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Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)

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  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD display; includes Canon's EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; Live View Function
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning system and Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Canon Rebel XS: Highly Recommended by dpreview.com
Read the full Canon Rebel XS review at dpreview.com
Having helped create the 'affordable' DSLR, Canon has taken a while to respond to the latest, comparatively wallet-friendly offerings from the likes of Nikon and Sony. The Rebel XS is a pretty convincing response - it does just about everything it needs to do, and everything it does, it does well. It can produce great images at any of its ISO settings and, viewed as a whole, makes a great first DSLR.

Read the full Canon Rebel XS review Digital SLR in-depth review at dpreview.com


Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.4 x 3.8 inches ; 15.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
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  • ASIN: B001CBKJGG
  • Item model number: XS Black
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

For perfect photos, fast and simple, there's nothing better than Canon's new EOS Rebel XS. With powerful features including a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon's DIGIC III processor, fast shooting and more, it's a digital powerhouse. With simple, easy-to-use controls, a compact design, a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, and Live View Function, it's a beginner's dream come true.

Canon EOS Rebel XS Highlights

Canon EOS Rebel XS highlights
10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor
10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor Canon’s CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies first seen in Canon’s professional EOS-1D Mark III to maximize each pixel's light gathering efficiency. It’s an APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm), and there's an effective 1.6x increase in the lens’s marked focal length when attached. Canon’s DIGIC III Image Processor dramatically enhances image quality and speeds up all camera operations for intuitive operation. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel XS’s sensor to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in all lighting situations.

DIGIC III Image Processor Developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography, the EOS Rebel XS’s DIGIC III Image Processor works hand in hand with Canon’s CMOS sensor to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally redesigned, giving the camera its incredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction is superior.

Canon EOS Rebel XS highlights
Auto Lighting Optimizer in action
Auto Lighting Optimizer The EOS Rebel XS’s Auto Lighting Optimizer is yet another image-quality tool that comes to the rescue in tricky lighting conditions. It can actually lighten dark areas of a scene while ensuring that bright areas maintain tonal detail. In addition, it can increase contrast in "flat" lighting, such as overcast days. It’s now available in all shooting modes, including P, Tv, Av, and Manual.

Canon EOS Rebel XS highlights
Picture Style settings With the EOS Rebel XS’s Picture Style technology, photographers can change the look of their digital photographs. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. Changing a Picture Style setting is almost like a 35mm film user switching from one type of color film to another. In addition to six preset Picture Style settings, Canon offers additional downloadable "Picture Style Files" that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.

High-speed, wide-area 7-point AF with center cross-type sensors The EOS Rebel XS features a high-speed, wide area 7-point AF system. It can focus using One-Shot AF mode, AI Focus AF, AI Servo AF and Manual. The center, cross-type focus point operates flawlessly in lower-light and lower-contrast settings. In Live View Function, the EOS Rebel XS can focus manually, with 5x or 10x magnification for focusing clarity.

Canon EOS Rebel XS highlights
Capture up to 3 frames/second
Excellent performance with 3.0 fps continuous shooting The EOS Rebel XS operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel XS is one of the fastest cameras available today. It can shoot up to 3.0 fps (frames per second), in bursts of up to 514 JPEGs or 5 RAW files, so you'll never, ever miss a shot.

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Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with Live View Function The EOS Rebel XS has a bright 2.5-inch TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170 degrees. It’s perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options. And the maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel XS’s LCD monitor is about 30 greater than its predecessor, which is a big benefit when you're using the camera in bright sunlight.

Live View Function Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the 2.5-inch LCD monitor. It’s easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. And now, there are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel XS. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping lines in your subject straight in your pictures. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the EOS Rebel XS’s USB connection, and the included EOS Utility software.

Canon EOS Rebel XS highlights
Quick mode/Live mode
In Live View Function, the EOS Rebel XS has two AF modes: Quick mode, which uses the camera’s standard 7-point AF system, and Live mode, which is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of subjects right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button. A familiar feature in PowerShot cameras, Live mode AF uses similar technologies to achieve focus, while Quick mode is more appropriate for capturing action or for shooting in low light.

