In a press release today, Canon announced the launch of a new consumer-level DSLR, the Digital Rebel XSi (a.k.a. EOS 450D).
The new offering features a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor at its core, supported by Canon's DIGIC III processing. In terms of shooting speed, the new Rebel is capable to 3.5 frames per second for 53 full-res JPEGS (or 6 RAW images), and a 9-point wide-area AF system promises to speed things up as well.
In other news, the new camera features a 3-inch LCD with live view functionality – a first for Canon's consumer-level DSLR lineup. A 30 fps feed onto the screen, combined with a display that promises to be 50 percent brighter than the one seen on the Digital Rebel XTi, should provide a sufficiently pleasant on-screen shooting experience.
Canon is getting into the dynamic range adjustment/expansion game as well, with the announcement of an Auto Lighting Optimizer designed to correct highlight and contrast issues during in-camera image processing.
Similarly, Canon has finally opted to get on board with the dominance of SD/SDHC in comsumer digital cameras, with the new Rebel supporting these formats rather than the CF cards seen in previous Digital Rebel models.
Announced pricing is $799 for the camera body only, or $899 for a kit including Canon's new 18-55mm image stabilized zoom. Look for the new Rebel in stores come April.
Canon Digital Rebel XSi (EOS 450D) specifications:
|Sensor||12.2 megapixel, 22.2x14.8mm CMOS|
|LCD/Viewfinder||3.0", 230K-pixel TFT LCD with live view; Pentamirror optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment|
|Shutter Speed||30-1/4000 seconds|
|Shooting Modes||Auto, Program, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Scene, Manual|
|Scene Presets||Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off|
|White Balance Settings||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom|
|Metering Modes||Evaluative, Partial, Center-Weighted, Spot|
|Focus Modes||AI Focus, AI Servo, One Shot, Manual|
|Drive Modes||Single, Continuous, Self Timer, Self Timer Continuous|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Forced On, Force Off, Red-Eye Reduction|
| Self Timer Settings||10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off |
|Memory Formats||SD, SDHC|
| Internal Memory|| None |
|File Formats||JPEG, RAW|
|Max. Image Size||4272 x 2848|
| Max. Video Size|| N/A|
|Zoom During Video||N/A|
|Battery||Rechargeable 1050 mAh lithium-ion|
|Connections||USB 2.0, AV output, remote control in|
|Additional Features||Live View, DIGIC III Processor, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 9-Point AF System|