Tech Review: Canon Rebel XSi

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Posted July 10, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Canon Rebel XSi »

We steam up the lens of the new Canon Rebel XSi and take it out for a spin to see whether or not it's worth us salivating over, in today's tech review.

Read on to see the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • It only weighs about 19 ounces without the lens, which is as much as the Nikon D60
  • The grip fits well in your hand but it is still large
  • The huge 3” LCD is a major improvement and they did not have to move too many buttons around
  • The LCD tells you what changes you are making and if you are not able to make a change; this is really helpful on an involved camera like this
  • They have dedicated buttons for frequently used settings like ISO
  • Some options are mode sensitive and this can get confusing; for example, Live View can only be used in manual modes
  • You can also customize your own "My Menu" by adding options you use the most to a quick launch menu
  • Image quality is almost perfect
  • From power up to shooting it's easily the fastest we've tested
  • Continuous shooting is also the fastest in its class at 3.5 frames a second
  • Completely auto settings produce great photos especially in low light
  • The Nikon D60 actually produced sharper images on auto settings than this, but Canon's manual options blow this away; a little tweaking will get you the same quality
  • It is 12.2 megapixels, comes with an 18-55 millimeter image stabilized lens and is worth what you pay



  • $899.99 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Overall Rating

  • 94%
Tech Review: Canon Rebel XSi


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