Canon EOS Rebel XSi SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens

Canon EOS Rebel XSi SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens

Canon EOS Rebel XSi SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 12.2-megapixel CMOS
  • 3.0-inch LCD Monitor
  • Live View Function
  • 3.5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 1600)
  • Picture Style Settings
  • Uses Canon EF & EF-S Lenses
  • Integrated Cleaning System
  • Includes Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens
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Canon Rebel XSi Overview

  • 1Description

The Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera incorporates a number of high-end functions and technology found in Canon's professional SLR models, including an improved autofocus sensor, enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion, and an advanced Live View function. Plus the proprietary DIGIC III image processor ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded, and also manages the camera's efficient energy consumption and high-speed signal processing performance.

The 12.2 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor employs large microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and enhance sensitivity up to ISO 1600, while the 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process means the Rebel XSi camera records up to 16,384 colors per channel and allows the camera to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The camera also incorporates the Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions (previously found only on Canon's Professional Digital SLRs) and the camera is equipped with Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer technology, which corrects image brightness and contrast automatically to prevent underexposure with backlit scenes.

The EOS Rebel XSi is fast - capable of continuously capturing 3.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 53 images. The faster frame rates and finer focusing capabilities of the Rebel XSi together with its impressive image burst rate will help photo enthusiasts capture split second action at just the right moment. Furthermore, the camera is equipped with a host of useful creative controls, including shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. plus Bulb, a choice of four metering patterns including 4% spot metering, a wide range of exposure modes from fully automatic to fully manual, depth of field preview, mirror lock and much more.

The large, 3-inch, 230,000 pixel LCD monitor makes it easier for users to review images and scroll through the menus, and also features a broadened color gamut and a wide viewing perspective in all directions. Furthermore the EOS Rebel XSi camera features Live View - which allows users to frame shots through the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder - this is particularly useful when shooting at odd angles or in situations when looking through the viewfinder is impractical.

The Rebel XSi DSLR utilizes Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning system. This involves a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit that shakes dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor, along with post processing with the supplied Digital Photo Professional software. Here the camera maps any spots that may remain on the sensor and subsequently subtracting dust spots from the final image during post processing.

In a departure from previous EOS Digital Rebel models, which accommodated CF type memory cards, the EOS Rebel XSi camera utilizes SD and SDHC memory cards including those with capacities higher than 2GB, making it the perfect upgrade for users already equipped with SD cards from point-and-shoot model cameras. In addition, it is fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, as well as EX-series Speedlites, an optional Battery Grip, and remote control and viewfinder accessories. In regards to its overall design, the EOS Rebel XSi camera features a substantial yet streamlined profile, with curved edges, contoured surfaces, conveniently placed controls and comfortably constructed rubber grip and thumb rest that all contribute to fatigue-reducing hand fit. The camera body is constructed of a rugged yet lightweight combination of stainless steel and polycarbonate embedded with glass fiber, and the chassis exterior is enrobed in a durable ABS and Polycarbonate resin that is resistant to impact damage.

