Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Released January, 2008
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The plastic is a little thin in places, but overall the camera is quite sturdy.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
8.9 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
8.3
D5200
9.8
EOS 1000D
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
7.9
D5200
7.7
EOS 1000D
8.8
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
9.6
D5200
8.6
EOS 1000D
9.5
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
9.3
D5200
9.2
EOS 1000D
9.2
Reviews from techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
8.9
D5200
9.1
EOS 1000D
9.0

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
D5200
1,284 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
2,300 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH
D5200
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
160 ms
EOS M
742 ms
D5200
302 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
89 ms
EOS M
51 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
400 ms
EOS M
2,700 ms
Rebel T5i
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3.5 fps
D5200
5 fps
Rebel T5i
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

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


9.0
Most DSLRs have an image control feature of this type, but Canon's is particularly well designed and very easy to use.

7.8
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.

8.0
Taking great RAW shots is also helped by the improved camera interface.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

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)

Focus

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)

Screen

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)

Type

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

sensor

Type CMOS
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
Codecs
  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

shutter

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

features

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

video

Video None

display

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

viewfinder

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

performance

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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