• APS-C 328.6mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200

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Differences

Canon XSi advantages over Olympus E30

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $900 vs $1299 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.20 vs 4.29 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    692 vs 530 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise

Olympus E30 advantages over Canon XSi

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSLR-A350

Canon XSi
Sony DSLR-A350
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E30
Sony DSLR-A350
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Top deck display
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-520

Canon XSi
Olympus E-520
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E30
Olympus E-520
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Top deck display
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K2000

Canon XSi
Pentax K2000
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • More AF points
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E30
Pentax K2000
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Top deck display
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T1i

Canon XSi
Canon T1i
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • HDMI out
Olympus E30
Canon T1i
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-5

Canon XSi
Olympus E-5
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E30
Olympus E-5
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $1700
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
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