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Advanced Technology for Outstanding Images.
Outstanding Image Quality: Canon 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC III Image Processor, 14-bit conversion for smooth tone, gradations, extensive noise reduction technology, and new Auto Optimization for superior highlight-shadow control.

Canon?s CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same technologies to maximize each pixel?s light gathering efficiency that were first seen with the professional EOS-1D Mark III model. It?s an APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm), and there?s an effective 1.6x increase in the lens?s marked focal length when attached. Canon?s DIGIC III Image Processor dramatically enhances image quality and speeds up all camera operations for intuitive operation. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel XSi?s sensor to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in all lighting situations.

14-bit A/D Converter
With the EOS Rebel XSi, analog to digital signal conversion is executed by a 14-bit processor, which generates digital data with incredibly smooth tones. Formerly a feature only present in top-of-the-line pro digital SLR cameras, the 14-bit conversion gives incredibly smooth transitions from light to dark colors, with far less risk of "banding." A sky at sunset is a perfect example. With this rich 14-bit gradation the EOS Rebel XSi offers RAW images of the highest quality that can be processed with Canon?s Digital Photo Professional software. Even JPEG files, which are always finished at 8-bits per channel, use the full 14-bit conversion initially to generate the best possible color and tonal detail. Another huge benefit of the 14-bit conversion is the Highlight Tone Priority option, which allows critical shooters to increase the level of detail in bright areas of a scene up to one stop, without affecting overall exposure.

Auto Optimization
The EOS Rebel XSi?s Auto Optimization is yet another image-quality tool that comes to the rescue in tricky lighting conditions. It can actually lighten dark areas of a scene while ensuring that bright areas maintain tonal detail. It?s now available in all shooting modes, including P, Tv, Av, and Manual.

DIGIC III Image Processor
Developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography, the EOS Rebel XSi?s latest-generation DIGIC III Image Processor works in concert with Canon?s CMOS sensor to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally redesigned, giving the camera its incredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction is superior.

Speedy, Precise Operation.
Excellent performance with 3.5 fps continuous shooting, up to 53 full-resolution JPEGs or 6 RAW images in a burst, and reduced shutter lag time.

The EOS Rebel XSi operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel XSi is one of the fastest cameras available today. It can shoot up to 3.5 frames per second, in bursts of 53 JPEGs or 6 RAW files, so you?ll never, ever miss a shot.

See the Image in Large LCD with Live View Function.
Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, with 170? wide viewing angle, superior viewing in daylight, and Live View Function.

The EOS Rebel XSi has a huge, bright 3.0-inch TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170?. It?s perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options. And the maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel XSi LCD monitor is about 30% greater than its predecessor, which is a big benefit when you?re using the camera in bright sunlight.

Live View Function
Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the huge 3.0-inch LCD monitor. It?s easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. And now, there are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel XSi. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping straight lines in your subject straight in your pictures. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the EOS Rebel XSi?s USB connection.

Advanced, Adaptable AF.
Fast 9-point AF system, and two types of AF during Live View Function.

The EOS Rebel XSi has a high-precision 9-point wide area AF sensor for fast, accurate focus even in dim lighting. It has a number of focus modes, including One-Shot AF, AI Focus AF, AI Servo AF and Manual. In Live View Function, the EOS Rebel XSi has two AF modes: Quick mode, which uses the camera?s standard 9-point AF system, and Live mode, which is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of subjects right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button. A familiar feature in PowerShot cameras, Live mode AF uses similar technologies to achieve focus, while Quick mode is more appropriate for capturing action or for shooting in low light.

Flexible Storage with Memory Cards.
Compatible with compact SD and SDHC memory cards.

The EOS Rebel XSi is the first EOS Digital SLR camera to use popular SD and SDHC memory cards only. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD and SDHC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel XSi?s compact and lightweight body design.

Advanced Features for Advanced Photography.
Advanced features include spot metering, external flash settings on the camera?s menu, and a new higher-magnification viewfinder.

