Canon 50D, Rebel XSi and Rebel XS Firmware Updates

Canon has released firmware updates for the 50D, Rebel XSi and Rebel XS DSLRs.

Canon 50D Firmware Version 1.0.6

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.
  2. Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera.
  3. Addresses the vertical banding noise phenomenon.

Click here to download Firmware Version 1.0.6 for the Canon 50D. [Read more...]

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion

O’Reilly has just announced the release of their Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion.  It’s $24.99 and, as the title implies, covers the functionality of the Canon Rebel XSi.  O’Reilly is touting the “lessons” the book offers as an advantage to the typical user manual of do this, do that instructions on how a camera works.  It’s available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $16.49.

Press Release

Sebastopol, CA—Have you ever bought a new camera, only to be so overwhelmed by all the buttons, gizmos, and gadgets, that you don’t touch it for months? You wind up using your old point-and-shoot camera simply because you don’t know enough about your new camera to be comfortable with it. If you’ve ever been caught in this situation, don’t worry–with O’Reilly Media’s new Companion series, you’ll be wowing people with your new photos in no time.

The newest book in this new series, The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion ($24.99) is not a typical camera guide. Rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs. Through easy-to-follow lessons, this book gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera. [Read more...]

Canon EOS 450D Review at Trusted Reviews

Trusted Reviews has posted a review of the Canon EOS 450D.  The new EOS 450D (aka Digital Rebel XSi) kit comes with an stabilized 18-55mm lens. Canon’s entry-level DSLR now features a 3″ rear LCD panel that’s capable of Live View framing and focusing.

As usual with Canon’s CMOS-sensored DSLRs noise control is exemplary. There is almost no noise up to 400 ISO, and shots at 800 ISO – the maximum setting in auto mode – are also perfectly usable. Pushing it up to 1600 ISO produces some noise, particularly in darker areas, but thanks to the way Canon applies noise reduction it looks very much like film grain, not an unattractive effect.

Read Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XSi Review.

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

Canon Rebel XSi Review at Luminous Landscape

Luminous Landscape has posted a review of the Canon Rebel XSi.  The new Digital Rebel XSi kit comes with an stabilized 18-55mm lens. Canon’s entry-level DSLR now features a 3″ rear LCD panel that’s capable of Live View framing and focusing.

As we have seen, image quality (at least within its ISO range) is on a par with anything else on the market, and better than most in this price range.

Read Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XSi Review.

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

Canon Rebel XSi Review

In keeping with the 18-month life cycle of its consumer DSLRs, Canon announced the 12.2 megapixel EOS Rebel XSi on January 24, 2008 just prior to PMA. Canon also kept the tradition of upgrading the Rebel series by a couple of megapixels, which it has done with every generation since the original EOS Digital Rebel debuted in 2003 at 6.3MP. For your reference, the Rebel XT weighed in at 8MP and the Rebel XTi touted 10.1MP.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi Features and Specs

The Canon Rebel XSi packs in a number of upgrades from the previous DSLRs in this line.  In fact, the XSi packs in so many advanced features that it’s almost hard to call it an entry-level camera anymore. [Read more...]

Canon Rebel XSi Review at Photography Blog

Canon Rebel XSiPhotographyBLOG has posted a full review of the new 12.2 megapixel Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. The new Digital Rebel XSi kit comes with an stabilized 18-55mm lens. Canon’s entry-level DSLR now features a 3″ rear LCD panel that’s capable of Live View framing and focusing.

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.

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

Canon Rebel XSi Review at DP Review

DP Review has posted a full and thorough review of the new 12.2 megapixel Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. he new Digital Rebel XSi kit comes with an stabilized 18-55mm lens. Canon’s entry-level DSLR now features a 3″ rear LCD panel that’s capable of Live View framing and focusing.

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.

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

Canon EOS Rebel XSi Review at PopPhoto

PopPhoto has reviewed the new 12.2 megapixel Canon Rebel XSi. The new Digital Rebel XSi kit comes with an stabilized 18-55mm lens. Canon’s entry-level DSLR now features a 3″ rear LCD panel that’s capable of Live View framing and focusing.

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.

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

Canon Rebel XSi Sample Images

I’ve been testing the new Canon Rebel XSi.  The image quality thus far is impressive.  Below are a few in-camera JPEG samples taken throughout the range of ISOs available.  You may click on each photo to view the original image at 100%.  Additionally, you can see more sample images in this Flickr set (Full EXIF is available).  More news and reviews are available on the Canon Rebel XSi Reviews and Resources page. [Read more...]