Canon 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
The CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor of the the EOS Rebel XSi captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, incorporating many of the same technologies to maximize light gathering efficiency that were first seen with the acclaimed EOS-1D Mark III model. The APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) produces an effective 1.6x increase in the lens's marked focal length when attached.
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 the highest levels of performance possible. The entire electronic system is designed to give the camera its incredible combination of speed and image quality, and digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, while color reproduction is enhanced for superior image quality.
14-bit A/D Converter
Formerly a feature only present in top-of-the-line pro digital SLR cameras, the 14-bit A/D conversion in the EOS Rebel XSi provides incredibly smooth transitions from light to dark colors, with far less risk of "banding." 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.
Highlight Tone Priority
Takes full advantage of the EOS Rebel XSi's 14-bit per channel conversion, the Highlight Tone Priority function lets photographers get even better detail in bright highlights, even in high contrast lighting conditions such as mid-day landscape shots or portraits in sunlight. Using the feature does not have any impact on the camera's shooting speed or burst rate.
Auto Optimization
The EOS Rebel XSi's Auto Optimization is an image-quality tool that is available in all shooting modes (including P, Tv, Av, and Manual), and comes to the rescue in tricky lighting conditions by actually lightening dark areas of a scene while ensuring that bright areas maintain tonal detail.
Speedy, Precise Operation
With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel XSi is one of the fastest cameras available today. It provides 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.
High Magnification Viewfinder
The EOS Rebel XSi also has an improved, high magnification viewfinder that provides a larger overall view, and increased brightness and clarity, and 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. Furthermore, 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.
Large 3.0-inch LCD Monitor
The EOS Rebel XSi has a huge, bright 3.0-inch TFT color 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
The Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the 3.0-inch LCD monitor, making it easy to grab odd-angle shots and you can magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping straight lines in your subject straight in your pictures. The live view feature also adds a "Live Mode" contrast-detection AF function that allows the camera to focus automatically during Live View without lowering the reflex mirror. When using the EOS Rebel XSi in the studio, the Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the USB connection so you can view what your camera is about to capture on your PC Monitor.
Advanced & Adaptable AF System
The EOS Rebel XSi has a high-precision 9-point wide area AF sensor for fast, accurate focus even in dim lighting, and 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: The Quick mode uses the camera's standard 9-point AF system, and Live mode, which is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of the subject right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button.
35-Zone Metering
The EOS Rebel XSi incorporates a 35-zone evaluative metering system with improved white balance that analyzes light based on each zone in the viewing area, thereby enabling the camera to choose the overall best exposure for the entire scene. There is also a spot meter option which reads a tiny area (about 4%) of the picture for extremely precise metering, and a Center-weighted average metering and partial metering for accurate exposure no matter the situation.
High-Capacity Memory Cards
The EOS Rebel XSi is compatible with popular Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards. These cards are compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, making them a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel XSi's compact and lightweight body design.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Keep dust off your image sensor and prevent Dust from ruining your images with the advanced Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The EOS Rebel XSi features a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit consisting of a low-pass filter at the front of the sensor that shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off (It can also be manually activated), and a special collar positioned around the sensor collects the loosened dust. Plus there is a special coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter, to prevent dust from sticking to the sensor in the first place. Dust that may still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with the included software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken to produce a Dust Delete Data image. It is then analyzed in-camera to identify the location and size of any remaining dust and this data is added to any subsequent pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and the dust can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon's DPP version 3.3 and later software, thereby ensuring the cleanest possible image.
Picture Style Settings
