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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 (Black)
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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:

  • xsi auto focus issues
    I don't usually add to post but I felt that I need to help others with deciding on the purchase of the XSI. My situation started in January of 09 when I bought the XSI along with the 50mm f1.8 and the 55-250mm IS lens after reading extensive reviews on the internet before I purchased the camera. After receiving the camera and lenses I started to see a focus issue very quickly with the kit lens. I then contacted Amazon and they promptly sent me a new XSI camera. When I received that camera I used both kit lenses on both bodies and they both had the very same AF issue when you use the center focus point. When I used the 50 prime and the 55-250mm IS with both camera bodies neither of those lenses missed the focus using the center focus point. I never was in auto mode always in shutter or aperture mode. Every picture with the kit lens was clearly very soft and out of focus. I then returned the first camera back to Amazon for credit and I sent the second kit lens to Canon for recalibration. When I received it back from Canon I then started the process again and there was some improvement but they were all out of focus using the center focus point or any one of the 9 individual focus points. I then started to experiment with the camera by using aperture priority and center auto focus point and I would use the AF shutter button pressed half way and then switch to live view and the image would be out of focus so I would refocus in live view and it would nail the scene every time due to the fact they use different focus methods in live view. This is unacceptable. Furthermore when I contacted Canon CS they portrayed that I was the only person that has had an issue with the XSI and the kit lens. Even after I got the lens back and contacted Canon CS I got the same response about me being the only person with this issue. I still thought it was my technique but I can tell you that after 3000 pictures with the camera I cannot be that BAD there is an inherent problem with the communication between the kit lens and the body of the XSI period! Canon can say what they want but after taking the camera to 2 different professionals we all came to the same conclusion. I know the kit lens is NOT L quality but the kit lens should perform to the same standard as the 55-250mm IS lens and if not then back to the research for a different camera and that is when I am after 2 months of frustration with the camera. The lack of Canon recognizing the true issue and being able to fix it really has me stumped. I could have sent the body and the lens back to Canon at no charge because they sent me a return label but my time with Amazon return policy was up so I had no other choice but to return the 2nd camera that I tried to like. If you would like to see the pictures I would gladly send them to you. You can contact me through this site I think?
    Lpowers
    ...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
  • very good camera
    I am very pleased with my upgrade.
    it is a nice camera to own even if you are an amateur and all you need is taking photo of your your family
    I give it 2 thumbs up....more info
  • Great Camera !!!
    Purchased this camera for a european vacation along with an 8 gig card for a great price. Pictures turned out excellent. Camera has good features and easy to set up and use. Details on the close up feature came out nice. I will purchase a more powerful lens in the future. Would highly recommend this camera to a friend....more info
  • Great DSLR
    I did a lot of research and decided between the XSI and the XS. I chose to get the best that I could afford. The pictures have been great. I am still learning how to use it. The IS lens is wonderful. Check out the pictures from the XSI on flickr.com. I would definitely recommend (and I actually have) the XSI as a great DSLR starter camera.
    I have also purchased the 55-250mm lens and enjoy taking pictures with it. The picture quality is superb.
    Finally, I would suggest online tutorials on dslr cameras, or joining a local user group. These have helped me greatly by explaining how aperature, shutter speed, and iso work together....more info
  • Great DSLR for newbies
    Agree with most of the positive comments here. I finally made the jump from point and shoot to DSLR. Picture quality is way better in indoor or low light shots. I now realize how flash pictures are generally bad (and try to avoid if possible). I was unsure about the wide angle lens, so I bought an additional 50-250 lens. Well, I hardly ever take that out. The default lens is great and the wide angle setting is what I end up using most of the time. There are many automatic modes for newbies, but I like the straight forward aperture priority mode.

