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Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Digital Rebel T2i.

Canon Digital Rebel XSi

We've given the XSi a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The 450D (XSi) is a digital SLR that presents professional-level quality and versatility in an approachable, affordable package. It's a great camera, but Canon discontinued production after the T2i was introduced, and as such, buying it new generally is not worth the cost. Here's what we had to say about the XSi when it was introduced in May 2008: 

The 450D features 'live view,' allowing photographers to preview their shots on the LCD and not just through the viewfinder, and the fast Canon DIGIC III processor. Its 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor will provide finely detailed images with enough resolution for poster-sized blow ups and exceptional photo prints. 


  • 12.2 megapixels
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount
  • Auto and manual focus
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 3.0-inch Live View LCD display
  • Secure Digital storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 2757B003
  • UPC: 013803096132
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 2008

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Canon Digital Rebel XSi Reviews

Canon Digital Rebel XSi Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSi (Quazi Ahmed Hussain — 03/17/2010)
The bottomline is simple. If you want to shoot nature including wildlife and birds plus action like sports - Canon is the way to go. In case you want to shoot events both indoor and outdoor - Nikon should be preferred. Olympus and Pentax are probably good cameras however, you may encounter problems in finding its lenses/accessories everywhere. Sony and Panasonic are not traditional still camera makers. In order to do so; it has to be in the blood - like the above 4.
  • 4.0 out of 5
I love this camera! (Nicole Dragon — 11/13/2009)

I think this camera is wonderful! When combined with a Canon battery it goes forever! The controls are easy to use and easy to navigate. It doesn't take a genius to figure it out. The build seems sturdy. The only complaint I'd have is that it tends to overexpose areas but I'm using the cheapest Canon lenses available so I think if I got better lenses, I'd have better quality. Overall I'm extremely happy with this camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Top Quality, Nice Features (Jim — 10/21/2009)

I owned an XTi and gave it away. Then I bought the Xsi. A totally good and different camera. Long battery life -recently on a trip to Ireland I snapped 686 photos and still had half the battery light showing. It uses the SD card which is smaller that the XTi card and is now available at cheap prices. I added a Tamron 18-205 VC lens - now it is everything I want. The exposures were perfect, color is perfect, focusing is perfect. I took great photos inside dark Cathedrals. I made several 360 degree pano shots and stitched them with the included software. Speaking of software, Canon has some highly professional software bundled with the XSi. You can process till your heart is content. You have color temperature variations, you can change the RGB my moving a dot/dots on a diagonal graph - process RAW or JPG. I have made some very artistic photos with the nice software. You cannot go wrong with this outstanding camera. There are more expensive cameras with more speed, larger format, higher ISOs, but I think for what you get with the XSi it is the best camera on the market.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon XSi (Robert — 05/16/2009)

It is a great little camera. I have used it for action shots, portraits, scenery and family photos. I took pictures of the Phillies World Series rings from the stands that looked better than what was published in the newspaper, although not quite as good as the poster.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (Sandra — 05/13/2009)

I bought this camera and figured my photos would be better than the Olympus 510 I have. Wrong. I got a few good pictures the first day and it's been downhill ever since. I rarely get a nice shot. Then after taking a few pictures, everytime I try to take another picture I have to wait because the screen says, "busy". I bought a lot of accessories for the xsi (including a $500) macro lens. It's now in the camera case and I'm using my 510 again and getting wonderful pictures. I envy those who didn't get a lemon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best use of my money (JD Domingue — 03/15/2009)

This is my first DSLR, but it has lived up to EVERY expectation of mine. Probably my favorite feature is its capability of continuously shooting JPEGs infinitely on a fast enough SDHC card. the canon presets like standard, portrait, landscape, natural, etc are useful as well in coordination with the Canon Digital Professional software (a useful RAW editor).

Since buying the camera, I've gotten the 70-300mm lens by Canon as well as the 50mm f/1.4. This combination of lenses has given me the opportunity to shoot anything i want.

