Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi Review Round-Up


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Imaging Resource

The new Rebel XTi has a 10.1 megapixel sensor, a 2.5 inch LCD screen, and a new dust cleaning system. Ultimately, the Canon Rebel XTi is an improvement of an already superb camera — the Rebel XT — with Canon’s latest and greatest innovations to make digital SLR photography more like you remember from the film days and more versatile to boot. For my money, the greatest improvement to the XTi is the addition of the 30D’s autofocus array. More pixels, a bigger LCD, and dust reduction are welcome, but faster AF is the true benefit to the Rebel XTi, because you can get shots that you couldn’t with the XT. Now I can say that Canon’s flagship consumer camera has it where it counts: fast, accurate autofocus and the best imager you can get for the money. All the rest is gravy. The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi is a fine digital SLR, an excellent choice for anyone wanting to improve their photography. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi Reviews

Camera Labs

The Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi is a much more significant upgrade than anyone expected. … But while we did get the screen and Picture Styles, it was a surprise to also find a higher resolution sensor and a new active dust removal system. Of course the new sensor allows the 400D/XTi to compete on a level playing field against its two toughest rivals. The bigger screen, while long overdue, is also welcome, as is the move to use it for displaying a wide variety of shooting information. It’s easily visible under all but the very brightest conditions and while the battery life may be slightly reduced, there was already plenty in reserve. We’re also pleased to see the 30D’s nine-point AF system, although a little disappointed there’s no spot-metering. Finally, the various anti-dust systems, while not 100% infallible, are a big step forward for Canon. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Photography Review

The EOS 400D (Rebel XTi) turned out to be everything we expected it to be; a progressive upgrade to the already hugely successful EOS 350D (Rebel XT). Image quality was just as good, with plenty of detail, low noise and sophisticated noise reduction at higher sensitivities a well balanced, and thanks to PictureStyle, predictable, color and tone. It also has a significantly improved user interface, dust reduction system, 9 point auto-focus, larger LCD monitor and combined status display/setting change system. … The camera isn’t as comfortable to use as the Nikon or Sony. … Nor does it have the D80’s large and bright pentaprism viewfinder, nor can it match the ‘eye on the scene’ feel you get from the short viewfinder black-out time. Thanks to its blood line and low price the EOS 400D will no doubt be a huge success for Canon. However unlike the EOS 350D, for me it’s no longer the first or obvious choice, so before jumping on the bandwagon make sure you’ve weighed up the competition. READ FULL REVIEW

Steve’s Digicam

Representing the third generation of Digital Rebel product series, the XTi is a refinement of Canon’s entry-level dSLR concept. The XTi does not disappoint, producing 10.1-megapixel images. The XTi was further enhanced with features from the prosumer 30D, including the large 2.5-inch LCD, 9-point AF system and Picture Styles, offering improved control of in-camera image processing. … Overall performance of the Digital Rebel XTi is very robust, its continuous shooting capacity improved from its predecessor. … Just as the original Digital Rebel set a new price/performance standard for consumer dSLRs, the Digital Rebel XTi has set a new value benchmark for this class of camera, and competes well with many prosumer dSLRs offered by its competitors. Offering 10.1-megapixels of resolution, responsive performance, flexible autofocus, accurate metering and excellent image quality, Canon is sure to sell a lot of them. READ FULL REVIEW


For better–or sometimes worse–the feature set of the Canon EOS Rebel XTi remains roughly the same as the XT’s. In general, the XTi’s measured speed fell short of the D80’s. Continuous-shooting performance has been tweaked a bit. Though the speed remains the same as in the XT, Canon rates the XTi to shoot as many as 27 frames of JPEG or 10 frames of raw before the camera hits a bottleneck and slows. … Despite my few complaints, the Canon EOS Rebel XTi still shoots some very nice photos, with good color rendition, broad dynamic range (when there’s sufficient illumination), and accurate automatic white balance. Shots taken at ISO 100 and ISO 200 were very clean, but beyond that, the photos couldn’t take much retouching without drawing attention to the noise. … The Canon EOS Rebel XTi remains a very good first dSLR, but ultimately a disappointing follow up to the XT, which cedes its lead to the Nikon D80. READ FULL REVIEW

