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I'm lucky enough to get to use pretty much all DSLR, when students bring them on my workshops, and I have to figure them out in order to explain their functions.
I use 450Ds as loan cameras, and 5D for myself, but I was pleasantly surprised at this little camera from Canon.
Mega pixels aside (18 is more than you're ever likely to need), this camera is packed with features. The pull out screen is a first for Canon, and undoubtedly useful. We've all held a camera about our heads or at ground level (and if not - why not?!), so having access to the screen and live view is useful. Not sure though if you can auto focus when in liveview, which my 5D mkII can't.
The high ISO really sets this camera apart. 25600 was unthinkable just a couple of years ago, and can really make the difference between getting a shot and getting blur.
I also think the inclusion of a spirit level is a small but useful bit of thinking. It's always better to compose accurately in-camera than afterwards.