Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
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
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
160 ms vs 200 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$450.00 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $550 cheaper (2.2x less)
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
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
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Size Very small Help
              Rebel XSi:129x98x62 mm
              Rebel XTi:127x94x65 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Rebel XSi:2.4"
              Rebel XTi:2.6"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              Rebel XTi:3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              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
              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 XSi:0.54x
              Rebel XTi:0.49x
              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
              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

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 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 - $630 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

              $715 body only

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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 Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

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