The target area for Live Mode AF is at the center by default, but it can be moved around most of the picture area with the cross keys on the back of the camera.

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EOS Integrated Cleaning System Photographers who must change lenses in dusty environments will find the advanced Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System a tremendous time saver. Dust that settles on the sensor surface is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (It can also be manually activated.) A special collar positioned around the sensor collects the loosened dust. Dust particles can also be automatically removed via software. By shooting a plain white subject, the photographer can acquire dust position data that is transmitted along with the image (whether JPEG or RAW). Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 3.3 or later software can be used to manually or automatically erase the dust spots. It’s not one feature, it’s a built-in system to minimize the effect of dust in high-resolution digital images.

Self Cleaning Sensor Unit A key element of minimizing dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat against this, the EOS Rebel XS features a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. The EOS Rebel XS also has a coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter, to increase its resistance to dust sticking to the sensor.

Canon EOS Rebel XS highlights
Dust Delete Data Detection
Dust Delete Data Detection Dust that may still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3 or later software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting. This Dust Delete Data image is analyzed in-camera, and the location and size of any remaining dust is added to any subsequent pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon’s DPP version 3.3 and later software. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.

Canon's lightest and most compact EOS Digital SLR to date (as of July 2008) Measuring 4.96 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches and weighing in at under 16 oz., the EOS Rebel XS is indeed the smallest digital Rebel ever produced. Its lightweight and compact design does not, however, leave out controls and displays one would expect from an EOS Digital camera. The EOS Rebel XS has the full array of buttons and controls found on the Rebel XSi, plus a 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD monitor, which is perfect for composing in Live View mode, or reviewing photos already recorded onto the camera’s SD/SDHC memory card.

Compatible with compact SD and SDHC memory cards Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD and SDHC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel XS’s compact and lightweight body design.

Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories

EF & EF-S Lenses The EOS Rebel XS is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology is featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS Rebel XS.
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Flash Photography The EOS Rebel XS features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. With E-TTL II, the exact same 35-zone metering sensor used for measuring ambient light is also used for flash metering - giving even finer metering command of the image area. If you prefer a broader area for flash metering, there’s a menu setting to change to "Average" flash metering -- where the entire 35-zone area is measured evenly for flash exposure.

The optional Canon Speedlite 430EX II is the ideal step-up accessory for powerful flash shooting with the EOS Rebel XS. It has excellent flash power (maximum guide number of 141 ft./43m at ISO 100), and is the perfect way to get great flash pictures when you can’t get right up to the subject. The 430EX II is also great for bounce flash, with its tilting and swiveling flash head. It automatically zooms the flash head to cover lenses ranging from 16mm up to 105mm or longer with the EOS Rebel XS. Of course, it works with the camera to provide full E-TTL II automatic flash exposure. And the 430EX II has a powerful AF-assist beam, which allows the camera to autofocus even in total darkness on subjects as far as 32 ft. from the camera.

Software

Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 17.0) The EOS Rebel XS comes bundled with an updated Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. These include Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX for Windows (Version 6.1), ImageBrowser for Macintosh OS X (Version 6.1), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.3), the totally new Picture Style Editor (Version 1.0), Canon's EOS Utility (Version 2.2), RAW Image Task (Version 2.8), PhotoStitch, and PTP TWAIN Driver. Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow. ZoomBrowser EX v.6.1 and Digital Photo Professional v.3.3 for Windows are compatible with the new Windows Vista operating system.

Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.3) is an image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it’s CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.

EOS Utility (Version 2.3) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they’re connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon’s ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it’s used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.

ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.1) for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 6.1) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.

RAW Image Task (Version 2.8) for Windows/Macintosh This software is an integrated component of ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) or ImageBrowser (Mac). It allows processing of RAW images from EOS cameras, including the new EOS Rebel XS, with a variety of adjustment possibilities. These options, as well as the overall color, contrast and "look" of RAW Image Task, closely mimic the characteristics of Canon’s in-camera JPEG processing.

