Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR Review

By Movable Type Admin




Click for our main menu

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi


Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power



Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS 400D, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

The controls on the grip side of the camera include the Mode Dial with the Power switch. The Shutter Release button and the Main Dial. On the bottom are two multi-purpose buttons, in capture mode these are: AE lock / FE lock and the AF point selector buttons.


The Mode Dial is divided into the Basic Zone

  • Full Auto - "Point and Shoot" mode, camera makes all settings automatically including the flash.
  • Portrait - Sharp subject with blurred background
  • Landscape - Scenery, sunsets and open-sky photos
  • Close-up - Closeup shots of small things
  • Sports - Freeze fast-moving subjects with higher shutter speeds and uses Predictive AF focusing
  • Night Portait - Up to 2-second long shutter speed plus fill flash
  • Flash Off - Natural looking pictures without the flash
and the Creative Zone
  • Program AE - Camera selects the optimum shutter speed and aperture for the shooting conditions.
  • Tv - Shutter priority; you select shutter speed (1/4000 to 30 seconds), camera matches appropriate aperture
  • Av - Aperture priority; you select aperture, camera matches appropriate shutter speed
  • Manual - Manual selection of both shutter speed and aperture
  • A-DEP - Aperture is determined to maximize depth of field so that all objects in the 7 focus points are sharply focused.




Image Storage

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS 400D, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

Images are stored on CompactFlash devices. The Digital Rebel can use any capacity CompactFlash Type I or II card, it's FAT16/FAT32 compatible and is also compatible with IBM/Hitachi Microdrives, including the 2GB and 4GB models.

Canon does not supply a memory card. The XTi's 10.1-megapixel resolution produces Large/Fine JPEG image files averaging 3.8MB, and RAW files of 9.8MB; I recommended buying a LARGE (1GB or bigger) card especially if you use the Raw+JPEG save option.


Approximate File Sizes
(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 3.8 MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.0 MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.3 MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.2 MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.3 MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.7 MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 9.8 MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, processing parameters, etc.




Input/Output

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS 400D, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams
Input/Output ports are on the left side:


On the top is Video Out (selectable NTSC or PAL format)



Connector for the Canon RS-60E3 wired remote switch. It can also be used with the RC-1 and RC-5 wireless infrared remote controller.


Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Digital port, it supports PTP, Mass Storage and PictBridge.



Power Source

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS 400D, image (c) 2003 Steve's Digicams

The Digital Rebel XTi is powered by a Canon NB-2LH 7.4v 720mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. This is a high-capacity battery and is used by several other Canon digital cameras such as the Powershot S70.  At normal temperature (68°F and above) it's good for ~500 pictures without flash or ~360 pictures if the flash is used 50% of the time. At colder temperature (32°F) that number drops to ~370 or ~280 if flash is used 50% of the time.

The supplied CB-2LW (100-240V AC) compact charger requires ~90 minutes to charge a fully depleted NB-2LH battery pack. It requires no separate power cord, it has fold-out prongs.

The camera can also be powered by the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20.

(Note that there is also a CR2016 lithium "button" battery inside the battery compartment to retain camera settings during main battery changes.)



Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS 400D

The optional BG-E3 battery grip holds two NB-2LH batteries or six AA type batteries in a tray. If two NB-2LH batteries are inserted, power is supplied simultaneously by both battery packs. If both NB-2LH packs are fully charged then the number of frames you can capture are doubled -- ~1000 pictures without flash or ~720 pictures if the flash is used 50% of the time. At colder temperature (32°F) that number drops to ~740 or ~560 if flash is used 50% of the time..

The BG-E3 adds a portrait grip with a vertical shutter release complete with AE/FE-Lock button, AF point selector button, exposure compensation button and Main Dial.

If you use big zooms or telephoto lenses then the BG-E3 should be considered as a "must have" accessory. It gives you a much more stable way to hold the camera and also acts as a counterbalance by shifting the center of gravity.


Continue on to
Page Four


Return To Our
Reviews Menu


Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Edlund Can Opener Manual #1with Bench Mount
SellerPriceIn StockSeller Rating
KaTom Supply$95.50

752 reviews
PJP Marketplace$156.00

515 reviews
Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
GoPro HERO3 Black: Surf Edition + Two Replacement Lithium Ion Batteries w/ External Rapid Charger + 32GB microSD Memory Card + Mini HDMI Cable + Carrying Case + Multi Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit DavisMAX Bundle GoPro HERO3 Black: Surf Edition + Two Replacement Lithium Ion Batteries w/ External Rapid Charger + 32GB microSD Memory Card + Mini HDMI Cable + Carrying Case + Multi Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit DavisMAX Bundle $527.69
Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital Camera and 18-55mm IS II & Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens Package 3 Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital Camera and 18-55mm IS II & Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens Package 3 $526.89
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens (Black) & Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens Package Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens (Black) & Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens Package $526.79
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M STM 22mm Lens and 90EX Flash (White) Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M STM 22mm Lens and 90EX Flash (White) $526.39
Nikon 1 J2 10.1 MP HD Camera w/ 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm VR Lenses (Orange) Nikon 1 J2 10.1 MP HD Camera w/ 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm VR Lenses (Orange) $526.39
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS series of Digital SLR Cameras + 10pc Bundle Deluxe Accessory Kit Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS series of Digital SLR Cameras + 10pc Bundle Deluxe Accessory Kit $239.99
Canon NB-2LH Rechargeable Battery Pack for Rebel XT/XTi Digital SLR Cameras and VIXIA HV Series and ZR Series Camcorders - Retail Packaging Canon NB-2LH Rechargeable Battery Pack for Rebel XT/XTi Digital SLR Cameras and VIXIA HV Series and ZR Series Camcorders - Retail Packaging $70.00