, you really don’t know what you need and thinking more in terms of what you could afford. The knowledge and feel of what you need came after ward, just like me and by then I already made a costly mistake.

      As for me, it’s not as bad since the lens more than made up for it. If I get really good at this photography, I promise myself that I would get a better camera. 🙂

  3. Thank you for showing us the difference of the two cameras via photos. My husband will love comparing them and reading your review.

  4. It’s been years since I have been to the Wat Lao Buddhavong temple, things haven’t changed much, have they.

    • Hi Lyn, it’s still about the same there, not much progress in terms of improving the temple and less people attended the event this year than the previous years, you can tell by the photos of the alms giving. I think most local temples have July 4th celebration now, so most don’t want to travel to attend this event.

  5. If I have a choice, I would had picked the 5DmarkII but I am much too poor for this amazing camera!!! I need to invest in new lens as well…

  6. Congrats on the purchase Nye 🙂

    And wow, I take my eyes off this blog for a little while and you’ve got a new camera 😀

    • Hi Will, thanks. The purchase is per need basis and I bought it in April of this year, just had a chance to blog about it now. 🙂

  7. Nye – Nice job on comparison between the two models of camera. What I need to invest on next is a good flash. The build in flash is not going to cut it.

    • seeharhed, the built in flash is not so great for indoor photography. So far I didn’t feel the need to have one and rely mostly on natural lighting. Let me know what kind you get, I might need one also in the future.

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