Canon Launches 12.2 Megapixel Digital Rebel XSi (450D)

Today Canon launched the latest in their entry-level Digital Rebel series – the 12.2 Megapixel XSi. Called the 450D in the rest of the world, the Digital Rebel XSi extends the resolution of the Canon CMOS sensor to 12.2 Megapixels from the current Digital Rebel XTi 10.1 megapixel. Also new to the Digital Rebel are a 3.0" LCD with Live View. This is a low-resolution 230,000 3.0" LCD like the Canon 40D – it is not a hi-res 3" screen as seen on the Nikon D300 and Sony A700.

It is very significant that Canon will include the 18-55 IS (Image Stabilization) lens as their standard kit lens with the XSi. The updated IS version features an aspherical lens element and is far superior in image quality to the older non-IS version 18-55mm f3.5-5.6. In addition the kit lens features Optical IS to compete with the body-integrated IS featured by Sony, Pentax, and Olympus.

The Digital Rebel XSi features:

  • 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • 3.5 frames per second
  • 3.0" LCD with Live View shooting
  • 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point
  • Picture Style image processing parameters
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software1
  • Compact and Lightweight body
  • Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
Canon has also changed memory to SD/SDHC from the present Digital Rebel Series Compact Flash. The XSi battery is also a new, larger, higher capacity LP-E5 battery that is the first new Canon battery in quite a while.

US List prices are $799 for the body only and $899 for the kit with 18-55mm IS lens. Europe Prices are €749 Body only and €849 Kit with 18-55mm IS Lens.

News source: AnandTech

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(Mr Spoon said @ #3.1)

Yeah it is :P The bigger the number means the bigger the image :P Doesn't it?

And a bigger image doesn't equal a better image. Read up on the megapixel myth:

6MP cameras are more than enough for most people and will work great for prints. Cramming more pixels into the same size sensor has its negatives with usually higher noise, but we'll see how it fares after the review.

And there are probably many cameras with 5 or 6 mp that take better images than the crappy cheap 8 megapixel cameras some people buy just because it has more mp.

I use an XTi at work and love it. Have an awesome macro lens with a ring flash that really "gets in there." It is 10MP. I doubt 12.2MP will really make that much of a difference.

Does anyone know if they made the body larger on this one? The handle on its predecessors are so small they felt like toy cameras!

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