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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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differences

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 slightly faster 3.5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $695.00 vs $899.99
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The best price we've seen is $205 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              Rebel XS:300 ms
              Rebel XSi:400 ms
              Size Very small Help
              Rebel XS:126x98x65 mm
              Rebel XSi:129x98x62 mm
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              Rebel XS:164 ms
              Rebel XSi:160 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Rebel XS:$899.99
              Rebel XSi:$695.00
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XS:3 fps
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              500 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XS:62.0
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XS:0.50x
              Rebel XSi:0.54x
              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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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 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 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 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

              $639 body only

              $200 - $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 Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 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 Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $746 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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

              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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