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Canon Rebel XTi Review

by Philip Greenspun, December 2006


The Canon Rebel XTi is the world's most popular digital single-lens reflex camera. The Rebel XTi is compact, lightweight, rugged, inexpensive, responsive, and compatible with dozens of the world's best lenses. Introduced in the fall of 2006 at a price of $800, the Canon Rebel XTi has the best image quality of any camera in its class. For family picture-taking, the best way to start is with the Canon Rebel XTi body only and a Sigma 30/1.4 lens (all the photos on this page were taken with this lens); if you must have a zoom, the Canon 17-55/2.8 IS USM is a high quality choice.

At any one time, Canon generally produces three consumer-priced digital single lens reflex bodies:

  • small sensor, light weight, one control wheel (Rebel XTi)
  • small sensor, heavier and larger, two control wheels (EOS 30D)
  • big sensor (same size as 35mm film), superior image quality, especially in low light (EOS 5D; more than $2000)

For most photographers, the right body will be either the Canon Rebel XTi or the Canon EOS 5D. The 30D is an older design with more rugged construction, but very similar imaging capabilities. The Rebel XTi actually has slightly higher resolution and a new sensor dust removal system that the 30D lacks.

The Canon Rebel XTi is a great value and, if coupled with a high quality lens, can produce pictures that will be acceptable for nearly any purpose.

[Outside the United States, this camera may be marketed as the "Canon EOS 400D" or "Kiss Digital X".]

Operating Speed

The Canon Rebel XTi turns on almost instantly and is very responsive for taking pictures, displaying previews, and waking up once asleep. The camera is always ready when you are, unless you fill up the in-camera memory by taking photos continuously, as you might at a sporting event. The camera can capture 3 pictures per second but it can't write them to the CompactFlash card that fast. After you've captured about 30 JPEGs or 10 RAW images, the rear LCD will read "BUSY" for a few seconds until all of the images have been saved.

Controls

The main difference between the Rebel XTi and the larger more expensive Canon bodies is that there is only one control wheel, on the top of the camera body. In Metered Manual mode, for example, the single wheel adjusts the shutter speed and, if you hold a shift button on the back of the camera, can adjust the lens aperture. In Aperture-priority mode, the single wheel adjusts the aperture and holding the shift button makes the wheel control exposure compensation (to darken or lighten the image). Having to press a shift key is annoying, but if you are mostly capturing RAW images and using semi- or fully automatic exposure, you will hardly ever have to do it.

Almost every digital SLR has an LCD display on the top giving out information on exposure, autofocus, white balance, and other camera settings. There is another, larger LCD screen on the back offering image review and menus for controlling camera settings. You might ask "If you have a huge 2.5" screen on the back of the camera, why not get rid of the little display on the top of the camera?" That's just what Canon has done with the Rebel XTi and it is probably an improvement in user interface. If you want to know how the camera is set up there is one and only one place to look. The information is much larger and more readable than on top-deck LCD displays, especially the ISO setting, which is presented in huge letters at the upper right. A photocell on the back figures out if you've raised the camera to your eye and shuts the screen off.

A top-deck control switch lets you choose among the standard four exposure modes: Metered Manual, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, and Program autoexposure. The same switch has "idiot modes" labeled with small icons, such as a running guy. The rear LCD screen shows the same icon and a text explanation, e.g., "sports".

The has the standard focus modes of any Canon SLR: Manual, Single-shot auto, "AI Servo" (continuous, intended for sports), and "AI focus" where the camera tries to figure out whether or not your subject is moving. As with all of the great Canon EOS bodies over the decades, if you drill down into the custom function menus, you can figure out how to make the autoexposure lock button on the back of the camera into a "burst of AF" thumb switch while in Manual Focus mode. Thus you're able to manually adjust focus but have automatic assistance available when desired. (Start at the Tools 2 menu then Custom Function 4.) Autofocus performance is excellent, even in dim light, with 9 AF sensors distributed around the frame.

Operation is modeless. If you've pressed the playback button and are reviewing images, a quick touch of the shutter release readies the camera to take pictures again. Curiously, Canon seems unable to get this important user interface feature into their point and shoot cameras, all of which have a playback/record switch on the back and the camera won't function as a camera if the switch is set to "playback".

Overall, the best user interface of any Canon digital SLR body.


Viewfinder

The viewfinder shows a little bit less of the image than the sensor will capture, i.e., your photo will be about 5 percent wider and taller than what you saw in the viewfinder. Underneath the optical through-the-lens view is a one-line in-viewfinder LCD display showing shutter speed, aperture, an exposure meter, focus confirmation (dot that appears when something in the image is in focus), a flash symbol that lights up when the flash is ready, an exposure-lock symbol, and a counter showing how many more photos may be captured before filling up the in-camera memory buffer (only relevant when photographing sports in RAW mode). It is easy to view the entire viewfinder image and the one-line LCD display underneath, even while wearing eyeglasses. If you don't want to wear eyeglasses, the Rebel XTi has a built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1).


Storage

The Rebel XTi takes a single Compact Flash card, either Type I and II. Microdrives work in the camera, but operate slowly if you are capturing RAW images. Microdrives are also more prone to failure than the solid-state CF cards.

A 1 GB card will hold fewer than 100 RAW images, each of which is typically just over 10 MB in size; remember that the images are 3888x2592 pixels. Start with either a 4 GB CF Card or an 8 GB card


Flash

The Canon Rebel XTi has a built-in flash powerful enough (guide number 42 in feet at ISO 100) to serve as a primary light at ISO 400 or ISO 800. Maximum flash sync speed is 1/200th. Balancing flash and natural light requires wading down through a couple of menus to set flash exposure compensation. Once set, however, the exposure compensation is clearly displayed on the rear LCD.

If you're going to photograph a reception in a dark restaurant, slide a 580EX flash into the accessory shoe on top of the camera. Both internal and external flash exposure may be controlled by the camera's computer using a through-the-lens sensor.

Available Light

The best way to ruin a photo is by using an on-camera flash as the primary light source, which is why photos taken indoors with point-and-shoot digicams are usually so terrible. If you're stepping up from a point-and-shoot and go into a living room with the Rebel XTi and a Sigma 30/1.4 lens, you will feel like a superhero. Thanks to the physically much larger sensor, images at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 are much better than what you'd get with a point-and-shoot. With an f/1.4 lens, you will be able to use the lower noise setting of ISO 400 in many indoor situations.

If you're stepping down from the world's highest performance low-light digital SLR, the full-frame 5D with its substantially larger sensor, you'll be underwhelmed with the Rebel XTi's low-light capability, though autofocus performance is surprisingly good.

[Photo at right: ISO 800, 1/100th at f/2.5]

Batteries

The included Lith-ion battery is adequate for a day of active photography, somewhere between 300 and 500 photos plus review. The Canon Rebel XTi will not run on disposable AA batteries. To recharge the battery you must carry a chunky travel charger that plugs directly into a wall socket.

If you are a serious photographer, you will want to purchase and carry a backup NB-2LH battery. If you add the BG-E3 vertical grip, the camera will draw its power from two of these Lith-ion batteries inside the grip, or alternatively, six AA batteries. The vertical grip adds a vertical shutter release and may make the camera easier to control for those with large hands.

Software

I never unwrapped or installed any of the software included with the Rebel XTi. The RAW images produced by the camera work fine with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and its associated photo sorting/organizing tool, "Adobe Bridge". (See my photoshop directory for some useful scripts, including those that were used to generate the JPEGs you see on this page.) The Picasa program from Google also can understand the Rebel XTi's .CR2 RAW files.

If you decide to go the Photoshop/Bridge route, you might find The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers (Peter Krogh; O'Reilly 2005) helpful.

Whatever software you choose to use, you won't have to spend too much time post-processing due to the Rebel XTi's inclusion of an "auto rotate" feature (enable from the first tools menu). An image captured with the camera held vertically will appear on a computer screen in a vertical orientation.

Reliability and Durability

The more expensive Canons are metal on the inside and plastic on the outside. The Rebel XTi is plastic everywhere except the lens mount. It should be rugged enough to survive a few drops, some rain, and dust. Very likely you'll want to trade the camera in for a new and improved model before the mechanicals or electronics fail.

The Rebel XTi is the first Canon body to include a sensor dust removal system, a feature pioneered some years earlier by Olympus with its Four Thirds cameras. How well does it work? I didn't notice any dust on the sensor. However, I haven't had to clean the sensors on other digital SLRs, not since taking a very early Nikon to the very dusty country of India.

Compared to the More Expensive Canon Bodies

As noted in the introduction, the 30D doesn't make sense for most photographers. It is bigger, heavier, and more expensive than the Rebel XTi and does not offer any improvement in image quality.

Consider the EOS 5D in the following situations:

  • you have a lot of older Canon EOS lenses that cast a full-frame image
  • you love wide angle photography and want to have a good choice of wide angle lenses
  • you are specializing in low light photography without a flash
  • you are rich, don't mind a bit of extra weight, and don't want to wonder what you're missing; the 5D is the best digital camera at any price and it costs less than one hour of jet charter

Compared to Nikon, Sony, Pentax, et al

All of the other small-sensor 10-megapixel digital SLRs use a CCD manufactured by Sony. They all produce roughly the same image quality. According to the magazines and Web sites that exhaust themselves taking pictures of test targets, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi produces image quality that is superior to that produced by its 10-megapixel competitors. Canon is the only company with the money and the engineering depth to make its own sensor, a CMOS design like that in the professional Canon bodies.

The big thing that the competitors have that the Rebel XTi does not is sensor-based image stabilization. The Rebel XTi relies on in-lens image stabilization, which works better than sensor-based systems, especially for longer lenses, but is expensive and not available in most lens designs. The sensor-based image stabilizers work with any lens. Image stabilization is important in perhaps 5 percent of typical photography situations. If the light is truly low, you need a tripod. If the subject is moving, you need a fast shutter speed regardless of whether camera shake has been stabilized.

Is it worth considering, say, a Nikon D80, as an alternative to the Canon Rebel XTi? No. It might be worth comparing the Nikon system to the Canon system, but given that you're going to spend a lot more money over the years on lenses, it doesn't make sense to look at minor difference among the bodies that the various companies happen to make in 2007. [See "Building a Digital SLR System" for more on this topic.]

Conclusion

The Canon Rebel XTi is the best digital SLR body for most consumers on a budget and it makes a good backup body for professionals.

