Canon EOS 450D Rebel XSi Review Round-Up


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Imaging Resource

The Canon Rebel XSi is indeed a worthy successor to the Rebel throne. A camera with the Rebel name has never carried such sophistication, nor so rich a feature-set. It has all that makes the Rebel XTi great, but with more resolution, live view, a faster frame rate, a new look, and an image-stabilized lens. It’s the image quality that makes the Rebel XSi stand out, with great performance across the ISO range. … As I said of the XTi, the Canon Rebel XSi is an excellent, take-anywhere, all-purpose digital SLR camera that’s great as a second camera for pros, or as a primary camera for anyone else. It will more than serve, it will make its owner very happy. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon EOS 450D Rebel XSi Reviews

Camera Labs

Canon’s EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi offers a step-up from entry-level models like the EOS 1000D/ XS without spending too much extra. Benefits include 12.2 Megapixels, a stabilized kit lens, 3in screen, 3.5fps continuous shooting, a decent viewfinder, 14-bit A-D conversion and RAW files, along with accurate Live View with the choice of two AF systems and supplied PC remote control software. It’s a lot of DSLR for the money and the cheapest mid-range model in this section, but be sure to compare closely with the Sony Alpha A350. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Photography Review

The EOS 450D’s new sensor is superb, and from a resolution point of view puts the EOS 40D to shame without losing any of the high ISO performance that has been Canon’s trump card for so long. We’re certainly happy to see the improved buffering, spot metering and ISO button/viewfinder display, as well as the improvement in the viewfinder itself. The EOS 450D feels like a mature product, it is capable of superb results and it has a feature set that offers an excellent balance between beginner-friendly ease of use and the manual control/customization demanded by those wanting something a little more serious. … Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Canon at the sales counter is that the EOS 450D costs too much to compete with the real entry-level DSLRs. READ FULL REVIEW

Steve’s Digicam

The Canon EOS Rebel XSi is whole lot of camera for an entry-level model. It’s stellar performance and superb image quality offer a lot to the first-time dSLR user. The 12-megapixel sensor means you can print gorgeous 11 x 17 enlargements on a color printer. We were happy the XSi now uses the popular SD and SDHC memory cards, and thankful for the addition of the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. Plus, the included software suite allows you to manage or even change the look of your digital photographs with the enhanced Picture Style technology. Canon’s Rebel XSi offers an outstanding value for the impressive level of technology incorporated into this camera. READ FULL REVIEW


The Canon EOS Rebel XSi comes as a welcome change, and a model worthy of upgrading from your old Rebel XT. It may have a typical, uninspired body design and a modest feature set, but where it really counts–performance and image quality–the XSi manages to stand out from the crowd. … Its smooth plastic body still feels a bit on the cheap side, and I’m not crazy about the grip. … The XSi delivers hands-down, best-in-class photo quality, surprising given the higher-resolution sensor. Though it’ll run you a few bucks more than competitors, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi will deliver slightly better performance and noticeably better photo quality in return, making it a worthwhile trade-off. It doesn’t stand out for its feature set or design, but the Canon EOS Rebel XSi delivers on performance and photo quality. READ FULL REVIEW

A new entry level DSLR, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, also known as the EOS 450D has increased the pixel count to 12.2MP, increased the LCD size from to 3″ and added a Live View mode. The AF system has been improved, the continuous drive speed increased to 3.5 fps, and there’s now a 45-JPEG-image buffer. Unlike any previous Canon DSLR, the XSi uses SD/SDHC memory cards with no provision for the use of CF cards. … Resolution is measurably higher, though the difference in practice is quite small. Noise appears to be a little higher, perhaps because of the smaller pixels. … Upgrading from the XTi to the XSi makes sense if you need things like spot metering, a larger LCD and Live View, but if you’re looking for a noticeable leap in image quality, I don’t think you’ll see it. READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

Frankly, there are likely no significant image quality or feature advantages to the Canon XSi that make it a must-have over comparably priced models from the other leading camera companies. Indeed, one area where Canon (as well as Nikon) have a challenge is with their lack of in-body image stabilization. But, if you’re someone that is either partial to Canon cameras, or already have a higher end model, a set of lenses, and are seeking another camera body that’s small and light weight, yet without serious feature limitations, then the Canon XSi may well be the camera that you’ve been looking for. As we have seen, image quality (at least within its ISO range) is on a par with anything else on the market, and better than most in this price range. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

At first glance, one notices the Rebel XSi’s large, 3-inch LCD monitor, enhanced from the 2.5-inch screen on the Digital Rebel XTi model. The larger 230,000 pixel screen makes it easier for users to review images and scroll through the Rebel XSi camera’s menus. … In keeping with its EOS system heritage, the new Canon EOS Rebel XSi camera is equipped with a host of useful creative controls, including shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. plus Bulb, a choice of four metering patterns including 4% spot metering … a wide range of exposure modes from fully automatic to fully manual, depth of field preview, mirror lock and much more. A departure from previous EOS Digital Rebel models, which accommodated CF type memory cards, the new EOS Rebel XSi camera utilizes SD and SDHC memory cards including those with capacities higher than 2GB, making it the perfect upgrade for users already equipped with SD cards from point-and-shoot model cameras. READ FULL REVIEW


Enough upgrades to performance and convenience have been added — some trickle-downs from the pro-level EOS-1D series — that the XSi qualifies far more as an enthusiast model than an entry-level one. This brings us to the $340 question (the difference in price between the XSi and Canon’s 40D): What does the higher-priced camera give you? A much tougher metal body with excellent weathersealing, beefier innards including a 150,000-cycle shutter, a smoking burst rate of 6.5 fps, user-changeable focusing screens, and ISO 3200. Shooters who are tough on their stuff will want the 40D, no question. But, given the capabilities of the Rebel XSi, as well as its price, it’s one very sweet deal. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

Slotting in between the entry-level EOS 400D and the pro-sumer EOS 40D, the EOS 450D is a genuine step-up from the 400D. Being slightly taller than the 400D, the 450D’s grip is slightly larger and more comfortable for users with larger hands. For photographers who shoot raw files, the most noteworthy enhancement in the new model is the upgrade of the Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process to a 14-bit A/D processor. This allows the camera to record up to 16,384 colours per channel and greatly increases its ability to produce finer and more accurate hues and tonal gradations. Although the increase in resolution from 10-megapixels to 12.2 megapixels (effective) in the new model is, in practice, smaller than many people think, the lighter, more stylish camera body could be a deal-clincher. READ FULL REVIEW

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