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.
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...
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: 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.
Summary: Stupid gimmicks apart, this is a good way to buy into a system than will grow with the user’s expertise. And when the time comes to move up to a better body the Canon lenses will still be in the bag to use on the new camera.
Pros: The picture quality is excellent, especially when a better quality Canon lens is fitted. Dynamic range is wide and the Auto Lighting Optimiser is useful in tricky situations, such as backlighting. Auto focus and exposure are very fast and accurate. Resolution and colour, with a good lens, are out...
Cons: The “live view” is ridiculous. The user guide recommends manual focussing in live view and yet Canon claim that they include the function because compact camera owners trading up to a DSLR demand it. But when they find that by holding the camera at arm’s length, as they are accustomed to doing, t...
Summary: Another wonderful entry-level camera from Canon, the 1000D combines all the latest features — including Live View, dust reduction and lens-based stabilisation — with superb picture quality to produce an extremely appealing package.
Pros: Sharp pictures, fast operation, Live View, dust reduction
Cons: Focus in live view still takes some time, menu can be unclear