PROS / The design of this camera makes it easy and more comfortable to use.
CONS / The Canon XS does not sport a flip-out monitor or HD movie capabilities.
VERDICT / The features available on this camera make the extreme photographer's job seem effortless.
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As an entry-level photographer, you may be tempted to purchase a professional camera that you can grow into. Our advice is to save your pennies and stick with one of the entry-level DSLR cameras like the Canon Rebel XS. This camera has a fantastic feature list, is easy to use and will fit the needs you have right now.
The Canon Rebel line is famous for its excellence in image quality, technology and additional features. We love this particular Rebel model because of its features, which include seven-point auto focus and the ability to continually shoot three frames per second. These features allow you to quickly focus on your target so you'll never miss a shot. With up to three frames per second of continuous shooting, this DSLR camera can capture more of the action. Simply hold the shutter release down to capture multiple images.
The Canon Rebel XS has a 10.1 megapixel image sensor that will deliver beautiful photos. Canon uses its latest DIGIC III image processor to provide outstanding color and detail. Combined with the CMOS sensor, your images will have less noise and greater detail.
If an HDMI connection and HD movie capability are on your DSLR camera wish list, you will need to look elsewhere for your entry-level DSLR camera. We are disappointed that this camera does not have these capabilities, but we understand that HDMI connectivity and HD technology may not be a priority for every consumer.
This DSLR camera has an easy-to-use interface that will allow you to navigate through menus and select the features and functions you want. The Rebel XS makes the transition from point-and-shoot to DSLR easy with the Live View and at least six automatic shooting modes.
This DSLR camera's manual features function pretty much like other digital SLRs do. You can select most of the manual modes using the selector dial. On this DSLR camera, the mode button is located just behind the shutter-release button.
The Canon Rebel XS has all the fixin's of one of the top-10 DSLR cameras on the market today. With simple lines and a classic black finish, this Canon camera is the perfect size to fit into your purse or backpack. This DSLR camera has a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, which is smaller than the screens on other entry-level DSLR cameras on the market today, which typically have 3-inch monitors. Yes, the Rebel XS is only missing .5 inches, but when viewing images, you may miss this extra space. We are also disappointed that the monitor does not have swivel capabilities, which makes it easier to capture images at all angles.
This DSLR camera comes equipped with a built-in flash that you can pop up when you are indoors or in other locations with low lighting by pressing the flash button. Again, we are a little disappointed that the flash does not automatically pop up when you are in low-light conditions when the camera detects low ISO levels.
User manuals are one of the greatest help and support resources a company can provide to you, if they are written well, that is. Canon is an expert at crafting user manuals for its consumer electronics, and the manual provided for the Rebel XS is no exception. This manual has more than 200 pages of well-written material and explanatory graphics that make setting up your camera simple. If you ever have a question about a specific feature or function, you can flip to the index portion and find your topic of choice.
If this manual does not answer all of your questions, or if you need technical assistance for your Cannon Rebel XS, this DSLR camera has a FAQs section, support email and telephone number on Canon's website. We are disappointed that Canon, a leader in consumer electronics, does not offer live chat support service on its site.
Although it is considered an entry-level DSLR camera, we felt that the Canon Rebel XS would be an excellent choice for anyone interested in photography. We did miss a few features you might find on other DSLR camera options, including HDMI and HD connectivity and connections, as well as a full 3-inch monitor and swivel screen. Despite these flaws, we still believe that – with its low cost and great feature set – this camera is worthy of your consideration.