18.0 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Full HD 1080p video recording at 24/25/30 frame/s
HD 720p video recording at 50/60 frame/s
3–10× Digital Zoom in video recording (available only in 1080p).
One reviewer concluded that this feature takes a 1920×1080 crop from the middle of the sensor frame for the "3×" zoom, but was unable to confirm this with Canon. This feature has not been included in any subsequent models of the Rebel line, or in the EOS M mirrorless camera, but returned with the 2013 release of the EOS 70D.
DIGIC 4 image processor
14-bit analog to digital signal conversion
3.0-inch (76 mm) Vari-angle 3:2 aspect ratio LCD articulating screen.
The screen, inherited from the mid-range 60D, is also notable in that its aspect ratio matches that of the sensor—a rare feature among DSLRs at the time of introduction.
Live view mode
Built in flash with Speedlite wireless multi-flash support
9 point AF with centre cross-type sensor sensitive at f/2.8
Four metering modes, using 63 zones: spot, partial, center-weighted average, and evaluative metering.
Highlight tone priority
EOS integrated cleaning system
sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces
ISO 100–6,400 expandable to 12,800
Continuous drive up to 3.7 frame/s (34 images (JPEG), 6 images (raw))