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Users Speak Out About the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
by Ben Stafford -  6/6/2007

Welcome to another installment of "Users speak out..." This time, we're going to take a look at the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. The opinions are chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers. We won't necessarily pick only the "positive" opinions or only the "negative" opinions. We'll pick the opinions that we think will be most helpful to you as you shop for and compare cameras. To see all opinions, click through to the product detail, and click the "View Opinions" link.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi was announced in August 2006 as the replacement for the Digital Rebel XT. The XTi sports a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD with 230K pixels of resolution, and an in-camera dust reduction mechanism. So far, the camera is looking like it will be just as popular as its predecessor.

Thumbs UpGreat camera for the price. The grip is small even for small hands.

Pros: Great for the price. Quick. Small (for an SLR). But needs nice optics because of small sensor.

Cons: Small hand grip, small even for smaller hands. And only 3 resolution settings. Sometimes, I just want to take a 2MP picture, but the smallest setting is 5MP.

Thumbs UpSuperlative performance in a lightweight, small form size 10MP camera.

Pros: Size, weight, handling, rear screen, image quality, flash performance, easy menus, RC-1 remote compatability,

Cons: One button access to mirror lockup without using menus. But, for the price, no Cons.

Thumbs Up An excellent camera at a low price that is a joy to use.

Pros: Auto cleaning sensor, size, weight, 10MP, handling, large rear screen can be read w/o glasses, one handed operation, excellent flash performance, RC-1 remote for landscape/macro, battery life

Cons: Mirror lock could be easier to access, weather proofing could be better (although unlikely at this price), not much I can think of

Thumbs Up I reviewed this a couple of weeks a go but changed my opinion a bit more positively.
Submitted by Derek on 2/2/2007 5:39:59 AM

Pros: Hi, I went to China with this camera, as I wrote before, I live in Thailand due to my work and found a big issue with this Canon . When you use this camera with longer zoom range ,this camera uses up a lot of battery power so fast.. In China, the camera got dead in 4 hours and I could not get back to my hotel until 8 pm and it took me 90 minutes to charge it fully ....So I lost a lot of shooting opportunities. But I really think I can hand-hold this still most of time , even when the shutter speed is below 1/8 , no blur with my fe50mm, plus the ISO800 and 1600 are respectively pretty clean for that kind of ISO settings. I found with this Rebel, I do not need any kind of ANTI-SHAKE , which I believe is really a kinda market hype ..... When do you need this feature so-called in-body anti shake? When you need to use tele zooms, you need a tripod not anti shake. When you need to use an SLR in dimly lit room, you need a fast prime and high-ISO capability and low noise sensor, not anti shake. So I think in-body anti shake is useless and it's the only one advantage of being a Pentax user, and the Pentax camera division will be closed by OCT .... So do not waste your money on the dying system called K10D, this K10 banding and noise issue at ISO 800 was so horrible , I borrowed it from my dad and test it myself for a couple of days... BTW, I decided to sell my Nikon D40. It is not as good as this XTI and even not in the same league.... shoot sports with them, you will see the Canon 's AF system is more reliable and faster. Nikon has a better flash but I do not use flash and hate using it as often it destroy the atmospheric lighting effect of a particular room or street.

Cons: Pentax is dying and Canon is better than Nikon. I think the rumored 40D is on the way to PMA show , and I think the price will be much cheaper than that of the 30D. I also think the 40D will be much better than this XTI, with more semi-pro like features including the spot metering, 5f/s, weather sealed metal body... So if the 40D will be sold under USD1200, I will be shocked and feel envious of its users.

Thumbs UpWell, the AF is soso so fast and accurate , I love the speed of the camera.
Submitted by Derek on 1/20/2007 4:19:03 PM

Pros: Hey, I was on the fence between Nikon D40 and This one, I actually loved the K10D and 100D of Pentax, though as I now work in Thailand , there was no lens availability of Pentax models ......... So bought the Nikon and the Canon both... Most of Stores in SE Asia carry only Canon and nikon lenses, though you can buy a Camera from other companies ..............but without Leneses .....silly, right? I really hated the design of the Rebel until I actually bought to use it in Malaysia for my New year's short holiday .. I usually take a person or people on a crowded Asian street, especially students they are kinda difficult to frame nicely with a slow small digicam, that is the reason why I decided to go up into the D-SLR world ....and I also knew that getting an SLR means, getting into a system and need to make a some kinda commitment to myself ..... So despite of the fact I am so fond ofthe K100D and still wanna buy it, I know the right one to get for now should be a Canon or Nikon esp when I live in Asia or EU....There are no Pentax, Olympus and Sony lenses available for you when you are living out side of Japan or the US, so even though I like the K100D as it is what I believe currently the best camera for your buck with a great set of features and the ergonomics of this camera is just perfect, plus the SR feature is really nice to have (with the reliable CCD-shaking Anti-Shake , you can use the SLR like a bridge , put a Sigma 18-200 or 17-125 and never change a lens unless you take a macro or portrait with a good prime)...... I bought the Rebel XTI black with Sigma 17-125 and canon EF50mm f1.8, both are real great lenses ...The sigma is so sharp and bright but not over saturated , the Canon prime is as good as it is talked about online forums (dpreview.com etc), very sharp and is a very good peformer in low light ....produces a natural looking, true-to-life color photo. As for the Camera this is a super fast camera, focus speed is

Cons: Nothing really bad about the cam really, but as I mentioned above, the body design is not well thought out .... I think Canon may have deigned this for a girl with a tiny hand ........Oh , one more problem , the battery life seems so short ........My Nikon D40 can shoot 3 times longer than this XTI on a charge... But the XTI has better IQ and speed. The Nikon D40 produces a bit too contrasty and overly saturated photo in day light .. the Canon, on the other hand, always expose correctly despite of many idiots claim this one under expose ...no, never, it is a myth created by an idiotic Canon hater or Sony sells person in the dpreview forum.. Plus, why do you use Auto mode in SLR? If you just point and shoot , then buy a FZ50 or something like that , much easier .........

Thumbs UpCanon's EOS-400D digital Rebel XTi is Wonderful
Submitted by FAU on 1/17/2007 4:01:00 AM

Pros: Canon's 400D is much better than an "entry Level" Digital Camera

Cons: If you have Huge hands, the small footprint may be a problem

Thumbs Downafter 20 shots using flash it is "busy" and only takes 1 picture every 7-10 seconds
Submitted by albross on 1/7/2007 4:00:59 AM

Pros: LCD display, size, weight, sharp pictures

Cons: you miss tons of shots waiting for it to finish being "busy"

Thumbs DownCanon cameras fall short of industry standards
Submitted by nlsmithphotography on 11/19/2006 4:07:46 AM

Pros: Great camera if you do not rely on it being functional year round.

Cons: shutter failed after 1 yr, 1 month with 15,000 pics....second after 11 months with 6700 pics on it.

Thumbs UpBest Bang for Buck
Submitted by CountryBoyShane on 10/8/2006 4:07:13 AM

Pros: Value for money. Has same focus system as Canon 30D, extremely easy to use, great low light shooting, can cover action photos with ease and qualtity

Cons: Loss of Top LCD screen, no spot meter. NEED TO UPGRADE YOUR LENS!

Thumbs UpGreat improvements from the XT but battery may be an issue...
Submitted by kdamghani on 9/10/2006 4:07:05 AM

Pros: Beautiful Camera with nice added features from the XT such as a sweet larger screen and CMOS image cleaner.

Cons: The vitals of the camera such as shutter speed and ISO settings are now on the main LCD there is no small LCD for that information making the battery not hold as long of a charge.