Is the new Rebel XSi really as good as it sounds?

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  1. jg123

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    I was reading the review over here and the number of premium added features seems amazing, especially for an amateur. Can someone with experience please tell me what, if any of the new features really stand-out and is this camera a good value?

    -boasts an improved autofocus sensor,
    - features a newly developed, extremely low noise APS-C size 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor.
    - a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with an advanced Live View function.
    - enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion
    - Entirely new 12.4 million pixel CMOS sensor
    - Larger 0.87x viewfinder coverage
    - of continuously capturing 3.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 53 images in large/fine JPEG mode
    - incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions
    - equipped with Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer technology, which corrects image brightness and contrast automatically
    - a spot meter, which reads a tiny area (about 4%) of the picture for extremely precise metering.
    - New Continuous Shooting Self Timer Mode

    and a few others.

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    The only thing from that list that's even the least bit interesting to me is the:

    equipped with Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer technology, which corrects image brightness and contrast automatically

    The rest is marketing fluff. That sounds like Auto Contrast to me if it does it live and incorporates it into its JPEG outputs. Nikons have done this for years, and it ensures that you get a nice good JPEG straight off the camera and prevents you from having to waste your time with RAW correcting contrast issues manually. Your eyes can't always see contrast issues, and it's a pain to adjust anyways, so it makes sense for a calibrated electronic eye on the camera to do it for you and adjust it automatically.

    So that would honestly be a huge thing for me.
     
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    I was intrigued by the larger viewfinder and larger LCD because those two things constantly bother me about my XT currently. But other than that its just eh.
     
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    For the same price on BH, they still sell the 30d. I didnt get a chance to play with the Xsi at all, but I did get to play with a Xti, and assuming they are relatively close, it was a easy choice for me to go with the 30d.
     
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    As far as i know Rebel Xsi is slightly better than Xti ;

    Rebel Xsi have
    • 12 Megapixels (Xti is 10Mpx)
    • Live View LCD
    • Kit comes with Image Stabilized Lens (f 3.5-5.6 EF-S 18-55mm)
    • ISO : 100 - 1600 , It also has a function that camera can automatically decide which ISO to use between ISO 100 and ISO 400 values.
    • It has bigger LCD Screen than 400 D (Rebel XTi) (3 inches)
    • Uses SD cards for storage
    Dust control, live view and image stabilized lens attracts me to buy this camera...
     
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    It should, however, be noted that while the XSi boasts a larger LCD screen than the Xti (3" vs 2.5"), the resolution remains the same. Consequently, this means that the LCD screen on the XSi is actually of lower pixels per inch.
     
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    Thats because the XSi is the model after XTi which is after XT
    350D then 400D then 450D. So ya, it should be slightly better
     
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    Really, that's not too big of a difference.

    While nice at times, most can live without it.

    I'm sure that adds to the cost. Though it is a good point.

    The XTi has the same range and I didn't realize choosing an ISO was a difficult thing to do...

    A whole half-inch?! Incredible!
    This could be attractive if you're coming off of a point and shoot (as many use them).

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that for about $200 less, you're not really losing out with an XTi. I'm not quite sold on the new feature set.

    I am surprised though, that no one's made a bigger deal of spot-metering. That's the one thing I wish my XTi did have. Like I said earlier though, it's not worth $200...
     
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    I personally say go with an XTi, I often like new models but this time I wouldnt go for the XSi, go to the XTi. I am happy with my XTi. Infact very happy. :) 12 MP isnt much more than 10MP. Barely noticable if any at all.

    Live View LCD? I can easily go without that, I like using view finder because there are no glares off the screen and i have a black square with my view inside of it, can see everything easier.

    The kit lens, yes its an IS but really its not that great of a lens. The kit lenses never are, its just so u can get something out of the box. I think of it as something for point and shoot people since they always want it to work 100% right out of the box.

    I say buy the body and invest into a decent lens. You will be much happier...

    TRUST ME!
     
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    Better AF, lower noise, better tone from 14bit vs. 12 bit, a bigger view finder, and spot meter when none of the other rebels have it is all marketing fluff? :meh:
     
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