Where to Buy

You can compare prices and delivery times from various merchants at amazon.com. Add a Sigma 30/1.4 lens for everyday photos and the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, (compare prices) (review) if you must have a wide-to-telephoto zoom.

If you're going to be taking photos indoors or want to fill in shadows, add a 580EX flash.

What Lens to Get?

Beyond a Sigma 30/1.4 lens, which is essential for day-to-day and low light photography, you will probably want the following standard high-quality zoom lenses:

  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, high quality zoom from very dramatic (16mm equivalent on a full-frame camera) to boring (35mm equivalent) wide angle
  • Canon does not make a telephoto zoom lens optimized for its small sensor cameras. High quality telephoto zooms for full-frame cameras are heavy and expensive. Your best option is the Sigma 50-150/2.8, which offers a classic 70-210mm equivalent focal length range. The lens is light because it casts an image circle large enough only for a small-sensor camera such as the Rebel XTi. The Sigma lens includes an ultrasonic focus motor. The aperture is a fast and constant f/2.8, allowing photography in only one quarter as much light as the typical consumer zoom lens.
  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, (compare prices) (review), great for close-up work and can also function as a lightweight and compact portrait lens (equivalent to a 100mm perspective on a full-frame camera). See the example at right.

For safari or sports, you'll want a Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, (compare prices) (review). This lens is designed for use with a tele-extender.

If you're on a tight budget and yet want at least one decent lens, the $80 Canon 50/1.8 is a good choice for portraits.

[Look more carefully than usual at lenses from companies such as Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina. Canon has been quick to make small-sensor bodies and very slow to design new lenses that match to those small sensors.]

How to Use (Video Tutorial)

Example Photos

With the Sigma 30/1.4 lens...

With the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (review)...

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Text and pictures copyright 2006 Philip Greenspun. Except as noted, all photos on this page were taken with the Sigma 30/1.4 lens.

Article created December 2006

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Bjarke Strøm , September 29, 2006; 04:05 P.M.

Why don`t they just skip this 1,6x sensor and make an affordable 10 Mpix full frame Rebel.

Hallo Canon, I can`t use my lenses (35/1,4 85/1,8 100/2 and 135/2) and a Zoom just doesn`t do it for me....

The full frame digicam`s are just out of my reach, are facing the development and need a replacement of my Eos 1nRS....

I`m not a pro, just passionate: I doesen`t generate money from my photography....

I was sure they would do it this time, make their cheap one full frame and say goodbye to Nikon and the rest....

A +20% price tag and 200% better image quality, compared to the competitors, would win (and develop....) the market even more than the previous Rebel.

You (Canon) make an impressive family of lenses and render them useless for the majority of new Canon camera owners....

I`m seriously thinking buying a Rebel XTi and a LensBaby....

I was sure they were doing it this time so I`m dissapointed....

Bjarke Str?m.

Mahrashk Meidani , September 30, 2006; 07:46 A.M.

I was very eager to change my xt with this new xti, but when i hold it in the hands, with that large lcd, it was not very nice! i think it is not designed very ergonomically and also aesthetically. the very bright lcd showing shooting information is also not very nice, i am not used to it. it looks like a toy.

jason webb , September 30, 2006; 10:35 P.M.

Well, I went out and bought one. I have two lenses (other than my old cheap canon lenses from past film eos's). I have a sigma 170-500 4.0/5.6, and the new sigma 17-70 dc macro lens. I really haven't used the camera much although I did go up the canyon tonight and took some macros of the changing leaf colors here. I am quuite impressed with the image quality that I am getting. I am by no means a professional and I am still learning alot of the tricks of the trade, but this camera suits me very well. Just as a side note I purchased the battery pack with the camera and it makes a world of difference with the comfort level when doing hand held photos, I think it should be a mandatory purchase if you get this camera. So overall, i give it a thumbs up and i look forward to using it more in the future.

Gunnar Diestel , October 19, 2006; 11:15 A.M.

Bjarke, what you're saying is that Canon ought to have introduced a sub-1000Euro full frame digital SLR. I wish . . . In actual fact, for all of us who have been Canon users for a while and have observed Canon's model policy over the past three years, the EOS 400D was a very predictable move. The only surprise for me was the dust reduction system, which, judging by the forum posts on dpreview.com, doesn't work too well.

Realistically speaking, we can't expect Canon to release a sub-1000Euro full frame DSLR for a few years yet. What we can expect, however, is the release of the 30D's successor early next year. Don't get your hopes up - it will be an APS-C DSLR. Personally, I believe it will come with a few improvements over the 30D: * 10MP sensor * dust reduction (improved over 400D, if we're lucky) * the 5D's AF system (including the extra six servo assist AF fields) * and hopefully, a vastly improved viewfinder.

The viewfinder is my biggest gripe with the current Canon DSLRs. Nikon have their lovely 0.94x mag viewfinder, which, in the real world, translates to 0.63x mag (1.5 crop factor). The 5D has 0.71x. So, to match Nikon's, Canon would have to go for at least 1.0x mag (real world 0.63 mag). And I hope they do that, too. Otherwise I might seriously have to think about either selling all my Canon stuff and enter the Nikon world or wait for and buy the 5D's successor (the RRP of which, I expect, will be lower by about 500Euros). I currently still own a 300D.

Jack Crossfire , January 28, 2007; 02:47 A.M.

Made the mistake of buying a $1400 20D instead of an $800 350D in 2005. After the fiasco with the 300D firmware hack, Canon appeared to ban previews of the 350D until they recovered their investment in the 20D. Memorial Day and July 4 were coming up, and it wasn't clear if the 350D had an inferior sensor. 2 months later the review of the 350D was published and it was the same sensor. So much for $600.

My 20D took its 50,000th exposure 2 years later. If it was a 350D it would have dropped dead by now according to the documentation and it would now be necessary to spend another $800 on an XTI, so theoretically the 20D saved $200.

The XTI apparently has the same 50,000 exposure rating. Maybe these cameras go far beyond their rating or maybe they don't. The problem is the people who by the Digital Rebel series are the same people who tend to never use them, so there are no stories about exceeding the rating.

Bart Frymel , January 30, 2007; 12:25 P.M.

I have had the XT for about 20 months (17000 exposures) and the XTI for about a month (1000 exposures). I use them for still life, landscapes, and portraits and can honestly say that while both are good cameras there XTi is a marked improvement on the XT. The LCD on the XTI is great when setting up in dark areas as you can read all the data of the LCD without looking for the button that lights the same XT display. The sensor cleaning works well but I had to take a blower to the sensor and blow a piece of dust off yesterday. I ran a 'dust check' when it was new and it came free of dust, unlike the XT where dust was factory installed. Both use the same add-ons (lenses, flash, memory, even battery types) my only expense in the upgrade was for the new body. Other improvements: More pixels. Say what you will but more pixels is 'a good thing'. I think noise on the XTi is better controlled at hight ISO. The AF is a bit faster with all of my lenses. The very large timer in BULB mode really helps with long exposures. Picture Style Settings are more customizable then XT settings.

While these improvements are nice I would not upgrade unless other factors such as need for a second or back up body was required or your XT is starting to show its age.

J Hopkins , February 04, 2007; 04:32 A.M.

I finally took the plunge and bought the XTI, my previous camera was a sony DSC-H1. The XTI is granted A huge step up from a 5.2 megapixel point and shoot, but I really like the XTI. It is a major improvement in performance and quality in picture taking. The body feels more substantial and runs smoother and quieter than the sony.

Spencer Cofield , February 16, 2007; 04:44 P.M.

I just bought a Canon Rebel XTi about 2 months ago. To tell you the truth, i'm exremely addicted to it and use it probably on avg. 2- 5 hours a day, every day. I'm a part time college student and this camera just blows my mind. Although i'm still getting used to the settings, i've taken countless photos and have won prizes in many photo competitions. The size of the screen is just perfect and the lense it comes with is alright for the most part. I'm looking at buying a better lens for it eventually but for right now its amazing. I'd definately give this camera an A+

Dom N , February 26, 2007; 09:29 P.M.

I bought this camera a few months back and it gives me everything I was lacking in my last cameras. The clarity is amazing and the color is great and easy to work with. The lenses allow me to capture great motion shots, which is perfect for my purposes. I haven't found anything to be disappointed with yet.

As for Gunnar Diestel's comment... my photography is mostly equine. It doesn't get much dustier than barns and pastures with horses and the shakers haven't let me down yet. I can safely change my lenses halfway through a shoot, and there is nothing on my sensors after I turn the camera on.

Ray Whittemore , March 05, 2007; 04:05 P.M.

As a long time Canon camera owner, I recently purchased the XTi and have been very pleased with the quality, performance and professional options available. The mirror lock-up, image bracketing, custom features are great!

Scott Pickering "25 ASA" , March 09, 2007; 11:24 P.M.

I had the XT before and for a while had the XTi. To me I haven't noticed much difference in image quality. I'd rather go fullframe, but that may be a while. I only kept my XTi for 7 months.

Pascal Agneray , March 15, 2007; 07:13 P.M.

I purchased a Canon 30 D and I am a bit disapointed to see that the rebel has 10 megapixels and a dust shaking sensor for LESS money. However, when handling the rebel XTi, it feels a bit like a tiny toy and is a lot less ergonomic than the 30D. I guess I paid for some good hardware with what's older software now. This will be true for ever with the exponential tech race going on with all digital stuff so I will rest happy with my big solid body and when the engine with its eight cylinders cannot keep up with the 2020 massive engines, then it'll be time to upgrade. By then, who knows? they will probably have a 30 megapixel apsc format encapsulated in vacuum in a camera sized like a subcompact and an organically variable geometry single liquid lens with perfect sharpness from 10 mm to 500 mm. So let's enjoy the low tech stuff of today. Tomorrow will blow our mind anyway (technologically), not give us a better personal vision.

Nabil Kannan , March 18, 2007; 02:01 A.M.

I just purchased this body and I love it. Lens is Tamron 18-250mm lens. Fantastic interface and amazing picture quality.

Charles Griffin , March 20, 2007; 04:06 P.M.

I bought an XTi to have a lighter, less-expensive, camera to take on a European trip. So far I've been pleased with its images. I'm sorry to hear that it has a projected shorter life span. When all is said and done, it will end up as a second back-up body. It does very well with a 580 flash attached--see the included image of my granddaughter at Christmas.

