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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Kit

12.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm IS zoom lens (Black)

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Our take on the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Kit

Canon's Digital Rebel cameras started a revolution in digital SLR photography by delivering an impressive combination of high performance and value. The popular Digital Rebel XSi offers even more picture-taking power and advanced shooting options than ever. Its refinements include a newly designed image sensor, a larger 3" LCD monitor, "live" view modes for composing your shots directly on the LCD screen, and more.


Canon's Digital Rebel cameras started a revolution in digital SLR photography by delivering an impressive combination of high performance and value. The popular Digital Rebel XSi offers even more picture-taking power and advanced shooting options than ever. Its refinements include a newly designed image sensor, a larger 3" LCD monitor, "live" view modes for composing your shots directly on the LCD screen, and more.

Advanced, self-cleaning CMOS image sensor
Canon's impressive 12.2-megapixel image sensor offers a top resolution that's more than sufficient for cropping, enlarging, and printing photos at large sizes, while retaining extremely fine picture detail. It also employs high-sensitivity, low-noise CMOS technology to deliver pristine images with minimal grain. And this sensor is self-cleaning — it uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove dust particles that can cause spots on your photos.

Enjoy sharp, blur-free images
An upgraded 9-point wide-area autofocus system ensures fast, accurate focusing for crisp shots, even in dim lighting. And the XSi's sharp Canon 18-55mm image-stabilizing zoom lens gives you outstanding, blur-free photos under all kinds of shooting conditions. Capture your images on optional SD™ memory cards — no memory included.

Product Highlights:

  • 12.2-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (22.2 x 14.8 mm)
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 28-90mm)
  • 3X optical zoom (approximate)
  • compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
  • 3" color LCD screen (230K pixels) with two Live View modes
  • Auto Optimization to maintain detail in bright and dark areas of your pictures
  • DIGIC III image processor for responsive handling
  • 14-bit A/D conversion for outstanding color tones and gradations
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System (for cleaning image sensor)
  • image size options: 4272 x 2848; 3088 x 2056; 2256 x 1504
  • image file formats: JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • continuous shooting mode: 3.5 frames per second (up to 53 large/Fine JPEG, 6 RAW, or 4 RAW+JPEG frames)
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-1600
  • shutter speed range: 1/4000 to 30 seconds (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), flash sync at 1/200 second
  • preset shooting modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, plus 3 custom camera user settings
  • custom white balance settings
  • wide-area 9-point autofocus
  • spot metering mode
  • auto exposure
  • built-in pop-up flash
  • hot shoe for Canon EX-series Speedlite flash accessories
  • accepts standard Secure Digital® memory cards and SD High Capacity (SDHC™) cards 4GB and greater (no memory card included; must be purchased separately)
  • PictBridge capability
  • high-speed USB interface
  • NTSC/PAL video output
  • 5-1/8"W x 3-13/16"H x 2-7/16"D (without lens)
  • weight (body only): 16.8 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • Canon image stabilizing 18-55mm zoom lens
  • AC battery charger
  • lithium ion rechargeable battery (LP-E5)
  • video cable
  • USB cable
  • neck strap
  • software CD-ROMs (PC & Mac)

What's in the Box:

  • Black digital camera body with body cap installed
  • EF-S 18-55mm lens with rear lens cap and front lens cap installed
  • LP-E5Lithium-ion battery pack (7.4V/1080mAh) with plastic cover
  • LC-E5 battery charger
  • 47" USB cable with in-line ferrite core (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • 57" Video cable with in-line noise filter (RCA composite video connector on one end and a minijack on the other)
  • Neck strap
  • Eyepiece cover (attached to neck strap)
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk CD-ROM ver 17.1
  • Software Instruction Manual CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • CD-ROM Guide (English/Spanish) Pocket Guide (English)
  • Pocket Guide (Spanish)
  • USA/Canadian warranty card
  • Note on using genuine Canon accessories
  • USB Cable caution sheet
  • Booklet on using Image Stabilizer lenses
  • Macro photos made easy booklet
  • Canon Pixma printers brochure
  • Online Product Registation card

Hard to beat. Lots of features, well thought out buttons, great picture quality. Always was a Nikon person until I saw the logic of the layout on this camera. Easy to change common functions without digging through menu after menu, And as always I can only say great things about Crutchfield.

