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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 XTi

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
 
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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
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2500 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 160 ms vs 200 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 692 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The Rebel XSi has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $569.99 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $430 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly 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
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
Weight Slightly lighter 524 g vs 556 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 62.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              Rebel XSi:129x98x62 mm
              Rebel XTi:127x94x65 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Rebel XSi:2.4"
              Rebel XTi:2.6"
              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 XSi:1,600 ISO
              Rebel XTi:None
              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 XSi:12.2 MP
              Rebel XTi:10.1 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              Rebel XTi:3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              Rebel XTi:1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              Rebel XTi:11 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
              Rebel XSi:500 shots
              Rebel XTi:370 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              Rebel XTi:62.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XSi:0.54x
              Rebel XTi:0.49x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO
              Rebel XTi:664 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
              Rebel XTi:22.1 bits

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 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 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $375 - $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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $756 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 body only

              $200 - $675 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 XSi Competitors

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

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

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