Canon EOS Kiss Digital N vs Canon EOS Rebel XSi

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

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS Kiss Digital N were released 2005 and Canon EOS Rebel XSi was released 2008. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Canon APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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

Resolution

Canon EOS Kiss Digital N has a 8 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
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 8 MP
7962624 pixels
3456 x 2304
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a 53 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Kiss Digital N. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 100-1600
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 100-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
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 definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Kiss Digital N can shoot up to 2,8 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2,8
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 3,5

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Canon EOS Kiss Digital N or Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

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

Canon EOS Kiss Digital N weighs 540 gr (equal to 1.19 lb) which is 3% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel XSi and its 524 gr (or 1.16 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 540 gr
1.19 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 524 gr
1.16 lb

Canon EOS Kiss Digital N vs Canon EOS Rebel XSi Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Kiss Digital N and Canon EOS Rebel XSi, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Name Canon EOS Kiss Digital N Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Release Year 2005 2008
Release Date 2005-02-17 2008-01-24
MSRP 899 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 3456 x 2304 pixels 4272 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 8 MP 12,2 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 DIGIC 3
Image
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
ISO Range 100 - 1600 100 - 1600
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 7 9
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 1.8 3
Screen dots 115000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Frames per second 2,8 fps 3,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Memory Card Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed) Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NB-2LH / NB-2L
Battery Pack LP-E5
Battery Life (CIPA) 400 shots 600 shots
Width 127 mm 129 mm
Height 94 mm 98 mm
Depth 64 mm 62 mm
Weight 540 gram 524 gram