In 2006, I saw a review on TV for the Powershot A410, and I decided that a compact was a good match for my needs. For it's size and price, this turned out to be an outstanding camera with great automated functions and some basic custom features. I still have it as a backup. In 2012 I decided to get a little more serious so I picked up a Rebel T3 / 18-55 IS II lens kit along with a 55-250 IS II lense. With this camera, I learned that I have a pretty strong interest in photography. As I learned more about my shooting style, and the features and strengths of the T3, I eventually saw a need for something a little more advanced, however I wanted to be able to make use of my EFS lenses for the short term. When I found out that the t3i had been discontinued, I decided that I had better get one while I could still find a brand new one. I have low vision, and can't use touch screen cameras because the proximity sensor shuts the screen off when I get close enough to see it, so I took advantage of my last chance at a good crop body and picked up a T3i / 18-55 IS II kit so I could sell my old one. The T3i lived up to my expectations. In many ways it's similar to the t3 but offers a more advanced image sensor, an articulated screen and more external controls, which I have already found to be a big help after 2 months of light use. Articles I've read state that the Canon lens lineup is the best in the industry, both in terms of clearity and focal length. For this reason, I plan to stick with Canon products. They have done well for me so far, and both old models are still working perfectly. The image sensors in the new Rebel Tx take full advantage of the abilities of the kit lenses, so my next step is to get a faster portrait lens, and eventually a faster telephoto zoom. I still haven't seen the full extent of this camera's abilities.