Canon XSi PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Canon EOS Rebel XSi? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Canon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the XSi offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Canon EOS Rebel XSi below.
In any case, the XSi (called Canon 450D in some regions) is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was revealed to the public on January 24th, 2008, which means that, as of today, the camera is 5491 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Canon T1i as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Canon's instruction manual for the XSi
The camera's instruction manual is 196 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the XSi is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!
Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Canon EOS Rebel XSi manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Canon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Canon XSi manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your XSi by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Canon XSi is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Canon XSi FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the XSi.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the XSi based on?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Canon equipped the XSi with the DIGIC 3 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the XSi?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS Rebel XSi?
Canon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the XSi. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the XSi over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
Does the Canon XSi feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The XSi's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Which battery does the XSi use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the XSi?
Yes, Canon offers the BG-E5 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Canon EOS Rebel XSi.
|Camera Model||Canon XSi|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||January 2008|
|Launch Price||USD 799|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.2 x 14.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||329 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||26.7 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||12.2 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 272 x 2 848 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||5.19 μm|
|Pixel Density||3.70 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 1 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 3|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||61|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||21.9|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||10.8|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||692|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||95%|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDHC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||LP-E5 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||500 shots per charge|
129 x 98 x 62 mm
(5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
|Camera Weight||524 g (18.5 oz)|
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