Canon EOS Rebel XSi vs Nikon Z50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel XSi and Nikon Z50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS Rebel XSi is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon Z50 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi were released 2008 and Nikon Z50 was released 2019. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008
Nikon Z50 2019

Type of camera

Canon EOS Rebel XSi is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z50 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon Z50 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon Z50 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a 12,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z50 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848
Nikon Z50 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Nikon Z50 has a 70 % 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, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z50 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. Nikon Z50 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 100-1600
Nikon Z50 100-51200

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 Rebel XSi
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z50

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z50 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 3,5
Nikon Z50 11

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon Z50. Sadly, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi does not support this.


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 Rebel XSi weighs 524 gr (equal to 1,16 lb) which is 16% heavier than Nikon Z50 and its 450 gr (or 0,99 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 524 gr
1,16 lb
Nikon Z50 450 gr
0,99 lb