Canon Rebel XSi Reviews and Resources

by on September 27, 2007

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Canon has announced the new EOS Rebel XSi, which is a 12.2 megapixel consumer level DSLR that packs a ton of “pro” upgrades. At the Rebel XSi’s initial introduction it was available in a body-only configuration for $799 and a kit configuration with the new EF-S 18-55mm IS lens for $899. It is now substantially less.  You can order each of these configurations at Amazon via the following links.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi (body only)

Canon EOS Rebel XSi w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS lens

See the reviews and other info below for further details on this impressive new camera.

Canon Rebel XSi Key Features

  • 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • 3.5 frames per second
  • 3.0” LCD with Live View shooting
  • 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type center point
  • Picture Style image processing parameters
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
  • Compact and Lightweight body
  • Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlights

Photography Bay Resources

Canon Rebel XSi Full Review

Canon Rebel XSi Sample Images

Canon Rebel XSi Reviews

Bob Atkins

The image quality is surprisingly close to that the the EOS 40D and EOS 50D, but the cost is significantly lower. Of course it has fewer features too, such as a smaller ISO range, no rear Quick Control Dial, a slower continuous drive rate, a smaller buffer etc.

NeoCamera

The Canon Rebel XSi is finally a more complete camera than any Rebel before it.

DigiCamReview.com

Image quality is good – with excellent colour, with high levels of saturation and contrast. Noise is acceptable higher than average compared to the competition, but is low up to ISO400 and detail is good.

PhotographyBLOG

Image quality is on a par with the EOS 400D, with noise-free images up to ISO 800 and a very usable fastest speed of 1600, so usable that I don’t understand why the EOS 450D doesn’t also offer ISO 3200.

DP Review

The EOS 450D feels like a mature product, it is capable of superb results (even if it’s actually now good enough to reveal the limitations of the cheaper EF-S lenses) and it has a feature set that offers an excellent balance between beginner-friendly ease of use and the manual control / customization demanded by those wanting something a little more serious.

PopPhoto

It scored Excellent image quality throughout its ISO 100-1600 range, based on Excellent resolution (2265 lines average), Excellent color accuracy, and noise levels that ranged from Very Low at ISO 100 to Moderately Low at ISO 1600.

Digital Trends

. . . it’s very easy to recommend the Canon Rebel XSi. It’s a fast-focusing, speedy D-SLR that delivers excellent photos both indoors and outside. At 12.2-megapixels, the camera also has more than enough resolution for huge prints, and you can just shoot in auto or tweak images as much as you’d like.

Let’s Go Digital

After testing the Canon EOS 450D I am really satisfied with the camera. It is a perfect camera for everybody. If you are just starting with (digital) photography or if you are a bit more experienced, and whether or not you switch from a compact camera, the Canon 450D enables you to take excellent pictures.

The Digital Picture

I’m very pleased (actually somewhat surprised) with the improvements delivered by the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D. It will be a worthwhile upgrade for many XTi / 400D owners – it is a lot of camera for the money for anyone purchasing it.

Steve’s Digicams

The XSi’s image quality is excellent, and has improved at high ISO settings over the former model. Images were consistently well exposed with natural color saturation and accurate white balance. When shooting portrait style photos, skin tones were also very pleasant. Noise is absent from test images shot at ISO 100 and ISO 200, barely detectable in shadow areas at ISO 400 and 800, and noticeable in shadow areas at ISO 1600, but these images are still very usable.

Camera Labs

In use, the 450D / XSi feels very responsive and quicker than its predecessor. The viewfinder is visibly a little bigger than the 400D / XTi, which itself is bigger than the Sony A350’s. The continuous shooting may only be half a frame per second faster than the 400D / XTi, but you really do get 3.5fps in practice and it’s much quicker than the 2.35fps reality of the A350.

Cnet

It doesn’t stand out for its feature set or design, but the Canon EOS Rebel XSi delivers on performance and photo quality.

Gizmodo Hands-On

Shooting produced a more satisfying click than than the XTi as well and the autofocus was definitely snappy. We obviously couldn’t subject it to lotsa photo tests right here, but if the specs and our bit of time add up correctly, this is the new entry-level DSLR king.

Bob Atkins (Features Compared to XTi & 40D)

I’d say the new XSi looks like a real improvement over the XTi in terms of features and usability. Image quality will probably be quite similar. For someone upgrading from a P&S digicam it looks like a very good camera, and that fact that it uses SD cards (which most P&S digicams also do these days) could be a plus.