The EOS Rebel XSi?s 35-zone evaluative metering system with improved white balance analyzes light based on each zone in the viewing area, enabling the camera to choose the overall best exposure for the entire scene. It now features a spot meter, which reads a tiny area (about 4%) of the picture for extremely precise metering. It also provides Center-weighted average metering and partial metering for accurate exposure no matter the situation. The EOS Rebel XSi also has an improved, high magnification viewfinder that provides a larger overall view, and increased brightness and clarity. And the EOS Rebel XSi has a Display-Off sensor that automatically turns the LCD monitor off whenever the camera is at the photographer?s eye. All relevant shooting information, including ISO, is displayed right in the viewfinder so it?s easy to change settings without moving the camera away from the eye.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Photographers who must change lenses in dusty environments will find the advanced Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System a tremendous time saver. Dust that settles on the sensor surface is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (It can also be manually activated.) A special collar positioned around the sensor collects the loosened dust. Dust particles can also be automatically removed via software. By shooting a plain white subject, the photographer can acquire dust position data that is transmitted along with the image (whether JPEG or RAW). Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 3.3 or later software can be used to manually or automatically erase the dust spots. It?s not one feature, it?s a built-in system to minimize the effect of dust in high-resolution digital images.

Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
A key element of minimizing dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat against this, the EOS Rebel XSi features a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. The EOS Rebel XSi has a new coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter, to increase its resistance to dust sticking to the sensor.

Dust Delete Data Detection
Dust that may still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3 or later software.
A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting. This Dust Delete Data image is analyzed in-camera, and the location and size of any remaining dust is added to any subsequent pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon?s DPP version 3.3 and later software

Picture Style settings
With the EOS Rebel XSi?s Picture Style technology, photographers can change the look of their digital photographs. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. Changing a Picture Style setting is almost like a 35mm film user switching from one type of color film to another. In addition to six preset Picture Style settings, Canon offers additional downloadable "Picture Style Files", that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.

Shooting and Sharing Made Easy.
Fully compatible with over 60 EF/EF-S Lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories.

EF & EF-S Lenses
EOS Rebel XSi is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon?s Optical Image Stabilizer technology are featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS Rebel XSi.

Flash Photography
The EOS Rebel XSi features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. With E-TTL II, the exact same 35-zone metering sensor used for measuring ambient light is also used for flash metering ? giving even finer metering command of the image area. If you prefer a broader area for flash metering, there?s a menu setting to change to "Average" flash metering?where the entire 35-zone area is measured evenly for flash exposure.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX is the ideal step-up accessory for powerful flash shooting with the EOS Rebel XSi. It has excellent flash power (maximum guide number of 141 ft./43m at ISO 100), and is the perfect way to get great flash pictures when you can?t get right up to the subject. The 430EX is also great for bounce flash, with its tilting and swiveling flash head. It automatically zooms the flash head to cover lenses ranging from 16mm up to 105mm or longer with the EOS Rebel XSi. Of course, it works with the camera to provide full E-TTL II automatic flash exposure. And the 430EX has a powerful AF-assist beam, which allows the camera to autofocus even in total darkness on subjects as far as 32 ft. from the camera.

Software

Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 17.0)
The EOS Rebel XSi comes bundled with an updated Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. These include Canon?s ZoomBrowser EX for Windows? (Version 6.1), ImageBrowser for Macintosh? OS X (Version 6.1), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.3), the totally new Picture Style Editor (Version 1.0), Canon?s EOS Utility (Version 2.2), RAW Image Task (Version 2.8), PhotoStitch, and PTP TWAIN Driver. Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow. ZoomBrowser EX v.6.1 and Digital Photo Professional v.3.3 for Windows are compatible with the new Windows Vista operating system.

Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.3)
is an image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it?s CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.

EOS Utility (Version 2.3
) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they?re connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon?s ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it?s used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.

ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.1)
for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 6.1) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.

RAW Image Task (Version 2.8) for Windows/Macintosh
This software is an integrated component of ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) or ImageBrowser (Mac). It allows processing of RAW images from EOS cameras, including the new EOS Rebel XSi, with a variety of adjustment possibilities. These options, as well as the overall color, contrast and "look" of RAW Image Task, closely mimic the characteristics of Canon?s in-camera JPEG processing.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.4 stars
(based on 10 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(9), Fast / accurate auto-focus(4), Fast shutter speed(7), Good image quality(8), Image stabilization(8)
Cons:
Noisy at high ISO(4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery(8), Low light(3), Travel(8), Weddings(4), Wildlife(4)
Describe Yourself:
Photo enthusiast(8)
 
great but beware
By angelaVerified Reviewer from Louisville, ky on 2/7/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
7
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
7
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
3
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Probably will not
Pros:
Good Image Quality
Cons:
Possible fire hazard
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