Paul, Asheville NC


Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

great camera

nancy from Elmhurst, IL on 4/4/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

a little hesitant to order something so expensive over the internet but talked with the rep on the phone who was great and the package came quickly and in perfect shape! Camera is easy to use right out of the box. I've always had Canon cameras in the past and had considered changing but everyone said stick with Canon and I'm glad I did. Good luck.



Great Camera, lots of features

Paul from Asheville NC on 2/22/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hard to beat. Lots of features, well thought out buttons, great picture quality. Always was a Nikon person until I saw the logic of the layout on this camera. Easy to change common functions without digging through menu after menu, And as always I can only say great things about Crutchfield.



Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Kit

Derek from Eglin AFB, FL on 1/21/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this camera for my wife and both her and I love it. The XSi is easy to use and makes every photo look professional. Friends have seen our family photos shot with this camera and have asked my wife if she would take pictures of their children. The XSi has taken my wifes photos to a whole new level.




Jim from Philadelphia, PA on 9/23/2008

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I'm happy with the Canon XSi. I like the weight (plastic is a trade-off), the built-in flash, the 3" LCD, battery-life, and how quickly it powers up. I like the image-stabilizing lens (although I'm not sure how good it is in comparison to my old lenses as I'm also not quite sure the lens quality is still there). I like that you can shoot without flash, or force it when wanted. Oh, and I like that you can change the AF (auto focus) points - this is much more than a "point and shoot". What I don't like is the really automated quality of it, but I guess that works for most people. I'm used to changing the f-stop/aperature right on the lens - second nature - as I look through the viewfinder. But I can't do that with this, I need to push a button on the back, look at the LCD, and spin the main dial to adjust it. Maybe I can get used to it...? It does offer automatic depth of field, adjustable metering, and exposure compensation, but I'm used to doing that myself. I do like the auto exposure bracketing though. And I also feel that although it has 12.2 mega-pixels, perhaps the image processor isn't all that great. I'm not sure about that, but I feel it could deliver more. Overall, for most people I think that the price range is good, and it wouldn't pay for them to step up to something better. In fact, for most people it's probably a bit much! I can only imagine them using the auto setting, and perhaps some of the specialty modes (portraits, landscapes, sports). Recommended.



A Very Good Compact Camera for pro or amateur

Susan from Lyons, CA on 9/14/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a surprisingly good, lightweight, fully functional camera. It has ease of use for a beginner and pro features such as a histogram, exposure compensation, etc. Both the Jpg and Raw files are good and there is no camera lag. Many of the features are accessible from the back of the camera rather than digging into the menu. The camera is self-cleaning and there is an LCD preview option if one wants. The images produced are clean, have great color, and can be manipulated easily in the Canon software that comes with the kit. At 12 megapixels, images can easily be cropped. It works well with many Canon lenses including higher end lenses such as the 24-105L. The 10-22 and 60mm macro work especially well and provide colorful wide-angle and close-up shots. Least successful for me was the use of the 100-400L lens.



Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Kit

Greg from Buffalo, NY on 9/12/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought the camera about 4 weeks and love it. We previously had a Canon point and shoot 6 megapixal, what a step up this is. The auto focus is extremely fast. The pictures are amazing.



Rebel without a cause

Victor from Vicksburg MS on 9/11/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Canon 450d XSI is a fabulous camera. wrongly described by some as an entry level DSLR. Intermediate, Enthusiast, semi pro would be better descriptions. Easy to use, better in low light settings then expected & easy to navigate menus. The buyer certainly feels he has got value for money. Lenses: You would however need to purchase both lenses to see it in all its glory. Both 18-55 and 55-250 with IS are excellent lenses for the price paid. I have since used far more expensive lenses and the only difference i noticed was when it came to challenging light situations but as regards quality pictures, i had no issues. the negative with this camera has to be the live - view which was one of canons selling points. its works yes but not the way you would be used to if upgrading from a compact or bridge. Its awkward and eventually you stop using it. you cannot zoom during live view or use it as a sole method of taking pictures. the newer models seems to have improved. To sum up my review: when i try to think of the pros and cons of this camera, its pros far outweigh the cons. hope this helps.




