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I purchased this Canon EOS Rebel XS, with 10 mp, as my first SLR camera. I've only had point and shoots before and didn't want to spend the money on a current model Canon SLR with much higher mp at a cost of around $500. At less than $150 this excellent condition camera was a bargain. The newer model would produce better very large enlargements but that is not my need. I never print over 8x10's and the 10 mp does a great job.
The camera is very simple to use particularly after watching a couple of online videos. The quality of the pics is great.
I'm writing this review with a caveat that I recommend to everyone to experience: I upgraded from the kit lenses & so should you. Strong points of the camera:
* great image quality especially in low light & I love to shoot without the built in flash for natural results.
* the menu based system is very user friendly & while being a capable DSLR with most of the features of the more expensive 'prosumer' models like the 50D, this camera is easy to use & create manual shots. You can adjust the ISO, aperture, white balance, colour, scene mode all one-handed.
I take photography seriously & I'm all about image quality. I still like to have fun after years of digital compacts & snapping at friends on nights out or on the bike. This camera does everything I would expect of it & does it well & I have to say, the performance in low light is fantastic, especially if you upgrade the lens.
And this brings me to an important point; the lens is what you should be upgrading before you consider going for a higher resolution. Higher resolution means more noise & Canon's Digic processors are renown for noise control. I own a 1000D, 450D & now a 500D & have used both the kit lenses & upgrades with all. Canon DSLRS take EF lenses & the sub 500D models will take EF-S lenses giving a vast amount of choice. I recommend a Sigma 18-250 OS lens for this camera or Canon's excellent 28-135mm IS USM lens as your walk around lens. These produce pin sharp images & only wide open can you begin to see a sign of vignetting, easily corrected in photoshop or similar program.
Kit lenses will be enough for the average user who's used to a digital compact & shooting in RAW with a minute of post work in a photoshop program, even with free ones like Picknic on Flickr will produce some astounding results.
The camera's live view mode will be useful for people making the upgrade & is about 95% coverage which is great. The best part about this camera for me is that it's small & light. Throw an armoured cover on it & chuck it in a bag. It will last you for a long time at least until you're ready to upgrade to something like a 450 or 500D.
* Kit lenses supplied are usually the 18-55mm non IS & while this is okay, it can vignette badly & with no IS you have to be in full auto or perfect ISO to get really sharp results in low light. Resting the camera on something or using a tripod will help massively but your first upgrade should be the lens. The difference when you upgrade is immense. The detail offered at 10.1mp with a zoom lens can be stunning. Check out my shots with the kit lens & then a telephoto at www.flickr.com/rucken all the Australian shots, Sydney & Fraser Island & Taronga Zoo were with the 1000D. Then compare those images to more recent ones with better lenses. These are just jpegs, not even the vastly superior detailing you get with the camera's RAW shooting mode.
* The build quality is not as solid as the 40D upwards which have magnesium alloy bodies. Only really noticable if you're used to them though as even in plastic Canon have made a brilliant camera.
* The camera's LCD loved your fingerprints. Buy a screen protector if you don't like contantly polishing it.
Summary: this camera is a great introduction to DSLRS, it's small & so great for women & men with small hands or people that don't want to hulk a heavy camera around.
Also consider the Canon 450D & 500D.
Hope that helps someone with their decision.
I bought the Canon Rebel XS and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this camera. It has almost all the features of the Rebel XSi camera - and that being said - for a couple of hundred bucks less - the XS was the feather in my cap. I like the LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - the XSi camera has a bigger LCD screen and I just did not like all the glass on the back of the camera. With the features of being able to keep the camera in auto mode - but yet being able to change some of the setting - helps lots - or you can be totally creative and go into the creative mode and change anything from exposure, speed, or aperture is some of the best features of the camera. The camera is light, yet very well built. To simply put my review - I LOVE this camera.
