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Canon Digital Rebel XSI 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Silver)
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Product Description

For photography with point-and-shoot ease, look no further than Canon's EOS Rebel XSi. The EOS Rebel XSi brings staggering technological innovation to the masses. It features Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, and a 12.2-megapixel CMOS Sensor with Optical Image Stabilizer. The EOS Rebel XSi's refined, ergonomic design includes a 3.0" LCD monitor, compatibility with SD and SDHC Memory cards and accessories that enhance every aspect of the photographic experience. Image Format - 22.2mm x 14.8mm 3 - 2 Horizontal - Vertical Aspect Ratio Color Filter System - RGB primary color filter Low-pass Filter - Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable Recording Format - Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 Image Format - JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original) RAW+JPEG White Balance Settings - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, and Custom Focusing Modes - One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF) Metering Range - EV 1-20 (with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100) Exposure Compensation - Manual 2 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments and AEB 2 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments AE Lock - Automatic when focus achieved with evaluative metering and One-Shot AF, and Manual by AE lock button Shutter Type - Electronically controlled and focal-plane shutter Shutter Speeds - 1/4000 seconds to 1/60 seconds, X-sync at 1/200 seconds, 1/4000 sec. to 30 seconds, bulb Self-timer - 10-seconds, 2-seconds delay or 10-seconds delay plus continuous shooting Brightness Control - 7 levels provided Body Dimensions - 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 (128.8x97.5x61.9mm) Weight - 16.8 ounces (475 grams) body only Lens Dimension - 2.7 x 2.6 (69x66.2mm) Weight - 6 ounces (190 grams)

Features:
  • 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display; includes Canon's EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens
  • DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; improved Autofocus and framing rate
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning system, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Great camera for the beginner and beyond
    I have owned a Canon EOS 3 film SLR camera for about 12 years and have loved it. I decided to go to the digital SLR since I am going to have daughter in a couple of months and the cost of film and developing is crazy. The lenses on my EOS 3 were interchangeable with the new digital Rebel lens mounting system. This was one of the main reasons that I stuck with Canon. Keeping the lenses and flash I already had saved me about $1000. I have the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon, the Canon 24-85/3.5-4.5 EF USM Black Zoom Lens Canon AF Zoom Lens and a Canon Speedlite 380EX. All of these products work very well with with the new digital system.

    I have had this camera for about 30 days and have taken around 500-750 shots. I mainly take landscape/nature and portraits. The quality is excellent. I have taken a whole lot of photos of my dogs and while hiking in the mountains, I live in Arizona. The camera's automatic shooting modes are pretty good but if you can take the time to learn how to use the manual Av and Tv modes this camera is AWESOME!

    I just bought a new portrait lens, the Canon EF Lens - 50 mm - F/1.8 - Canon EF. It is Canon's lower quality model with the plastic mounting system of lenses but it is very, very good for natural light portraits. As long as you don't need a portrait lens for professional use, this lens is great.

    This camera picks up every detail and is unbelievable at 12mp. I bought a 8gig SD card to go with it for about $10 shipped. It was the Transcend 8 GB SDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6. I found it on Amazon. It holds about 1300 pictures at 12mp. It is a great combo for the Rebel body.

    I highly recommend this camera. It has very easy to use manual and automatic settings. It has cool features like live view and depth of field preview too. ...more info
  • great picture quality and flash
    We are very happy with the quality of the pictures and also impressed with how well the built-in flash works in dark light. ...more info
  • awesome camera
    everything is great about this camera. for the entry-level dslr, this is as good as it gets. it is small enough for the prosumer, yet big enough to feel solid and luxurious. the screen is also 3 inches, which is a big plus. the camera can suit a variety of people, ranging from beginners with the automatic modes, to the advanced amateur, with full manual modes for your pleasure. i love it!...more info
  • Great!
    This is my first Digital SLR. I have to say I am very pleased with it so far! I was a little nervous of some of the reviews of the Auto focus. But I don't use the auto focus that much. So no complaints here.
    Very Good Camera!...more info
  • Overall pleased
    The Cannon Xsi is my first venture into the world of the SLR/DSLR cameras. My other camera is a point and shoot Sony Cybershot that I purchased 5 years ago, and love love love. I decided to branch out and learn a new way to take pictures. I photograph everything, especially flowers. I have not learned how to take pictures using the manual settings, and look forward to doing so, however I am not fully happy with the automatic settings on this camera.
    Most of the time outside pictures are too light. My little Sony had better picture quality. The pictures look fantastic when I darken them up on the computer, but I really prefer to not have to manipulate my pictures digitally.
    I have two lenses. The 18-55, and the 55-250. I rarely use the smaller lens, but really like the zoom. In the future I will probably invest in a more expensive lens, but for now, the lenses I have are fine. It can be difficult to get close up pictures (especially of flowers), but with a little extra effort, I have taken some very nice shots, again just often too light.
    I look forward to learning more about this camera, and hopefully to find a way to darken my pictures without computer manipulation.
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  • What a joy...
    Since the moment I started to use this camera, I have been having so much fun with it. It takes beautiful pictures. Years ago, in the old film days, I had a Canon EOS slr, but once digital came along I just drifted into a point and shoot. If I tried to do anything slightly interesting with the little camera, it would come out grainy or cartoonish. So going from that to this is just WOW. And it's actually very easy to use. It also has a nice feature that helps clean dust from the sensor. The lens that comes with the camera is great. But you will probably also want to buy an additional zoom lens to get started. At any rate, I really can't say enough about it. I would definitely buy this camera again....more info
  • First DSLR
    I decided to upgrade from a point and shoot camera to a digital SLR camera 2 weeks ago. I had done hours upon hours of research of what dSLR to get. Some suggested the Nikon route, but I opted for Canon.

