An Unbeatable Combination of Performance, Ease-of-use and Value
The Rebel XTi will work with a vast system of over 50 lenses and a wide array of accessories. It borrows a lot of other recent innovations from recent EOS cameras, including PictBridge printing enhancements, Picture Styles mode settings, and it and comes in at $100 less than its predecessor. More importantly, the Rebel XT maintains the high image quality we've come to expect from Canon's SLRs, from the Rebels to the
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers an unbeatable combination of performance, ease-of-use and value. It has a newly-designed 10.1 MP Canon
CMOS sensor plus a host of new features including a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, the exclusive EOS Integrated
Cleaning System featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor and Canon's Picture Style technology, all in a lightweight,
ergonomic body. The Digital Rebel XTi is proof positive that Canon continues to lead the way with their phenomenal
You'll find plenty of technical reviews on the web regarding features and specs for this camera.
The best thing I think I can provide is my short experience with this camera, so if you used to have a high end P&S camera and is looking to dive into the DSLR world, you are where I was a few weeks ago.
I owned a Sony F717 which I really loved, but honestly, all I did was set it to Auto and take good pictures. The problem was that I had a toddler at home that doesn't really like to wait till the camera took a few secs to focus and take the pic. I was missing those smiles and moments just because the Sony couldn't take pics fast enough.
I decided to look into newer cameras... Initially my budget was around $400 and I was looking to buy the Canon S3. But after spending several weeks online reading reviews (like you probably are right now), I decided that I wanted a DSLR (you'll find plenty of technical reasons in the web and other reviews). I was then ready to buy the Canon Xt (But the Xti was just around the corner, so I decided to wait a couple more weeks and when the Xti was finally released on Sep 1st, I went to Best Buy and got mine)
It's my third week with the camera, and I'm loving it. I can take pictures of my son faster than he can say "bugga bugga bugga". While I'm still learning how to use the camera to its potential (I've been trying to learn how to shoot pictures in manual mode instead of full automatic), I've been fully satisfied with the results so far.
If you're doing what I did last month, you're probably reading tons of reviews of this camera, the Canon Xt, Nikon D50, Nikon D70, Nikon D80, etc. Don't waste your time on the details.. They're all excellent cameras, and if you're coming from P&S, any of these cameras will be an awesome one for you to learn.
I warn you though. The biggest danger of buying this camera is that you'll soon be lusting after lenses... Now I spend hours on the web checking reviews of Canon, Sigma and Tamron lenses, and believe it or not, it's much harder to buy lenses than to buy a camera.
PS: A Great book I I got was "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. I actually got the book before the camera, and it was one of the main deciding factors that got me into DSLR instead of a pro P&S. The pictures that Bryan shows in this book are amazing and you need control. Now I'm paranoid with getting the smallest Depth of Field possible in my son's pictures (You'll understand this if you get this book or any other that explains concepts of Exposure)
Update (10/04): After weeks digging forums and reviews, I decided to purchase 2 lenses... The canon 50 f1.8 and the canon 70-300 IS. I'm not going to go over the details for these lenses in this review, but wanted to let you guys know that deciding which camera was the easy part. Deciding the lenses is where all the pain resides.
Canon's large-area CMOS sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. With an effective pixel resolution of 3,904 x 2,598, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers superb detail and clarity, even in large prints, and generates finished files that open at approximately 30MB in your image-editing software.
On Canon's CMOS sensor, each pixel is captured with fine detail to create images of tremendous depth and resolution, ensuring enough information for even poster-sized prints. With the
DIGIC II Image Processor on board, photographers can expect natural color reproduction, precise white balance in any number of lighting situations and unparalleled clarity.
