Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi SLR Review

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Playback Features

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / EOS 450D

Pressing the Play button calls up the last image you shot along with some basic exposure information. While you're in Play mode pressing the DISP. button adds the quality (L) and the image number (64 of 72 images shown here). Another press brings up complete exposure info and a brightness histogram. A final press adds the RGB histogram.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / EOS 450D

While in Play mode you can display an index of the last 4 images by pressing the Index button (the checkerboard icon). Pressing the Index button again changes the screen to the last 9 images. You can use the 4-way controller to navigate through your images.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / EOS 450D

If you would like to enlarge an image to examine it more closely just press the Zoom button (the + magnifying glass icon). Each time you press the button the image is magnified more until you reach the maximum of 10x. At any step you can scroll around inside the image using the 4-way controller.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / EOS 450D Digital Rebel

Play menu options:

  • Protect - Protect/unprotect images
  • Rotate - Manually rotate portrait mode images
  • Erase images - Select and erase images or All images on card
  • Print Order - Set DPOF printing information
  • Transfer Order - Select images to be transferred to the computer
  • Histogram - Select Brightness or RGB histogram
  • Auto Play - Start slide show playback

PictBridge printing and viewing your images on a TV

PictBridge Printing

The Digital Rebel XSi is PictBridge compatible. Just plug the USB cable from the camera directly into the USB PictBridge connector found on the front of many modern photo printers and instructions will appear on the camera's LCD screen. For instance the Canon MP970 is PictBridge compatible.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / EOS 450D Digital Rebel

When the camera and printer are connected through PictBridge, the camera's LCD is used to select the images and options for your print job. Usually it's as simple as selecting the photo and pressing the camera's OK button. (Shown here are PictBridge menu screens on a Canon Digital Rebel dSLR).

Viewing your images on a TV

Using the AV cable that comes with the XSi you can watch your photos on any TV with a video in port. Just plug the cable into the Video Out terminal and plug the RCA connector into your TV. You can select between NTSC or PAL formats. When you are using the video connector, menus screens are displayed on the TV.

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