Canon announces "entry level" Rebel

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Today Canon introduced the EOS Rebel XSi and everyone should start shaking in their collective boots. The 12.2-megapixel (APS-C size Canon CMOS censor) Rebel has an improved AF sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, Live View, Digic III Image processor and an optically image stabilized EF-S kit lens (EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) to boot.

Other improvements include a 3-inch LCD, durable ABS and Polycarbonate resin body that comes in black or silver. The new sensor uses large microlenses over each pixel and that’s said to reduce noise and boost sensitivity up to ISO 1600. The Live View feature has been improved with a “Live Mode” contrast detection AF function, which means it will focus automagically without the reflex mirror being lowered. The XSi is the fastest Rebel to date, capable of continuously capturing 3.5fps for bursts of up to 45 images in large/fine JPEG mode and 6 frames in RAW mode. One other notable change for the XSi is the adoption of SD/SDHC.

The XSi will most likely ship in April. A lens kit as well as body-only kit will ship for $899.99 and $799.99, respectively.

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Press Release

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