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi has a brilliant 2.5-inch
LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels. All shooting and review information is accessed on the rear LCD monitor, and the wide viewing angle of 160° and brighter, easier-to-read menus give the new Rebel XTi LCD monitor an obvious advantage. When composing images, the Digital Rebel XTi's external display turns off automatically to prevent the LCD monitor's brightness from disturbing the photographer's eye. With a startup time of 0.2 seconds, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi is ready to go the instant it's brought to the eye. And the Digital Rebel XTi's
shutter can record images as fast as 1/4000 seconds and as long as 30 sec., plus bulb at up to 3 fps for 27 consecutive shots. It synchronizes with Canon Speedlites at 1/200 seconds.
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi has a high-precision 9-point AF system for speedy and accurate focusing in any situation. photographers can recreate characteristics of their favorite films. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. In addition to six
preset Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome), users can create 3 additional settings for their particular photographic style.
Printing and uploading to a computer is incredibly simple with the Digital RebelXTi's Print/Share button. The EOS Digital Rebel XTi not only sports a newly-refined body with better ergonomics and an improved grip, but it also has some of Canon's most advanced improvements in dust reduction. The Digital Rebel XTi's integrated hardware and software solutions make trouble with dust a thing of the past.
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. You can use it's flush-mounted integral flash or or any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line. The EOS Digital Rebel XTi is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses, & including
Canon's EF-S series lenses manufactured specifically for Canon's APS-C
sized digital sensor.
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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Digital Camera offers an unbeatable combination of performance, ease-of-use and value. It has a 10.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor plus a host of features including a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, the exclusive EOS Integrated Cleaning System featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor with Dust Delete Data system, and Canon's Picture Style technology, all in a lightweight, ergonomic body.
• 10.1 Megapixel APS-C Size CMOS Sensor
Canon's large-area CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. With an effective pixel resolution of 3,904 x 2,598, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers superb detail and clarity, even in large prints, and generates finished files that open at approximately 30MB in your image-editing software. On Canon's CMOS sensor, each pixel is captured with fine detail to create images of tremendous depth and resolution, ensuring enough information for even poster-sized prints.
• DIGIC II Image Processor
The DIGIC II Image Processor was designed specifically for Canon digital SLR cameras and enhances every aspect of image capture. Information captured by the CMOS sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional quality. With the DIGIC II Image Processor on board, photographers can expect natural color reproduction, precise white balance in any number of lighting situations and unparalleled clarity. The DIGIC II Image Processor employs sophisticated signal processing algorithms and works at greater speeds, all while consuming less energy.
• Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
To combat against stray dust that enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor during a lens change, the Digital Rebel XTi features a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low pass filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly, and anti-static technologies are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust in the first place. Furthermore, the internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimize dust generation including a body cap that has been redesigned to prevent dust generation through wear on the cap itself
• Dust Delete Data Detection
Dust that has been missed by the Integrated Self Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 2.2. The Digital Rebel XTi's
imaging sensor is able to single out the dust particles on its surface, then plots out their location coordinates within the image. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon's DPP 2.2. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.
• Large 2.5-inch LCD Monitor with Wide Viewing Angle
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi has a brilliant 2.5-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels. All shooting and review information is accessed on the rear LCD monitor, and the wide viewing angle of 160° and brighter, easier-to-read menus give the new Rebel XTi LCD monitor an obvious advantage.
• Display-Off Sensor
When composing images, the Digital Rebel XTi's external display turns off automatically thanks to the newly developed Display Off Sensor. This new sensor detects the photographer's face against the back panel of the camera, and turns the screen off to prevent the LCD monitor's brightness from disturbing the photographer's eye while looking through the viewfinder.
• Speedy Operation
With a startup time of 0.2 seconds, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi is ready to go the instant it's brought to the eye. And the Digital Rebel XTi's shutter can record images as fast as 1/4000 seconds and as long as 30 sec., plus bulb at up to 3 fps for 27 consecutive shots. It synchronizes with Canon Speedlites at 1/200 seconds.
