DSLR Dilemma

Canon XSi/450D

Written by Gail Bjork

The Canon XSi/450D is no longer considered an entry level digital camera. It has a host of useful features.

Canon XSi/450DThe new Canon Digital Rebel is a very compelling entry level digital single lens reflex camera, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Will the extra cost be worth it?

Here are some of the key specifications:

  • 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Lens kit: 18-55mm with built-in Image Stabilization
  • Three-inch LCD @ 230K pixels; proximity sensor disables the LCD when composing with the viewfinder
  • 9-point auto-focus system
  • Secure digital and SDHC memory cards
  • Spot-metering (first time on a Digital Rebel)
  • Live View
  • Integrated cleaning system (anti-dust)
  • 5.1×3.9×2.4in / 129x98x62 mm
  • 1.0 lb (474g) excluding battery and lens
  • No built-in Image Stabilization*

Expected release date: April 15, 2008

Retail price at release: $899.99 with kit lens at the time of release. The price has gone down considerably since then.

Note from Gail: I bought the Canon XSi. You can read about my experiences with it elsewhere in my blog.

*To obtain the benefits of image stabilization, lenses with built-in image stabilization are required with this camera.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.