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Shawn Wetzel , March 30, 2007; 03:47 A.M.

I've owned my XTi for a few months now and I have to say I'm very happy with it. I'm a long time Canon EOS user, going back to a Elan II and a D30 (No, not the 30D). I was worried about stepping down to the "Consumer" level of Canon's EOS line. I've been pleasantly suprised at how little I've missed the second dial on the back of the camera.

One thing I will add is that the verticle grip for this camera is well worth the money. It turns the XTi from a tiny, disappears-in-your-hands camera into a large, solid feeling SLR. I personaly got the Opteka version for $65 and couldn't be happier.

Reza Motaghedi , April 11, 2007; 03:36 P.M.

I have 20D and I am not going to upgrade until canon releases a fullframe wiht anti dust and spot meter less than 1500 dollars. I think it is not reasonable to upgrade for just 2 more megapixel and seme sensor. 400D has a very low quality build and it is not balanced with a heavy lens such as 24-105L or 24-70L. In fact lens should carry camera.its anti dust also appears ineffective according to reviews in the forums.

KYle Basile , April 12, 2007; 07:48 P.M.

i just got my Xti about 3 weeks ago and i love it(addicted), the different settings for different situations is extremley helpfull and usefell, i really like the easy to swithch iso, as well at the landscape, or neutral, and all that jazz. i just really like the camera a lot, so far ive had 3 pictures published in books with it and im loving it. the feel is good,, a bit small but nothing to really complain about, for the price it was a heck of a buy. The lens could be better but i just hooked my lense from my film canon up and its a lil better. so yeah i suggest getting a package that contains another lens, with it. the battery life is good and the raw image choice is great considering the 10.1 mp image that it stores. it also gives the ability to create your own type of shot containing things you can change like the saturation contrast and sharpness, its handy for creating shots that dont exactly meet logic, but are interesting and definitly sell$$. overall id have to say its a reliable (so far) camera and a lot of fun to shoot with. -Kyle

Christopher Tucker , April 14, 2007; 10:59 P.M.

"Canon is the only company with the money and the engineering depth to make its own sensor," Not to be too nit-picky here, but Nikon did make their own sensor on the D2h in 2003. So NIkon *can* make their own chips if they like. See http://bythom.com/d2h.htm for more information. (Search for "jfet" to find the reference on that page)

According to a quick Google search, other Nikon DSLRs (D200, D2x etc) appear to use Sony designed image sensors.

Greg Schmigel , April 16, 2007; 04:41 P.M.

I recently upgraded to the XTi model from the original digital Rebel (6mp). I must say that the XTi model is incredible. I am used to the settings from my first camera, so the transition was quite easy. There are a couple new items on the XTi model that I really enjoy: The self cleaning sensor function (cleans your sensor everytime you shut down). Another function that is new to me on the Rebel is the ability to now shoot in monochromatic (black and white) format. Crank the ISO up to 1600, set the camera on mono and open that aperture up. Now all you need are some really cool subject to shoot. (people on the street is always a hit!)

Anyway, kudos to Canon for bringing out a 10mp digital SLR for under $1,000. I an thrilled with the camera, and will definately hold on to my original Rebel as a back up!!!

Greg gregschmigel.com

Greg Schmigel , April 16, 2007; 04:42 P.M.

I recently upgraded to the XTi model from the original digital Rebel (6mp). I must say that the XTi model is incredible. I am used to the settings from my first camera, so the transition was quite easy. There are a couple new items on the XTi model that I really enjoy: The self cleaning sensor function (cleans your sensor everytime you shut down). Another function that is new to me on the Rebel is the ability to now shoot in monochromatic (black and white) format. Crank the ISO up to 1600, set the camera on mono and open that aperture up. Now all you need are some really cool subject to shoot. (people on the street is always a hit!)

Anyway, kudos to Canon for bringing out a 10mp digital SLR for under $1,000. I an thrilled with the camera, and will definately hold on to my original Rebel as a back up!!!

Greg

gregschmigel.com

JDM von Weinberg , April 21, 2007; 02:51 A.M.

follow-up

Just a note on XTi battery packs. I bought a copy of the Canon one for about 2/3 the price. I should have figured out something was not good when it came with a bunch of small stripped screws that were supposed to hold the plate on top on. The vendor rushed me a replacement in time for a trip, but that one came apart in my hands after about 3 hours of shooting. When I got back, I called the importer, and they told me this was a "bad batch" (though, truthfully, it was the design flaw of trying to make 1 or 2 mm screws be the main attachment). In case, I sent it back for replacement two weeks ago and still no sign of it. It did make the camera handle better, especially for verticals, but you may want to pay more to Canon. I have not tried the even cheaper Opteka version of the battery pack, so cannot speak to its durability.

Later follow-up: did finally get a unit back and it seems to be holding together. The company called to apologize and told me that they are sending me another battery for my XTi, though in fact I have not yet got that.

Still later update: After posting the above update, I did get the XTi battery promised. The battery pack has functioned flawlessly without a problem. So apparently it was just a bad batch.

Bravin Neff , April 27, 2007; 11:19 A.M.

This seems more like an advertisement than a review.

F. Fanta , April 28, 2007; 07:18 A.M.

It looks to me that the review is strongly biased, whatever the reason for its bias. The reviewer understates and excuses all camera limitations, and neglects to mention some (e.g. the viewfinder has awfully small magnification). Also it is incongruent that the reviewer proposes the camera as the best for people on a budget, then advises to buy several lenses that people on a budget can only dream of. I did not find the review useful.

Mike Gibson , May 10, 2007; 06:48 A.M.

I own both the Canon XTi and the 30D. I really must say that compared to my 30D the XTi really feels like a toy. The plastic build and bad ergonomics really bother me a lot. I have big hands and found using the XTi rather uncomfortable. I bought a Jenis brand battery grip for $80.00 and have since found the camera more comfortable to use. The 30d is more comofrtable and has a few extra settings I like to use but really they produce images that are almost impossible to tell apart. Aside from the poor ergonomics the XTi is a great camera. I don't however think it is a worthwhile upgrade from the XT. I really want to know when is Canon actually going to make a "new" camera rather than just altering something a little bit and calling it new.

I do agree with the comments on this review and I have to say it is inline with most of the reviews on this website. It appears they're more of advertisements and are highly bias. It also seems that the person reviewing the Cameras and Lenses on this site would like people to believe that if I don't shoot with Canon L glass my pictures will be garbage.

If someone is going to buy this Camera it is a good choice. It is a great tool to learn with, but does come with limitations. The viewfinder as noted is really nothing great, but you do get used to it after time. The picture quality is good, but again most DSLRs prodcue pretty amazing images and it is a well known fact that it is the person and not the camera that makes a picture great.

I personally have a big beef with Canon and try to give them as little money as possible. Canon seems to me as one of those companies that wants to give you as little as they can while charging the highest possible price. Most of the "new" cameras Canon puts out are really just minor upgrades of older models and Canon lenses,(at least for any of the good ones) will put any average person in the poor house when they buy one. If you decide to buyer a cheaper Canon lens because of that famous name on the cap you'll have to pay extra for an extremely over priced $0.02 piece of plastic.

If you're seriously looking at buying a DSLR Canon and Nikon are really the only two major players in town, however the new Pentax K10 seems like a really good alternative. If you're going to use a Canon or Nikon body and you're starting on a budget and want a really really nice lens you should look at the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Tamron 28-70 f2.8 or Sigma 30mm f1.4 (great lens for shooting in low light, but limits what you can do because of it's fixed focal length).

REading the reviews on this site really bother me most of the time. They seem to really convey the message that if you want decent pictures you'll need a great camera body with a big bag of Canon or Nikon prime lenses and if you don't have them, well you just wasted your money and will as a result produce poor pictures.

When reading the introduction to SLR photography on this website I found it rather amusing to be faced with the notion of photographing a bear at all lengths with a 50mm or 30mm prime lens. Sure it is a good idea in theory and I know it was ment as a poor attempt at humor, but one person must sit and think about how practical it is to be able to be able to walk forwards and backwards in evry situation. I doubt that bear would have stood still for such a long time and I doubt you would have escaped with your life to write a bad article about it.

Ismail Shariff , May 11, 2007; 04:44 A.M.

Hi friends, Well this might have been asked earlier, but can anyone tell me how to download this video from this page. It would be great to have it as a reference every now and then.

Thanks in advance.

galen hunt , May 14, 2007; 12:50 A.M.

I have never felt compelled to post a comment to photo.net before this. THAT is how strongly I feel about doing this. I've been a member for many years, and am a professional photographer (nature, landscape, film industry, etc).

I must first say this: Are you guys all high???!!! This is a crappy little camera. I bought it because all my other stuff was stolen in a wonderfully composed "smash-and-grab" at a Tucson hotel and I needed something quickly to shoot a mountain lion that I was raising for film work.

I have fairly large hands. I often hold my camera with one hand. My palm kept changing settings. I'd be shooting with ISO 1600 on a sunny day without knowing it! And on one-of-a-kind shots that can never be redone. Makes one think. Not to mention the numerous times the camera would say "busy" when I needed to shoot! OMG.

It's like a little plastic toy. It's weak, and fragile, and good for nothing but shots around the house. And you better hold it just right...or you're going to @%)$ up you shots! And you'd better get SMALL hands real quick! Maybe you can digitally manipulate your own hands and make them smaller. I can't.

I think it's really a sad day when such glowing posts can be made to this type of photographic item. It is not worthy of this praise. Or it is a pure reflection of the day and age we find ourselves in....

And if you think that you can get nice shots of "magic hour" light....you are REALLY HIGH! Digital absolutely does not hold any detail in a wide range of brightness levels the way film does.

I could go on and on...but you get the point. If anyone wants to buy this little toy and the 17-55 f/2.8 I bought with it, just shoot me an email. I'm ready to sell.

Mike Smith , May 30, 2007; 05:07 P.M.

I just wanted to say that the above comment from Galen Hunt is asinine. That's all. Thanks.

Landrum Kelly , June 01, 2007; 11:51 P.M.

Galen, I just read your ad:

http://www.photo.net/gc/view-one.tcl?classified_ad_id=684325

So, when it came time to sell it, it stopped being a "crappy little camera"?

--Lannie

Scott Donald , June 02, 2007; 12:06 A.M.

