Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs XSi / 450D

by Enche Tjin on March 18, 2009

Canon announces Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D today. This camera inherited most of the features from its older brother Canon 50D plus the full HD movie recording capability. This camera will be likely to be a successor of Canon Rebel XSi / 450D.

Canon T1i vs Canon XSi / 450D
There are improvement from many areas such as:

  • 3 extra megapixels (15mp vs 12mp)
  • Up to 3200 ISO expanded to 12800 (before 1600)
  • Full HD video capture at 20fps, 720p at 30fps
  • 3 Inch hi-res LCD screen but can’t swivel as rumored
  • Creative Auto which found in 50D and 5D mark ii
  • The same 3.4fps.
  • The same 9 points AF.
  • The same body
  • Street price might be around $150 more expensive than XSi


Nikon D90
D90 has advantage of better built quality, faster continuous shooting (4.5 fps) and very clean image in high ISO. It also has ability to record movie but only at 720fps.

Olympus E-620
Recently announced E-620, has advantage on better viewfinder, slightly more compact, and swivel lcd screen. It does not have ability to record movie.

Canon 40D
Older model Canon 40D is significantly faster continuous shooting (6.5fps) and has weather resistant body made by magnesium alloy. 40D does not have ability to record movie and only has 10 MP resolution, but for users that need tough and reliable body and speed, 40D is the way to go.

So does it worth the upgrade?
It will depend on how much you value these new improvement. For me, the most significant improvement will be the expanded ISO. (I believe it will be at least similar to Canon 50D, so it will be aprox. 66% cleaner image in high ISO), and the video feature. If you don’t need those improvement, then XSi will serve you as well as T1i.

If you have compact camera that want to upgrade to DSLR for better image quality, then I will recommend Canon Rebel T1i strongly because some features like Creative Auto, 3 inches hi-res lcd, higher ISO range for low light shooting, and also full video recording might blown you away. It is a complete beginner dSLR camera that are very easy and enjoyable to use.

Canon Rebel T1i is surely will be a very versatile camera for beginners, and I can see this camera will reign the best sellers top chart next year very easily. Good Job Canon!

Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs XSi / 450D

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