The 12.2-megapixel Canon Rebel digital SLR camera is recommended in reviews as a top entry-level SLR camera, with excellent image quality plus good basic features. The 3-inch LCD screen can be used to preview a shot before you take it (many older digital SLRs can't do this). A sensor-cleaner is built in, and the kit lens is image-stabilized so you can get sharp pictures more often without a tripod. A spot meter on the Canon Rebel XSi improves backlit exposures, and nine autofocus points plus 3.5 frames-per-second shooting make tracking action easy. Canon also includes capable software with the camera. If you want to shoot HD video, reviews recommend stepping up to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (*Est. $545 with kit lens).
We found the best comparison tests of the Canon EOS Rebel XSi at PopPhoto.com, What Digital Camera and PC World magazines. All four photography publications compare digital SLR cameras based on both objective lab tests and subjective evaluations of image quality. PopPhoto.com provides the best combination of detail, testing and comparison with the most relevant cameras. Jeff Keller at DCResource.com provides an even more thorough review of all aspects of the Canon XSi.
This roundup review of five midpriced digital SLR cameras gives the Canon EOS Rebel XSi the Editor's Choice award, based on objective lab tests. According to reviewer Dan Richards, it's the Canon's superb image quality that gives it the edge.
Review: DSLR Shootout: Five Top Cameras Compared, Dan Richards, July 10, 2008
2. What Digital Camera
This detailed review gives the Canon Rebel XSi (known in the U.K. as the Canon EOS 450D) an overall score of 89 percent. Editors recommend it over similarly priced cameras as an excellent entry-level SLR camera.
Review: Canon EOS 450D Review, Matt Golowczynski, June 12, 2008
3. PC World
Based on thorough performance tests, the Canon Rebel XSi shares top ranking with the Sony Alpha 300 but provides better image quality. The main drawback is that it may have too many options for novices.
Review: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Kathleen Cullen, Dec. 23, 2008
Among entry-level digital SLR cameras, the Canon Rebel XSi earns the Editors' Choice award here. Editors praise its dual-mode live view, bright 3-inch LCD screen and overall ergonomics.
Review: Editor's Choice 2008: Advanced D-SLRs, Russell Hart and Jonathan Barkey, June 16, 2008
This detailed review of the Canon Rebel XSi digital SLR camera notes several improvements, including a more powerful battery and better image-stabilized kit lens, but it is skeptical about the value of live view because it takes so long to focus.
Review: DCRP Review: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Jeff Keller, Jan. 24, 2009
Amazon.com is one of the best places to find user reviews of the Canon Rebel XSi digital SLR camera. More than 700 owners contribute to a near-perfect average rating.
Review: Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera, Contributors to Amazon.com