DP Review Hands-On Preview

Although you can’t really see it when looking from above the EOS 450D’s grip has been redesigned slightly, and it’s a big improvement, though we’d still rather use the camera with the optional battery grip attached. The overall handling and ergonomics have been improved slightly, though again, this isn’t a major redesign.

Do you see a review somewhere that should be added? Drop a line in the comments or an email and I’ll get it on here.

Canon Rebel XSi Sample Images

DP Review Samples

Canon Japan (low-res)

Canon Japan (full size 1)

Canon Japan (full size 2)

Other Canon Rebel XSi Resources

Canon USA Rebel XSi Home

Canon Rebel XSi Videos

Where to Buy Canon Rebel XSi

If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices.

Canon Rebel XSi Press Release

Canon ‘Beefs Up’ the New Rebel With Optically Image Stabilized Lens Kit and ‘Pro’ Features

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 23, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s EOS Rebel series of digital single lens reflex cameras – the cameras that defined and refined what it means to be an “entry level” digital SLR – have now redefined the gateway prowess and “pro-ness” of the DSLR category with the introduction of the line’s new leader, the 12.2-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi camera. Incorporating a number of high-end functions and technology found in Canon’s professional SLR models, the EOS Rebel XSi camera boasts an improved autofocus sensor, enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion, an advanced Live View function, and the proprietary DIGIC III image processor. When paired with any of the more than 60 compatible Canon EF and EF-S lenses, including optically image stabilized EF-S lenses like the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS – now included in the EOS Rebel XSi kit – or the new EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, the EOS Rebel XSi DSLR delivers images that will delight and inspire family and friends at an entry level price tag.

“This new EOS Rebel XSi camera is the answer for those who have been waiting to make the leap from digital point-and-shoot to digital SLR or from an older SLR to the latest generation of advanced technology, while still including the creative controls their old camera afforded them,” states Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Luxury Feel and Function
At first glance, one notices the Rebel XSi’s large, 3-inch LCD monitor, enhanced from the 2.5-inch screen on the Digital Rebel XTi model. The larger 230,000 pixel screen makes it easier for users to review images and scroll through the Rebel XSi camera’s menus. The larger-sized display provides the ability to use a larger font size for menu text, making it easier than ever to read settings and options. The new screen also features a broadened color gamut, seven brightness settings for easy viewing under a variety of shooting conditions and a wide viewing perspective in all directions.

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The EOS Rebel XSi camera features a substantial yet streamlined profile, with curved edges, contoured surfaces, conveniently placed controls and comfortably constructed rubber grip and thumb rest that all contribute to fatigue-reducing hand fit. The camera body is constructed of a rugged yet lightweight combination of stainless steel and polycarbonate embedded with glass fiber. The chassis exterior is enrobed in a durable ABS and Polycarbonate resin and offered in a choice of silver or black finishes.

Improved Image Quality
At the heart of the new EOS Rebel XSi is its newly designed 12.2 megapixel APS-C size Canon CMOS sensor. This new sensor employs large microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and enhance sensitivity up to ISO 1600, which is ideal for high-quality images in low light. The APS-C size sensor retains a 1.6x focal length conversion factor compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film format cameras.

Another image quality enhancement is the upgrade of the Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process to a 14-bit A/D processor. The inclusion of the 14-bit A/D process means the Rebel XSi camera records up to 16,384 colors per channel and allows the camera to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. This is ideal for shooting outdoors where subtle hue changes in sky, water or foliage can really add to an image.

The Canon EOS Rebel XSi DSLR also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced in 2007 with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR and now available for the first time in an entry level Canon digital SLR camera. Additionally, the new camera is equipped with Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimizer technology, which corrects image brightness and contrast automatically. Introduced last year in the EOS 40D camera, this valuable optional feature now works in all exposure modes and utilizes Face Detection technology to prevent underexposure with backlit faces.

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DIGIC III Image Processor
If the 12.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor is the heart of the camera, then Canon’s DIGIC III processor is the brain. The latest generation of Canon’s proprietary image processing engine, DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded. The DIGIC III processor also manages the camera’s efficient energy consumption and high-speed signal processing performance. The EOS Rebel XSi is the first model in the Rebel series to incorporate DIGIC III.