I currently own a Canon D60 (2003 Christmas - I think), and a XTI (2006 christmas). I like the XTi and enjoy the extra resolution, but find it harder to use than the D60.

On a trip this spring, I bent the pins which connect to the CF card, and it cost $247 (CDN + tax) to repair. As the camera had been "misused" the warentee did not apply.

Compared to the D60, the card guides are very sloppy and much greater care is needed to get the card in straight.

One member in our camera club (West Kootenay Camera Club) has lost two sensors within one year of use on her XTi.

While I admire the job Canon has done getting the camera to us for a reasonable price, I am currently saving for a better built camera.

No complaints abut the lenses. They seem to be strong enough to drop into the Grand Canyon and survive. Not that I've tried THAT yet, but almost!

Scott

dat phan , June 16, 2007; 10:28 A.M.

Calm down everybody. Please, be fair with the Rebel XTi a little bit. 1. This is not a professional camera. If you're a professional photographer, you would never use this camera as your main tool. The definition of "professional", according to my cousin, is doing something that makes up more than 50% of your income. Sure, no professional photographer makes a living with this camera. 2. The best thing of this camera is its price. Hey, it is not at a professional level, but it is not a toy either. It's unfair to compare it with the 30D or 5D and call it a toy. It has almost everything that the 30D and 5D have, but at the price of $750, half the price of the 30D, what do you expect? 3.Compare this one to the point-n-shoot is like compare apple to orange. People buy point-n-shoot because it's small. Well, you can't slip the Rebel XTi to your pocket. Size does matter, we all know that. Yes, it is 2x bigger, and 2x more expensive than the point-n-shoot, but the quality of the picture you get is far more better, even if you just use the bundled lense goes with it. Picturer this, I go out with my girl friend. I carry the big Rebel XTi on one hand and holding my girl friend's waist with the other hand. Nah, I'd rather leave it at home and bring the point-n-shoot. My point is, you have to know what you want and what you need. You want the professional camera, buy the 5D. You're a beginner like me? Buy the Rebel XTi. You go out with your girl friend? You know what to do... 4. This camera ,or any SLR that below $1000, is good for the beginners. However, if you happen to be the professional photographer at some point in the future, you'll need to buy some more lenses. You can't be wrong with Canon.

C. Lamont Blackmon , June 18, 2007; 05:09 P.M.

Hold on everyone, I am a professional photographer and I brought the Rebel XTi and it is an excellent camera as a backup to your full time camera. That is, if you do photography full time, and like any full time photographer you would have and use more than one tool for a particular job. Folks it is not about the body, its whats under the hood. You would not judge a book by its cover and you should never judge a camera or any tool by its cover. A cover is just that a cover. Remember it is not the cover that is taking the picture and processing it. It is whats under the hood that does the work, along with the lens and sensor. Under the hood this camera rocks. It serves its purpose for what it was design for and its price range. If you are a professional you can get good results with any decent camera if you know what you are doing. After all a camera digital or not is just a tool, and like any tool it?s all in how you use it and what you use it for. So think tool, experience and use. End of story, period!!! Thanks Lamont

Lincoln Rocha , June 22, 2007; 10:15 A.M.

I am a beginner, I've bought mine at B&H last January, and Man, I'm loving it. The difference between point-and-shoot camera is really big. I bought after January the Canon 50mm F/1.8 and I think it is a must have. My wife just game te Canon B3 vertical grip, and thats also a big diference when you attach it to thw camera. Its a very easy camera to use, and you get it really fast. If you are a beginer like me, dont worry, buy this camera. Canon wont let you down.

Charles Wood , June 27, 2007; 12:20 P.M.

The comments are all very interesting and predictable. For me, the XTi provides all the performance I need as a landscape photographer. I sell prints daily taken with this camera and it's predecessor the XT, along with images captured on medium and large format gear ranging from a Pentax 645n to a Fuji G617 to a Horseman large format system.

As a landscape photographer who actually gets out on 4-6 day backpacks I DON'T want a 30D or a 5D, or any other larger, heavier SLR that won't deliver the goods as well as my 645 or my 6x9 or 617. I still keep a refrigerator full of film. Until Pentax comes out with their 'affordable' digital medium format replacement, 35mm based digitals simply fill in the gap and are another tool.

I find it strange that people get so emotionally involved with their gear. Get over the shortcomings (of any product) and start taking pictures rather than worrying about the display, nitpiks about the ergonomics.

As for the comments about the review reading like an advertisement, I tend to agree. However, that said, Canon has provided absolutely top notch customer support for items ranging from my wife's all in one scanner/copier/printer to my IPF8000 widebody printer. And I don't get a call center in the Philippines or India when I have a question.

Charles Wood www.cwoodphotos.com

Mike Taylor , July 07, 2007; 05:29 P.M.

Why is there such a massive review of this canon camera whilst the Sony Alpha only gets a very brief rundown of its stats. Surely it is possible to have a decent review of all the main cameras available. There aren't that many.

Pramodh Kailas , July 07, 2007; 11:56 P.M.

Well I am sure there are other DSLR's under 1000$. Why dont some just tell me on a scale of 0-10 which one edges out? is it the Canon XTi or the Nnikon D80 or the sony? just on a common denominator of so called "more realistic" pictures ? I have been using a Pro 1 for quite some time and I feel It takes great pics too.. I feel its just the composition and the tool is just a "means" for the result... - pk

Mark Heseltine , July 08, 2007; 01:54 P.M.

Review bias


I believe the difficulty is simply explained - the photo.net equipment advice columns are not meant to be read as complete, authoritative or independent. Consider the conclusion by the reviewer in the main advice column on building a system:


Distilled shopping advice:
    - cheapest possible system: Nikon D40, 18-55mm kit, $549 (review)
    - basic family camera system: Canon Digital Rebel XTi and Sigma 30/1.4 lens (buy it from amazon.com: body; lens)
    - transitioning film photographer: Canon EOS-30D and Sigma 30/1.4 lens (buy it from amazon.com: body; lens)
    - technophile: Canon EOS-5D and Canon 50/1.4 lens (buy it from amazon.com: body; lens)

This is not neutral, independent advice, but rather one personal view. Really, who would want to buy something described as "cheapest possible system" when they are offered the nice fuzzy warm "basic family camera system". Remember: this is a commercial site. It wears its bias on every page. It earns revenue in part from advertisers who sell Canon.

If you want true independent advice on cameras, ask your friends, speak to your local camera dealers, and read other internet reviews. And never, ever get caught by the 'FUD' game (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). There is a reason that there are hundreds of cameras available - because not one camera can fit all needs and not one camera or manufacturer is best.

By taking only one person's advice you let that person make the choice for you.

Go to your local camera store, ask to handle the cameras. Tell them you do not want, at this stage, 'sales advice'. Once you decide which cameras feel great in your hands, mark down the names and model numbers, then go away and do more research to narrow down your choice. Treat it as a weekend task. I would expect the reviewer would agree.

Mark

Jay Thomas , July 08, 2007; 10:57 P.M.

It seems that the negative comments about this camera by Galen Hunt stirred the ire of a few "canonoholics". But at least his comments were sincere and based on his own use as a pro. Lamont Blackmon says that the quality of the camera body doesn't matter so long as it captures good photos. But if the body is cheap and breaks--it doesn't matter what's INSIDE. There should be no reason to have to "settle" for a poorly designed camera ergonomically and materially. Both should be possible at this price from any decent camera maker.

Landrum Kelly , July 09, 2007; 09:59 A.M.

Jay, you were way off base on this one. I have no ax to grind on the old Canon v. Nikon debate. They are both great systems. I was just amused at Galen's flip-flop when it came time to sell--as well as his digital-film blast at the end.

Yes, I have the 5D, but I have other cameras as well, and I sometimes shoot the 5D with a Nikon 600 mm lens. The only reason that I happened to be reading this review today is that I ordered the XTi yesterday as a backup and wanted Phil's opinion on lenses for it.

I feel absolutely no emotion about any of this. These things are tools, and I do not get nostalgic or emotional about tools.

--Lannie

Jay Thomas , July 09, 2007; 05:40 P.M.

Landrum, if Galen sold the camera, then it stands to reason he didn't like it. Which is consistant with his above comments. I just checked Galen's ad and no "flip-flop" there--he honestly and accurately stated how he feels about the xti (unlike most sellers) and his reputation on this site seems very admirable.

C. Lamont Blackmon , July 09, 2007; 10:59 P.M.

XTI

Great camera for the money

H L Lunt , July 10, 2007; 10:33 A.M.

What about the person behind the camera?

People are too worried about the word professional...I have "professional" fishing gear in my garage, but the biggest fish I ever caught was on my nephews $15.00 Zebco fishing rod... the XTi is an amazing camera for the money. I liked the rear control wheel and some of the metering abilities of the 30D...and the construction will allow for a couple more accidental drops than the XTi, but image quality comparisons are a non subject. I have sold photos for quite a lot of money using an old Pentax A3000 and couldn't get a decent picture with my friends Leica. Its like comparing a Rolex to a Timex...in many cases the Timex will tell better time. Its what you can afford or what you want at the time you want it. What you do with it is up to you. Bottom line...we are all spoiled with todays technology and this cameras performance is amazing. I am sure a couple of you "professionals" could squeek a decent picure or two out of this DSLR. Regarding value... I would say a true front runner for the money.

galen hunt , July 10, 2007; 02:35 P.M.

I did squeeze quite a few great shots out of this little box. But I also lost quite a few killer shots due primarily (but not excusively) to the poor user-interface and small size/poor grip of this little camera. If the ergonomics of a camera body cause you to lose precious shots, then it doens't really matter what kind of technology is inside. You've still lost irreplacable shots. I was shooting quick action and lost other shots when the camera became "busy" unexpectedly--presumably while writing big files to the card. Mountain lions don't wait for a camera to be "ready" to fire... I am no fan of the camera body and not really enamored with its technology either. And I felt that some potential buyers of it should hear a not-so-glowing report.

Clilnt Gustafson , July 10, 2007; 05:39 P.M.

