Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi SLR Review
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Canon�'s CMOS sensor on the XSi offers the most pixels of any camera in its price range. And the XSi incorporates many new technologies first seen in the professional EOS-1D Mark III model. For example, the analog to digital signal conversion uses a 14-bit color space. What does this mean to you? The 14-bit conversion means you'll see smoother transitions from light to dark colors and RAW images of the highest quality that can be processed with Canon�'s Digital Photo Professional software.
To maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography, the EOS Rebel XSi uses the latest-generation DIGIC III Image Processor. The electronics system has been totally redesigned, giving the camera greater speed and image quality. With 3.5 fps continuous shooting, up to 53 full-resolution JPEGs (or 6 RAW) images in a burst, reduced shutter lag and nearly instantaneous startup time the XSi is one speedy entry-level dSLR. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction is superior. An Auto Optimization capability, available in all shooting modes, including P, Tv, Av, and Manual, can lighten dark areas in your image while ensuring that bright areas maintain full detail.
A bright (30% brighter than the XTi) 3" LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170�° graces the back of the XSi. Live View is available and you can magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise focus. You can even use 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.
While in Live View mode, the XSi has two AF modes: Quick mode, which uses the camera�'s standard 9-point AF system, and Live mode, which is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of subjects right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button. A familiar feature in PowerShot cameras, Live mode AF uses similar technologies to achieve focus, while Quick mode is more appropriate for capturing action or for shooting in low light. The Rebel XSi has a precision 9-point wide area AF sensor for fast, accurate focus even in low lighting environments. It offers a variety of focus modes, including One-Shot AF, AI Focus AF, AI Servo AF and Manual.
A 35-zone evaluative metering system with improved white balance analyzes light based on each zone in your scene, enabling the XSi select the best exposure for the entire scene. The spot meter capability reads a small area (about 4%) of your subject for precise metering. There is also a Center-weighted average metering and partial metering for accurate exposure no matter the situation. The Rebel XSi also has an improved, high magnification viewfinder with increased brightness and clarity. A Display-Off sensor automatically turns the LCD monitor off whenever the camera is brought up to your eye. A plethora shooting information is displayed in the viewfinder so it�'s easy to monitor settings without having to look at the LCD.
The advanced Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System removes dust from the sensor using ultrasonic vibrations. This self cleaning mode works automatically when the camera is powered on or off - or it can be manually activated. A special collar around the sensor collects dust loosened by the cleaning system. And you can acquire dust position data captured along with the image and the use the Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 3.3 or later software to manually or automatically remove the dust spots.
Using the Rebel XSi�'s Picture Style technology you can change the color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings of a saved image. It's almost like a 35mm film user switching from one type of color film to another type. In addition to the six preset Picture Style settings, Canon offers additional downloadable "Picture Style Files", that can be installed on your camera for even more imaging options.
Compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, the XSi has a wide range of glass available from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. All of the lenses use Canon's optical experience and micron-precision engineering to provide impressive performance. Canon's advanced optical technologies, such as aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are used in the highly popular L Series lenses. Optical Image Stabilizer technology, in select lenses, reduces the effect of camera shake.
The Rebel XSi uses the efficient Canon E-TTL II flash metering system. With flashes in the EX Speedlite line E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. The E-TTL II utilizes the same 35-zone metering sensor used for measuring ambient light giving even finer control over your exposures. Or, if you prefer a broader area for flash metering, you can use Average flash metering where the entire 35-zone area is measured for flash exposure.
The EOS Rebel XSi comes bundled with an updated Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, featuring software for PC and Mac. The applications include Canon�'s ZoomBrowser EX for Windows�® (Version 6.1), ImageBrowser for Macintosh�® OS X (Version 6.1), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.3), the totally new Picture Style Editor (Version 1.0), Canon�'s EOS Utility (Version 2.2), RAW Image Task (Version 2.8), PhotoStitch, and PTP TWAIN Driver. Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow. ZoomBrowser EX v.6.1 and Digital Photo Professional v.3.3 for Windows are compatible with Window's XP and Vista.
Digital Rebel XSi Features:
The Canon EOS Rebel XSi is available for an estimated price of $799.00 US - body only
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