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Canon EOS Rebel Xsi - Black

Canon's consumer level digital SLR camera.

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Fantastic starter camera for the novice or amateur photographer.

  • Nov 17, 2008
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The Canon Rebel XSi, Digital SLR, introduced in January 2008, is the camera that brought the shutterbug back into my blood stream. It's pure ease of use lets even the most novice photographer transition away from a point and shoot. The XSi is also extremely light weight and with its fast autofocus and image stabilizing lenses, it gives anyone the ability to take extremely high quality pictures right out of the box.
Ease of use:
The XSi comes with many advanced features that would in most cases be very daunting to the casual picture taker. After all, ease of use is what 'point and shoot' cameras are all about. What makes this camera so amazing is its simple full auto mode (focus, image stabilizer, ISO, aperture, f-stop), where it becomes essentially a fancy, better quality, point and shoot! I started snapping pictures knowing nothing about any features right out of the box.
Enticing the novice curiosity:
Using this camera in full auto mode is nice, but with all the little buttons, it begs the user to temporarily throw inhibition to the wind and play with its different modes. Basic changes are simple to make with the radial button up top and broadcast on the massive 3" LCD screen. Choose from many standard point-and-shoot modes like landscape, portrait and sports. Go the other direction on the dial and amateur photographer is enticed with modes where only certain features become auto while others are manually adjusted on the fly (f-stop, ISO, aperture, etc.)
The Rebel XSi has some amazing features for those who want to venture into the world of photography.
12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System
3.5 frames per second
3.0" LCD with Live View shooting
9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point
Picture Style image processing parameters
DIGIC III image processor
Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software1
Compact and Lightweight body
Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
Auto/Manual Focus modes
4 different light metering modes
ISO Range 100-1600
Aperture Range F1.0 – F91 (depends on lens used)
Custom White Balance
Upgraded battery life (over the XTi)
…and many more.
Price:$800 at Samy's Camera (http://samys.com)
Canon Rebel XSi Body
18-55 mm IS lens
4GB SD Memory Card
Camera Bag

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August 07, 2010
Great review Steven! I am a loyal Nikonian, but I do have a sweet spot for Canon as well. :) You may enjoy reading @tunguz' review of Canon Rebel by the way.
January 27, 2009
I learned to shoot with this camera before I graduated to something else. It is indeed a good camera to learn on. I will say though, they're a bit pricey if you're just getting into your first SLR. I'd also compare prices with the Nikon D40. I have never used that camera, but from my other photog friends, its a great camera and affordable too.
January 03, 2009
I have zero formal training (classes or otherwise) on using cameras like these. When I was in highschool, however, my dad had an old manual Minolta (circa 1972) that I'd play around with very VERY casually. I basically just taught myself how to focus it, change lenses and get the light balance right. But this canon does all of those things for you. If you get something like this or a Nikon equivalent, shoot in full auto, in JPEG mode (default), it's just like a high quality point and shoot. Seriously. The advantage here is that you have all the other little tricks you can start exploring and it just opens up your world. A perfect transition camera if you're looking into more serious photography. I guess my advice beyond that is find a good book on photography and photoshop... you'lll be good to go exploring this wonderful hobby.
December 26, 2008
I've been wanting to go out and buy a better camera for a while... I had a Canon point and shoot which I absolutely love because it's small and convenient and works amazing.. but after traveling around some of the pictures just don't cut it. Unfortunately I don't know much about cameras (photography class might be good?) but your review makes me want to look into this one since you recommend it would be a good transition away from point n shoot.. thanks! Just wondering, how much experience did you have with more professional picture taking before you bought this camera? Thanks for the review!
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Canon EOS Rebel Xsi

Canon's consumer level EOS Rebel Xsi was introduced
  • 12.2 Mega Pixel CMOS censor
  • 3 inch LCD with Live View
  • JPG or RAW mode
  • shoot 3.5 fps in JPG mode (up to 50+ pictures)
  • 9-point auto-focus system

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Resolution: 12.2 Megapixel
Model: XSi 450D
Camera Type: SLR
Memory Type: SD Card, HDSDC
LCD Panel Size: 3.0"
Brand: Canon
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