I recently (2wks) bought the XTi as my first foray into the world of digital capture. My other EOS gear is as follows, Elan 7e, and EOS 3. All with battery grip added. Naturally, I also got a grip for the XTi. For me, the handling of the XTi is pretty good, having average size hands. No wierd toggling of functions, and no trouble making it do what I want it to do. I've mounted my 28-135mm USM IS as a carry around as I don't seem to do much wide angle work. If I need to, I can plug on the miserable, cheap, kit lens. Or, I may invest in a 17-85mm IS. Anyhow, the results I've gotten so far are more than satisfactory. The 1.6 crop factor makes for a longer tele, and boosts the close-up capability too. My 90mm Tamron macro will become the equivalent of a 140mm and will actually be more than 1:1 reproduction. Build quality seems to be pretty good in fit and finish, and I don't have a problem with modern polycarbonate plastics. The stuff is tougher than you'd think. Just don't try to dive nails with it. Even the so-called "metal" cameras just have a metal frame covered with the plastic. Well, maybe the really high end bodies have a high percentage of magnesium or aluminum, but on average, as long as the lens mount is stainless steel, things should be OK. The big display on the back is a godsend for me as I need reading glasses for the normal top display of my EOS bodies. With any experience with Canon system equipment, operation is pretty intuitive, and little reading was needed to get up anad running. Virtually every magazine review and comparison report against all competitors puts this little rig at the top of the list. (Probably why I decided to take the plunge). BTW, I'm not dumping the film collection yet!! Clint

C. Lamont Blackmon , July 10, 2007; 06:43 P.M.

Clilnt Gustafson, Thanks for clearing up the confusion over this one little camera. It is the first cameras I have seem to date that evokes such strong and some times mild emotions from its users. Example: Galen Hunt and others. I have follow this camera reviews on every camera site and the response and runs of emotion is the same (High) How can one little camera evoke this range of conversation is beyond me. With that said, maybe Canon did something right this time in the sub $1000.00 market with this little beauty. Apparently so for all the talk!!! Folks since most of us are professional here, let?s go take some pictures and enjoy the day with what ever camera your heart desires. At the end of the day you are ones who has to live with the results, not the camera dealers or camera companies such as Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony or whoever. It?s the photographer who desires and needs are as varied as there are opinions. With that said now do anyone care to comment on the Canon EOS 1-D Mark III . I just receive this as a gift to upgrade my gear. So far it seem to be sweet!! Very Sweet. Case, Cover and all?Oh!! And believe it are not I have found some online who is knocking this camera body as well. You just can?t win with some people? Well, enjoy your picture taking with any camera you have. Life in this day and age is to short for any thing less?..Have FUN

Lamont B.

Clilnt Gustafson , July 11, 2007; 09:58 A.M.

Lamont:

You got a WHAT as a gift? Where can I find friends or relatives like that?

As to clearing up confusion, I've probably gotten people confused about more important things and on a higher level;-)

Clint

galen hunt , July 13, 2007; 01:34 A.M.

PPS: I also get really, really sick of this "smaller is good" argument. We are NOT vervet monkeys. Our hands are, in general, larger than that. Mini cell phones, mini iPods, mini computers.....it will all swing the other way when this stupid fad is over. Small is NOT better.....well, unless you are small.

Landrum Kelly , July 14, 2007; 02:17 A.M.

Perhaps the title of Reichmann's article ("A Rebel Grows Up") tells us more about digital photography than it does about this particular camera, which will pretty quickly be superseded. When I enthusiastically bought my Olympus E-20 (five megapixels for close to $2,000) in very early 2002 with the Nikon D100 just about to hit the market, the question in many persons' minds was where digital photography would be in three to five years. We knew that we were not up to the level of film then, but today few are talking about going back to film.

With all of the obvious limitations of this little camera, the amazing thing is that it can do what it does so well. I think that we do ourselves and others a disservice by focusing on what it cannot do as well as the 5D or the 1Ds Mark II, or the top Nikons. At a price of less than $700 for the body with all essential accessories (with the possible exception of a memory card), this camera says more than "Backup" to me. It says that the digital age has not only arrived, but that it has arrived for the masses who will never pay over $1000 in today's dollars for a camera--a relatively small amount given that one will not have to buy film or pay for film processing, which is not getting any cheaper.

We can all wish that this camera body were even more impressive at $658. It could be sturdier and better built. It could have better ergonomics, including Nikon's great viewfinder. It could shoot more frames per second and save faster to microdisk or card, making it better for capturing wildlife, kids, pets, and athletic events. It could have Sony's anti-shake built into the body, etc. I am frankly quite impressed with it, but I am not going to throw away my EOS-5D or my EOS-1n for it. It is what it is, and what it is is far from perfect but still frankly amazing--not so much for whether it is better than Nikon or Sony or something else, which it might not be, but for what it tells us about the state of the digital revolution. I could have said the same (or perhaps better) for the Nikon D40X, but this thread is a review of the Canon XTi, and all I know of the D40X is what Phil Askey has said at DPReview.com. Photo.net also has a review of the D40X ( http://www.photo.net/equipment/nikon/D40 ), but I have not read it.

--Lannie

ali roden , July 15, 2007; 02:30 A.M.

I currently own a point and shoot digital camera (Pentax Optio WPI) and am looking for something better. I don't know much about SLR cameras and am wondering if the Canon Rebel XTi would be good for me. I have small hands and would not like to spend too much money. The one thing that I can see that this camera doesn't have is a bulit in image stabilization. And there was mention of a small viewfinder. I am wondering if there are any other cameras on the market that I should be considering instead of this one, or if I should be paying more to get a better camera that will take better pictures. Thanks for any help.

mark solomon , July 16, 2007; 12:47 A.M.

i originally intended to buy an xti, but ended up buying a 30d because the xti made my hands ache immediately when i tried to handle it in the store when i was comparing different cameras. the increased size of the 30d immediately felt very comfortable to me.

i would say the point of those individuals having large hands and the xti making for a bad fit just because of physical size is a valid one. certainly so in my case.

dslr's are like gloves. you should feel physically comfortable with them, and everyone should really get their hands on the cameras they have shortlisted to see how they actually feel before buying.

just returned from a week in alaska where i took 2,000+ photos and i can't knock the canon, except that i'd like to move up to a full frame sensor within a couple of years.

i'm very happy with the 30d and actually like the size & weight, but would be happier if it came with the xti's sensor cleaning system, which seems a no brainer. not hung up on the extra 2mb of pixels.

i also have never had a point & shoot. actually, my other half has a canon powershot sd750, and although it takes great pics, it just feels completely alien to me to try and take a photograph looking at a screen and NOT having the only thing you see being the scene you frame in your viewfinder.

Landrum Kelly , July 16, 2007; 08:35 A.M.

The size issue was certainly a concern to me, since I am 6'0" and 225 lbs., and my hands are proportionate. Fortunately I had heard about this problem before I bought it, and so the same day that I ordered the camera from KEH, I ordered the battery grip for it from B&H. I got both the same day. It is still not a perfect fit, since the fingers have to curl back pretty tightly, but at least the pinky now has a place to rest, and I have no sense that the camera is about to slip out of my hands. I can shoot one-handed with it fine, but persons with huge hands might not be able to. It still does not feel quite right, and I much prefer the feel of my 5D, but I guess you get what you pay for. After a few days with it, I have forgotten about the size issue, except that I like its overall compactness when I do not wish to have to carry a larger camera.

My bigger beef would be the buffer and the relatively low 3 frames per second shooting speed. It is not ideal for action photography, as Galen Hunt rightly said, but for around $650 for the body only (without the battery grip), it is not bad for most persons in most situations. (I haven't personally held a DSLR yet that can match a film camera for blazing speed, although the 1D Mark III claims a max. of 10 fps.) The XTi certainly has its limitations, but for a consumer grade digital camera, it has so far exceeded my expectations.

--Lannie

mark solomon , July 16, 2007; 09:56 A.M.

i actually bought the 30D with the battery grip and have never used the camera without the BG-E2 grip as it just feels 'right' to me with it.

not sure if adding the battery grip alone would have swayed me back to the xti as it was the physical size of the body and navigating the controls of the camera i had problems with when i checked it out in the store back-to-back against the 30D.

i have to say, when i walked in, i was more than ready to buy the xti, but there's not a lot you can do about your hands :)

as i didn't have any existing collection of lenses to consider, i opted to go the canon route over nikon simply because of canon's generally better lower sensor noise performance that is better suited for astrophotography (i'm an amatuer astronomer).

judging by my experience of the 30D and the photos the xti can take, great cameras, both of them.

Paul Granone , July 16, 2007; 10:15 A.M.

I have used the XTI since it was released. It is a backup for my 5D & used for birding due to the crop factor with telephoto lenses. With the batter grip it handles well, is balanced with larger lenses, and has sufficient battery power for a long day of shooting. I do think the body is too small without the battery grip but I have large hands. The focus is equivalent to a 30D and the camera has taken many quality pictures.

My only complaint is the amount of noise at 800 & 1600. But this same noise level exists in all 1.6 crop sensor cameras. I think it is just a limitation of the small sensor size (smaller then APS film).

Jonathan Farmer , August 01, 2007; 10:50 A.M.

I use both the Rebel XTi and the 30D and find that the XTi is very user friendly, the main reasons I got the XTi were as follows:

1)To have as a back up

2) To gain 2 megapixles over the 30D

I find both the Rebel XTi and the 30D to be great cameras; the 30D however has far better auto focus in low light when compared with the Rebel XTi ( using the 17-40 f/4 L lens) The Rebel is also small, sometimes to small for my hands.

The Rebel works great with the Canon 500 f/4 L IS because it has the 1.6 APS C format making the 500mm = 800MM, AND YOU HAVE THE 10 M.P. TO DO SOME CROPPING AND STILL MAINTAIN SOME SIZE.

I would like Canon to produce a professional 1.6 factor camera body with 12 0r more MP. for use with telephoto photography. The full frame 5D you can keep for landscape and low light social use such as weddings.

Jonathan Farmer , August 01, 2007; 10:52 A.M.

I use both the Rebel XTi and the 30D and find that the XTi is very user friendly, the main reasons I got the XTi were as follows:

1)To have as a back up

2) To gain 2 megapixles over the 30D

I find both the Rebel XTi and the 30D to be great cameras; the 30D however has far better auto focus in low light when compared with the Rebel XTi ( using the 17-40 f/4 L lens) The Rebel is also small, sometimes to small for my hands.

The Rebel works great with the Canon 500 f/4 L IS because it has the 1.6 APS C format making the 500mm = 800MM, AND YOU HAVE THE 10 M.P. TO DO SOME CROPPING AND STILL MAINTAIN SOME SIZE.

