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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice upgrade of the popular Digital Rebel Series!, September 12, 2006
This review is from: Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black Body Only) (Electronics)
[This is the same review I posted for the kit. If you're getting the body because you don't like the 18-55 lens, keep in mind that some dealers offer this camera in a kit with the much nicer 17-85 USM IS (image stabalization) zoom.]

The new Digital Rebel XTi camera should appeal to a wide variety of users: those wishing to upgrade from a point & shoot digital, or those wishing to improve upon their first generation digital SLRs. Features and value make this a 5-star camera, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

Compared to the previous Digital Rebel XT, important improvements are:

1) 10.1 megapixels. In digital camera circles, this is like saying a car has more horsepower than an older car. While this alone doesn't mean "better" pictures, in reality, combined with other improvements in hardware & software, the results typically are better.;

2) 2.5" LCD panel. This alone has more than one advantage. The obvious first one is that our pictures look larger in review. The second, and for someone approaching 50 (like myself), is that the LCD is now used for all the camera's data (shutter speed, aperture, shots left, etc.). It's much easier to read than the small LCD typically located on the top of the cameras. It might use up the batteries quicker, but, heck, if you can see the info this much easier, then so be it. One complaint, it does not appear that the data rotates when you do verticals (like the Sony Alpha 100).;

3) 9-point AF. The number of points are improved from 7, but the real key here is that it's the system from the 30D, which had a much higher degree of accuracy than the previous Rebels.;

4) Picture Styles. I didn't really appreciate them at first, but simply put, this is like the days of film, when we could use a "portrait" film or "landscape" film. For those that don't like to do a lot of computer work, these can be VERY handy in getting the right look in the camera.;

5) Dust cleaning system. OK, I think the dust problem will probably be a little overblown, now that Canon offers a solution, but it is a real, if not great, threat. Additionally, the way Canon has implemented it is second to none. The first is through hardware. An ultrasonic filter can simply shake the dust off. Second is through software. If you spot a nasty piece that won't shake off, you can do a reference shot, and have the dust removed by software on your computer.;

6)The grip has been improved a little. The rubber on the grip is improved, and an anti-slip strip has been placed on the back where the right thumb goes.

Most all other things Canon is know for still exists. The camera focus fast and quietly. Camera operations are quick and easy to locate and use. Pictures look great.

Now for the other side. This is an unusual time in that all the big players are comming out with a 10 megapixel camera at the same time, so the Canon has some stiff competition. Here goes a simple comparison.

1) Compared to the other two cameras already available, the Sony A100 and Nikon D80 (both also 5-star cameras), the XTi is considerably smaller, and somewhat lighter. Some will like this, even some with medium to medium-large hands. But most people with larger, and some with somewhat smaller hands may prefer the other two choices.;

2) The battery is somewhat smaller than its rival's, and may drain a bit faster due to the LCD being used for info all the time.;

3) Functionally, the rear LCD is not as nice as the Sony's. The Sony's rotates, can be set to enlarged type (50+ user again), and the system that turns it off as your eye approaches also starts the AF on the Sony. [Although many like the top LCD, the Nikon way of needing to push a button on the back, then peak over the top to see what you're setting is not as nice].;

4) No in camera stabalization. The A100 can shift the sensor to help eliminate camera shake. Nikon and Canon require you to purchase rather expensive lenses to get the anti-shake.;

Also, soon to be added to the competion will be the Pentax K10D. Specs are sketchy right now, but it appears to be enter the competition as a 10 megapixel camera with built-in anti-shake (much like their K100D).

Of these 3 currently on the market, the Canon is the least expensive; therefore, it's up to the other 2 to show they are worth more, a very difficult task, indeed.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2006 12:49:24 AM PST
Jerry Liu says:
Which dealers are sellin this with the IS lens?

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 12:16:13 AM PST
Tom Davidson says:
Great review, I have had the camera for 2 months now and upgraded from a point and shoot camera. I wanted to add that you can change the settings to automatically rotate your vertical shots however they only show rotated when you review your pictures. Not immediately after taking the shot. Don't forget to buy your filters too. Polarized and UV filters. I just returned from Hawaii and since I had just purchased this camera I did not have any filters. My shots on the beach of the North Shore were definitely not as good as they could have been if I had these filters.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 7:58:08 PM PST
The LCD should turn off as your face comes near to the eye piece. There's a sensor for it right above the LCD.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 12:34:47 PM PST
RonC says:
Even tho your review is a year old, I have found it to be one of the more truthful reviews out there. However, I can't seem to get a straight answer from the knuckleheads at Ritz/Wolf Cameras about the following.
I have a Canon EOS RebelG (film camera) with the standard Canon zoom lens EF 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 III, and a Sigma zoom 70-200mm 1:4-5.6 UC-II.
I can't get a straight answer as to whether these two lenses will work on a Canon DSLR XTi without any problems.

Can you help me out, if I can use these two lenses, it would save me some considerable $'s.


Ron C.
Austin, Tx

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2008 1:22:57 PM PST
J. Stewart says:

What I found out with my 1st generation digital Rebel was that older, non-Canon lenses usually do not work. I had a Sigma lense with a film Rebel purchased in 2000 and would get an error message in the display when I mounted it. From research I had read that this was because the chip in the lense was not compatable. My understanding was that most, if not all Cannon EF lenses should work, but it may also depend on how old it is. The best way to tell is take your lenses to a camera store and as them to let you try the lenses on the body. You will know right away if it will work or not. I would think they would let you do that, if it means a sale for them.

Hope this helps.

Jerry S.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 4:09:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2008 4:11:42 PM PDT
Thanks for the AWESOME Info!! I noticed the gentelmans info on filters?? Im going to Clevelqand next month and am afraid my pictures may wash out wth to much white???

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 6:55:30 PM PDT
One thing drives me crazy - What is "Body only" price? I have never shopped for a DSLR so I always wondered about this misleading statement.
I am assuming that the cam does not come with the lense (the image on this Amazon item has a lense). I need to buy that lense on top of $520 odd I spend on the camera. Is this correct ? or it comes with default lense that is good enough for starters?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 8:28:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2008 10:22:56 PM PDT
Pankaj, most would recommend buying the "body only" and put the $ saved towards a better lens, like the EF 50mm f/1.8 II which has much higher quality. I'm considering this myself, but waiting to see if the XTi prices come down once the XSi is released later this month. The XTi with the kit lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6) is $589, but body alone is $528. The EF 50mm lens (much better quality) is only $86.48 now. The Amazon lists and articles and reviews are a great starting place to learn about DSLRs and what to put on your shopping list. I'm also getting a lot of info from photo(dot)net. Best of luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2008 8:26:46 PM PDT
Shutterbug says:
Arcallc, where did you find the XTi w/lens kit for $589? I'm currently trying to decide between the XTi and XSi since I don't think the 10mp vs. the 12.2 mp will make a noticeable difference for what I'm using the camera for. I'm not hung up on needing the "newest" model so am leaning towards the XTi and perhaps putting the saved money towards a better lens. I would be very interested to get the body only of the XTi and then get a great lens. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

Posted on Jul 19, 2008 8:57:06 PM PDT
In-camera image stabilazation is not all it's cracked up to be. Canon has deliberately not gone this route because they believe doing it in the lens is a more effective method. Please note that both Canon and Nikon, the two major players in the pro DSLR market, both employ this method. Calling it a "con" in the pros and cons section is an unfair swipe at the Canon body.
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