Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS SLR Review

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / EOS 1000D
Full review posted 8/18/2008


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(Note: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS and EOS 1000D are the same model)


Canon's latest entry-level dSLR, the Digital Rebel XS or EOS 1000D replaces the very popular Digital Rebel XTi from 2006. Featuring a 10.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, 7-point wide area AF system and up to 3fps continuous JPEG shooting until the memory card is full, the Rebel XS represents a more affordable entry point to the world of EOS cameras - while still taking full advantage of over 70 years of imaging expertise.

With the lightest body of any digital EOS camera, the Rebel XS incorporates a range of technologies used in Canon's professional EOS-1 series cameras, including the DIGIC III image processor, and Live View mode. For straight-from-the-box shooting, this model is available with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens - which includes 4-stop image stabilization, ensuring superb performance even in low-light conditions.

The 10.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor features larger pixels for smooth, low-noise images. This offers sufficient resolution to produce prints in sizes up to A4, even when cropping your image. To protect images against the effects of sensor dust, the Rebel XS includes the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which combats dust in three separate ways: reducing, removing and repelling.

The EOS 1000D also features a DIGIC III image processor, as used in Canon's professional dSLR models. This allows continuous shooting until the SD or SDHC memory card is full, at speeds of up to 3fps (JPEG), with the number of shots limited only by the size of the card. DIGIC III also delivers superior image rendering, rapid operation and virtually instant start-up times.

For shots where fast focusing is needed, this new EOS model features a 7-point wide area Auto Focus system, capable of locking onto a subject in a fraction of a second. A cross-type central focus point continues to operate effectively even when used in lower-light and lower-contrast settings. Also included is E-TTL II, Canon's distance-linked flash exposure system found in professional EOS models.

Weighing just 450g, the EOS 1000D is Canon's lightest D-SLR to date, with a compact, ergonomic body designed for comfortable handling. A bright 2.5" LCD screen lets users instantly review images for composition, sharpness and focus. The LCD also provides access to a fast, easy-to-read menu system, which uses tabs to avoid unnecessary scrolling. Inherited from the latest EOS models, the menu system includes direct control over external devices such as Speedlite flash units like the new 430EX II.

Photo quality in every situation is aided by 12 custom functions, including Auto Lighting Optimizer, which corrects brightness and contrast during image processing, while improving skin tones in portraits by ensuring correct exposure for faces. Photographers can also enable additional noise reduction for shots captured at high ISO speeds.

For shooting situations where using the viewfinder is impractical, users can switch to Live View mode. It displays the scene at a smooth 30fps on the LCD. An optional grid line and histogram display can be selected to help with shot composition and exposure. Two AF modes are available for use with Live View: Quick AF, which momentarily flips the camera's mirror to engage the AF sensor, and Live AF, which uses contrast information for compact camera-style focusing.

The Rebel XS is supplied with a comprehensive software suite that provides all the necessary tools for managing and processing images. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control. DPP also integrates with camera features such as Dust Delete Data and Picture Styles. The supplied Picture Style Editor software can be used to create custom Picture Styles for fine control over color display. The camera also comes with EOS Utility, Image/Zoom Browser and Photostitch.



Digital Rebel XS Features:

  • Lightest and most compact dSLR from Canon to date (8/2008)
  • Weighs just 15.9 oz./ 450g (body only), measures 4.96 x 3.8 x 2.4 in.
  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC III Image Processor with 14-bit conversion
  • 3.0 fps continuous shooting for JPEGs, limited only by memory capacity
  • 1.5fps continuous shooting in RAW mode, limit 5 frames
  • 2.5-inch LCD monitor, with 170 degree wide viewing angle
  • LCD Live View composition function
  • 7-point Auto Focus system
  • 4 Focusing Modes: One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
  • Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
  • 35-zone evaluative metering system
  • Integrated EOS Cleaning System
  • Dust Delete Data Detection
  • Accpets all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
  • Retractable, auto pop-up flash
  • E-TTL II autoflash with EX Series Speedlites
  • Compatible with all EX-series Speedlites
  • Canon EOS Digital Solution Software (Version 18.1)
  • Exposure Control: Full Auto, Program AE, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, and Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
  • Sensitivity settings: Auto, ISO 100-800 (set automatically) in Basic Zone modes or 100-1600 in Creative Zone modes
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb, and X-sync at 1/200 sec.
  • Powered by a Canon LP-E5 Battery Pack, LC E5 charger included
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compliant
  • PictBridge compatible


In the box:

  • Rebel XS Body (Black or Silver)
  • 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

The Canon Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D camera kit is available for an estimated price of US$699.99. You can choose from Black or Sliver finish.

