Canon has introduced the Digital Rebel XSi digital SLR as an update to its 400D XT model. The XSi features a newly developed, extremely low noise APS-C size 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, and incorporates a number of high-end functions and technology found in Canon’s professional SLR models, the EOS Rebel XSi camera boasts an improved autofocus sensor, enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion, a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with an advanced Live View function, and Canon’s proprietary DIGIC III image processor.

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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi joins a successful line of Rebels that rank as the manufacturer’s top seller. This 12.2-megapixel entry-level DSLR is the third in the series. The XSi incorporates features borrowed from its flagship professional cameras, mixed with functions targeted for its PowerShot customers to cater to the point-and-shooter upgrading to an SLR for the first time. With its added features of Live View, Spot metering, improved autofocus, and faster burst shooting, combined with an image-stabilized kit lens, the Digital Rebel XSi is sure to do well in the market. It still faces competition from Nikon, Sony, and Pentax, all of which undercut the XSi’s near-$900 kit price. Despite that, we anticipate Canon’s brand recognition and history of the Digital Rebel will make the XSi a favorite among entry-level DSLR consumers.

The Canon Digital Rebel XSi will be available in both black and silver finishes, and sold as body only or in kit form with the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilized IS zoom lens.