• 9-Point AF System
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi has a high-precision 9-point AF system for speedy and accurate focusing in any situation. Conveniently located on the back of the camera for thumb-controlled action, Canon's cross key buttons enable instant choice of the 9 focus points, or allow the camera to choose them automatically. One-Shot is perfect for still photography. AI Servo AF tracks moving subjects, ensuring accurate focus. AI Focus AF switches between One-Shot and AI Servo when subjects are moving and stopping. The Digital Rebel XTi's focusing system functions in metering ranges of EV-0.5 to 18, and displays information on the Digital Rebel XTi's big LCD Display.
• Advanced Flash Photography
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. Whether using its flush-mounted integral flash or any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output through numerous exposures. Canon's Speedlite 430EX is perfectly suited to the EOS Digital Rebel XTi. It includes an AF-assist Beam, which works in conjunction with the EOS Digital Rebel XTi's focusing system, and automatically sends color temperature information to the camera when the flash fires, for more accurate white balance rendition with flash photography.
• "Picture Style" Settings
With Picture Style technology and the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, photographers can recreate characteristics of their favorite films. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. In addition to six preset Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome), users can create three additional settings for their particular photographic style.
• Compatible with EF & EF-S Lenses
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses, and including Canon's EF-S series lenses, manufactured specifically for Canon's APS-C sized digital sensor. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Aspherical optics and fluorite elements, for example, are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon's Image Stabilizer technology in select lenses minimizes the effect of camera shake.
• Print/Share Button
Printing and uploading to a computer is incredibly simple with the Digital Rebel XTi's Print/Share button. By connecting the Digital Rebel XTi to a computer via the USB 2.0 port, it's easy to transfer some or all of the photographs in the cameras memory to folders on the computer.
• Direct Print Support with PictBridge Compatible Printers
Printing your photographs could not be easier with the Digital Rebel XT. Simply connect your EOS Digital Rebel XT to any PictBridge-compatible printer, select your image and print settings, press the Direct Print button and your photograph will start printing. Exif Print 2.2 includes shot information with each image to optimize the printing of each of your photographs.
• Canon EOS Digital Solution Software
The EOS Digital Rebel XTi comes bundled with the latest Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 13.0), which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer, and each application is designed to perfect captured images, and streamline the digital workflow.
• Digital Photo Professional v. 2.2
This image processing program enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it's CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Digital Rebel XTi's Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.
• EOS Utility v. 1.1
This software manages the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they're connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon's ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it's used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.
ZoomBrowser EX v. 5.7 (Windows) and ImageBrowser v. 5.7 (Macintosh)
This easy, user-friendly software is for viewing and editing of JPEG and RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files, and also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program. PhotoStitch v. 3.1 is also included for creating panoramic and composite images
Digital AF/AE SLR with built-in flash
CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I & II
0.87 x 0.58 in./22.2 x 14.8mm (APS-C size sensor)
Canon EF Lenses including EF-S Lenses (Focal length
conversion factor: Equivalent to approx. 1.6x indicated focal length
compared to 35mm format)
JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording
The RAW and JPEG imagesare saved as separate files in the CF card.
