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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Color depth Better color depth 22 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 719 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The Rebel XS has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 62.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.9 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Slightly lighter 502 g vs 524 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 126x98x65 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 1,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        Rebel XS:164 ms
        Rebel XSi:160 ms
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        Rebel XS:300 ms
        Rebel XSi:400 ms
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Size Very small Help
        Rebel XS:126x98x65 mm
        Rebel XSi:129x98x62 mm
        Thickness Very thin Help
        Rebel XS:2.6"
        Rebel XSi:2.4"
        Weight Light weight Help
        Rebel XS:502 g
        Rebel XSi:524 g
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        Rebel XS:None
        Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        Rebel XS:10.1 MP
        Rebel XSi:12.2 MP
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        Rebel XS:3 fps
        Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
        Rebel XSi:800 ISO
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        Rebel XS:10.9 EV
        Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        Rebel XS:0.50x
        Rebel XSi:0.54x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        Rebel XS:62.0
        Rebel XSi:61.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        Rebel XS:22 bits
        Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        Rebel XS:719 ISO
        Rebel XSi:692 ISO

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,000 body only

        $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $700 body only

        $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi.

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