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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Affordable DSLR (Canon XS vs. Olympus E-510 or Nikon D40/60), December 1, 2008
This review is from: Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL) (Camera)
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). It is feature rich (you can even add 3 of your preferred defined Picture Style modes), good/professional looking (black body), even the sound of the shooter is nicer than the others. Bottom line: Excellent picture quality, high ISO/low light remarkable performance, and relevant features and space for customization make the Canon XS a winner for months and even years to come.
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Showing 1-7 of 7 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Dec 2, 2008 3:28:36 PM PST
C. Martin says:
I agree. I have been through the Olympus E520, Nikon D40 and Sony A300. Save yourself the time and effort and the get the Canon XS. At the current price, its picture quality cannot be beat.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 7:55:15 PM PST
I'm sorry but a Image Stabilization lens is not better engineered. It has only a Image stabilization integrated which makes it much more expensive because the shake reduction has to be build really precise. If you want a Image Stabilization you have to buy a camera which has it in it's body. This way you save a lot of money. For my part, I have the Pentax K100D Super which is for me the best camera with the most options and features for the cheapest prize. Don't buy Canon because it says "Canon" on the front!

Thanks for reading:)

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 9:23:55 AM PST
it's not a comment, actually, it's a question..
can we control the aperture and shutter speed with the Canon Rebel XS?

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 9:24:09 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2009 11:10:01 AM PST
yes you can.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2009 11:16:34 AM PDT
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Posted on May 23, 2011 2:05:11 PM PDT
Does this camera shoot video or just capture photos?
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