JPEG and RAW (CR2)
(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 3.8MB (3,888 x 2,592)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.0MB (3,888 x 2,592)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.3MB (2,816 x 1,880)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.2MB (2,816 x 1,880)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.3MB (1,936 x 1,288)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.7MB (1,936 x 1,288)
(7) RAW: Approx.9.8MB (3,888 x 2,592)
Automatic folder creation;
up to 9,999 images per folder
(new folder created when the file number reaches 9999)
(1) Continuous numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset (the image numbering isreset to 0001, a new folder is
created where subsequent images are saved)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, mini-B port. NTSC/PAL for video
White Balance Settings
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light,
White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, or user-set Color
Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation: White balance bracketing: +/- stops in
White balance correction: blue/amber bias +/- 9 levels, magenta/green
bias +/- 9 levels
Eye-level SLR with pentamirror
Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally
0.8x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 - +1.0 diopters
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection
ratio of 40:60)
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure
(shutter speed, aperture, exposure level, AE lock, exposure
compensation, AEB level, bulb), Flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction
lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure
compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), White
balancecorrection, Maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error
warning, No CF card warning
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button (with
Speedlite 580EX, 430EX, MR-14EXor MT-24EX; pressing the depth-of-field
preview button fires a modeling flash)
None (eyepiece cover provided on strap)
TTL-CT-SIR with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
9 AF points
AF Working Range
EV -0.5-18 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C)
Autofocus: One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI
Focus AF (automatic switching between One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF);
Manual Focus (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, Manual AF point selection
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed on viewfinder and LCD monitor
Intermittent firing of built-in flash (Emitted
automatically when necessary under low light, and linked to all 9 AF
points. Not emitted in the Landscape, Sports and Flash OFF modes)
Exposure Control: Metering Modes
Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 9% at center of viewfinder)
(3) Center-weighted average metering
EV 1-20 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Exposure Control Systems
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE,
Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-field AE (non-shiftable), Full auto
(Program AE, non-shiftable), Programmed image control modes, Manual
exposure (including bulb), E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed Range
Basic Zone: automatically set by the camera
Creative Zone: equivalent to ISO 100-1,600
(1) User-set with multi-controller
(2) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
Bracketing range: +/- 2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative
metering when focus is achieved
User-set: Applied with AE lock button
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with
all speeds electronically controlled
1/4000 to 30 sec. (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments),
X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay with C.Fn-7-1 (mirror
Remote control with Remote Switch RS-60E3 or Wireless
Remote Controllers RC-1/RC-5
Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the
43 ft./13m (ISO 100)
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready indicator lights on in viewfinder
Up to 17mm focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 35mm
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3- and 1/2-stop increments
EOS External Flash/Dedicated Speedlights
E-TTL II autoflash with EX Series Speedlites
PC Terminal Provided; not sensitive to flash polarity
(1) Single, (2) Continuous, (3) Self-timer/Remote
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 3 fps (at shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or
2.5" diagonal with a viewing angle of approx. 160°
vertically and horizontally
Approx. 230,000 pixels (Displayed pixels)
7 levels provided
Playback Image Display Format
Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (approx.
1.5x to 10x), Auto play, Auto review right after shooting, Histogram,
In the single image (INFO) display mode, the highlight
portions containing no image information will blink
A single image can be protected or unprotected
A single image or all images stored in a CompactFlash
(CF) card can be erased if theyare unprotected
Direct Printing from the Camera : Enabled with the Print/Share button
Compatible Printers: CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo
Printers and PictBridge compatible printers (via USB Interface Cable
Settings: Print quantity, style (image, paper size, borders, date),
Shooting menu: red
Playback menu: blue
Setup menu: yellow
LCD Monitor Language
15 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch,
Danish, Finnish, Italian,Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian,
Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Enabled by the user
One Battery Pack NB-2LH
Number of Shots: Approx. 500 (73°F/23°C, flash off), approx. 370
(32°F/0°C, flash off)
The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a
fully-charged Battery Pack NB-2LH is used.
Battery Check: Automatic
Power Saving: provided; power turns off after set time of 30 sec., 1, 2,
4, 8, 15 min. or off
Back-up Battery: One CR2016 Lithium Battery
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.98" x 3.71" x 2.56" / 126.5 x 94.2 x 65mm
18 oz./510g (body only)
Operating Temperature Range
32-104° F/0-40° C
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less
Dust Delete Feature:
(1) Auto Sensor Cleaning
(2) Dust Delete Data
(3) Manual Sensor Cleaning
Picture Style: Six preset Picture Style settings plus three user-defined
custom Picture style settings with individual adjustments for Sharpness,
Contrast, Color saturation, 2nd Color tone; Filter effect, Toning effect
for black & white images
• Canon EOS Rebel XTi (aka 400D)
• Eyecup Ef
• Wide Strap EW-100DBII
• Video Cable VC-100
• USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
• Battery Pack NB-2LH
• Battery Charger CB-2LW
• EOS Digital Solution Disc and Instruction Manuals
• "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet.
