Canon Rebel XS Camera Review
As an entry-level photographer, you may be tempted to purchase a professional camera that you can grow into but as our Canon Rebel XS Camera Review revealed our advice to you is to save your pennies and stick with one of the entry-level DSLR cameras like the excellent Canon Rebel XS. This camera has a fantastic feature list, is easy to use and will be a very good long term investment.
Canon have done it again; the Rebel range of cameras are renowned for their features and technology that let you produce fantastic images time and time again. This particular model boasts a 7 point auto focus that is not only very accurate but coupled together with the ability to shoot at three frames per second allows you to snap focus and shoot a burst that will capture all the action.
The combination of the DIGIC III image processor, a CMOS sensor and 10.1 megapixel image sensor means that you will produce images with great colour saturation, less digital noise and far more detail.
If you are interested in shooting high definition video with your DSLR then unfortunately you are going to have to look elsewhere. I have reviewed the Canon 2Ti which provides this functionality and can be heartily recommended. Personally I don’t think the omission of this feature is a bad thing because I believe that a DSLR is designed to capture still images whereas a bespoke video camera is designed to capture video, so why try and make the camera be a jack of all trades.
One of the best things about the Canon Rebel XS is its ease of use and as an entry level photographer or at least a photographer entering the DSLR arean for the first time, this is a boon. The implementation of Live View and the automatic shooting modes makes this a very user friendly camera.
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.
A lot of reviews tend to be negative about the size of the rear LCD but to be honest even with 3 inches you cannot use it to accurately guage what you have or are about to shoot. In my opinion the only relative uses for the LCD are to access and manipulate the menu system and to view the histogram. The swivel/tilt LCD seen on some DSLR’s is just a gimmick and I would never rely on it to frame any worthwhile shot.
Rather surprisingly the built in flash doesn’t automatically pop up when low light is detected, instead it relies on the user to manually activate it.
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.
As usual Canon have provide a great user manual plus a frequently asked question section, email and telephone support. However there is no ‘live chat’ feature which is a little surprising for a company of Canons size.
Although labelled as an entry-level DSLR, I think that the Canon Rebel XS would be an excellent choice for anyone interested in photography. Despite the flaws outlined in this review I believe that its reasonably low cost and great features makes this camera is worthy of your consideration.
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