Anonymous from Ft Worth , Tx on 9/10/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love the Camera The Pictures are great Had a XTI loved it to but gave to father in law Only thing is i wish the live view worked in all modes




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi ---
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 18-55mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 58
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output No
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC
Sensor Size 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS
Megapixels 1.22e+007
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4272 x 2848
4K Video No
Video Resolution No
Width (inches) 5-1/8
Height (inches) 3-15/16
Depth (inches) 5-5/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 25.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Camera Recording Features
Playback, Editing and Printing Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Camera Recording Features

LCD Monitor: The EOS Rebel XSi has a huge, bright 3.0-inch TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170°. It's great for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options. And the maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel XSi LCD monitor is about 30% greater than its predecessor, which is a big benefit when you're using the camera in bright sunlight.

Live View Function: Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the huge 3.0-inch LCD monitor. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. There are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel XSi. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping straight lines in your subject straight in your pictures. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the EOS Rebel XSi's USB connection.

Viewfinder: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi uses an eye-level pentamirror viewfinder with a dioptric adjustment knob that has a 95% vertical/horizontal viewing coverage. By adjusting the diopter to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses), the viewfinder image will look clearer. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured.

Display Off Sensor: When composing images, the Display Off Sensor detects your face against the back panel of the camera and turns the LCD monitor screen off to prevent the LCD monitor's brightness from disturbing the your eye while looking through the viewfinder and affecting the exposure of the image.

12.2 Megapixel APS-C Size CMOS Sensor: Canon's large-area CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. With an effective pixel resolution of 4272 x 2848, the EOS Digital Rebel XSi offers superb detail and clarity. On Canon's CMOS sensor, each pixel is captured with fine detail to create images of tremendous depth and resolution, ensuring enough information for even poster-sized prints. Natural color reproduction is obtained with an RGB color filter and a hybrid, infrared low-pass filter with three layers. The on-chip microlenses with efficient light convergence and improved noise reduction technology enable a wide ISO speed range. Even long exposures have low noise.

Automatic Sensor Cleaning: When you turn the camera's power switch on or off, the self cleaning sensor unit operates to automatically remove dust adhering to the imaging sensor. You can manually activate this feature as well.

Dust Delete Data Detection: Dust that has been missed by the Integrated Self Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 2.2. The Digital Rebel XSi's imaging sensor is able to single out the dust particles on its surface, then plots out their location coordinates within the image. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon's DPP 2.2. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.

14-Bit A/D Converter: With the EOS Rebel XSi, analog to digital signal conversion is executed by a 14-bit processor, which generates digital data with incredibly smooth tones. Formerly a feature only present in top-of-the-line pro digital SLR cameras, the 14-bit conversion gives incredibly smooth transitions from light to dark colors, with far less risk of "banding." With this rich 14-bit gradation the EOS Rebel XSi offers RAW images of the highest quality that can be processed with Canon's Digital Photo Professional software. Even JPEG files, which are always finished at 8-bits per channel, use the full 14-bit conversion initially to generate the best possible color and tonal detail. Another huge benefit of the 14-bit conversion is the Highlight Tone Priority option, which allows critical shooters to increase the level of detail in bright areas of a scene up to one stop, without affecting overall exposure.

DIGIC III Image Processor: Developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography, the EOS Rebel XSi's latest-generation DIGIC III Image Processor works in concert with Canon's CMOS sensor to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally redesigned, giving the camera its incredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction is superior.

Auto Optimization: The EOS Rebel XSi's Auto Optimization is another image-quality tool that helps in tricky lighting conditions. It can actually lighten dark areas of a scene while ensuring that bright areas maintain tonal detail. It's now available in all shooting modes, including P, Tv, Av, and Manual.

Included Lens: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi comes with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. The EF-S lens uses an Aspheric lens element and consists of 9 groups and 11 elements. It can be set to manual or autofocus and features manual zoom and manual focus rings. The EF-S lens also features a built-in image stabilizer that can be used in either AF or MF mode and can be turned on or off. The EF-S lens is equivalent to 28.8-88mm lens in 35mm film format.

Optional EF & EF-S Lenses: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses, and including Canon's EF-S series lenses, manufactured specifically for Canon's APS-C sized digital sensor.

Speedy Operation: The EOS Rebel XSi operates with effortless speed due to its instant startup time, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag. It can shoot up to 3.5 frames per second, in bursts of 53 JPEGs or 6 RAW files, so you'll never, ever miss a shot.

Recording Media: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi records JPEG and RAW still images on SD or SDHC memory cards. No memory card is supplied with the camera.

Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG and RAW (14bit) formats. The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera CMOS sensor without further processing. RAW images are compressed, but the compression is reversible so that a high-quality image can be obtained from the decompressed file without any loss of image quality. Whenever you use the EOS Digital Rebel XSi, you can choose to have it record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can record a RAW file and a JPEG file simultaneously.

