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Canon EOS Rebel XSi DSLR reviewed

Since the new Canon EOS Rebel XSi was first announced at PMA in January I’ve been eagerly awaiting reviews to start hitting the web in anticipation of the cameras April release.

CNET posted their review, making them the first to get their review out the door (as far as I know).

What did they think? A dud? A religious experience?

Somewhere in the middle it seems, but leaning more towards a religious experience.

They didn’t particularly care for the body or feel of it in your hands (though did say that it was improved over the XTi), but they didn’t find it as comfortable to hold as most other DSLRs.

The new 3-inch LCD is nice and all controls are easily within reach with none requiring two fingers to operate.

The “My Menu” feature is back and still a hit, allowing you to create our own menu that contains just the features you use most often.

The Highlight Tone Priority is the same one that is found in Canon’s 1D Mark III and the XSi also contains the Auto Lighting Optimizer added to the Canon 40D last year.

Okay, sounds great so what’s the catch?

While it is nice camera, it doesn’t have some of the perks that Sony, Pentax and Olympus include, such as in-body mechanical stabilization and a wireless flash controller in the body.

The XSi’s sensitivity range tops out at ISO 1600 which some of the others in this class are able to go as high as ISO 3200.

They do, however, say that “it delivers hands-down, best-in-class photo quality, surprising given the higher-resolution sensor,” but they also point out that it does tend to underexpose.

“Though it’ll run you a few bucks more than competitors such as the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 or the Nikon D60, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi will deliver slightly better performance and noticeably better photo quality in return, making it a worthwhile trade-off.”

For more info check out the complete CNET review here.

[Via Photography Bay]

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