Now that the price is a little lower on this camera, I recommend anyone who wants an entry-level DSLR to get this camera. WAY worth the buckos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Rebel XSi (Donell C — 03/06/2009)

I am a beginner / ameature photographer and have always loved taking pics so i decided to take the plunge into the DSLR or as my friends would say, the Big Doggs in digital cameras. I decided on the canon XSi not because i heard alot about it but the sales person told me it recorded HD video as well. Needless to say after i bought it and found out it didnt record video i was a wee bit peeved. Sales person 1, My ignorant camera shopping abilities -100. With that said and the lack of any other experience with other begginer DSLRs i have to say this is the best camera i have ever owned. I have yet to find a con in it anywhere though i am still learning as i go. I would recomend this to another beginner anytime.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon xsi (wanderjahrs — 03/05/2009)

I bought this camera 1 month ago and it has already paid for itself. A couple years ago I bought a Sony 8 megapixel point and shoot camera for $600.00. I decided to buy that over a DSLR, because of the price. Now I have come to the realization that it would have been in my best interest to have bought a DSLR then. My Canon xsi cost me a couple hundred dollars more than the point and shoot,because of the accessories I also bought. It is not even fair to compare the quality of the photos from one camera to the next, even though they are very close in price. Canon = Quality. I wish I had bought a DSLR years ago. This is an awesome entry level DSLR camera for novices like myself. If I kill this camera, I'm getting another one!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cannon Rebel XSI (Arlene Thompson — 02/13/2009)

i don't know much about this particular camera in the series, but i know cannon has great models for anything.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it! (Amber Caley — 02/13/2009)

This is an awesome camera! This is great for student photography and beginner's professional pictures. I can't think of any cons about it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A DSLR Beginner Can't Go Wrong With The XSi (Jeff — 02/04/2009)

This camera has a ton of features for the buck, many of which are handed down from Canon's higher end DSLR's. In many ways the XSi is like buying a higher end camera at a medium range price. It has the standard "Mountain, Flower, Woman's Head, Program, Auto, etcetera" modes but you can almost infinitely change ISO, aperature, exposure, White Balance, Picture Style, and so on to turn everyday pictures into photographs. The camera (using the camera control buttons and the 3 inch LCD screen) is able to print directly to certain printers bypassing the computer altogether. Or if you want, you can download the files to your computer and the accompanying software allows you to edit your images to your hearts content. In the two weeks I've had it I've taken dozens of shots. They blow away the best images I ever captured on any of my point and shoot cameras and, inch for inch, even exceed the quality of the images I used to put on film in my 35mm days. And I've only had it two weeks!!! This is not a camera that I will grow out of. On the contrary. This is a camera that will make me into a better photograper as I grow into it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome beginner or intermediate SLR (Vince — 01/27/2009)

I heard alot about the XSI. Found a good package deal and have not regretted it. It is easy to use and offers many features found in more expensive cameras. Get it!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
An intermediate's dream camera (Neil Bruce — 09/24/2008)

I've now taken over a thousand pictures, and I've explored most features of the camera except live view.

Despite its small size, the camera is great. I've equipped it with an EFS 55-250 lens, and I am having a ball. The camera is easy and fun to use, and I am taking stunning pictures with it. The creative zone settings allow you to do practically anything a pro camera can do.

I wanted to buy a full frame camera but couldn't afford it. Although the 1.6 crop frame is only 60% FF, the price of this camera is about a tenth that of a FF camera. Seems like a good deal. I just mentally adjust the focal length.

Really fast shutter—up to 1/4000—is awesome for sports. I'm also impressed by its low light capabilities. I've used ISO 1600 in low light with image stabilized lens and got amazingly sharp pictures with little noise.

The 12 megapixel CMOS sensor has let me make great enlargements.

One tip—skip all Canon accessories except lenses. They are overpriced.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome for beginner! (Nina — 08/31/2008)

I bought this camera 4 months a go and i was really new with photography but this camera is really easy to learn and adapt. It has many functions that some of my amateur friends love to use. Can't say much, but this camera beats them! :P highly recommended!

  • 5.0 out of 5
canon xsi (Lisa — 08/26/2008)

I love this camera. The pics are great! It has an easy learning curve. I love the way it feels. It is not as big as the 40d and you can carry it around for the day and not feel as weighed down. My friend bought the 40d and feels that it is heavy to hold.