With Picture Style technology and the EOS Digital Rebel XSi, photographers can recreate characteristics of their favorite films. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. In addition to six preset Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome), Canon offers additional downloadable "Picture Style Files", that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.
Compatible with 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. Aspherical optics and fluorite elements, for example, are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon's Image Stabilizer technology in select lenses minimizes the effect of camera shake.
Advanced Flash Photography
The EOS Rebel XSi features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. Whether using its flush-mounted integral flash or any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output through numerous exposures. Canon's Speedlite 430EX is perfectly suited to the EOS Rebel XSi. It includes an AF-assist Beam, which works in conjunction with the EOS Digital Rebel XTi's focusing system, and automatically sends color temperature information to the camera when the flash fires, for more accurate white balance rendition with flash photography.
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. Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow.
  • Digital Photo Professional 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 2.3 (Windows & Macintosh) 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 6.1 for Windows (Vista compatible) and ImageBrowser 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 2.8 (Windows & Macintosh) is an integrated component of ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) or ImageBrowser (Mac) that allows processing of RAW images from EOS cameras 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.
In the Box
Canon EOS Rebel XSi SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • LP-E5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1080mAh)
  • LC-E5 Battery Charger
  • IFC-200U USB Interface Cable
  • VC-100 Video Cable
  • Ef Eyecup
  • EW-100DBIII Wide Neck Strap
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals on CD-ROM
  • "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Canon Rebel XSi Specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor APS-C Size (22.2 x 14.8mm) 12.4 Megapixel Single-plate CMOS Sensor with RGB Primary Color Filter & Low-pass Filter
    Effective Resolution 12.2 million pixels
    Color Depth 14-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Color (sRGB, Adobe RGB) B&W (with color filter or color tone)
    Image File Formats JPEG (Fine, Normal)
    RAW (14-bit Canon original)
    Recorded Resolution Large (4272 x 2848)
    Medium (3088 x 2056)
    Small (2256 x 1504)
    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Mount Canon EF mount
    Focal Length Multiplier 1.6x
    Optical Image Stabilization Compatible with Canon IS Lenses
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection (9 AF points) with AF-assist Lamp (uses Built-in flash)
    Focus Modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-800 (set automatically)
    Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-1600 (in 1-stop increments)
    Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
    Bulb (up to 30 seconds)
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Exposure Metering 35-zone TTL full-aperture metering (Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted average) with EV 1-20 Metering Range (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
    Exposure Modes Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash, Exposure Compensation (±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments), AEB (±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments), AE Lock
    White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, White balance correction (±9 stops in full-stop increments, White balance bracketing (±3 stops in full-stop increments - Blue/amber or magenta/green direction possible)
    Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto pop-up flash)
    Effective Flash Range 43' (13m) @ ISO 100
    External Flash Connection TTL Hot Shoe
    External Flash Control E-TTL II autoflash with EX Series Speedlites
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/200 second
    Start-Up Time 0.2 seconds
    Shutter Lag 0.055 seconds
    Time Between Shots Less than 1 second (single mode)
    Burst Capability 3.5 fps up to 53 frames in JPEG
    Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, 10-seconds delay plus continuous shooting
    Interval Recording No (possible with tethered operation)
    Date & Time Stamp No (simultaneous recording onto image data)
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD) card
    Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card
    File Size
    RAW Fine Normal
    Large 15.3MB 4.3MB 2.2MB
    Medium - 2.5MB 1.3MB
    Small - 1.6MB 0.8MB
    Battery Type LP-E5 Battery Pack
    AA-size batteries can be used with optional BG-E5 Battery Grip
    Power Adapter ACK-E5 AC Adapter Kit (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 High Speed
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control RS-60E3 Remote Switch (optional)
    RC-1/RC-5 Remote Controller (optional)
    Video Output NTSC & PAL
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • 300 MHz Pentium Processor or better
    • Windows 2000, XP, Vista
    • 256MB RAM
    • USB port
    • Display with 800 x 600 dots, High Color (16-bit)
    • CD-ROM drive required for software installation