We were in the market for a new camera. The pocket-sized digital one we have that is a couple of years old would have this problem of freezing up almost every time we used it. We could snap 4 or 5 pics, but if they were taken quickly, the thing would lock up. If we just left it on and took one every minute or two, it wouldn't do it. So we did some research, and decided what we needed was a Digital SLR camera, and Canon is known for quality.
After playing around with it for a few days, I love it. You can take pictures as fast as you can press the shutter button. And it uses the small, SD memory cards. One reason I had held off on getting one is because my father has a Nikon D-SLR that takes a huge memory card. He needed a separate card reader to use it. Our laptop has the SD card reader built in to the front of it, so it is as easy as popping it out of the camera and popping it into our laptop.
Another plus is that is is relatively lightweight for a camera with a larger body. It is a big camera with the feel of a smaller one. It doesn't feel like you have a big weight hanging from your neck when using the strap.
There are tons of features that I am still reading the manual and learning about. The only features you find on a pocket digital camera are a few random settings you can change for certain settings. You have so many more options with a SLR since you can swap out lenses.
I was a little nervous about my first DSLR I thought maybe it would be too complex for me but since taking my photography classes with a high end point and shoot was starting to drive me nuts, I figured I better buy an SLR so I researched this for about 2 months before buying this one and I am thrilled!
I love the clarity and color and ease of use, it takes little getting used to as its different but its wonderful! I think for me this was the perfect camera, I have only had it for a few days but I have taken over 400 shots with it already and it does what it should and has taken my photography to a whole new level! I highly recommend this camera, its great for beginners but that doesnt mean it only takes beginner quality pix.
Its comfortable to hold easy to shoot,has many advanced settings but doesn't need them to get a good picture. It has live view which a lot don't now days and uses an SD memory card which for me was great! I would have gotten another Canon had I had the money for one BUT this was the least expensive and great for the price! I am a CANON GIRL! It also has a lot of accessories to better your photography when other cameras are harder to find parts, accessories and lenses for.
The only thing I see so far that I don't really like is the flash quality but I don't use it too much and do have a digital flash to use instead. And I seem to have a hard time getting well exposed shots in low light BUT am assuming its just another setting I have yet to figure out =) I love this camera!
I'm a beginner to DSLRs and was thinking about which camera to buy to suit my budget. But I only had to decide between Canon and Nikon. I was comparing Rebel XS, XTi, XSi and Nikon D40, D40x and D60. dpreview.com helped me a lot for the decision.
I thought Canon *entry level* cameras are somewhat better and elegant than Nikon. So it came down to selecting XSi vs XS. XSi had larger display, remote control shutter, live view finder, etc., but have to pay abt $180 over XS for that. So decided to buy XS and so far I'm really happy with the camera.
I guess the secret is to get a reasonably good camera body and save money to buy lenses. All in all I think XS is a very good investment for a entry level person.
I like taking pictures, but I'm not photographer. I mostly use my camera for outdoor photos like landscapes or nature macro shots and taking pictures of my nieces and nephews. I want the features of an SLR but the ease of a point and shoot. This is perfect for me. It has just the right amount of features for me to get good photos without having to "study" the manual. If I want to study, I can. There's more it can do than I have learned and someday maybe I will learn more about it. Until then I will use the preset modes, have the flexibility to use different lenses and get the fast shutter speed I want. It's also lightweight (for an SLR).
Though I had much interest in photography, I was always limited by the abilities of the point & shoot cameras. I wanted to have full control on the lens to capture the moment in the way I wanted to see it. DSLR was the perfect solution. After a while of research & comparison between Canon Rebel series & Nikon D40-90, I learned quite a lot about the features. Nikon was too expensive with less features than Canons. When you are into DLSR, your purchase doesn't stop with the camera itself. It's the lenses which do the magic. Nikon lenses were expensive too. But I did not wanted to compromise on the quality of the images as well. After reading many reviews on the net & seeing many samples, I was more than satisfied with the output of Rebel XS. Then when I saw the best deal for the same on eBay, I bought it.
You can check out my experiments with Rebel XS on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/dmggroups
Your comments will be appreciated!