I would like Canon to produce a professional 1.6 factor camera body with 12 0r more MP. for use with telephoto photography. The full frame 5D you can keep for landscape and low light social use such as weddings.

Landrum Kelly , August 07, 2007; 04:27 P.M.

The Rebel XTi is the 400D outside the U.S. Some people are getting the more than occasional fine shot using it with the right lenses, in this case the EF 70-200 L IS; and who says this camera can't grab the occasional action shot? --Lannie

Inspire Adventure , August 17, 2007; 12:38 P.M.

This camera looks pretty good, but has a few issues. I think I will wait a few more months before upgrading from my older Canon camera. What have your experiences been? Camera Repair

Richard Gorremans , August 18, 2007; 02:56 P.M.

Here is my story and why I think the XTi is fantastic. I started taking pictures over 20 years ago as a hobby. I didn't have the money or time to invest in classes and money for books was dedicated to those about my profession. Two years ago I picked up an XT and found that in a few months I learned more about the mechanics of photography than the previous 18 years combined.

Six months ago I upgraded to the XTi and made the XT my backup camera. Since that time I have been having a blast learning even more about the photography business. We (my wife and myself) came into a bit of money and she encouraged me to expand my knowledge and equipment to "make a go of it". After a couple of months studying books, reading the various forums here, and submitting examples for ratings and critiques I submitted 5 finished products to an art show last month in the Advanced Amature division. With more than 1,500 entries I did't expect much on my first time out. The photos took 2 second places and 1 third place.

Will the XTi be my final camera? Who knows. What I do know is that for me it has proven to be an excellent tool and has allowed me to learn how to combine my passion for photography with the mechanics on a budget that did not put us in deep debt. The coolest part is that the only things I have to write down now is the picture number and location of the shot. Every thing else is part of the image. I can go back and see what settings worked best for different scenes.

Personally, I am excited about the prospects. Since the art show I have done some family photo sessions and will be doing my first wedding in October (something I never thought I would do).

FIRE FOX , August 20, 2007; 12:20 A.M.

I recently purchased a rebel xti and am very satisfied with it. My dream camera when i have an extra 25k to blow ! http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/digital-cameras/hasselblad-shames-all-dslrs-with-new-31mp-monster-231605.php

Hal Trachtenberg , August 26, 2007; 05:18 A.M.

I had originally bought the XTi kit. That is, the body, 18-55mm, and a 75-300mm zoom, all in one package. I realized after a few tries with it that this was not the camera for me, or perhaps the problem was the lens. I like a lot of zoom. The type of pictures that I take require me to not get to close to my subjects, i.e. birds and wild animals. So although the 300mm helped a bit, I found my pictures were always blurred due to the fact that the lenses did not have the IS (Image Stabilization). Unfortunately, because I was misinformed, I ended up returning the Canon xti for a Nikon D40x. I was told that a canon lens with the same focal legnth as the one I had but with image stabilizer built into it would cost me $1500. The Nikon 70-300mm lens with VR (Vibration Reduction, which is their version of IS), sold for the same price as Canon's 75-300mm without IS, around $790(Keep in mind that when I talk prices it's in Canadian currency). I needed either a VR lens or IS because I use zoom a lot and I'm often using full 300 to focus in on small birds. This leads to the camera shake. A tripod was useless for me in these cases. Tripods are ok for me when shooting shoreline birds, like ducks and Herons, etc.., birds that hang around for a while and don't move or take off a lot. I later found out the Canon actually does have a 70-300mm IS lens that sells for the same price as the Nikon. The reason I'm staying with the Nikon is because I can still shoot in Raw format if I use the camera in Auto setting, with the Canon in auto the Raw format selection isn't available.

John Smith , September 15, 2007; 01:23 P.M.

I have been using the Canon XTi for about four months and it is a wonderful camera. The speed, silence and size are all impressive. When I shot film, I used a Leica M3 and I am more geared to rangefinders. But the XTi, even in M(anual) setting is fast and gets surprising results. In P(rogram) mode, it is like a point and shoot that rears high-end and predictable results. On the downside, the crucial 5% crop of view in the viewer is a bit of a problem and one has to keep their head in the office. The balance of the camera can be awkward, and for the first time ever I have to pay close attention to horizons and square angles to frame properly without fear of tilt in the pictures, something that I do not like to correct in Photoshop. On an extremely miniscule level, the XTi has no spot metering. Since I use a Sekonic meter on the street, that is a truly minor problem, although I am sure that some would consider this as a problem. On a major note, RAW cannot be shot in AUTO, as mentioned above, and that is real problem. On the positive note, as a street camera, using a 28-105 Canon lens is a delight. The picture here is an example of the XTi at work. I love this little camera.

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Christina Nation , September 25, 2007; 02:58 A.M.

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Did I shoot these with:

a) a 5d
b) an XTi
c) S5
4) d40


Aside from the thread's obviousness, can you honestly tell?
I know I can pick out a Fuji most of the time.
But can the average client tell what I used?

Okay, now, did these folks pay:

a) $450
b) $1800
c) $3200
d) at all

Can you tell that, too?


Not everyone can just run out and get a 5d when they realize, Holy Crap...I want to become a professional photographer. I don't care if you're from the Brooks Institute or Brooks Brothers, if you can peg a shot, have good composition skills, you shoot and practice, practice, practice and read, study, learn and build a client base and you care about what you're doing...you can become a professional that feeds their family in time. Before all the fancy schools (I actually do crave to enroll and learn from) came along...well, we had photographers anyway doing the same thing. Learning on their own, mentoring each other, and practicing constantly.

This camera is a Prosumer level camera. It's a bridge. And it helped me become what I already had inside of me. A professional photographer who shoots weddings, portraits, editorials, and my own personal photos.
It's a tool. Actually, it's my right arm. I love my camera. It's going to be a very hard day to pass it along to the next photographer. It helped me a lot. It's going to help those who want to take a chance with an SLR.

I respect those who tested it and it wasn't for them. But it seems like for every good post someone had to harp on it not being a "Professional" Camera. Go call Canon and tell them they did such a crappy job. They'll roll out a better version or not.

BTW, since we all like to brag a bit, I finally will: in 9 months I paid off my credit card, am in the process of ordering my 5d, my toddler always has organic food available and I always have gas in the tank. To me, that's success - sweet, simple, and clear.

Don't tell me it's not a professional camera.

The d40, to me is a toy, but I didn't humiliate it and try to stomp on it's attempt to snag the XTI market by appealing to women with a lighter body. I just don't like it's feel, but it's probably a good fit for someone who wants a lighter camera and needs a smaller grip who loves the crispness of Nikon.

The S2 is wanted to like, but it was too slow. I adore Fuji's colour above all, and they are my hands-down favourite camera and film company. but it didn't suit me for higher-speed work at that time. Portraits, yes. On the go, no.

I enjoy the 5d, I've shot with it several times and find it doesn't scream I spent a shitload of cash. Without the battery pack, guess what. It looks like at Xti. I prefer the full frame ratio and weight.
It's rugged and handsome. It's next on the list. But, expensive for the first-time-out-in-the-field-let's-see-if-I-can-make-a-go-at-this-photography-as-a-career-thing. Same with the damn d200. What a lovely camera. But, they didn't make my cut.


So there. That's how you write a bad reviews.

 

Okay. Getting off my soapbox built from the bodies of used disposable wedding cameras...

Reza Motaghedi , October 06, 2007; 11:18 P.M.

Recent Canon digital cameras are outragous. They are pieces of plastic which look like anything but a camera. I really dont know why Canon does not include spot metering for its cameras which are under $1000. Each upgrade is just a little bit better than previous one. It is quite clear that Canon has the technology, but for business reasons does not want to introduce much better upgrades. What they are doing is just introducing negligible upgrades, drop by drop, to make as much profit as they can. It is a big mistake to buy this new model if you have 20D or 30D.

Kee Joz , October 10, 2007; 04:44 P.M.

I had tons of fun reading this review. First of all, it works for me, I like the XTi. It provides me with the things I need. Secondly: a lot of people complain about things everybody else knows. I've read about the size and the plastic before I bought it. It is very funny to read that "pro's" don't know that the Rebel isn't big. I thought they were always testing everything before they'd buy it. Guess not. When you're big and have big hands: be prepared! This is not the biggest camera in the world! Upgrading means: adding new features. That's a surprise for some people I guess. Another thing: there's difference, because if everything would be the same, they'd only have 1 model. What about Nikon D40, D40x? People (I hope) know in advance what the restrictions are, therefore they offer different models/features/prices. If you already own a 20D, 30D you CAN'T expect this model being better on all levels! that's why they have entry levels and prosumer's. I guess a lot of people like to take pictures with their minds and have a "perfect" camera lying on the desk to brag about to other people. And the other people... they just enjoy what they have and take nice pictures with that... Because, it's always the camera/lens/subject/light/environment that screwed up, never the photographer. Keep on shooting (pictures)

Charles Wood , November 01, 2007; 09:16 A.M.

These are entertaining reviews and comments...especially by those that are apparently more style conscious and are offended by the plastic qualities of the XTi. Personally, I purchased it for precisely the reasons that offend some. It is plastic, it is lightweight and when it's added to my backpack along with my medium format Horseman and my Fuji 617, it doesn't add a lot of weight.

Use the XTi with Canon L series lens and you will have no regrets. The money saved helps buy better glass. I've discovered both the prior XT and the XTi are more than professionally capable. When used with high quality stitching and HDR software, the XTi produces amazing pictures that sell in my gallery along with the shots from my 617 or 6x9 format hardware.

Those that whine and complain about cosmetics and industrial design should get out and take pictures. The camera works pure and simple, and I might add I've found Canon USA customer service to be superb, which is more than I can say for Olympus or Fuji.

Charles Wood www.earthlightgallery.com

Ron Detten , November 03, 2007; 11:53 A.M.

I just wnated to say that I don't think everyone is being quite fair on this review, unless you have tried the camera putting what you get from someone elses review isn't the same thing. I personally have had the XTI for @11 months now, I am not a professional however I do all the photos for sporting events, mock drills and family events for a military base located in the desert, so I have to deal with dirt, sand, high winds and extreme heat. I have never had a problem with any dirt being on the sensor, and believe me it gets in there, I have to clean the port up to the viewfinder all the time so dirt does get in the camera, the auto cleaning sensors seems to work just fine here. I think the features on the XTI are absolutely perfect for anything you could throw at me and with the right lens configuration you can do anything you want. Although not the most sound body structurally speaking for the price it will do just fine, if you don't plan on moving up to a full size sensor you will be very happy with the XTI as a beginning to mid level pro-am camera, not something Ansel Adams would use, but it will do a very comperable job for its price range.