    It certainly is bigger than a point and shoot but it is not very heavy. Finally, there are no autofocus problems as some reported. However, I don't use the default 9 point AF. The camera assumes the wrong area of focus in full auto mode and pictures may come out blurry. I use only the center AF point and make sure its where I want the focus to be. It focuses sharp and fast....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
  • Great Entry Level Camera???
    I keep reading how this is a great entry level camera for the DSLR world.. But what about those of us who just want the DSLR photo quality with out going over a grand? I happen to fall into that category more so then the entry level one.. I admit I have purchased another lens for this camera and I have some filters and a tripod.. BUT in my point and shoot defense, it is just to get even a better shot...
    I have lived in a point and shoot world for about 8 years now.. I have always had great luck with Canon point and shoots so when I finally got to the point of desiring better quality photos then what my point and shoot could offer me. I ended up looking at the DSLR's. I wanted something to where I could set up the camera to do it's thing while I focused on whatever subject. I liked my preset settings on my point and shoot. And I wanted to keep them on next camera. I really wasn't and I am still not interested in aperture focal points or any of that other stuff. I wanted awesome pictures that I could share with family of mostly my dogs and vacation photos..
    And this camera provides it.. I am not or cannot sit here and write up a review telling you its strengths and weaknesses because honestly I don't see the weaknesses. For me I see awesome photo quality with the ability to do a whole lot more.. I do not foresee myself purchasing a new camera for a good 5 to 6 years.. I am hoping for more like 10 but we shall see.. Which is a lot better then the point and shoots which I was averaging about one every other year. Not because they would break but because photo quality would improve so much that I would end up moving to the next camera. This camera fits my needs as a weekend photographer and constant scrapbooker. And has photo quality that is close to actual 35mm.
    It is a little too big for theme parks so I will always have some type of point and shoot.. Let me explain a little to big.. It is not huge by any means but when you are walking around a theme park you do not want to have a 600 dollar camera around your neck.. This camera does not fit into a pocket like most point and shoots therefore making it to me a bit of a burden to carry. Personally for myself I would rather just have the pocket point and shoot. You can also hold on to a point and shoot on a roller coaster a lot better then this camera.
    I LOVE this camera. And the photos it has taken.. I have had a few of them blown up and they are now framed and on my walls.. ...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
  • Canon XSI
    I am new to DSLRs cameras. I like the canon XSI, it has outperformed any digital camera I have had in the past. However, I would think the Canon XS is just as good for a beginning photographer, with a smaller price tag. The Canon XSI does have more features but may not warrant the increase in price over the XS. Now if your one of those people, (like me) that want all the features, go with the XSI. You will be happy you bought it.

    Pros: Speed
    Quality photos
    Creative mode

    Cons: Had to buy the opteka battery grip to improve the canmeras grip. For the cost of the camera it should have included a SD card and battery grip.

    ...more info
  • Fabulous!
    I'm just a beginner but I love this camera. Its so easy to use...the directions that come with it are easy to read and understand. It takes great pictures...I highly recommend the book Understanding Exposure to go with it for beginners. Definitely recommend! ...more info
  • gift for my son
    The camera has been easy to use and offers lots of features that allow my son to produce some very interesting and artistic results....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
  • 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
  • Recommended Without Hesitation
    The complexity of this camera made me hesitate to take the plunge, but I'm glad I did! I received it the day before our family vacation in Disneyland. With three young children running all over the place, it doesn't matter how trained you are, there isn't time to fiddle around with the controls. With this camera, I took over a thousand pictures in fully automatic mode, and got fantastic results. Our vacation photos are far better than I could get with a point and shoot.

    Many of the photos I took were inside the rides, such as Matterhorn, Dumbo, and so forth. The lighting and vibration is obviously a huge challenge, but virtually all of my photos came out with excellent sharpness and clarity.

    I'm very excited about using this to get other pictures I couldn't get before, like shots of my kids playing baseball, school assemblies, school plays, and other activities that our older cameras just couldn't work in.

    There are many reasons why the XSi creates better pictures: It's 12.2 MP sensor has much better light sensitivity, so it can be used in darker conditions than a "point and shoot" camera. In addition, you can use lenses which have many times more light gathering capability. With these large aperture lenses, you can also throw the background out of focus, for better portrait photography. The bundled IS (Image Stabilization) lens is the reason why so many of the pictures I took from roller coasters came out sharp as a tack.

    So, yes, there is a lot of technology here, and learning it makes your photos better, but I get great photographs simply because this is a better camera and it can take pictures that point and shoot cameras can't. A great book to guide you is The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion.

    The best technique I've developed so far is to change the focus to use only the center point, and to use the star-shaped button to hold exposure. These techniques are great for photographing people, as you can focus on the eyes, then set the exposure for the composition you want -- in other words, it separates the exposure and focus points.