All the best for your camera hunt!
this is going to be a random rant about thei camera
I used to own a canon S3 ultra zoom camera. I used to think my camera was the best camera as it did use to give great pics and a success rate of 8/10 being not blury and best of all the video feature was the best which i am missing on this SLR.
But after handling the Rebel XS and taking over 600 pics in last 2 days with a wedding and a birthday party NOT a SINGLE pic came out blury with auto focus On and on Auto mode...
I have 2 hyper kids and am shooting pics now left and right both indoor and outdoor and all pics are in focus... other than the convenience of compactness and video shooting ..No more point and shoot for me.
I got mine new XS kit with 20-55 IS lens for just around $400 from ebay and the ultra zoom are selling in the same range..so why buy a buik when they are offering the Hummer at the same price :)
** It a bit uncomfortable for someone like me so used to point and shoot to look through the lens to take pics..but once you get over the inhibition it pays off.
moreover i quit using the live view feature because it does affect the quality of the pic especially when taking pics of moving objects
So i would highly recommend this camera to anyone who is griping about the high amount of outof focus pics in your collection....Put an end to it get a SLR
The good: Excellent photo quality for its class; solid performance.
The bad: Maximum ISO of 1,600; no spot meter; annoying, in-viewfinder, focus-point display.
The bottom line: The Canon EOS Rebel XS is a good entry-level dSLR, but only its photo quality stands out among the competition.
Canon EOS Rebel XS
The baby brother to the Rebel XSi, the Canon EOS Rebel XS is the typical, almost-identical, but slightly less-powerful, version of that camera.
As with the XSi, Canon offers two body designs for the XS--an attractive solid black, and a less-attractive, two-tone, silver and black style. Each only comes in a single-lens kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. Though it essentially uses the same body as the XSi, it shaves a couple of ounces of the weight; it only weighs 1 pound, 1.6 ounces. Its smooth, plastic body still feels a little on the cheap side, and I'm not crazy about the grip. I can't quite put my finger on the reason; it's not especially shallow, and Canon improved it over the XTi's with a more rubbery-feeling cover. Still, I don't find it as comfortable to hold as most other dSLRs. Almost all the buttons lie under your right hand, and each feels slightly different so that you can grope them without looking. None requires two-handed operation; when you push the button to change ISO, white balance, metering and so on, the menu persists while you navigate the options. (For more on the camera design, click through the slide show.)
The biggest operational advantage the XS offers over competitors is My Menu, which, unlike some other features, it inherits from higher-end models. With My Menu you can build a go-to-list of the most frequently accessed menu settings--in my case, for instance, Format and Live View settings. However, like the XSi, the menus can be--irritatingly--a little inconsistent and sometimes dumb. For instance, you can change ISO sensitivity with either the dial or the navigation buttons, but can only navigate metering choices via the navigation buttons. Also, in some cases, when you have two columns to navigate, as with Picture Style settings, it doesn't let you navigate to the right or left; you must navigate all the way down the first column to get to the settings in the second.
But, I consider the AF indicators in the viewfinder the most annoying aspect of operating the XS (this was true in the XSi, as well). The AF indicators are tiny red dots that briefly flash when focus locks. They're neither persistent nor large enough to be easy to spot, so I frequently found myself having to prefocus several times to make sure that the spot was on the correct subject and that it was focused. As you can imagine, it slows shooting a bit. Is it more annoying than the faint focus lines Sony uses? I think so.
For the most part, the XS offers a solid set of entry-level specs: 10-megapixel, APS-C-size, CMOS sensor (for Canon's traditional 1.6x focal-length multiplier) and 7-point user-selectable autofocus system. That falls between the Nikon D60's paltry three-area AF and the 9- and 11-point AF systems in the competing Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 and Pentax K200D, respectively. I also mark the switch from CompactFlash to SDHC in the plus column. Also, like the XSi, the XS includes Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer, which automatically adjusts contrast and brightness in case the image you captured isn't quite perfect.