Canon EOS Rebel XSi

The Good Excellent photo quality for its class; better-than-average speed.

The Bad Maximum ISO 1600; huge spot-for-spot metering.

The Bottom Line It doesn't stand out for its feature set or design, but the Canon EOS Rebel XSi delivers on performance and photo quality.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Price ... ... £420 Amazon.co.uk £665 Amazon.co.uk £555 Amazon.co.uk
Design
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8
8
Features
7
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6
8
8
Performance
8
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7
8
8
Image quality
8
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7
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8

Review

Canon EOS Rebel XSi

After last year's disappointing Rebel XTi--a solid camera--but one that didn't improve significantly over its predecessor, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi comes as a welcome change, and a model worthy of upgrading from your old Rebel XT. 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.

Canon offers two body designs for the XSi, an attractive solid black and a less-attractive two-tone silver and black. Each comes in a body-only or single-lens kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. This is a bit unusual, since most manufacturers also offer a dual-lens kit for this market. We tested the kit, as well as tried it out with the new EF-S 55mm-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS lens.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Canon
  • Digital Camera Type Entry-level dSLR
  • Sensor Resolution 12.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 14.8 x 22.2 mm
  • Optical Sensor Type CMOS
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model with 18-55mm lens, silver

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