Jonathan Farmer , November 03, 2007; 06:47 P.M.

XTi

I use the XTi as my back-up in case my 30D fails, I find it to be very user friendly, more so than the 30D, the flash sink is 1/200 a tab of a draw back for shooting in daylight and the focus in dim light is very poor, it will not focus in low light with the Canon 85mm f/1.8. It is light, good for travel but is to small for my macho hands. Otherwise, I am happy with it and would recommend it to anyone on a budget or looking for something light for travel.

Jim McConnell , November 22, 2007; 01:32 P.M.

I have had my XTi for a year now, (73,000) exposures. I work for a state museum, doing potrtaits for fund-raising. I average 70-85 shots a day, sometimes, during the vacation months, more than 1,200 a week. This camera has never given me a problem. The shots I have taken, both on and off the job, total more than 70,000. On the job, I use the cheap "kit lens", it takes sharp, clear, high-contrast photos, I have not needed to buy a more expensive lens, or, for that matter, a more expensive camera. A friend of mine bought a Nikon D40x, we compare photos, both print and on-screen, we agree that the Canon XTi photos are better, you just can`t beat that Canon CMOS sensor. I also use the Canon ef 70-200mm f/4L usm lens, man!, it is SHARP! I don`t think you can get a better camera for anywhere near the money, you will have to go to the Canon 5D, for much more money. BTW, I see Nikon has gone to a CMOS sensor for their new models, they finally woke up.

Ira Tarsis , November 27, 2007; 02:01 P.M.

Has anybody had a problem with formating of the memory card? As a new user, I was taking pics and tried to change settings, accidentally formating the memory card. Very stupid, I know, but there were no warnings or anything else. Is there any way to rescue images?

Doug Bays , November 27, 2007; 11:42 P.M.

You might try Lexar Image Rescue. It's software that came with a 2 gig CF card, but may be available from their site. Worked great when I tried it on a couple of older, little used cards that had been formatted.

Nielson Assa , November 29, 2007; 08:42 P.M.

I just bought brand new Canon Rebel XTI + Sigma DG 28-300mm lens + Sunpack Digiflash 2800 about 2 months ago and it is the first DSLR I have. I did have some point of shoot as of samsung & kodak, but since I use the XTI and start playing with all the settings and learn how to fire the flash, I am very satisfied (for now) with the result I got.

Below is one of the recent picture I took last weekend, with the background of Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Auto mode & Focal Length 139mm, info about the camera settings can be seen at the picture's properties. I have to fire the flash, since the face would be dark if I don't. The rest of the pictures can be seen at ASSA Personal Homepage. All pictures has been resized to 1024x768 resolutions for web viewing.

For me XTI is a good camera, good price with a good result. It just since I am the beginner in DSLR and still need to learn how to handle the camera , especially with my 'heavy' Sigma lens, even a tiny bitty of shake will blur the picture, but when I got everything right in it's place, I feel like a professional photographer :-)

Michael Evans , December 18, 2007; 02:27 A.M.

It's fun to read some of these opinions on the Xti. I just purchased mine yesterday after having a Nikon for 2 years. The Nikon cra**ed out on me with a lens error out of nowhere. So the Nikon will be in repair when I ship it in this January 2008. Until then the Canon Rebel Xti caughtmy attention and I began asking around. Everyone I knew and know and every rep I've asked has recommended the Canon bodies over the Nikons this time around. After reviewing the CMOS vs CCD and other articles found on online and in my photo magazine subscriptions as well as asking fellow photographers I decided to go with the Xti and so far tonight I'm having fun with it and reading through the manual front to back just like with my Nikon. It came with a 75-300mm lens in addition with a starter kit. No complaints just lot of fun and happy to be back into business after 3 weeks without a Nikon. I spent those 3 weeks with my old 2MP Canon A 40 and still had some great shots from the good ole point and shoot in my pocket. Looking forward to many more photos with the Rebel Xti... Time to go register at the Canon website :)

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Robert Oberbrunner , December 24, 2007; 07:45 P.M.

The Digital Kiss X (XTi) is my first DSLR coming from a film slr and this little baby rocks. It took me about 6 months to get the hang of it and feel comfy with it but I absolutely love it. I have a 28x135 EF IS and a 75x300EF III. I shoot mostly nature and sailing shots. It works great sub zero F in lousy cold w/out any lag time. I use a tripod ball head mount and for night work a remote shutter release. I like to snow shoe out to remote places to shoot and haven't had any issues. The photo was one of my first shots. I was using a Minolta srt102 film so I didn't know what wb was or center weighted metering and and,... I like this XTi and would recommend it to anyone. if you need more camera get a 40D My 2 cents, Bob O.

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Dale L , January 01, 2008; 01:47 A.M.

I just bought an XTi a week ago and tried it out this past weekend. One day was cloudy when it wasn't raining and the other day wasn't raining but I was in the shade a lot. I hope to try it out again tomorrow but so far so good.

Flo Cinolon , January 04, 2008; 03:50 P.M.

Hello everybody, I got my 400D just after Christmas, in time for New Year's Eve. Got a Tamron 18-200 instead the kit 18-55 and works fine. I come from the prosumer digicam Konica Minolta Dimage A2 and the jump is huge. The controls are the way they are, you like it or not. If you lost a one in a lifetime picture, then you were not prepared for that picture yet, not the camera.

Where I come from there is a saying: every "got used to" has an "got back used not to". One can get used to something and then says "this is the way the things should work for me and the others because i know better", regardless of what others feel. Remember how things were before you got used to. Try to remember how digital professional photography was back in 2000, practically less performant than todays cheap pocket digicams, which doesn't necessarily determined people to throw the cameras to the garbage and wait for the year 2008 for a Canon 1Ds Mark III or Nikon D3. People, bring an argument to every statement you make. I know 40D is better and bigger and faster, I played with it in the shop, but I liked the 400D size. I also liked the D80 and the D70s, but I bought the 400D and don't complain. Saying "this or that is a piece of crap because I say so" is just childish. I know a person that bought a compact car after a full drive test and was so proud and happy, and after 2 weeks he returned the car and bought another make and model he not even considered before, way much expensive, just because a friend of his got that car and the stereo was better in the bass range and the engine had 10 HP more. Before buying something and then cry full of frustration for your own stupidity and lack of judgement, do your homework on the net and try hands-on in the the shop. Happy shooting!

sherry elchin , January 17, 2008; 09:00 P.M.

just my two cents. I love this camera. I am a casual photographer and I have always been a canon fan but after reading about a million reviews decided to buy the more expensive nikon d80. The design and feel of the camera were great but after taking quite a few photos I just didn't feel it compared to my canon cameras. Again, I am a bona fide amateur but I do know what I like in my pictures. The color and clarity that I've found with the canons wasn't there in the nikon. I returned it for the xti and haven't been sorry. It takes amazing photos even with the kit lens. It may not be for everyone but if you're looking for a very reasonably priced camera that takes a great photo this one is worth trying. (If you're unsure, try ordering it from amazon, no taxes, free shipping and they didn't bat an eye when I returned a 1200$ camera - and no restocking fee - it's nice to have the comfort to return it if you're just not sure and want to take a test drive)

Nemo Paice , January 25, 2008; 08:02 P.M.

I never planned on commenting on this or any of these kind of posts, anywhere, but After reading this thread as well as a dozen other threads that are exactly the same and after seeing pictures on another site that I absolutely thought was taken with a high end camera, was actually taken with the xti, by some very good photographers

But what I see from the outside looking in and someone who is more loyal to Sony than any other, but do have a couple canons, both P&S and even this DSLR as of late, I truly believe the "Professionals" seem to me and a friend of mine who has made photography is full time job since the 60's, upset or a little intimidated because the technology is simply getting better and some cheaper camera's while not completely on par are turning out just as good results as their high dollar cameras. Similar to the way "Professionals" got when the digital age started taking over film for many professionals.

Just my two cents, I am not a pro, just someone who loves taking pictures and has seen this same passionate discussion many times in the past.

don Le Claire , January 30, 2008; 01:01 P.M.

I have read in here about how canon has the money to use thier own CCD pickup and not sony's, what I want to know is canon ever going to fix the err 99 problem, its a JOKE beyond all proportions, I would not reccomend the xti to anyone, 9 days 88 pictures 2 lenses, 1 that came with the camera, and 1 that is suppossed to be for this model 50mm f1.8 and guess what err 99, canon says "send it in its under warrenty, $800.00 and 9 days old and I have to have it fixed, I have used many canon's my last film was an elan 7e, my previous digital was the d20, and this is beyond a joke, Yes it may give you a great quality picture provided you dont get an err 99 during that perfect moment, and then the camera wont restart for 20 minutes (per canon supports reccomendation)

DONT BUY THIS CAMERA OR ANY CANON UNTIL THEY FIX THE PROBLEMS!!!1

Nielson Assa , February 27, 2008; 01:19 P.M.

Just to response on don Le Claire comment,

It looks like you got lens related problem as I read it at : http://www.richardsnotes.org/archives/2005/04/29/50mm-lens-contact-points/

If you still have the warranty on that XTi, why don't you send it back to canon and have them repair or exchange it ?

I bought my XTi with Sigma DG 28-300mm lens on September 2007 and ever since I got it, I took so many pictures about +600 shots every weekend plus on some party or weddings. So far my XTi's produce +15,000 pictures and have print some of them with a very nice quality on photo paper. All my usable & resized pictures can be seen at http://assa.manado.net/

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Frank White , March 02, 2008; 01:58 A.M.

I am a casual photographer, some 30 years ago I used 35mm film camera's by kodak and nikon for weddings, races and such. It put some change in may pocket. Life got in the way and had to part with my gear . I went with cheap point and shoot camera's, first film then digital but finally broke down and bought the XTi so I could get some control back over my photos. All I can say for a consumer product less than $700 is that this little camera is great! As long as you limit your picture sizes to less than 11 x 20 inches, no one will even know you are using the cheap kit lens that came with the camera. I have shot some 4000+ photos with this camera, landscape, cruise ship, glaciers, family gatherings, canoing, snowmobiling etc, and have had no problems. The wife can use it in full auto or the program modes without problems. I can play in the manual modes learning about f-stops, iso speed, shutter speed, etc. to get that unique shot. Battery life is great compared to the point and shoots. Crisp clear photos. Can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit so I can try to get some star streaks or a shot of the moon. Now if I could just figure out what my next lens should be, macro? prime? L? IS?, I'd be a happy camper.

