Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Released January, 2008
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
But there's no doubt that the new model does improve (detail wise) on its predecessor; nor is there any doubt that shooting raw brings a small but visible resolution benefit.
by DPReview (May, 2008)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EOS 1000D
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EOS 1000D
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EOS 1000D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EOS 1000D
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EOS 1000D

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
692 ISO
919 ISO
Rebel T3i
793 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
2,300 LPH
Rebel T3
1,700 LPH
Rebel T1i
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
160 ms
Rebel T3
309 ms
Rebel T3i
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
89 ms
117 ms
Rebel T3
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
400 ms
Rebel T3i
1,500 ms
EOS 650D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3.5 fps
EOS 650D
5 fps
EOS 1000D
3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Most DSLRs have an image control feature of this type, but Canon's is particularly well designed and very easy to use.

Regardless of the other entries in the XSi's pro and con columns, it delivers hands-down, best-in-class photo quality, surprising given the higher-resolution sensor.

Taking great RAW shots is also helped by the improved camera interface.


8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Live view is activated by pressing the Set button in the centre of the D-pad, which flips the reflex mirror up and activates the image sensor, providing a through-the-lens view on the monitor screen.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
Unfortunately due to a malfunctioning memory card I don't have my usual selection of ISO test shots today, but I do have this shot taken at 800 ISO, hand-held at 1/5th of a second.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
For instance, you can change ISO sensitivity with either the dial or the navigation buttons, but can only navigate metering choices via the nav.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)

Image quality

It may have a typical, uninspired body design and a modest feature set, but where it really counts-performance and image quality-the XSi manages to stand out from the crowd.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)
colours. It has to be said, though, that JPEG images taken with the 450D are on the soft side.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)
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.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)


The wide focusing area is great for off-centre subjects.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
In single-shot mode the ultra-fast nine-point AF system and virtually zero shutter lag give it exceptionally good performance, and the camera can literally shoot as fast as you can press the button.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
While it does share a number of components and features, such as the exposure meter and shutter mechanism, it has a new DIGIC III processor, a new nine-point wide area AF system with a cross-type centre sensor, and more importantly a newly-designed sensor.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)


As it doesn't have a secondary (top panel) display the EOS 450D uses the main LCD monitor for camera settings display during normal shooting.
by DPReview (May, 2008)
The back of the camera body is dominated by the large monitor screen, which has a diagonal size of three inches and 230,000-dot resolution.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
Nikon and Olympus offer smaller bodies with arguably better ergonomics, whilst Sony appears to be determined to buy its way into the DLSR charts by offering a whopping 14MP, tilting screen, in-body IS and the only truly 'live' live view autofocus system for exactly the same amount Canon is asking for the EOS 450D.
by DPReview (May, 2008)


And RAW images taken with the 450D are really very good, as well as being a joy to process using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4272 x 2848
Size APS-C
Area 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 27.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,300 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 62 mm
Weight 524 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.54x


Max continuous shooting 3.5 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 3.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 160 ms
Shutter lag 89 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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