Nikon Z30 vs Canon EOS Rebel XSi

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z30 and Canon EOS Rebel XSi. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon Z30 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Rebel XSi is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z30 were released 2022 and Canon EOS Rebel XSi was released 2008. That is a 14 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z30 2022
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008

Type of camera

Nikon Z30 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS Rebel XSi is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z30 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a "Canon APS-C"-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 **
Nikon Z30 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon Z30 has a 21 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
Nikon Z30 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Nikon Z30 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 Z30 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. Nikon Z30 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z30 100-51200
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 Nikon Z30
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. Nikon Z30 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z30 11
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 Nikon Z30. 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi weighs 524 gr (equal to 1.16 lb) which is 29% heavier than Nikon Z30 and its 405 gr (or 0.89 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z30 405 gr
0.89 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 524 gr
1.16 lb

Nikon Z30 vs Canon EOS Rebel XSi Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z30 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
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Name Nikon Z30 Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Release Year 2022 2008
Release Date 2022-06-29 2008-01-24
MSRP 710 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5568 x 3712 pixels 4272 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 21 MP 12,2 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 6 DIGIC 3
Image
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 1600
White Balance Presets 0 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 209 9
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 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
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type No Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Frames per second 11 fps 3,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
No
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z30
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Pack LP-E5
Battery Life (CIPA) 330 shots 600 shots
Width 128 mm 129 mm
Height 74 mm 98 mm
Depth 60 mm 62 mm
Weight 405 gram 524 gram