Enhanced Live View
Introduced in 2007 on the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR, this function makes its debut in an entry level Canon DSLR with the EOS Rebel XSi camera. Live View allows users to frame shots through the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder. Going beyond the manual focus and phase-detection AF capabilities of earlier EOS models with Live View, the EOS Rebel XSi camera adds a new “Live Mode” contrast-detection AF function that allows the camera to focus automatically during Live View without lowering the reflex mirror.

Improved Autofocus and Framing Rate
The EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR utilizes a precise nine-point Autofocus (AF) system featuring a newly developed AF sensor that improves the camera’s subject detection capabilities compared to earlier models. The new Rebel XSi DSLR provides a cross-type AF measurement at the center that’s effective with all EF and EF-S lenses, while providing enhanced precision with lenses having maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. The cross-type AF measurement reads a wider variety of subject matter than conventional single-axis AF sensors and thus increases the new camera’s ability to autofocus quickly and accurately. The EOS Rebel XSi is also the fastest firing Rebel model to date, capable of continuously capturing 3.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 45 images in large/fine JPEG mode and 6 frames in RAW mode. The faster frame rates and finer focusing capabilities of the Rebel XSi together with its impressive image burst rate will help photo enthusiasts preserve family milestones or capture split second sports action at just the right moment.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The new Rebel XSi DSLR utilizes Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning system, first introduced on the EOS Rebel XTi camera. The camera’s Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit shakes dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor. The dust is then trapped by an adhesive along the base, preventing it from causing further nuisance. Cleaning is engaged each time the camera is powered up or shut down or manually through the “clean now” function.

The second part of the cleaning system involves post processing with a compatible personal computer and the supplied Digital Photo Professional software. Here the camera maps any spots that may remain on the sensor, saving it as Dust Delete Data and subsequently subtracting dust spots from the final image during post processing. A third option includes a manual sensor cleaning function which raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that may have stuck to the low-pass filter.

Back to the Basics
In keeping with its EOS system heritage, the new Canon EOS Rebel XSi camera is equipped with a host of useful creative controls, including shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. plus Bulb, a choice of four metering patterns including 4% spot metering (another first for the Rebel series), a wide range of exposure modes from fully automatic to fully manual, depth of field preview, mirror lock and much more. The new camera is fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, as well as EX-series Speedlites, an optional Battery Grip, and remote control and viewfinder accessories.

A departure from previous EOS Digital Rebel models, which accommodated CF type memory cards, the new EOS Rebel XSi camera utilizes SD and SDHC memory cards including those with capacities higher than 2GB, making it the perfect upgrade for users already equipped with SD cards from point-and-shoot model cameras. Additionally, the EOS Rebel XSi camera utilizes Canon’s new high-capacity LP-E5 lithium ion battery pack, which provides 50% more exposures per charge than earlier models with virtually no increase in size or weight.

In the Box
Expected to ship in April 2008 the Canon Rebel XSi camera is available in body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD, and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty. The new camera will also be available in a lens kit version which includes everything in the body-only kit plus the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens. The two versions carry estimated retail prices of $799.99 and $899.99, respectively.

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens
First introduced in August of 2007, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens is Canon’s answer to consumer demand for a high-quality yet affordable optically image stabilized lens and is included as the standard lens in the Rebel XSi kit configuration. The lens features the wide-angle to mid-range zoom flexibility of its non-IS predecessor with the significant advantage of Canon’s true optical, lens-shift image stabilization system that yields up to a full four stops of image-shake correction. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-55.6 IS zoom lens sells separately for $199.99*, but when customers purchase the lens kit version of the Rebel XSi the difference in price is only $100* from the price of the body-only kit. Canon is offering the lens kit at this discount so that more customers can enjoy the benefit of a lens based image stabilizer system.

The higher performance provided by Canon’s lens shift IS system (compared with the in-camera body sensor shift type offered in some competitive SLRs) includes the ability to optimize the lens performance for specific shooting situations such as low light, long-zoom or movement while shooting (or virtually any combination of the three). What’s more, the photographer can see the optical image stabilization effect in the viewfinder. As the image already appears steady in the viewfinder or on the screen through the Rebel XSi Live View function, better framing and composition is possible allowing the photographer to concentrate on the best shot more comfortably.

EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
Like the standard kit lens, the optional EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS offers users of Canon EOS Digital SLRs with APS-C type CMOS sensors an affordable, lightweight, high-performance lens with tremendous range and flexibility. Given the 1.6x conversion factor inherent in the APS-C sized sensor, the high zoom ratio of this EF-S 55-250mm lens actually achieves the equivalent focal length of 88-400mm (in 35mm format).

