Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I can't speak specifically on the Canon models, but I would strongly suggest going with your daughter to a couple of photography/camera-specific stores and talking to some people there.
There are a lot of features that she may or may not want, or might be good in the future. A good salesman at a camera store will be able to tell you the differences between the 10(ish) different Canon DSLR cameras. Also look at other brands, such as Nikon, and see how they compare. There may be features you like on one brand rather than the other. Or more imporantly, the button placement or the way the camera feels in your/her hand might be better for one camera than the other.
I personally shoot with Nikon cameras because when I was looking for my first camera (15 years ago), I liked the button layout of the Nikon cameras. Now, after purchasing a dozen lenses over the years and two camera bodies, I'm stuck with Nikon products unless I want to sell off everything and start over (Which I won't because I love their products), but there's an example of how a quick decision now can make a difference in the long run.
The other thing you might want to look at is a different lens. I know that many cameras come with different lenses in kits. You can also buy the camera body by itself and the lenses by themselves. Again, a good salesman will be able to tell you the difference between the lenses. You don't need to spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on lenses to begin with, but make sure you know you're getting the right one.