    Macintosh System

    • Power PC Processor
    • Mac OS X (10.2 or later)
    • 256MB RAM
    • Built-in USB Port
    • Display with 800 x 600 dots, 32,000 colors
    • CD-ROM drive required for software installation
    Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror with Dioptric Adjustment Correction
    Viewfinder Info AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
    Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
    LCD Display 3.0" TFT Color LCD (230,000 pixels) with Brightness Control (7-steps)
    Information Display Aperture value, AF point selection, card writing status, Exposure level indicator, Exposure compensation amount, AEB level, Drive mode, Self-timer/Remote control, Image-Recording quality, Shots remaining, Flash mode, ISO speed, White balance, Battery level, Shutter speed, Date/time, battery level warning
    Language Options English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Czech
    Playback Options Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images, or shooting date), Highlight Alert (Overexposed highlights blink)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.8 x 5.1 x 2.4" (98 x 129 x 62 mm) body only
    Weight 16.8 oz. (475g) body only

    Canon Rebel XSi Reviews

    EOS Rebel XSi SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 1077.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Regrets! I've used the Canon Rebel XTi for a while and decided to upgrade to the XSi. It was a good move! I'm a hobbyist, mainly shooting landscapes, flowers, birds, etc. and I see some nice improvements with the XSi. The noise reduction feature works well giving good results even at ISO 1600. The metering seems a bit better than the XTi. The larger LCD is a real nice improvement and so is the the new ISO button. I can't comment on the Live View because I haven't found a need to use it yet. The 18-55 IS kit lens is a pleasant surprise...I've been pleased with the shots I can get with it. Much more quality to it than the kit lens that came with the XTi.
    Date published: 2008-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EOS Rebel XSi I use my 450D both as an armature hobbyist and semi-professionally. I shoot mainly Portrait and Nature Photos. Live view and three inch screen is a great asset. Also the custom presets make for quick shooting in rapidly changing weather and lighting conditions; not to mention how useful auto ISO is under extreme conditions. The 12 Mega Pixels and increased controls make for a huge improvement over my 350D and 20D Canons. Battery life is greatly shortened when frequently using Live View. For this reason you will want to carry an extra battery or use a battery grip. I myself use the battery grip and carry two extra batteries.
    Date published: 2008-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My two cents..Low light.. Had this camera about a year, bought it on the road when I had my main camera go down. It has taken some of my best pics to date. As for the gripes about low light, I use it as a main camera to shoot lightning and log exposures with waterfalls. it keeps going when others refuse to focus!..It has surpassed my expectations.Great camera for the money. People tend to gripe about a cameras short comings while comparing them to more expensive models. You get what you pay for and with this unit you get a lot more! I recommend the battery pack as it makes the camera easier to hold.
    Date published: 2009-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even happier now... For 2 years I loved my EOS Rebel did someone else, because it was stolen from my office. When I went to make my replacement choice, I decided to stick with the Rebel, since I carry it with me almost daily and the light weight is a big deal for me. Instead I upgraded to the 17-55MM F/2.8 IS EF-S Lens. The quality difference w/ the lens is outstanding and the leap I was wishing for. I waited out a 2 month delay time for the release of the XSI (body only). The enlarged 3 LDC monitor is a big plus and the added pixels gives me an advantage because I often pull details out of my images for digital collage. Worth the wait! Happy in San Francisco
    Date published: 2008-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EOS Rebel XSi (a.k.a. 450D) SLR Digital We took this camera to Disney; I figured it would be a good place to try out all the settings, esp. the night shots of the fireworks. Once I set the ISO to 800, every shot of the fireworks and castle turned out post-card perfect. I discovered I will def. need to get a filter; I took a photo of someone with a white column behind them, and the bright reflected sunlight washed them out. Only complaint so far is that I haven't figured out how to get the image to appear on the LCD instead of having to use the eyepiece; I have a broken arm and cannot bend it to steady the camera with both hands so holding the camera with one hand got tiring.
    Date published: 2009-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I love this camera. It is very user friendly and has plenty of functions. I love the way I can switch from live view to the view finder with one button. The bright and very large LCD is great for reviewing your pictures right away and I love the display that informs you of every function setting in a quick and easy read way. Most of all, I love that there are tons of things you can do and cusotmize or just let the camera do the work. Either way, it takes beautiful pictures. I am a semi-pro childrens photographer and need a reliable camera that is easy, reliable, and fast. This camera is all that and more.
    Date published: 2008-11-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Canon final got it right We have owned Canon cameras before and were about to give up and go back to Nikons, when someone suggestd this camera. The last Rebel EOS Xs was a piece of junk. Every 4-6 months we would have to send it back for repairs and it ended up costing us more than we bought the carema. We had problem with non-Canon lens, where the camera would not work with anything but Canon lenses. This newer model is so much easier to use, with the bigger screen and the lightweight body. We can use old non-Canon lenses with no issues and the quailty of the picture are so much better. Even though it is a littel more pricer, than it's other models, it is a better buy.
    Date published: 2009-02-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent entry DSLR - Wedding Photos Purchased and received this camera 2 weeks prior to my friend's wedding. After a crash course in its use, and some searching online for tips, I took photos at his wedding (he was trying to save money). I teach photography and multimedia, but hadn't used a DSLR before. Just in case, I grabbed a Canon S3 IS as a backup point n shoot. The S3 IS actually did a better job on full auto with the terrible lighting at the venue, but then it's a P&S. The XSi blew it away when I had time and control of the environment however, it's a strong camera, and very frugal with batteries if you aren't using LiveView (though LiveView works pretty well).
    Date published: 2008-12-02
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