Note: To print RAW files, you will not be able to use the direct to printer feature. You will have to use a computer

Image Resolution/Compression: You can choose from the following resolution settings.

Image Size Image Recording Quality Possible Maximum Shots With 2GB SD Card Possible Maximum Burst Shots with 2GB SD Card
4272 x 2848
Fine (4.3MB) 460 images 53 images
Normal (2.2MB) 880 images 880 images
3088 x 2056
Fine (2.5 MB) 770 images 770 images
Normal (1.3MB) 1470 images 1470 images
2256 x 1504
Fine (1.6MB) 1190 images 1190 images
Normal (0.8MB) 2290 images 2290 images
4272 x 2848
RAW (15.3MB) 120 images 6 images
RAW + JPEG (Large):
4272 x 2848 + 4272 x 2848
15.3MB + 4.3MB 99 images 4 images

Continuous Shooting Mode: During continuous shooting mode, the camera stores approximately 3.5 images per second. The maximum burst during continuous recording depends on the image recording quality:

Self-Timer: The self timer can be used in any mode, and allows you to take self portraits by delaying by 10 seconds when the shot is taken. You can select 2-seconds when using the optional wired or wireless remote.

Optional Remote Control: Using the optional RS-60E3 wired remote switch (2 ft cable) or the RC-1/RC-5 wireless remote controller (maximum distance 16.4 ft), you can shoot images without having to touch the camera. This helps reduce camera shake. You can set up the RC-1 to shoot immediately or have a 2 sec delay. The RC-5 will take the shot with a 2 sec. delay.

9-point Autofocus System: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi has a newly developed high-precision 9-point AF system for speedy and accurate focusing in any situation. You can easily choose your own point of focus or direct the camera to choose it automatically. You can even use predictive AF to ensure that moving subjects stay focused while you compose your shot. With a built-in dioptric adjustment mechanism and a new precision matte screen, achieving sharp focus is fast and easy with the Digital Rebel XSi, no matter where or when you're taking pictures.

Focus Modes: You can change the focus mode to suit different subjects such as groups, animals, and sports. You can select from the following options:

  • One-shot AF: Ideal for still subjects and snapshots. The camera will focus only once.
  • AI Servo AF: takes effect when subject is moving. as long as you keep aiming the AF point on the subject while pressing the shutter button halfway, the focusing will be continuous.
  • AI Focus AF: This is for subjects moving unpredictably, such as animals. The camera will focus in the same way as One-shot AF. Then if the subject starts to more, the camera switched to AL servo AF and focuses continuously.
  • Manual Focus: Manual focus is recommended for precise focusing.

Shooting Modes: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi offers the following different shooting modes.

  • Basic Zone: With Basic Zone modes, all you do is point and shoot and the camera sets everything automatically.
    • Full Auto: the camera automatically selects the settings
    • Portrait: blurs the background to make the human subject stand out
    • Landscape: this mode is for wide scenic views, night scenes, etc.
    • Close-up: use this mode to take close-up shots of flowers, insects, etc.
    • Sports: for fast-moving subjects when you want to freeze the action
    • Night Portrait: this mode is for images of people at twilight or at night
    • Flash Off: disables the flash
  • Creative Zone: In the Program AE Zone mode, you can set various functions manually and be more creative.
    • Program AE: this is a general-purpose shooting mode. The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness. The shutter is adjustable from 30 to 1/4000 seconds.
    • Shutter-priority AE (Tv): in this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject
    • Aperture-priority AE (Av): in this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness
    • Manual Exposure: in this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired
    • Automatic Depth-of-field AE: this mode is for obtaining a wide depth of field automatically between a near subject and far subject

ISO Speed: When shooting in Basic Zone modes, ISO speed is automatically set between 100 and 800 to suit the shooting conditions. In Creative Zone modes, ISO speed may be set manually through the LCD screen menu to 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600.

AF-Assist Beam: Under low-light conditions, the built-in flash fires a brief burst of flashes when you press the shutter button halfway. This is to illuminate the subject to enable easier autofocusing. In the program mode, the shutter speed (1/60 - 1/200 sec) will be set automatically to prevent camera shake.

Built-In Flash: The camera features a built-in flash for indoor, low light, or backlit conditions. The Flash Exposure will be set automatically to match the aperture that was set. The flash sync speed can be set to bulb or from 30 seconds to 1/200 seconds.

