Camera Recording Features
Playback, Editing and Printing Functions
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
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
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
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
Image Resolution/Compression: You can choose from the following resolution
|Image Size ||Image Recording Quality ||Possible Maximum Shots With
2GB SD Card ||Possible Maximum Burst Shots
with 2GB SD Card |
| Large: |
4272 x 2848
| Fine (4.3MB) ||
460 images ||
53 images |
| Normal (2.2MB) ||
880 images ||
880 images |
| Medium: |
3088 x 2056
| Fine (2.5 MB) ||
770 images ||
770 images |
| Normal (1.3MB) ||
1470 images ||
1470 images |
| Small: |
2256 x 1504
| Fine (1.6MB) ||
1190 images ||
1190 images |
| Normal (0.8MB) ||
2290 images ||
2290 images |
| RAW: |
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
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
- 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
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
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.
for fast-moving subjects when you want to freeze the action
Portrait: this mode is for images of people at twilight or at night
Off: disables the flash
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
Exposure: in this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture
value as desired
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.
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
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.
You can select from the following metering modes:
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.
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
- Neutral: This is for users who prefer to
process images with their personal computer. For natural colors and
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Note: In using this function, remember to fully charge the
battery in the Rebel XSi. This will insure up to approximately 4 hours of
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.
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):
|Temperature || |
| LCD Monitor |
| No Flash || 50% Flash Use || No Flash || 50% Flash Use |
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.
Battery: The camera features a built-in secondary battery to backup date and
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: The EOS
Digital Rebel XSi comes bundled with two software CDs - EOS Digital Solution
Disk Ver.17.1 and Software Instruction Manual.
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 |
|OS || |
Windows Vista/XP SP2/200 SP4
Mac OS x 10.3-10.4
|Computer Model || |
Above OS pre-installed models with built-in USB
|CPU || |
Vista: Pentium 1.3GHz; XP/2000: Pentium 750MHz or
PowerPC G3: 400MHz or higher processor; PowerPC
G4, G5 or Intel processor
|Interface || |
USB 1.1 to 2.0
USB 1.1 to 2.0