Canon Rebel T1i and Rebel XSi Comparison

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With the lately announced Canon Digital Rebel T1i becoming offered in April 2009, numerous prospective Digital SLR customers are obtaining it challenging to choose in between the Rebel T1i and the Rebel XSi cameras. The T1i definitely packs a lot more punch, but it comes at a price, so the question is: "Is it worth it?".

Just before we highlight the primary variations, let's have a fast look at the similarities. Each cameras have precisely the very same dimensions and both have a three inch LCD screen. Canon's 9 point Autofocus method and 35 Zone Evaluative Metering system also remains unchanged.

The really useful EOS Integrated Cleaning technique and Dust Delete Information Detection has also been implemented in both cameras. Highlight Tone Priority Mode is accessible in each cameras, but implemented slightly differently on the T1i - it has in essence remained the same even so. Both cameras are sold with the exact same kit lens, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm F/3.five-five.6 IS and as typical, each cameras are fully compatible with the Canon EF and EF-S range lenses.

The most obvious difference among the XSi and the T1i is the APS-C CMOS Sensor that has been upgraded from 12.two Megapixels in the XSi to 15.1 Megapixels in the T1i. Personally I'm not a Megapixel chaser and it is not a deciding aspect for me, but that is however what the camera purchasing public is conscious of and it sells. The T1i boasts with the comparatively new DIGIC 4 processor which is far quicker than it's predecessor the DIGIC III which is discovered in the XSi. This processor unlocks what is almost certainly the most thrilling characteristic of the T1i - Complete HD video recording. This single feature improves the versatility of the T1i over the XSi by a wide margin and extremely soon we will see high quality videos of babies and youngsters birthday parties all more than the internet. Though not a replacement for a suitable video camera yet, this characteristic at least minimizes the amount of occasions when both a SLR and video camera has to be lugged around.

One more advantage of the DIGIC 4 processor is the T1i's potential to shoot up to 170 large JPEGS continuously, compared to the 53 of the XSi. Sports photographers or parents shooting their children's football game will surely appreciate this function.

Although the LCD screens are the very same size, the 920 000 pixel resolution on the screen of the T1i is drastically greater than the 230 000 pixel resolution of the XSi LCD screen. This improves menu legibility in less than perfect conditions and improves the image display and reside view accordingly. This is very useful for photographers who are sometimes disappointed by slightly out of focus pictures in post processing.

The ISO range on the XSi has been elevated from 100-1600 to 100-3200, expandable to 12800. This feature, together with the improved noise reduction on the T1i unlocks shooting possibilities for the photographer that would have been lost with the XSi. With each other, these capabilities enable the photographer to shoot under darker situations than before.

The T1i sells for roughly $799 (physique only) or $899 (with kit lens), compared to $580 and $699 for the XSi. Are the new functions of the T1i really worth the added $200? Hunting at every single of the improvements separately, I can not say that there is a single characteristic that justifies the added shell out, BUT all the functions with each other collaborates to present the customer market with a quite effectively-balanced entry level DSLR that is versatile and effortless to use, but at the exact same time has all the characteristics essential to offer the user with a wide variety of innovative options. If I had to buy my 1st DSLR right now, I'd most likely go for the T1i.

Rebel EOS T1i
Rebel EOS T1i

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