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What's in the Box

Rebel XS body, EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS lens, Eyecup Ef, Wide Strap EW-100DBIII, Video Cable VC-100, USB Interface Cable IFC-200U, Battery Pack LP-E5, Battery Charger LC-E5, EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals, "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

Product Description

Ideal for a wide range of photographers from first-time digital SLR users to veteran photo enthusiasts, the new Canon EOS Rebel XS camera is designed to embody what you have come to expect from the EOS Rebel series -- a fast, non-intimidating, lightweight, easy-to-use camera that produces excellent images and starts emerging photographers off on the right foot. Immediately, photographers will take notice of the camera's Optical Image Stabilized kit lens for crisp focus, compensating for camera shake from unsteady hands or a moving vehicle. The new Rebel model also incorporates Canon's DIGIC III image processor, 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point wide-area autofocus (AF) sensor and 3.0 frames per second continuous JPEG burst rate where the number of consecutive shots in a burst is only limited by the capacity of the flash memory card in the camera.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

If you are interested in learning Photography, this is an incredible gateway into DSLR technology that you can actually afford. I love this little camera! Read more ›
I have already used this camera to take hundreds and hundreds of pictures. The quality is pretty good. No complaints there. Read more ›
Excellent camera for the starting photographer. The quality is great and it has many features that help enhance the pictures! Read more ›
It's not going to produce pictures a $3000 camera will but it sure does take you into a…The pictures are crisp and it does pretty well in low light considering the price. Read more ›
I bought this over a year ago and have not regretted it. My pictures are clear and crisp. The response time of the shutter is nearly immediate which allows me to grab that… Read more ›
Really nice camera, old but nice, with the correct accessories will be a really good option for amateur…macro photos are so clear, and the weight is just perfect. In… Read more ›
My wife lives this camera it does almost everything except wifi but hey it suites her. And not only that it's easy to use Read more ›
And so far, no problems with it. Its a nice entry level SLR and pretty easy to use it. Read more ›
I got this camera to be able to take pictures of my twins boys and so far it has not let me down. Every picture has come out really clear and it so easy to use. I just wish… Read more ›
Love this camera. Super easy to use for the average consumer but has great manual functions for the more advanced photographer. Great first DSLR for a kid wanting to learn… Read more ›
I am new to photography and learning a lot, but this camera is so easy to use and takes great photos! Read more ›
Absolutely amazing bargain at the price! Easy to use and get used to. A must buy for DSLR beginners. Read more ›
I ordered this slightly used canon rebel XS and I was very impressed. The ease of use and photo taking features are great. Battery life terrific. Read more ›
It was amazing. All other modes work equally well. This is not a drawback, but we do recognize that to capture wildlife, in the wild, because of the distances involved, we… Read more ›
It provides professional quality images with an…Whether you choose the fully automatic or the manual settings it is so easy to clearly catch any image you are shooting at. Read more ›
+ Stunning photos out of the box on auto mode, although…+ Skin tones, color balance, sharpness, detail, and low light images with higher ISO settings are simply incredible. Read more ›
The pre-defined camera settings are easy to understand and use and it's very helpful for DSLR newbies like me. Read more ›
Originally I was going to pick…Auto Mode is a great starting point on this camera, I'm still learning everything about this camera before I get into taking high end pics. Read more ›
No such thing!! It is completely easy to use and I've been having nothing but fun experimenting with the lenses (I bought an extra, a telephoto lens that is awesome!) and… Read more ›
I've since added two prime lenses to my collection: the "Nifty…Still, the kit lens is nice when I'm walking around during the day and want the flexibility of a zoom. I… Read more ›
I also purchased the canon 55mm-250mm lens. The total price from amazon,for camera, a 18mm-55mm IS lens, and 55mm-250mm IS lens was the best around, $545.00 total. This… Read more ›
It is a great way for beginners and advanced users to enter the digital realm. It takes decent pictures with the included kit lens and is very easy to use. It has a ton of… Read more ›
The colors in my photos are great and my photos are very crisp and…I think the kit lens is fantastic, though I do plan on purchasing a telephoto lens in the near future. Read more ›
It enjoys most of the features of the higher priced prosumer dSLRs with none of the cost. The included kit lens is a nice addition, with included IS. The XS might not be… Read more ›
I take it everywhere with me. The price was great as well. I am very pleased with my experience. Read more ›
The price was great as I haven't seen it priced anywhere near my purchase in any store, outlet, or online. A very good buy for the money. Read more ›
For the price this is an excellent choice for someone just getting into the realm of DSLR. If you are coming from high end 35mm film cameras this is NOT the camera for you… Read more ›
A lot of camera for the price, this is even good for a beginner I bought this for my 13 yr old daughter and she is having a blast with it and taking excellent pictures. Read more ›
I <3 the quality and versatility of the pictures this little baby…The price was great too, especially being a full time student desperately seeking economical hobbies. Read more ›
I purchased this camera for a few reasons: one is that I've used Canon cameras before and…Also, the price was very reasonable, considering what DSLR's usually sell for. Read more ›
I recommend this camera to anyone wanting their first DSLR. It's super easy to learn. The body of the camera seems lighter than the lens itself which could make it feel cheap. Read more ›
This camera is great for a beginner. Very simple to use on the present shooting settings and easy to learn how to manipulate the other settings. The settings are easy to… Read more ›
I played around with my picture quality settings; I added a little more saturation and sharpness. This camera was really easy to learn. I was brand new to the world of… Read more ›
