Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS Rebel XSi

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 600D and Canon EOS Rebel XSi. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 600D
Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Canon.

Canon EOS 600D were released 2011 and Canon EOS Rebel XSi was released 2008. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 600D Canon 2011
Canon EOS Rebel XSi Canon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "APSC") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 600D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 600D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 12,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 600D 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12,2 MP 12166656 4272 2848

Canon EOS 600D has a 47 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 600D has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. Canon EOS 600D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 600D 100-12800
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 100-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 600D
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 600D can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 600D 3,7
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 3,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 600D. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel XSi does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 600D weighs 570 gr (equal to 1,26 lb) which is 9% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel XSi and its 524 gr (or 1,16 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 600D 570 gr 1,26 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 524 gr 1,16 lb