Canon Rebel XSi Review at The Digital Picture

by on May 9, 2008

in Canon,Reviews

The Digital Picture has posted a review of the new 12.2 megapixel Canon Rebel XSi.

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.

For more news, reviews and info on the XSi, check out Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XSi Reviews and Resources.

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{ 3 comments }

1 Daniel May 12, 2008 at 8:36 pm

To say that the 450D is a very worthy upgrade for 400D owners is just rubbish. Sure it has some new features but moving from the 400D to the 450D isn’t such a big jump. Plus you have to buy all new SD cards as the CF cards wouldn’t be taken by the new camera. No, the 450D is a good first camera for new DSLR owners. An upgrade from the 400D to the 450D is surely NOT worth it.

2 Eric May 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

@Daniel – I wholeheartedly agree with you on this point. I’ve got a Rebel XSi that I’ve been playing with (look for a review in the next week or two) and I’ve been using a 350D for about 3 years now. So far, I’d be hesitant to say that the “upgrades” between the XSi and XT are significant enough to justify an upgrading to the XSi.

I’ll also say that the Live View is utterly disappointing, especially compared to the Sony A350 that I just reviewed. It’s almost like an afterthought. Take that feature away from the XSi and you’ve got a very similar camera to the Rebel XTi / 400D.

Agreed, the XSi is a great first camera; however, it’s not a practical upgrade from the XTi or even the XT (in my opinion).

3 Chao Santanu Buragohain May 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I just sold off my Canon Rebel Xti and waiting for an upgrade with enough cash to get the Xsi or 450D.
But, as the two previous posts mention, i would agree that its not worth it.
I would consider Xsi to be just a cosmetic upgrade to Xti as they have crammed 12mp in the same old sensor with no real gain in picture quality. While the lcd gets bigger to 3inch, the resolution remain the same making the view inferior to Xti. Live view is there but does not work in all modes. They shifted the lcd to extreme left on the edges making it prone to damage and difficult to hold during live view or review. Even though the kit lens has image stabilizer, its range is no good. They should offer more options for kit lenses.
I would however say that for newbees its a good camera but than next year they would get a 500D so why not rather go directly to 40D which is far more superior in image quality.
But than budget is the key thing, and for what its worth the Canon 450D is definately the best entry level DSLR one could buy these days.

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