I had one of these cameras and loved it. Then one night I placed it on the table after using it and 15 min. later it was on fire. IN Flames!! There was nothing hot or on fire nearby. Probably a short in the battery? It was Off. It was the original Canon battery. Camera was 1.5 yrs old and always handled carefully. Never repaired, never any issues UNTIL it caught fire. So careful with storing it - not by anything easily flammable and take out the battery when you can

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
excellent camera
By big redVerified Reviewer from Salt Lake City, Utah on 10/1/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

I have used four previous digital cameras and this one has taken over 10,000 photos and is still doing a great job for me. It is the mainstay of my photography. Thanks, Canon.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
I would buy this camera again & I did!
By uniquegulVerified Reviewer from Madison, Alabama on 9/27/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Cons:
I just haven't found any
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

This is an awesome camera for someone that wants to take pictures straight out of the box but also wants to be able to advance as their knowledge of taking pictures grows.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
camera that lives up to my expectations
By Jenn covered in slobberVerified Reviewer from Jacksonville, Fl on 5/10/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

I've been a photographer for almost 9 years now and I've always shot with film for serious photos. I was hesitant to convert to digital due to the cost and quality. The XSi took away my fears. The camera is lightweight and decent sized (I'm a small girl and some cameras are too awkward to hold) The image quality lived up to my pet photography expectations with no photo editing done. I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants to get a little more serious with their photography but still wants it at an affordable price.

 
Loved my XSI
By Jass809Verified Reviewer from Miami on 3/19/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

Love my Canon Xsi , light, great photos, easy to use...I feel like a pro.

 
A great Camera!
By stefonskiVerified Reviewer from Tacoma,Wa. on 3/11/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Cons:
Poor In Low Light
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

Good image quality

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LOVE MY XSi!
By Ratsnej from Elkton, MD on 2/3/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

I knew I wanted Canon and was ready to upgrade from a Canon PowerShot SX100IS to a DSLR but didn't want the expense or learning curve of a professional model. After researching online and talking with the folks at Ritz, I have been very happy and satisfied with the XSi for almost a year and have taken some incredible photographs. The learning curve from my old point and shoot to the XSi was minimal, although I do recommend getting a companion book to get the most out of enjoying this camera and definitely recommend getting a longer telephoto lens for wildlife photography (I'm longing for a 400mm lens now). The XSi can handle everything I want from a camera and is only limited by my photography skills. I've listed noise at high ISO as a Con, this is a personal taste, I don't think I'd ever be satisfied with a 1600 ISO shot.

 
AWESOME ENTRY LEVEL DSLR!
By PhotoKID33 from Chicago, Illinois on 12/29/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Pets, Photojournalism, Portarits
Cons:
Lag / Shutter Delay, Poor In Low Light
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

I got this camera for Christmas, and I've been asking for this for a while. When I opened it I was balling because I was so happy! I love Canon, and ever since I got an A590 last Christmas, I've always trusted Canon. Won't Buy any other brand!

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[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
Exceptional, most bang for the buck
By plasmaman from Denver,co on 11/7/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

It is a great camera,everything that i had been hoping for and then some. I use it for astrophotography, photogarphing lighning, still life, portraits of people and animals and also for sports. This camera performs very well under these condtions and performs better than i had expected in low-light situations. I highly recomend this camera to any skill level of photographers.

[18 of 18 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best camera I've ever owned.
By PhilVerified Reviewer from Kansas City, Missouri suburb on 10/2/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Fun, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer Lens (Black):

I'm a serious amateur. Been a photographer for 60 years. I use this camera for everything but travel photography is my true love. Scenery....nature & landscapes. Also use it for family photos. Best features are image quality....accurate focusing and exposure. I use the "P" mode and shoot raw format. As for what's not so great....well...in my opinion the highest quality JPG setting is still too much compression and the reduced image quality shows it. This is the primary reason I've started shooting raw format exclusively.
I saved enough by purchasing the XSi, rather than the new T1i, to make it possible for me to buy the 55-250mm IS zoom to compliment the 18-55mm that came with the camera.

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