Red-Eye Reduction: This feature can be used in any shooting mode and uses the red-eye reduction lamp before taking a flash picture to reduce the red-eye effect.

Bulb Exposures:When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc.

FE (Flash Exposure) Lock: FE lock obtains and locks the correct flash exposure reading for any part of a subject.

Accessory Hot Shoe: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi has an accessory hot shoe where you add additional flashes. Canon EX-series Speedlites offer professional-quality illumination for virtually any subject, and the EOS Digital Rebel XSi is compatible with the entire line (580EX, 420EX, 430EX and 220EX), plus Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX for close-ups. You can also link several flashes to fire together wirelessly, with the optional Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Metering: This is the camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions. After detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc., the camera sets the proper exposure.
  • Partial Metering: This is particularly effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc. This method uses a center area of approximately 9% of the screen.
  • Center-weighted Average Metering: The metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene.
  • Spot Metering: This for metering a specific part of the subject or scene.

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.

Auto Exposure Bracketing: With auto exposure bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots, and allows you to choose which one you want.

AE Lock: AE lock enables you to lock the exposure at a different place from the point of focus. After locking the exposure, you can recompose the shot while maintaining the desired exposure level. This feature is useful for backlit and spotlighted subjects.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

  • Custom: with custom white balance, you shoot a white object that will serve as the standard for the white balance. By selecting this image, you import its white balance data for the white balance setting.
  • White Balance Correction: you can correct the standard color temperature for the white balance setting
  • White Balance Auto Bracketing: with just one shot, three images having a different color tone can be recorded simultaneously. Based on the current white balance mode's standard color temperature, the white balance setting can be changed from 0 to +/-3 stops in whole-stop increments.

Picture Style PS): With Picture Style technology and the EOS Digital Rebel XSi, you can recreate characteristics of your favorite films. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. You can choose from the following options:

  • Standard: The image looks vivid, sharp, and crisp. This is a general-purpose PS suitable for most scenes.
  • Portrait: This option is for nice skin tones. The image looks slightly sharp and crisp. It is effective for close-ups of women or children. You will be changing the color tone to adjust the skin tone.
  • Landscape: Landscape gives you vivid blues and greens, and very sharp and crisp images. This is effective for impressive landscapes.
  • Neutral: This is for users who prefer to process images with their personal computer. For natural colors and subdued images.
  • Faithful: This is for users who prefer to process images with their personal computer. When the subject is photographed under a color temp of 5200k (Kelvin), the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color.
  • Monochrome: This option is for black and white photos. You can also adjust the filter effect, toning effect, sharpness, and contrast. If you to revert back to the original, you can go back to the default setting.
  • User Def: With this option, you can register your own PS settings using the three User Defined presets that fit your particular photographic style.
    Note: With each effect, (except monochrome) you can adjust the sharpness, contrast, saturation, color tone; or you can revert back to the default mode.

Color Space: The color space refers to the range of reproducible colors. With this camera, you can set the color space for captured images to sRGB or Adobe RGB. For normal images, sRGB is recommended, because it serves as a "best guess" solution for how a personal PC monitor produces color, and how a printer reproduces that color. The sRGB color gamut has become the standard color space for displaying images on the internet, and for home use, but Adobe RGB improves on the color gamut of sRGB primarily in cyan-greens. Adobe RGB is mainly used in commercial printing, and encompasses most of the colors achievable by CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black) printers, but by using only RGB primary colors on a device such as your computer display. Adobe RGB is also compatible with EXIF 2.21 printers

Note: In the Basic Zone modes, sRGB will be set automatically.

Eyepiece Cover: When you are not using the viewfinder to take a picture, the light that comes through could affect the exposure of the image. To negate this, use the eyepiece cover that is found on the shoulder strap to cover up the viewfinder eyepiece.

Mirror Lockup: When using a super telephoto lens, or shooting close-ups, you can further reduce camera vibration by using this feature which will prevent camera shake due to the mirror's reflex action.

Histogram: The digital SLR camera features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image.

Playback, Editing and Printing Functions

Shooting Information Display: When reviewing a single image, you can switch to the shooting information display, which will give all the parameters that were used to record that image.

Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.

Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor.

Index Playback: This feature allows you to view nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. You can view 4 or 9 images at once.

Jump Feature: When the SD-card contains many images, you can review them by 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also use this button to review images by date.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image from 1.5x to 10x.

Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.

Auto Playback: You can view all images on the SD-Card one-by-one with the Auto Playback function. Each image is displayed on the LCD monitor for approximately 4 seconds.

Image Protection: This features prevents images from being accidentally erased.

TV Playback: With the video cable provided, you can connect the camera to a TV set and view images on your TV screen.

Editing Functions: The digital SLR camera features the following editing functions before you print your pictures.

  • Trimming Images: You can trim the image and print only the trimmed portion as if the image was recomposed.
  • Printing Effects: You can add the following effects to your recorded images before you print.
    • On: image will be printed according to the printer's standard colors
    • Off: no automatic correction will be performed
    • Vivid: image will be printed with higher saturation to produce more vivid blues and greens
    • NR: image noise is reduced before printing
    • B/W: prints in black-and-white with true blacks
    • B/W Cool Tone: prints in black-and-white with cool, bluish blacks
    • B/W Warm Tone: prints in black-and-white with warm, yellowish blacks
    • Natural: prints the image in the actual colors and contrast
    • Natural M: enables finer printing adjustments
    • Default: printing will differ depending on the printer

Print/Share Button: Printing and uploading to a computer is incredibly simple with the Digital Rebel XSi's Print/Share button. By connecting the Digital Rebel XSi to a computer via the USB 2.0 port, it's easy to transfer some or all of the photographs in the cameras memory to folders on the computer.

Direct Print Function: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a CP-series printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without ever having to hook it up to a computer.

Note: In using this function, remember to fully charge the battery in the Rebel XSi. This will insure up to approximately 4 hours of printing.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

DPOF Print Settings: On the SD-card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print function compliant printers, on PictBridge compliant printers, or at participating photo labs.

Battery Information

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi comes with a Canon LP-E5 Lithium-ion battery. The included LP-E5 Lithium-ion battery takes 2 hours to fully charge.

Battery Performance (On a fully charged LP-E5 battery):



LCD Monitor
No Flash 50% Flash Use No Flash   50% Flash Use

23° C/73° F

Approximately 600 shots Approximately 500 shots Approximately 200 shots Approximately 190 shots
0° C/32° F Approximately 500 shots Approximately 400 shots Approximately 190 shots Approximately 180 shots

Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The Auto Power Off time can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, or 15 minutes.

Backup Battery: The camera features a built-in secondary battery to backup date and time information.

Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E5 AC adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not worry about the battery becoming exhausted.

Supplied Software

Supplied Software: The EOS Digital Rebel XSi comes bundled with two software CDs - EOS Digital Solution Disk Ver.17.1 and Software Instruction Manual.

Software Instruction Manual: The Software Instruction Manual CD-ROM contains PDF manual files for the software included on the EOS Digital Solution Disk Ver.17.1. Adobe Reader (by adobe) must be installed to view the Instruction Manual files (PDF format).

EOS Digital Solution Disk Ver.17.1: The EOS Digital Solution Disk contains the following software applications.

  • EOS Utility 2.3 (Windows/Macintosh): Allows you to download images you have shot with the camera to your computer. You can also set the various settings of the camera from your computer. In addition, you can shoot photos remotely by connecting the camera with your computer.
  • Digital Photo Professional 3.3 (Windows/Macintosh): You can view, edit and print shot images on your computer at high-speed. You can also edit images with originals remaining unchanged. It can be used by a wide range of users from amateurs to professional and is especially recommended for users who mainly shoot RAW images.
  • ZoomBrowser EX 6.1 (Windows only): You can view, edit and print shot images on your computer. You can also organize and sort images by shooting date or theme. It is recommended for novices who are using a digital camera for the first time and armature users.
  • Image Browser 6.1 (Macintosh only): You can view, edit and print shot images on your computer. You can also organize and sort images by shooting date or theme. It is recommended for novices who are using a digital camera for the first time and armature users.
  • Picture Style Editor (Windows/Macintosh): You can edit Picture Style to your unique image characteristics and create/save and original Picture Style file.

EOS Digital Solution Ver.17.1 System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh

Windows Vista/XP SP2/200 SP4

Mac OS x 10.3-10.4

Computer Model

Above OS pre-installed models with built-in USB ports


Vista: Pentium 1.3GHz; XP/2000: Pentium 750MHz or higher

PowerPC G3: 400MHz or higher processor; PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel processor


USB 1.1 to 2.0

USB 1.1 to 2.0

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