Canon’s true optical, lens shift image stabilizer offers users an equivalent shutter speed that is approximately 4 settings faster, making hand-held lower light or long zoom photos easier to capture without blurring. What’s more, the lens can automatically distinguish between normal shooting and panning shots and select the optimum Image Stabilizer mode for each.

In stores now, both the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and the EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS zoom lenses are manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS Rebel XSi , EOS 40D and every other EOS SLR that takes EF-S lenses including earlier Digital Rebel cameras and the EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, and EOS 30D models. Though standard in the EOS Rebel XSi kit, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is also available as a stand alone purchase and carries an estimated retail price of $199.99. The optional EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens is available at an estimated retail price of $299.99.

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1 jon September 27, 2007 at 10:45 am

A bigger viewfinder is what this camera needs.

2 quirkyalone September 28, 2007 at 11:35 am

Yes, and better grip. If video would be there, I\'ll think seriously about buying one for myself.

3 quirkyalone September 28, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Yes, and better grip. If video would be there, I’ll think seriously about buying one for myself.

4 Joe Mitchell October 7, 2007 at 3:51 pm

I don\'t agree with the no change in megapixels comment.
12MP will be here in early 2008 for this class of DSLR\'s and Canon would be at a huge disadvantage (for at least a year) by releasing yet ANOTHER 10MP camera (that would make THREE 10MP Canon DSLR\'s).
After all, the XTi will soon be 18mos old, and they\'re going to introduce it\'s replacement at 10MP as well? Not gonna happen.
The 300d was 6MP, 350d 8MP, 400d 10MP, the 450d will be 12MP for sure.
At 12MP, a 450d won\'t hurt the sales of the 40d as it\'s in a completely different class of camera with more advanced users in mind. The Rebel line has always been consumer driven (Canon\'s \'bread & butter\' and the bare-bone spec\'s is what sells these cameras at the retail level. \'Joe Consumer\' at \'Retail Store\' will have a hard time justifying a 450d @ 10mp when there\'s a Nikon/Pentax/Sony right next to it for approximately the same price with a 12MP sensor.

5 Joe Mitchell October 7, 2007 at 8:51 pm

I don’t agree with the no change in megapixels comment.
12MP will be here in early 2008 for this class of DSLR’s and Canon would be at a huge disadvantage (for at least a year) by releasing yet ANOTHER 10MP camera (that would make THREE 10MP Canon DSLR’s).
After all, the XTi will soon be 18mos old, and they’re going to introduce it’s replacement at 10MP as well? Not gonna happen.
The 300d was 6MP, 350d 8MP, 400d 10MP, the 450d will be 12MP for sure.
At 12MP, a 450d won’t hurt the sales of the 40d as it’s in a completely different class of camera with more advanced users in mind. The Rebel line has always been consumer driven (Canon’s ‘bread & butter’ and the bare-bone spec’s is what sells these cameras at the retail level. ‘Joe Consumer’ at ‘Retail Store’ will have a hard time justifying a 450d @ 10mp when there’s a Nikon/Pentax/Sony right next to it for approximately the same price with a 12MP sensor.

6 Eric October 8, 2007 at 9:24 am

You make a good point Joe. Let me know if you hear any other rumblings on the MP\'s for the 450D.

Thanks for dropping by.

7 Eric October 8, 2007 at 2:24 pm

You make a good point Joe. Let me know if you hear any other rumblings on the MP’s for the 450D.

Thanks for dropping by.

8 Detlef Bodart October 23, 2007 at 10:48 am

With probably more than a billion dollar\'s worth of redundant high-quality film-SLR lenses in the world today, Canon should make a little more than the present industry near-zero effort at providing an affordable body for this large group of users. That means a decent focussing screen for non-CPU objectives and an attempt at offering adapters for them that retain as much functionality as possible. An internal Auto-Iris as per Chinon-Memotron will always remain a dream, though one might look at an Exakta adapter to couple the external iris stop-down of these lenses to the release on the body by a simple contact switch and cable.

9 Detlef Bodart October 23, 2007 at 3:48 pm

With probably more than a billion dollar’s worth of redundant high-quality film-SLR lenses in the world today, Canon should make a little more than the present industry near-zero effort at providing an affordable body for this large group of users. That means a decent focussing screen for non-CPU objectives and an attempt at offering adapters for them that retain as much functionality as possible. An internal Auto-Iris as per Chinon-Memotron will always remain a dream, though one might look at an Exakta adapter to couple the external iris stop-down of these lenses to the release on the body by a simple contact switch and cable.