The designers of this camera struck a nice balance between the…For a guy like me who is by no means a professional photographer the Rebel XS is a great camera to learn on. Read more ›
Let me tell you that, as amateur as I was (and still am) this was still a great…This camera is easy to learn but since there are many features you kind of learn as you go. Read more ›
I have been enjoying learning on it. It is very user friendly and easy to learn the features. You can't go wrong with this camera. Read more ›
-10.1 MP is PLENTY -Poster size prints are excellent (as long as pictures are crisp) Read more ›
If it did come with a card, it would probably be a 2gb card, and…Do your research on memory cards and get yourself a decent sized and decent quality card for your use. *… Read more ›
This camera is great. I upgraded from a point & shoot and although I do miss the compact size and video capability, this camera takes MUCH better pics. If you are a… Read more ›
I was ready to move up to a full body size camera and this one for the money is simply amazing. It is very easy to use and takes wonderful pictures. Read more ›
Some people might say that the build quality is cheap, it is made mostly out of hard plastic, however it feels solid…The display is also a good size for viewing pictures. Read more ›
-Very low noise. -extremely light weight and compact size. -Good battery performance. Read more ›
Although I am not an expert photographer or camera user, the camera takes great pictures even in…The battery life is really good - lasts months of light use on one charge. Read more ›
The picture quality on this device is great (especially at high-iso shots) much…And the battery life is great on a full charge you can shoot the entire day with no worries. Read more ›
Does not come with any memory flash card. Battery life is excellent. Read more ›
* This is a great entry level DSLR, if you can afford it and want more Megapixels and features, jump up to an XSi or TSi. * battery life is good - but get a spare just incase Read more ›
The menu is pretty user-friendly - I was playing around with settings and able to understand what I was doing…The battery is great - charges quickly and lasts a long time. Read more ›
The 1000D is great so far, I've been out on some extended shooting days so far, and the battery life is great. I usually shoot around 400 photos on a single outing, and… Read more ›
The screen is a nice size, and the playbacks seem to mimic the color quality of the RAWs relatively faithfully. Read more ›
Its lightweight which helps when I put a larger lens on. The controls are very intuitive and simply displayed for easy access. This is a great camera to learn with. Read more ›
Be really carefull when using the manual focus mode, because there will be a lot of pictures that will look great in the lcd screen, but on bigger screen will look totally… Read more ›
-All the manual control a beginner needs -OSD (clear on screen display you can virtually start without reading the manual) -Live-view helps taking pictures at an angle or… Read more ›
When shooting at night, the display on the LCD stays on with the XS; on the XSi as your face gets close to the…Shooting at night with the bright LCD is a big distraction. Read more ›
The T3 presents significant improvements over the XS, with higher ISO settings and better high-ISO image quality, video capability, a nicer LCD, and a marginally higher… Read more ›
I have heard from other reviews that the kit lens is cheasy. I think it lacks some vibrant colors, but the colors actually are pretty nice. The zoom is pretty bad, so I… Read more ›
They are both aspiring photographers and they love it! I was concerned with the 10.1mp, but the pictures it takes are very crisp and colorful. This has not been an issue… Read more ›
What a great camera, very clear pictures with amazing color, easy to use and the software makes the pictures look even better. Read more ›
Just a big pink or green streak…I couldn't see full color in any photo until it was on my computer, and even then it took about 5-10 seconds to load and become colored. W… Read more ›
Thanks to my old computer, I did need the included software to…The pictures came out sharp with great color (even with the kit lens) and none of the dirt specks of film. Read more ›
Even if you can't zoom in as far as you want, you could always zoom in on the computer and crop. The deep colors in this SLR are amazing. On the Landscape setting you get… Read more ›
My wife has the Nikon D60 and I consider this by far a better set up. The 7 point auto focus is a nice feature for the cost. The additional megapixels that you get with the… Read more ›
The resolution of the pictures and the colors are excellent. The autofocus is FAST. What I like the most about it is that is it light weight (like my film camera was) and… Read more ›
Night pics at 800 iso had very very very little noise, and I mean I was searching the pics on 15" monitors for reason to complain, but was…The auto focus is really quick. Read more ›
The 18-55mm IS kit lens is really a very good lens and I have no complaints about it (well maybe the plastic mount). Focus is fast and the image stabilizer is great. The… Read more ›
Carma work's goog but the lens that came with it didn't workso well the auto focus dont work at all has to be manual focused Read more ›
There's nothing wrong with the screen for most uses, but there were multiple shots that looked well focused on the review screen (due to it 230k pixel resolution and 2.5"… Read more ›
That brings us to flash, the built in flash is great for close up shots where lighting is average to low, but is pretty weak when you get farther back then 10 feet and… Read more ›
The picture with no flash is super! The direct flash is too strong. I may need an external flash to help adjusting flash angle to make flash picture better. Read more ›
I…In dim light, the camera doesn't do so well without flash, and the blur you get doesn't really show up on the display; only later can you tell that the photo is blurry. Read more ›
Compared to many d-SLRs, this camera is lightweight and versatile. It has a built-in flash, but a more powerful flash can still be attached and synched if necessary. If… Read more ›
you only will need a tripod if you want to take night shots of cities and lights, where its impossible to hand hold the camera...Other than that, at night, the camera is… Read more ›
I bought this camera because I was starting to get interested in photography and I got it within a few days with expedited…This camera takes great pictures without flash. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