    The XSi was everything I could have asked for. As a beginner, I feel like I can grow with this camera. The only con I have is not waiting 2 weeks for the price to go down to what it is now! Haha

    If you are thinking about getting this, definitely check it out in a store first so you can actually hold it in your hands. Some say it's too small for their hands. I have small hands, so it fits perfectly. But if it's too small, I've heard that some people just add the grip and it works for them (plus the extra stability for heavier lens and the extra battery life).

    Overall, I would recommend this for anyone looking to buy their first DSLR camera....more info
  • Excellent
    This camera has greatly exceeded my expectations. The image quality is much greater than I would have imagined from such an inexpensive camera. I have often seen this billed as a "beginners dslr," but I am actually very impressed with the features it comes with. The almost complete lack of noise, even at the extreme ends of the aperture and shutter speeds is especially amazing.

    The lens is also much better quality than I would have expected from a kit....more info
  • Great prosumer camera
    Great camera for the price. Has a lot of features. I mostly shoot in manual and aperture priority. Do keep in mind that this is a cropped sensor camera - I didn't know about cropped sensors before buying this camera. So those of you like me that are switching over from a film SLR will notice that the view finder is a lot smaller then what you're use to. But a full frame will set you back a lot more, so this is a good one to start with.

    The only thing I was concerned about was megapixels, thinking more is better. But if you're only going to be printing as large as 5x7 than, this really shouldn't be that much of a concern. I've read that the D series (30D, 40D, etc.) produces images with much less noise, so these might be cameras you may want to consider as well.

    I upgraded to the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 lens, and it is SUPER sharp. Highly recommended combo, but 28mm is a bit too tight for some indoor shots, so I got a 12-24 as well. ...more info
  • Camera good - software bad
    My wife has used a Canon SLR for a number of years, so a Canon EOS was the logical choice when purchasing a digital camera as it uses the same lens.

    The Camera takes excellent photos and operates very similarly to the film model, only better in many ways.

    I would have rated it five stars, but...

    So far, it's been impossible to transfer images from the camera to the computer. We managed to transfer one, but that was it. Other images simply will not transfer. The software doesn't recognize, and refuses to connect to, the camera. Even after reloading the software and trying on a different computer. The Canon help line was absolutely no help! NONE!!! They insist it must be a "computer problem" as "no one else has ever had this problem".

    Consequently, we must take the memory card to the in-store developer-kiosk and transfer images there, which requires two trips.

    The camera is great and does everything she wanted, but the software and the Canon help desk are worthless! ...more info
  • Awesome camera
    This camera takes cystal clear images. Very easy to use and download?upload photos. Highly reccomended- Canon is superior to all others.:)...more info
  • Very please so far.
    I've had this camera for about three weeks, and so far I've been very pleased. It's simple enough that my wife can use it without instruction, and powerful enough that I can tweak it to get creative. I was pleased to see that my old L series lenses fit this camera. I was disappointed that the old flashes are incompatible (430EZ and 540EZ). I just got the new 430EX and it works great. But even with the cheap "kit" lens, I really don't have any complaints. It's a great deal on a camera that will do more than most people will ever need.
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  • Great Moderate Price Camera
    This camera is great for all levels of shooting. Works well with many different lenses. I definately recommend this camera for the price. Thanks Amazon.com....more info
  • Pretty good, haven't gone back to film--yet
    There are a lot of things I dislike about digital SLRs.

    I've been a big fan of 35mm black and white and color slide film for years. With film, I get very graceful degradation (grain). With digital, low light noise is not as pleasing as pushed 400-speed film. I also seem to get more chromatic aberration with digital. Finally, I really dislike the smaller sensor on digital SLRs. It makes all my lenses more telephoto, and increases my depth of field quite a bit. I miss how my 50mm/1.8 EF lens looked wide open; the ability to really blur the immediate background came in handy.