The Canon Rebel XTi is the world’s most popular digital single-lens reflex camera. The Rebel XTi is compact, lightweight, rugged, inexpensive, responsive, and compatible with dozens of the world’s best lenses. The Canon Rebel XTi has the best image quality of any camera in its class. For family picture-taking, the best way to start is with the Canon Rebel XTi. The Rebel XTi actually has slightly higher resolution and a new sensor dust removal system that the 30D lacks. The Canon Rebel XTi is the best digital SLR body for most consumers on a budget and it makes a good backup body for professionals. READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

The XTi initially looks and feels very similar to the previous Rebel XT, but once one has shot with it for a while the differences become quite apparent. The first visible change is the new larger LCD screen. The screen size is the new norm – 2.5″, but what will also catch your eye (so to speak) is that the second rear mono-LCD has been eliminated. Instead, all of its display information is now shown on the main LCD screen. With the Rebel XTI Canon’s entry level DSLR has gown up, and in some ways even surpassed its older sibling the 30D. Try as I might, given the feature set, implementation and price point, I find it really hard to find fault with the XTi. Within the current Canon paradigm I find that the XTi has an easy to learn and use interface. Few of the camera’s controls are problematic, and image quality is about as good as it gets from a non-full frame DSLR. Many pros will likely find themselves buying an XTi or two as their backup camera, and even find themselves using it more than their big guns when light weight and small size are paramount. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

I like this little camera! It’s lightweight, it’s intelligently designed, it works well and can make extraordinary images. Its LCD is worlds better than the disgusting greenish LCDs on the 30D and my 5D. It’s nice, but I prefer my Nikon D40, which costs less. I prefer cameras based on their usability. The XTi probably has more real resolution if you print everything at 20×30″ (50 x 75 cm), but I rarely print bigger than 12 x 18″ (30 x 40 cm). If you’re the kind of guy who uses a tripod in broad daylight consider the XTi, and if you’re someone like me who hand-holds and uses fill-flash, the D40 is much better. The advantage of the XTi over other brands is that the XTi has a huge range of color and contrast adjustment. I can get fantastic oversaturated images from it which I can’t quite get from any of my Nikons. These Canons let me crank up color more, which may or not be your taste. READ FULL REVIEW


Canon’s newest Rebel is a high-end camera in a bargain body. Besides its great leap forward in image quality, the Rebel XTi gains enough additional capability (much of it from Canon’s EOS 30D) that it strains the term “entry-level.” … So it makes sense to compare this upstart both to the Nikon D80 and Canon’s own 30D, an 8MP camera currently selling for $350 more than the Rebel XTi. Just three years ago Canon started a revolution with the 6.3MP EOS Digital Rebel — the first digital SLR to sell for less than $1,000 with lens. That revolution has been such a wild success that the third-generation Reb, the XTi, arrives with 10.1MP, loads of high-end features, and an even lower price — and still finds itself in a battle with four other manufacturers for that same piece of turf. …It works fast and accurately. No, it’s not a bulletproof tank, and some of the control buttons are just barely up from point-and-shoot. But given the image quality, autofocusing, fast shooting, and exposure controls of the XTi, it’s not just a deal, it’s a screaming, bloody, great deal. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

While this model will replace the successful EOS 350D, it’s quite a different beast and offers significant improvements on its predecessor. Gone is the 350D’s small grip that caused photographers with large hands so much grief … Available in black or silver, the 400D retains the compact size and light weight of its predecessor, which makes it a great camera for travellers, bushwalkers and anyone who wants to take great pictures but doesn’t want a heavy load. Build quality is generally sound – although the 400D’s plastic body is not in the same class as the metal bodies of the EOS 30D and 5D. … Preliminary shooting tests on a camera that was very close to a production model showed the EOS 400D to be a fine performer and this was backed up by Imatest testing, which revealed some excellent results. With respect to sensor resolution, user-adjustable controls, dust minimisation and overall handling, the EOS 400D is shaping up as a leader in the current entry-level DSLR market. The only thing missing is a low-priced lens with image stabilisation – and we’re sure Canon won’t take long to plug that gap! READ FULL REVIEW

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