Since the digital photography boom, the prices for high quality digital cameras with manual features, or what we call prosumer cameras, have decreased significantly. This has made it easier for amateur photographers, parents who want to take great photos of their family, and hobbyists to afford high quality D-SLRs.
Canon is one of the highest quality and best reviewed camera brands on the market, for both amateurs and professionals alike. For the average consumer or a photographer just starting out the Canon Rebel T2I offers superb manual controls in ISO (100-6400), aperture, and f-stop; while also offering automatic presets for those not quite ready to venture into the manual world. The T2I also shoots 18.1 megapixels on a DIGIC 4 Image Processor for intense quality photos. Finally, you can view those photos or 1080P video immediately on the 3.2 inch LCD preview screen.
Whether you are just starting out in photography, or want to capture important life milestones with ease but still maintain the quality — the Rebel T2I is an excellent choice. It has all the qualities of a professional camera body for a little less price. All Canon lenses attach with ease allowing you to expand whenever you are ready.