Saturday, May 31, 2008

Review of Canon Rebel XSi (XSi vs. XTi vs. 40D)

Phil Askey over at DPReview has recently posted his review of the new Canon Digital Rebel XSi. This is a very comprehensive review and includes a detailed comparison between the Rebel XTi and the Rebel XSi.

You can read the entire review here. If you want to skip to Phil's conclusions, go here.

As of 5/31/08, here are the current prices on the Rebel XTi, XSi & 40D on Amazon:
  • Canon Rebel XTi body only $599
  • Canon Rebel XTi with 18-55 kit lens $689
  • Canon Rebel XSi body only $799
  • Canon Rebel XSi with 18-55 image stabilized kit lens $849
  • Canon 40D body only $954 (price includes Canon $200 instant rebate)
  • Canon 40D with 28-135 image stabilized lens $1129 (price includes Canon $200 instant rebate)
In all cases, I'd also recommend getting the body with the kit-lens. For a more detailed post regarding lenses for your first Canon DSLR, go here.

Reasons to buy the XSi over the XTi?
  • You're buying 1 year newer technology
  • Bigger Screen
  • Much better high ISO performance (ISO 800/1600) (100% usable). This enables indoor flash-free photography (best done with a prime lens: Example 50mm f1.8 $80)
  • 12 MP vs. 10 MP
  • Faster overall operation
So, the Rebel XSi offers some very nice improvements over the Rebel XTi, but it's also $160 more. Your decision.

If you're really thinking of the XSi, you should also give serious consideration to the 40D. With the current Canon $200 instant rebate on the 40D, it's now only $140 more than the Rebel XSi. (when comparing body-only prices.) The 40D has a very similar feature-set to the Rebel XSi, but gives you:
  • A much beefier build-quality: Magnesium alloy body (vs. Rebel XSi plastic body)
  • Much beefier and more comfortable grip
  • Can shoot at 6.5 frames per second (vs. 3.5 frames per second on the XSi). This is great for shooting sports.
So, the 40D has a number of nice advantages over the XSI, but it's about $140 more (camera coby only). Your decision.

You can see current prices and purchase the Rebel XTi/Rebel XSi/40D on this page on Amazon. Please support this blog by clicking through these links when purchasing your Canon DSLR. You pay the same price as normal, but I get a tiny commission from Amazon.


Gary said...

Hi Clint,

Useful comparison but I'm not so sure about the ISO.. To me, the 400D and 450D look just about identical. The 450D looks to have a bit more suppression if anything..

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dimzPhotography said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)