Back in the SLR world, June 23, 2009
By M. Krenz (Bloomington, IN)
Having been in the SLR world back in the 90s, I knew how much control you could have over your imagery, but I forgot just how great and fun it really is. Digital makes it even better. I wanted to give a quick run down of things I really am happy about vs. a point and shoot camera and maybe that will help people make the dive into SLR. The XTi is a really great camera to take that dive with.
Instant shutter release - I can't tell you how many good pictures I probably lost waiting for my Canon Digital Elph (had a SD110 and a SD700IS) to finally take the picture. With the XTi, you press the button and it takes the picture right away. In low light conditions, you might have to wait a second or two, but its still much faster. And with the sports setting, you are more likely to get a sharp image when there is lots of motion. You can take that picture of someone hitting a baseball right when it makes contact.
Multiple pictures per second - This is the frames per second rating. Not only does it take the picture fast, you can take a few pictures in a second. This allows you to just hold down the shutter release button and snap away, allowing you to ensure that you get action shots at the right moment. Recently I took my daughter to the zoo and took a picture of her feeding a giraffe. Because I was able to take multiple pictures per second, I was able to capture all the right moments of the event. I've actually taken this feature to the extreme by making some time lapse videos using 6000 frames of 4 fps pictures taken in 1.5 hours.
Quality of image - The 2nd picture I ever took with this camera was one of the best pictures I've ever taken of my daughter. And I was just playing around. Colors look better, lighting looks better. Its not about megapixels, its about lens quality.
Settings wheel - Having the wheel on top to control the settings of the camera is invaluable. You can instantly change between a portrait shot and a sports shot, macro and landscape, etc. On Point and shoot cameras, this often involves navigating a menu, which is time consuming and prevents or discourages you from taking certain types of pictures.
Lens can be changed - This is probably the most obvious feature. You know those great close up pictures of birds, flowers, insects and stuff? Those weren't taken with digital zoom, they used a real zoom lens. The difference in quality is enormous and digital zoom is a poor substitute for having a real 300mm lens. This camera doesn't come with a 300mm lens, but can buy a cheap 70mm-300mm Canon lens for a couple hundred dollars and take much better pictures than on any point and shoot camera.
Accessories - There is a whole world of accessories that are geared towards SLR cameras, you really don't know it until you start looking. So far I've bought a 70-300mm zoom lens, a UV filter, a polarizing filter, IR remote trigger and a remote timer.
Some things to be mindful of:
Get a UV protective filter to protect your lens. They are only like $10.
The screen is not a viewfinder - I didn't realize this either until after I bought it, but I understand why this is the case, you want to be looking through the lens. Honestly, this isn't as big of an issue as you might think it is. You still get to review your pictures on the screen and there is lots of helpful information about your settings.
Learn about photography - As great as this camera is, pictures still don't compose and take themselves, you should learn at least the basics of good photography. You don't have to spend a fortune or take a lot of time either, you can just get a short and small book that explains things like depth of field, composition, etc.
Great older version, June 8, 2009
By S. Jones
This is an older version in the Digital Rebel family, and it is a great purchase considering its much discounted price. It does not have a "live LCD screen" (meaning you have to look through the viewfinder), but the picture pops up right after you take it. This saves on battery life anyway, so I think that's fine. It has all the basic settings you would look for in this type of camera. If you're just an amateur photographer (like me) and don't need a fancy high-end camera, then this is a very smart buy.
If you don't have this kind of a camera already, make sure you know what kind of memory card and battery to buy as accessories. Also make sure you know that if you are buying just the "body" that you need to get a lens separately.