Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
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5 July 2009
Summary: The Rebel XS is Canon's "bargain" camera, and it certainly has a very attractive price tag. Canon brought this camera out in 2008 to compete with its rivals, who were all producing equally cheap and cheerful models at the time.
Summary: If ever a camera could overtake the D40 in the budget DSLR category, it's the Canon EOS Rebel XS. It offers fast speeds, an easier interface, higher resolution, an automatic sensor-cleaning system, and often-comparable (and always good) image quality.
Excerpt: After seeing Nikon spring back to life with its high-end powerhouses, Canon has decided to change its entry-level strategy starting with the new EOS Rebel XS. A replacement for the EOS Rebel XTi, the XS does away with the company's method of letting last year's model serve as its bargain SLR.
Excerpt: The EOS Rebel XS ($699 list price) is the entry-level model in Canon's digital
SLR lineup. The camera is essentially a stripped down version of the Rebel
XSi: it has fewer pixels, a slower burst rate, and a smaller LCD than its big
Pros: Very good photo quality, with minimal noise, Compact body by D-SLR standards (though it's not for everyone), Good kit lens, with image stabilization, Dust reduction system, Fast performance in most respects, Live view with contrast detect AF, magnification, and a histogram (though see issues belo...
Cons: Rebel XSi only costs a little more, Small, slippery right hand grip, Very slow contrast detect AF in live view mode; nearly useless in low light, Live view not available in all shooting modes, LCD and optical viewfinder both on the small side, Sluggish RAW format continuous shooting
Summary: Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS verdict
When Canon first announced the EOS 450D / Rebel XSi in January 2008, most assumed it would be the natural successor to the best-selling EOS 400D / Rebel XTi, but the older model was kept on as an entry-level proposition.
Pros: Image quality up with the best 10 Mpixel DSLRs., Accurate Live View with contrast-AF option., Kit includes stabilised lens., PC remote control software supplied.
Cons: Live View not as fuss-free as Sony A300., Screen fixed in position, unlike A300., Slow RAW continuous shooting., Some features downgraded from 400D / XTi.
Conclusion: Having helped create the 'affordable' DSLR, Canon has taken a while to respond to the latest, comparatively wallet-friendly offerings from the likes of Nikon and Sony. The 1000D is a pretty convincing response - it does just about everything it needs to do, and everything it does, it does well.
Pros: Great results even with default settings, Good tonal response and dynamic range, Picture styles provides good control over image output (and prove consistent across models), Typical Canon CMOS noise-free images, remain detailed even at high sensitivities, Optional High ISO NR removes all chroma n...
Cons: Continuous shooting ability in RAW very limited (small buffer and low speed), Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, Comparatively small viewfinder, Limited exposure compensation range (+/- 2.0 EV), Live view only useful for specific applications, C...