10 roben lum November 4, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Canon EOS should start moving forward by changing the use of Compac Flash cards to SDHC since SD card is incresingly reliable and much cheaper and speed is faster compare to CF cards…as CF cards will have problen when dust stuck in the pin holes and migh damage the pins in the camera

11 Detlef Bodart November 15, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Roben’s rightful comment is typical of the current blunders in DSLR design one can force on the public in a seller’s market. In the 70s, Nikkors were advertised as being “like money in the bank”. Today, Nikon camera metering is switched off for no conceivable reason when mounting these on the D40, the only Nikon body the average family photographer is prepared to buy. So much carelessness in the way of bad design may be too much for Canon. However it is hard to understand why they don’t take the clue in making generic 400Ds with the most important classical lens mounts + iris linkage, with some features saved elsewhere. Lens manufacturers like Tamron never had an adaption problem: why should Canon with a DSLR body ? The sales potential would probably exceed that of the regular EOS with its questionable “kit”-lens. Once film-size image sensors become as common as LCD screens, there will be a multitude of DSLRs with classical mounts for the huge precision lens inventory amassed by the public over the last 40 years. But why does one have to wait another 15 years for something that could, even with a crop factor, be available now ?

12 Chris Herd November 28, 2007 at 7:18 pm

Here’s a different kind of comment.

You could probably form a small country with all the Rebel (of some kind) owners. Will this new camera be built for new customers, or for present customers to upgrade? There’s a difference. If Canon is after new customers, an incremental improvement at a (even slightly) lower price will do it. If Canon wants upgraders, there has to be a substantial reason to upgrade. In any case, Canon is between the proverbial rock and a hard place, the rock being an entry-level price, the hard place being the capabilities of the “prosumer” 40D. The Rebel replacement has to be somewhere between.

In case of upgraders, here is what *I* would pay money for: 1.) 1/3 step ISO selection, 2.) better noise supression at high ISOs, 3.) an ISO of 3200, 4.) an ISO display in the view finder, 5.) programmable scene modes, 6.) user-dreplacable view finder screens, in that order. Notice that a movie mode, live preview, a swivelling LCD, and the playing of a catchy mp3 clip at camera turn-on is NOT on this list.

What there will actually be, is dependent on what Canon’s strategic plan is for the three lines of camera types (not counting the compacts): the entry level, the prosumer, and the professional.

13 Eric November 28, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Chris,

Thanks for chiming in. You make some good points. The photographer in me wants all those things too; however, I think that too many of those features would make it a more “serious” camera. This leads me to the opinion that you and I really want a 40D. Just my $.02.

Cheers!

14 Drew December 2, 2007 at 2:51 am

The last thing I want my DSLR to do is take video. If I’m a photographer I want to take pictures, not video. I hope Canon doesn’t turn their DSLR’s into point and shoots. The last thing I want to see are a bunch of people holding Rebels like they are point and shoots while taking video clips. There will be a bunch of yuppies buying 1000 dollar cameras that have no idea how to use the cameras to take “Real” pictures.

15 Andreas Helke December 11, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Occasionally I want videos. But I don’t want to buy or carry a camcorder with me. So my DSLR is the logical option for my videos. And I will provide nice shallow DOF effects that no affordable real video camera can match.

Photojournalists will soon be forced to deliver videos too if they like it or not. So you can bet that the pro DSLR bodies will soon get video too.

16 Justin December 12, 2007 at 11:07 pm

I shoot Nikon cameras, but am interested in where the market is heading so I read about Canon too. I would also like a video function on my DSLR. I wouldn’t use it that much, but I do carry a second Point and Shoot camera with video functionality that I mainly use just for video. (No, I don’t use my DSLR as a glorified P&S camera.) A DSLR would be great as a video camera considering the higher quality lenses, bigger sensor, and the large amount of memory that I carry with me.

17 Dennis December 21, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Video would be the biggest JOKE of all when it comes to an SLR. Seriously people, This is asking too much, I think it is a horrible idea which no company should pursue. This is what point and shoot cameras are for. People who want video should just get an S5IS or a G9.