Kim Hitka , March 06, 2008; 11:52 A.M.

Bought it. LOVE IT! Recommend it!

ahmet yildirim , March 14, 2008; 09:45 A.M.

This review led me to possess a Rebel and a Sigma 30mm. After 5000 shots I was still in doubt about the combination as an amateur. Now I own a Canon 17-40mm. I am fond of it like many of its owners. However my major gain is the relief from the doubt. Sigma 30mm may not be a all time perfect selection; but if one occasionally or masterfully handles it,its colors and sharpness excels. And Rebel XTI is more than enough for any amateur. Nevertheless a not very easily approvable lens may not be a very convenient beginners choice.

Lizzie Sridjaja , March 17, 2008; 12:52 P.M.

i just bought this canon 400D kit and the lense EF-S 55-250 mm today and i can't stop taking pictures LOL i'm very new at this though so i still need to learn. i was gonna get the 40D actually but then wondered if it was gonna worth it knowing i wouldn't recognize the difference of the results LOL. such a shame the 450D hasn't been launched in my country. i would've gotten that one. but ah well this rebel xti is amazing enough :D

Charles Griffin , April 03, 2008; 08:56 A.M.

I get a real kick out of some of the comments, even those that admit they like the camera will mention its limitations. "As long as you don't plan to print more than 11 X 17..." said one.

The shutter life span may be limited, but within that life span you can do as much with the XTi as with any other camera of similar pixel count.

This is an example, already printed to 13 X 19, with adequate resolution for even bigger prints, depending on your printer and software, I suspect. If your screen is large enough, you might note a hang glider in the left sector of the sky.

Charles Griffin , April 03, 2008; 09:07 A.M.


Neuschwanstein Castle

I get a real kick out of some of the comments, even those that admit they like the camera will mention its limitations. "As long as you don't plan to print more than 11 X 17..." said one.

The shutter life span may be limited, but within that life span you can do as much with the XTi as with any other camera of similar pixel count.

What you get out of it may have more to do with your technique, software and printer, than with any perceived limitation.

The included image was printed to 13 X 19 on an HP 9180. It has a hang glider visible in the upper left sky. I think it could be printed larger.

adrian mctiernan , April 11, 2008; 08:38 A.M.

I just think that my 400D is probably the best camera I have come across yet, which I could afford! I live in England, am on government benefits, due to ill health, and love photography, and this is about all I can afford. But what a great camera for the money!

The lenses with this camera are not very sharp, but I have recently bought the new image stabilised versions of the lenses, and they are much better - lots more detail, and I bought an EFS 55-250mm IS lens for about 217 pounds off ebay, and it works perfectly, removes shake, and is about as good as an L lens, I understand from some reviews.

The industry standard I am told, is that a file should be printed at about 300 dots per inch, or pixels per inch, and if you get an A4 blank file on your computer, and drag and drop a full sized pix off a 400D, it will more or less completely fill the picture, so to me, unless I want a big blow-up, this is as good as it can get.

But, when I want a big blow-up, I find that an image enlargement package called Genuine Fractals 5.4 is brilliant for this. I bought one which was pre-used, and the owner didn't use it much, so I got it for about 50 pounds sterling off ebay, and now I can blow my pix from this 'lower-end' camera up to about 40 inches at 300dpi, and they will print beautifully. As I can not afford a 'Better' camera, this will do me until Nikon get a 50 megapixel upgrade to the D3, with the amazing noise-cancelling feature, and super-sharp lenses which they are moving to, at a lower price. I am what is called a 'Pixel-Peeper', which is basically I like to see my photos on monitor screen at full-size. With this camera, I have photos about 54 inches wide, and fine detail all over. Using a second-hand Photoshop elements 5.0, I can also remove any Chromatic Abberation present, to a high degree.

I think I have a darned good camera here, only the Nikon D300 has better resolution at pixel level, though that has other benefits over this one, and a professional friend of mine has used my 400D to make 16x20 inch prints from a flash portrait setting, at about f8.0 or so, and because of the cropping factor, all the shot was crystal clear. I would likely use it if I were a professional, even. But for me, this beats all I have seen at the price, and the software I have mentioned overcomes some of the limitations as compared to a full pro camera

Nielson Assa , May 01, 2008; 04:39 P.M.

I just bought Canon Lens 55-250mm IS about $300.- on ebay and start using it with my Rebel XTi, replacing my Sigma 28-300mm. The result are outstanding. Below is the picture I took about 11:00am in my living room, sun light coming through from upper back window behind the model (my wife). Setup on XTi : Manual mode, Custom WB, 1/20 shutter speed, ISO 400, Focal Lenght 116mm, Sunpack Flash covered with Lambency diffuser 45deg.


Mahtab Morshed , May 22, 2008; 05:29 A.M.

i have bought a canon 400D digital with 18-55mm kit lens just 2 months ago..now im planning to buy 55-250mm IS lens..the above picture is also took with this lens and inspired me to buy it..its a really good pic.

John Connelly , December 04, 2008; 02:11 P.M.

A very helpful overview, and I'd like to say that I like my canon XTi even better now. I also would like to comment on your adding some thoughts on lens, because when I bought this camera I put on it my old EOS canon 70-210 auto-focus lens, but it feels just to bulky and heavy, and now I can at least have an idea where to start since I want to upgrade. Thank you, JC>

Preston Knowles , September 16, 2009; 12:26 A.M.

I bought the XTi about 2 years ago, started with an 18-55 zoom, quickly went to a 75-300 (loved that lens) and 6 months ago started using the Sigma 70-300 macro lens - and I love that lens also. The pictures I get are very clear, accurate and detailed.

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maheshwar mathad , November 05, 2009; 08:13 A.M.


clicked from next bilding

I bought it 2 years back, after that I compared Canon Xti with Nokon and Sony but I never regretted. This camera adds that extra bit of fine tuning in case of clarity which is awesome. People who want a good start-up in SLR photography then this is my 1st reference.

Keep clicking

Kyoshi Becker , December 25, 2009; 03:40 P.M.

The review sounded more like an ad than a review. If there isn't a camera I hate more, it's this one. I have had too many bad experiences with this one. The D40x is cheaper and has equivalent image quality. I would take the NikonD40x, Sony a350, pentax k-m, or olympus E420 over an xti anyday. the only good low cost canon is the G-10 and that is not even a slr...

steven potter , September 01, 2010; 12:16 P.M.

as for galen,ive never heard a professional?photographer talk like that about an entry level camera,i dont believe your a professional,as for the xti,or any camera,if you are a good photographer you can produce great work with any camera,if you know what the basic principals of light,composition,iso,shutter speed and aperture,you have a good control of your camera,you can make good shots,i can make great shots with a simple plastic camera with a knlowledge of the basics of photography and light.you have to know what you are doing and have some control of your camera.i taught a class with a project were i bought some 35mm old plastic film cameras from a thrift store,passed them to my pupils and told them to use there knowledge of photography they learned and take some shots around town,i found that you can use any camera to take great shots even with an old platic 35mm camera if you know basic photography.i say learn your technicals of light,film,exposure and composition,aperture and shutter speed,you will be on your way to making great photos with any camera.

Steven Spinner , January 11, 2011; 12:27 A.M.

This is directed to Kyoshi Becker. You give the impression of being somewhat pompous or possibly not an individual who is not very adept at photography. If you post, please do so in such a way to assist others by providing useful information. If you had "too many situations" with this particular camera or Canon, lets hear the why and hows. To simply bash one of the best selling cameras, such as the Canon Xti gives the reader the impression of your stupidity by way of non useful information. Please be specific and if that is not possible, then please post your bashing elsewhere to allow interested users to learn. OK?

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Andrew Murad , April 16, 2011; 10:57 P.M.

I've had the XTi for several years and have used it for various reasons (leisure, work, artistic photography). I would consider myself an eager enthusiast and have tried to learn as much as possible since I bought this camera. In college I took a couple of photo classes (B&W slides and prints), and I have great comfort in my composition skills.

For some dumb reason I've never shot in RAW format, but recently I had a friend show me some settings I've never messed with before. He helped me understand RAW a bit better, as well as some of the color settings in the MENU. Because of this I feel that I can push my XTi a little further than I had before. I'm ready to move up to the 5D, but I simply don't have the money. Now that I have some settings to play with, I feel that I have a little more life to my "buddy" - the 400D. It's been a great camera and has gotten me through some trying times. In the process I've done theater production photos, headshots for actors, portraits in my makeshift studio, and more! I was even fortunate enough to have some photos published in the NY Times, and other publications.

Granted, it's not high-tech professional equipment...but as one reviewer noted, if you have the eye for composition, the desire, and some basic knowledge of photography then the camera should not be to blame.

I can't speak for the newer Rebels, but this one has been a trusted sidekick. I will probably keep it as a second camera when I get my 5D (someday).

NOTE: donate your kit lens to someone right out of the box. That thing isn't even worth being a paperweight!!! Get an EF 50mm 1.8 for $100...you will not be disappointed.

Pablo Matsumoto , February 01, 2013; 01:33 P.M.

Very good review. However, I don’t agree with the fact that the x0D line does not make sense for photographers. It is true that the Rebel line has grown up a lot an now it offers a lot of functionalities that were rival its older brothers. It is also true that x0D line location within the EOS lineup is not very clear right now, but it still offers a very good upgrade from the Rebel line.

Having own a Rebel in the past and now a 30D, the Rebel is an awesome camera for the beginner and amateur, and a B-camera for the professional. But the x0D line is much more comfortable, sturdier and have more features for professional work. First of all, being bigger offers much more comfortable grip and balance much better with heavier lenses. Try to have a 2.8 zoom lens and a flash on a Rebel and you will see what I am talking about. The back wheel is very useful when you need to change setting fast. If you do landscape or artistic photography these issues are not important, but when time matters are life savers.

The 5D is too expensive for many, even for professionals. A mid-range body is very necessary within the EOS line. Probably now the position of the x0D line is on the hands of the 7D, don’t know, but you do need something in the middle of full frame and the Rebel line.


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