Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi SLR Review
Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power
The controls on the grip side of the camera include the Mode Dial above the Power switch, the Shutter Release button, ISO Speed set button
and the Main Dial.
Just as the XTi, the Mode Dial is divided into 2 Zones:
and The Creative Zone
The EOS Rebel XSi is the first EOS Digital SLR camera to use popular SD and SDHC memory cards only. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD and SDHC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel XSi's compact and lightweight body design.
The chart above gives you an idea of the approximate storage capacity of SD memory cards.
Input/OutputInput/Output ports are on the left side of the camera and are covered with a flexible rubber door.
Topmost is AV Video Out port
(NTSC or PAL format).
The Digital Rebel XSi is powered by a Canon Battery Pack LP-E5 rechargeable battery. At normal temperature (73°F and above) it's good for ~600 pictures without flash or ~500 pictures if the flash is used 50% of the time. At colder temperatures (32°F and below) that number drops to ~500 or ~400 if flash is used 50% of the time. The figures above are based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards and are much improved over the battery supplied with the XTi.
The supplied LC-E5 compact charger required ~90 minutes to charge a fully depleted LP-E5 battery pack. It requires no separate power cord, it has fold-out prongs.
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (optional).
(Note that there is also a lithium "button" battery inside the battery
compartment to retain camera settings during main battery changes.)
The optional BG-E5 battery grip holds 6x AA batteries or 2 LP-E5 batteries . It provides a shutter button and control dial along with
AE/FE Lock, Exposure compensation and AF point selection buttons in a vertical orientation.
The Canon BG-E5 offers creative flexibility by providing a stable grip for vertical as well as horizontal positions.
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