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Great entry-level Canon DSLR that can still deliver great photos.

The XS was the real beginning of the generation of cameras still being built by Canon, progressing from the XS to the T1i, on through the T3, the T5, and the T5i. They all work with the same basic controls and settings, so if you learn to use the XS, you can then use any of the newer and much more expensive Canon DSLR's and already know what to expect and what you're doing. With only a 10.1 MP CMOS sensor, compared to the newer cameras having 18 MP sensors or even 22 if you go for the very high-end models, the image quality naturally isn't quite as good, but you still get tack-sharp photos that are much better than the human eye is capable of taking issue with. Even 10.1 is nothing to sneeze at, and you can print out up to 11x16" prints with this camera before you'll start to get any loss of sharpness or quality, and honestly, how many of us actually print photos larger than that? Bang-for-buck, find a clean used XS with a reasonably low shutter count and enjoy, this is the introduction to the entire modern Canon EOS series of cameras - and, being built in Japan in Canon's old factory, the build quality on the XS is actually much better than it is on the "basic" T3 and T5 cameras which are mass-produced in Taiwan.Read full review...

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Great condition

The camera is beautiful, in love ! Thank you !(:

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Great beginner camera

I have a mark III and still really enjoy this camera, great value, and easy walk around camera for when I don't need to carry around a brick on my neck. I use the Mark III for events and its a little bulky to use on a daily basis, also doesn't have flash included. So this item is a great all-in one compact product with flash. Nice picture quality and ease of use.Read full review...

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Very Good, Exactly What I Wanted

I bought this camera for beginning astrophotography. It does very well and takes impressive great quality pictures for the 10.1mp. I like all of the options this camera has so I can adjust to whatever I'm using, either astro use or plain daytime normal use. Works great for both, it was described very well in the descriptions and was nearly brand new. I'm very satisfied with this camera.Read full review...

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Awesome buy

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bought on a whim no regrets

This is my first time of using a dslr after many years using film cameras,i am not a serious photographer but i find that being able to see the photo I have taken is a great asset,I would have preferred a pentax K10 but the canon was better priced for me when I needed another camera,it is easy to use and a lot on the camera is self explanetary.I did slip up with the lenses,after using a 28/80mm lens for a long time on film I purchased one for the canon and should have got a 18/55mm,that has been rectified and so far so good.This for me as been a good purchase and for a start in dslr photography this is a good buy.Read full review...


Problems, problems, problems

I had this camera for 3 weeks, and it spent all but 3 days of that in the shop. In fact, its been 5 weeks now, and I still do not have it in my possession. Currently, it is at Canon being "serviced".<br>
The camera was purchased new from a commendable camera dealer. From day one, it would take about 4 or 5 pictures and shut down. After turning it back on and trying to use it, I would get an error message on the screen. The only way to get the camera to work, was to remove the battery and re-install it. After about 18 emails and several 'self help' tips it still would not work once it was powered down and turned back on. Canon would not fix it because it was 3 days old. They told me to bring it back to the shop where it was purchased. The camera dealer would not fix it because it has a one year manufacturers warranty.

Finally, my dealer gave in only after sending them emails from Canon saying I needed to bring it to them first. The dealer had the camera about a week before it was back in my hands, stating that it was "fixed, and tested extensively". I took 3 pictures, turned it off and back on and took 4 more. Finally it looked like things were going well. I powered the camera down, left it about 10 minutes and turned it back on. Again, the same error message came up and the camera would not work. I contacted the dealer and they told me to go to Canon, as there was nothing else they could do. They also told me they stopped selling this model because this error message was a "known issue" with the Xs model.

So, I contacted Canon once again. After another dozen emails, they sent me "instructions" on how to update the cameras firmware myself. Mind you, this is my first digital SLR camera. So there I sat, uploading firmware into a $500 camera that I only held in my hand a grand total of about 3 minutes. The instructions were good, but not something I really wanted to do to a $500 camera. I uploaded the firmware, reset everything the way the said, and low and behold it still did not work. It showed the new firmware as the current version, but was still using the old one for proccessing. I tried the procedure 3 times, and had no positive results. Finally, Canon agreed to repair the camera "based on warranty restrictions". Thankfully, it was a warranty repair and it hasnt cost me anything so far. But, none the less this camera was purchased October 6th and here it is November 24th and I still do not have it. All I can say is that this camera better be all that and a bag of chips for what I have gone thru. I cant even give this camera a proper rating because honestly..... I've not taken more than 8 to 10 pictures with it since day one. If it wasnt for my 17 year old 35mm EOS Rebel that I still use without a single problem, this would have gone back a long time ago for a refund.

Best I can do is give this camera an "average" rating to remain neutral.


Canon fixed the camera free of charge. The turn around time wasn't that bad either. Since that time, I've taken hundreds of problem free photos. I do love the Rebel line of cameras and this one is no exception. I was very disappointed with the firmware issue, and the tossing back and forth with the repair responsibility really rubbed me the wrong way. It has been 4 yrs now, and I have not had a single issue with the camera since the firmware problem. My set back was not enough to keep me from buying another Canon in the future.
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Awsome product & A really great value for the money spent.

I bought this camera to start getting back into photography again. I owned a camera similar to this in the past that was also a Cannon Digital SLR. The camera can be as complicated or simple as I want to make it. Picture quality is what is expected and having a camera with an image stabilizer is a plus for me. Having multiple lenses if a plus and I enjoy the choice of features that are available on this product.Read full review...


Infrared SLR

So far so good. Great camera at a great price.

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Great DSLR, wish the view screen was more functional.

This is a great digital slr. Lot's of options and features, and enough preset shooting configs (portrait, landscape, macro, sports, etc) that I haven't found a need to go to a custom one yet. Beautiful pics! The only catch is that the LCD screen on the back does not really work as a veiwfinder or pre-view screen. When in any of the preset configs, it only works as a settings monitor and as a post shot pic review. It is advertised that in the custom configs you can preview the shot, but it is not the type of preview you may be used to on other cameras. This just means that you have to use the standard view finder all the time, which is a bit of a let down on what is otherwise a great camera.Read full review...

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