    It takes an impressive digital SLR to make up for these issues. The XTi has been my first digital SLR, and I haven't yet gone back to film. Besides the convenience of processing (with Lightroom), the XTi performs well. Its low-light sensitivity, on-camera JPG processing, form factor, and interface all work well for me. The biggest feature I'm missing is a decent spot metering mode. I still break out my Pentax spotmeter (1 degree) occasionally--although with digital, it is just not as much fun as using the zone system and waiting for the negatives....more info
  • Awesome Camera!
    This camera is easy to use right out of the box. The picture quality is amazing, and all the lenses from my 20 year old Canon film SLR work with my new digital. Transferring pictures to the computer is a snap. I would recommend this Canon camera to everyone....more info
  • Perfect DSLR Camera
    I had begun thinking about purchasing a DSLR camera and reading reviews and comparing. When the time for a decision came, everything pointed to the Canon Rebel XSi. The quality of photos is wonderful. All of the possible combinations of features are easily accessed and simple to set. I have taken beautiful shots inside and outside, with the flash and without, up close and far away. I am extremely satisfied with this camera and highly recommend it for anyone looking to jump up to DSLR....more info
  • canon rebel xsi
    Good camera but a lot to learn regarding all of the options. Can be expensive to maintain. Best for serious hobby or professional work....more info
  • Total novice, awesome camera
    I don't know anything about ISOs, image stabilization, or auto focus. I couldn't possibly tell you -- yet -- what half the buttons on my new camera do. But the picture quality is amazing, and I picked up the basics in about fifteen minutes of playing around. The interface is clear and easy to understand, there are more photo options than I know what to do with right now (i.e. "portrait" versus "night portrait"), and my auto-focus is working beautifully.

    Some other reviewers have mentioned the kit lens, and I agree that it is good for indoor and close shots, but I'll definitely be spending the money on something more powerful for a better zoom. I took it to my niece's dance recital and all my non-flash, far-away shots of the stage were pretty blurry.

    All in all, this seems like a GREAT camera for a beginner with a pretty decent price-tag. ...more info
  • Amazingly user friendly
    I just received my Cannon SLR and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I have read up on several reviews regarding this camera and I have to agree that the quality of the pictures are excellent. Canon is known for it's user friendliness and it hasn't failed yet.

    Since this is my first SLR purchase, I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't be overwhelmed with too many switches, buttons, etc. Even though I haven't read the manual yet, I have successfully experimented with various settings and I am impressed by the quality of the pictures thus far. I do plan on reading through the manual eventually to get more use out of the camera.

    Last weekend, I was at an outing and I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people using the Cannon SLR Rebel Xsi series. Obviously, this camera is a popular choice for a good reason. I do believe that the money spent on this camera was well worth it.

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  • Wasted my hard earned dollars
    I researched for 6 months before buying this camera and then the upgrade 17-85 IS lens, and thought I had found my perfect camera and lens with live view and all.
    I noticed right out of the box that all my images were soft but I figured it will take time to get it dialed in. Four months later and a thousand pictures and settings and I wish I had bought the Nikon D40 for 1/2 the cost or D60. My $1200 system with the upgrade lens takes pictures that time after time are not as in focus as D40 with Kit lens that has no image stabilization. The only shots that even come close are done with live view and manual focusing and then edited heavily.
    .... Update to above review... I returned my camera to Canon for repair. I just got it back and they made adjustments in the camera's electronics and I do notice an improvement. I will not get rid of the camera after all. To bad quality control could not get it right the first time. I had no trouble with Canon and the warrantee....more info
  • Great Camera
    This camera is everything I expected it to be... Although a longer lense would be a great addition...more info
  • Very happy
    I'm very happy with my recent purchase of the Canon Digital Rebel XSi. I had a 35mm Canon Rebel EOS before switching to digital and I'm very glad that they're so similar so I didn't have to learn a lot of new settings.

    One of my favorite settings for this particular camera that I didn't have before was the macro setting. I can get as close as 3 inches to something and take a clear photograph of it. It makes photographing the garden a lot more fun.

    The precision focusing and quick flickerflash are bonus items as well. It's so fast and accurate and so far, I've taken well over 2,000 shots and haven't had red eye in any one of them. Most of the time I don't even need a flash since the automatic setting will adjust the light as I need it, including an extended aperture which will give more light in a low light situation as long as I hold the camera very still (or use a tripod).

    As a portrait photographer, I love this camera as well. Without the flash, I can take a very clear photograph of someone and have their skin tone glow and their eyes clear and focused. With the flash, it doesn't bleach them out and as I already mentioned, red eye has so far not been a concern.

    I absolutely recommend this camera to anyone wanting to improve their shots. I first used it when it belonged to a friend and loved it. When I was ready to go digital, I asked for the make and model and here I am now, ranting and raving about my new "baby". I'm rarely found without it these days. I love it!...more info