18 jason December 27, 2007 at 8:48 am

If this thing does have live view and a built in camcorder, I will not be buying one.
I already own a sony camcorder, why would I want another one!
I shall buy a 400d, which is still excellent at 10MP, plus there is the guarantee that I can use my battery grip, and best of all it will be reduced in price.

19 K December 28, 2007 at 7:40 pm

The debate of the video option really disturbs me, as I seem to be vehement in both directions.. i.e. completely conflicted. I agree with just about all the reasons “NOT” to add video, and will throw in a few of my own. 1. that the it would be lousey video unless a bit more circuitry was added including IS, and audio recording/playback etc. I know these things could be considered minor, but in my book they still equate to more things that can go wrong. I also hate the idea of seeing the so-called yuppies running around with DSLRs chasing after kids and 3-4 at any party. This is egotistical but honest. I like the fact that when I set up or pull out my bag and pods in public there is a little added respect shown and interest… the proverbial “are you a photographer? what are you shooting?” which also often leads to people being more considerate of me, rather than the utter annoyance of someone with a video camera or picture phone bumbling through the crowd.. Admittedly this is egotistical.. but again,.. honest. I do get annoyed seeing people with camera setups I cant afford (or chose not to) with high end L lenses but dont know that there is any other setting than the green box (auto), and ask me to “fix” their camera, only to look and see that they accidentally took it out of auto mode.

That said. I spent 4 years in film school in the early 90s, and sold video equiptment for years… the potential of having access to photo lenses for high quality video is a deal with the devil that I wouldn’t take a second to accept. As well, when shooting weddings or parties for friends and families the biggest killer is swapping cameras to grab video or set up for artistic photos… If I could simply flip the switch and grab a speech or toast, and then flip right back to setting up my photo.. Come on… any argument against that is ridiculous.

My suggestion, would be to have the video as an addon. like the BG grip that adds video/audio options as well as inputs/outputs etc, as well as secondary memory. Simply allow for an output of the video signal. I know this seems counterintuitive to current trends, but then SLRs are modular by nature.

Though most likely, barring a MP upgrade and some of the more advanced photo features and liveview (different value to me all together) I will likely just wait for the new version to come out so that I can buy the current XTi cheap off someone upgrading, and then convert my XT to IR. :-)

20 P December 30, 2007 at 11:43 am

Been wanting to get an XTi, but with this news, I’ll wait till the PMA’s.

21 xtiuser January 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm

just ordered 400d from amazon…..will be canceling. Anyone wish to speculate on price for 450D or when will become available??

22 Iain January 7, 2008 at 6:18 am

But most important of all, will it have the dial on the back to go through images, rather than buttons, that the 40D has?

23 nigel January 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Yes, after reading this i returned my XTi with 2 days to go on the 30 day return policy. I used it in Japan and Guam and it worked great but with the possibility of a new model coming out I just had to return it and wait…..and hope.

24 KEVIN January 21, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I had purchased the OLYMPUS e510 and returned it I changed my mistake and was going to purchase the 40D then I heard about the pma on the 24th just waiting patiently its killing me I want the 40d but if the new 450d has the features mentioned 5fps 10mp new raw ill just invest in more glasss…I am changing over from a film dslr minolta but I am not impressed with a sony at all Ill ebay my minolta glass

25 Linda January 22, 2008 at 12:58 pm

If the new Canon Rebel is announced on Jan 24, how many days before it is likely to be available for purchase readily? I’m on a tight deadline. I need a new camera, plus telephoto lenses, by Feb. 4.

26 Eric January 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Linda,

These are just rumors and speculations. Even if the camera is announced on the 24th, there’s no way I would count on its availability within 10 days. While the 40D was available 10 days after it was announced, think about shipment times, waiting lists and quality control issues. I would suggest buying the camera you need now and getting used to it. At worst, I would plan on renting a camera for the timeframe that you need it if you MUST hold out for the new Canon camera.

Cheers,

Eric

27 Jason January 23, 2008 at 2:52 am

A few people commented that they don’t want to see video because it will result in ‘yuppies’ running around with DSLRs.

Who cares?

Real pro’s don’t care what others do, and they don’t care who buys which camera – they are busy doing their job, or following their passion.

Yuppies, or at least the annoying ones, are those who get a sense of status from their camera, and gloat about their power toys, and the fact that you don’t have them, or can’t understand them.

I’m in favor of video, and I will aim it around like it’s a P&S if I feel like it. I’ll frame photos with Live view, and leave it on ‘auto’ unless I need something special. Any my photos will look great, because the hardware got out of the way.