829 of 834 people found the following review helpful By Judah Bharath on November 25, 2008
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I spent several weeks reviewing the REBEL XS vs it's many 10 MP adversaries, I even checked it against the ultra zooms as I wanted the convenience of video as well, but too many good things stood out with this camera and so I decided upon it. I bought the rebel XS and after days of dirt testing this camera I've found it a beautiful experience.
Now I'm a professional videographer attached to a tv station in Trinidad & Tobago, my purpose for this camera was the need for a quick sharp still shot camera that would be impressive under low light and still capture impressive portrait shots to be used for my website and for large prints. I didn't want to shell out over a $1000. US for a camera body.
What is tagged by Canon is true: The full auto mode is truly accurate and gives excellent shots always, it makes photography so easy for a beginner or intermediate. The portrait mode isn't blurry, images are clean, nicely toned, excellent in quality for large size prints. The P ( program mode) I like alot at first because this mode sets exposure so nicely I found it addictive. I shot alot of night pics of cars on a freeway, with bright, sharp, lively colours emerging. Night pics at 800 iso had very very very little noise, and I mean I was searching the pics on 15" monitors for reason to complain, but was really impressed.
The auto focus is really quick. Th XS comes with "only" a 7 point auto focus system compared to the XSi 9 point, forgive me when I say there may be no need for another 2 points when the camera focusses so quick and so accurately. I have not gotten a soft image when shot with the auto focus operating.
Now for those point and shoot cams that boast about "face detection"....5 faces...6,7, some even 15.
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316 of 325 people found the following review helpful By J. Gallo on December 1, 2008
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I want to save you the time and uncertainty in choosing the best affordable DSLR. For those considering the Canon EOS Rebel XS, the Olympus E-510 or the Nikon D40 / D40x / D60, I believe the Canon XS is the best choice. Also, at the price difference between the XS and the SXi ($150-200 as of December '08), the XS is an excellent alternative--both take exactly the same high quality pictures, save the 2MP difference, which is negligible at the end. Please note that the XS's new lens kit comes with the better quality EFS 18-55 Image Stabilization lens (they are better engineered); and that Canon is offering nowadays generous rebates on telephoto lenses when coupled with the purchase of the XS (I bought mine with the entry-level Canon EF 75-300mm III lens with a generous instant Canon rebate. Don't buy from anybody different from B&H Photo, directly from Amazon, Adorama, Buydig/Beach Camera; stay away from Broadway Photo and TriState).