    Although I've owned many SLR's in the past, this is my first digital SLR. With today's high capacity cards, the biggest difference is that you can shoot hundreds of pictures without changing (let alone buying) film. Photography is much more enjoyable when you can just shoot to your heart's content.

    I have a lot to learn with this camera, but I've found that doesn't get in the way of taking pictures. My pictures have been getting better and better, and I'm having a blast trying to improve my technique. I ordered the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras from Amazon, and I'm looking forward to taking the kids to the zoo. The image stabilization feature will be an even bigger help with that lens. ...more info
  • What took so long?
    I've been an "advanced" enthusiast with regard to photography for quite some time and was hesitant to take the plunge (and part with the dollars) into the DSLR field only to find out the cost far outweighed the return. Well after having the Canon Rebel XSi for only about a week, I am regretting not having made the jump sooner. This purchase has been well worth the money and while I'm not experienced enough to review all the technical aspects of this product, I can definitely say it's a great entry into the field of DSLR photography if that is the direction you are leaning. The full auto mode will give you stunning results while you figure out the more advanced settings at your own pace.

    I've since purchased the 55-250mm zoom lens and am awaiting delivery so I can further expand my photo options. It has many great accessories and lenses that you can choose to upgrade with when the time is right. Amazing camera and I'm completely happy with this purchase!...more info
  • love it
    This is my first DSLR, I don't know how to use most of the function it come with, but I'm learning now.

    This camera is easy to learn, the manual come with it is very detail and easy to understand (for a first time user). The Kit lens is great for everyday use.

    The basic auto mode is easy to use, and the picture is much better then my older camera, I'm very happy about that.

    I took the camera to an Airshow (a week after the camera arrived), with just auto mode, and addition telephoto lens, I got many great pictures. So far I'm very satisfy with it....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
  • Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera (Black Body Only)
    Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera (Black Body Only)

    Delivery was prompt but had to sign for it in person (would not redirect delivery) so lost 5 hour of pay, so it cost me over $150.00 more do to lost pay so if you order this arrange for delivery to an address that has an adult to sign in person first ok now to review the product love it I recommend everyone own one 5 stars...more info
  • 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
  • SWEET!!!!!
    This camera takes amazing pictures. There are a lot of other cameras that have more features and cost a lot more that supposedly take better pictures but I am not a pro. This camera has an amazing full auto feature that adjusts everything for you. Just point and the camera adjusts the multitude of processing features for the best picture. I am really impressed!!!!!...more info
  • Great entry-level camera
    This camera provides a strong range of capabilities, but it may cost more money than entry-level buyers want to spend. Still one of the best....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
  • If only it would focus correctly for distance shots
    I absolutely loved this camera. I bought (and returned) two. The "only" problem was the quality of the photos. For portraits, the quality was magnificent. However, for landscape shots the quality was poor and out of focus. The first camera was the worst of the two. I took many pictures that turned out substandard. The one I remember best was a scene overlooking a town. The houses in the town were all a blur. My girlfriend took the same picture, standing next to me, with her [...]point and shoot camera. The houses were all nice and sharp in her photo. The second camera was better. The portraits were, again, magnificent. However, for distance shots it was slightly inferior to my Canon G9.

    I know that this camera had great professional reviews (see [...] and great reviews by users ([...]I have no doubt this camera has served admirably for many people. However, I can only write about my personal experiences (I am not a novice photographer and I shot in both RAW and JPEG). It is not only me. Google "Canon 450d focus problems" and see that I am not alone. Or read the few bad reviews on Amazon.com (many of these are about focus) or look through the discussion forums on www.dpreview.com. Other Canon cameras (including other Rebel models) don't have these complaints.

    I very much want to give this camera five stars since it is very, very nice, but I can't due to my personal experience. I do not dispute the five star rating other customers have given this camera - if they have had no focus problems, their ratings are correct. For me, I am going to wait for the next generation of the Rebel series....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.
    ...more info
  • Simply fantastic!!
    This camera is probably on my top 5 best investments in my life. It takes the most beautiful pictures with very little effort and knowledge. But I suggest exploring all the different options that this camera offers. You'll be surprised of what a good photographer you are!!!
    Other reviews are right on the money on the technical stuff, so there is little left to say, except that I love my camera and I am happy I bought one
    Enjoy it!! ...more info
  • 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