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Physical Views

(Shown here in Black, the XS is also available in Silver)


Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D

Shown here is the new Rebel XS/EOS 1000D next to the original Digital Rebel/EOS 300D.



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Canon EOS Rebel XS / EOS 1000D Specifications

Type
Type
Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Image Sensor Size
22.2mm x 14.8mm
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels
Effective pixels: Approx. 10.10 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Dust Deletion feature
(1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording System
Recording Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type
JPEG, RAW (12-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG
File Size
(1) Large/Fine : Approx. 3.8MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal : Approx. 2.0MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine : Approx. 2.3MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.2MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine : Approx. 1.3MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal : Approx. 0.7MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(7) RAW : Approx. 9.8MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording
Provided
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing
Auto White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Color Temperature Compensation
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Magnification
Approx. 0.81x (-1m with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint
Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment
-3.0 to ±1.0m (dpt)
Focusing Screen
Fixed, Precision Matte
Mirror
Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus
Type
TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF Points
7 AF points
Metering Range
EV 0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
AF-assist Beam
Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery
Exposure Control
Metering Modes
35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
  • Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
  • Partial metering (approx. 10% of viewfinder at center)
  • Center-weighted average metering

Metering Range
EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control
Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-800 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-1600 (in 1-stop increments), Auto
Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE Lock
Automatic: When focus achieved with evaluative metering and One-Shot AF
Use-set: By AE lock button
Shutter
Type
Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting
Remote Control
Remote Switch RS-60E3
Built-in Flash
Type
Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash
Guide Number
13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator
Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
17mm lens angle of view
FE Lock
Provided
Flash Exposure Compensation
Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
External Speedlite
Zooming to Match Focal Length
Provided, with Speedlites
Compatible Flash
EX-series Speedlites
Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock
Provided
External Flash Settings
Built-in flash and Speedlite 430EX II/ 580EX II can be set on camera's menu
Drive System
Continuous Shooting Speed
Max. approx. 3.0 shots/sec. (single shots possible)
Maximum Burst
JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 514 (until memory card becomes full); RAW: Approx. 5; RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 4
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, card write speed, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, file size, etc.
Live View Functions
Shooting Modes
(1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Focusing
Manual focus
Autofocus (Quick mode, Live mode)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid Display
Provided
Exposure Simulation
Simulated exposure displayed in real-time
LCD Monitor
Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size
2.5 in.
Dots
Approx. 230,000
Coverage
Approx. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 170°)
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels provided
Interface Languages
20
Image Playback
Display Format
Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x, enable in 15 steps), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images or shooting date)
Highlight Warning
Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase
Protect
Single images can be erase-protected or not
Erase
Single image, check-marked images, or all images in the card can be erased (except protected images) at one time
Direct Printing
Compatible Printers
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images
JPEG image compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible)
Easy Print feature
Provided
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
DPOF
Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer
Compatible Images
JPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Customization
Custom Functions
Total 12
My Menu Registration
Provided
Interface
USB Terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal
NTSC/PAL selectable
Power Source
Battery
One Battery Pack LP-E5
AC power can be supplied via optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E5, AA-size batteries can be used)
Number of Shots
Number of shots (approx.)
Temperature Shooting Conditions
No Flash 50% Flash Use
Normal Shooting 73°F/23°C 600 500
32°F/0°C 500 400
Live View Shooting 73°F/23°C 200 190
32°F/0°C 190 180

Battery Check
Auto
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15 min.
Date/Time Battery
Built-in secondary battery
Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 4.96 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9mm
Weight
Approx. 15.9 oz./ 450g (body only)
Operating Environment
Working Temperature Range
32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range
85% or less
Note: All the specifications above are based on Canon's testing standards.
The camera's specifications and exterior are subject to change without notice.




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