Canons are popular for the excellent image processing. Nikons for their Nikor lenses. Olympus, some say, for the color of some of the pictures they take.

The Olympus E-510 has important flaws, e.g., the average performance in high ISO speeds and highlight blowing. Also, its inconsistency with good results is worth noting.

The Nikon D40 lacks important features, e.g., image stabilization in their kit lens. The D60 is lacking the high picture quality ratings of the Canon XS. Both Nikons are nice looking, which is a selling factor I usually consider; but picture quality should be your top criterion for the long run.

Don't go through the extensive research I have already done (months, and intense debating). The Canon XS is a winner (specially with the new IS lens kit), even more with its current price (Dec. '08: $480).
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202 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Brandon White on December 4, 2008
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This review is geared toward complete newbies (such as myself) who are coming from the point-and-shoot world.

I purchased this camera due to a budget constraint and after reading numerous reviews. For what you features you get, you simply cannot beat the price for an entry level DSLR camera. You may have looked at the XSI (as I have) and have been tempted to put forth the extra $100 or so to get that one. If you get down to the nitty gritty between the specs of the XS and XSI, you'll find that they are very minimally different, and more importantly, those "extra" features will have no bearing on you as a DSLR newbie.

This XS (1000D) model is oft overlooked because so many are praising its "bigger brother" the XSI. But take a look at a side-by-side comparison and you'll notice not much has been scaled back for this XS. Save that extra money for better glass. I would even be willing to speculate that a future firmware release will address some of these scaled-back features.

PROS

-Currently the best bang for buck you're going to find (at this time).
-Canon didn't scale back very much from the XSI
-Some report that the lower MP (10 vs XSI's 12) gives better image quality because of the sensor (DigicIII).
-Excellent image quality even with the supplied kit lens.
-Easy to use (with some research-effort on your part)
-Canon compatibility -- nuff said.

CONS

-Not crazy about the build materials (some sort of plastic). When I purchase things, I plan on owning them for a very long time, regardless of how "outdated" it may become a few years down the road.
-Some button placements for me seem counter-intuitive, but remember, I'm only a newbie.
-Has crop sensor like all of the rebels.
-Live View usefulness is questionable.

In short: If you're coming from P&S, you will not be disappointed with this purchase. It will meet or exceed your expectations of photo quality and features.
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