28 Bryan January 24, 2008 at 12:43 am

IT’S HERE! Is it everything we hoped for and more?! I for one can hardly wait to buy one. I returned the XTi my wife bought me for Christmas with hopes that it wouldn’t be long until this substantial upgrade.

29 Joh@n January 24, 2008 at 3:09 am

And here it is:

Canon Japan (link edit)

30 Sarthak January 24, 2008 at 4:35 am

DP Review (link edit)

The site has initial findings of the newly announced Canon EOS 450D XTs. Seems a good upgrade. Will have to wait for it to be more freely available and more detailed review some time later.

31 subcorpus January 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

just doing research on 450d …
dunno if can afford it … i just bought an olympus …
but damn it … 450d sure sounds like a great camera …
sweet …

32 spiros January 27, 2008 at 6:35 am

Please some who owns or has tried 400d and 40d, could give us an info about how much fast is AF (same in both bodies???)
Mainly interested for sports and fast cars photoes…

33 Hashem Zand Shahvar January 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm

when we can buy 450 D in IRAN ?

34 KEVIN January 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I thought the 450d would have more fps and the 12mp on the same sensor doesnt mean a thing I will be surprised if its less noiser than the xti because the added mp and only1200 iso the impressive features are the bigger lcd and live computer portraits and viewfinder im going with the 40d it’ll be cleaner on the images overall …….I thought video would probaly be a feature also with a flip out screen the nikon d90 probaly will have a flip out liveview for sure but pounding more mp on the same sensors is just going to get more noise to bad the nikon has sony sensors

35 KEVIN January 28, 2008 at 11:53 pm

40d newegg $1099 I will spend the extra 300 over the xsi any day more features cleaner images more fps iso 3200 clean useable 50mm 1.8 $69.00 amazon Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro $359 after rebate $1527 total not bad for what kind of performance you get im sure the 40d body is going to be worth way more to sell later than the rebel series look up a used 30d or a 20d see what the body is selling for you may get a cheap body at first and save some dollars but in the long run 5 years or 4 years the 40d will make up that 300 and then some on the resale

36 fotografAle February 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Before being on the market also the 40D seemed to have a 1600 ISO sensitivity but we know that it’s sold for 3200. Will the 450D be tha same?
Could anyone provide sample images shot at 1600 ISO, please?

37 Abbey April 21, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I was able to pick up the eos digital rebel xsi from J&R. http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4216778

This is my first SLR so my frame of reference is only within the scope of this model, but so far so good. I’m basically learning as i’m going along, but I love it.

38 corina May 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm

i bought one over a week ago i love it <3

39 Sue Pace May 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm

My husband gave me the Xsi for my birthday. I had been using the Rebel Xti and was very pleased with it. I can say the same about my Xsi. Brilliant photos, easy to use, great menus. Canon is my choice in photographic equipment – hands down. I highly recommend this camera!

40 MXKY May 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Is this camera really good? i’ve got the 400D and the 50mm 1.4, and I’m really thinking about a new camera now. Or maybe, will it be better to buy better lenses? really hard question …

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42 Eve Esteves September 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Thank you so much for posting this excellent article on the 450D. I just bought this camera and I’ve been data mining the web for helpful articles to further familiarize myself with information on it. Some I already visited, but your article has all the resources packed conveniently here.

I was just on youtube and found some extremely helpful tips/tutorials on the Rebel XSi I think everyone should have a look at.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelTheMentor
http://www.youtube.com/user/LarkPhoto

Another tip to save money if you plan on buying this camera is to utilize Microsoft’s live search cash back feature. The bottomline price for the XSi from JR.com was about $594 after a 15% savings. Your check or direct deposit into paypal or your bank account will not be available for almost 2 months, but that is still a huge savings.

43 Canon Rebel DSLR November 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I just bought the Canon Rebel XSi, and looking forward to receiving it! I had a hard time deciding between the XS and the XSi, but finally decided on the XSi on a advice from a photographer friend. He said he would pick the XSi because of the spot meter, but I think both cameras are awesome and at a good price.

44 Lisa W. May 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I have the Rebel XSi and I am looking to get a better lens, right now I have the 18-55mm lens. What would you suggest? I am just a beginner and don’t know to much about lenses. I would be shooting mostly sports, wildlife, portraits, and some landscapes. I have been looking at the Canon 70-300mm lens, or the 55-250 mm lens.

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