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Canon unveils entry-level EOS Rebel XS

updated 01:30 am EDT, Tue June 10, 2008

Canon EOS Rebel XS

Canon on Tuesday announced a new entry-level d-SLR: the EOS Rebel XS, which along with the recently introduced EOS Rebel XSi, replaces the popular Rebel XT and Rebel XTi cameras. The company has decided to rollout some of the advanced features in its XSi features, but left out others to reduce-costs and differentiate the new entry-level d-SLR. Sporting the company's new Digic III processor and a new live view mode, Canon's EOS Rebel XS has a 10.1 megapixel image sensor that is almost identical to that used in the Rebel XTi (short of the XSi's 12.2 megapixels, but higher than the 8MP on the original XT); the new Rebel XS also features a 2.5-inch LCD, which is larger than the 1.8-inch on the XT but smaller than 3.0-inch LCD on the XSi).

For further differentiation, the lower-cost XS d-SLR only features a 7-point autofocus system (vs. 9-point in the XSi), lower viewfinder coverage (81% vs. 87% on XSi), and 12-bit image processing (vs. 14-bit on the XSi). The XS also loses the spot metering of its more expensive XSi sibling and only supports wired remote control functionality.

In JPEG mode, Canon says its new, lighter d-SLR can shoot at a steady 3fps up to the available flash card capacity, but can only manage 1.5fps when shooting in RAW mode. Battery life is also expected to increase by around 50 percent as compared to the XTi with its new LP-E5 battery (same as XSi).

Canon has not announced pricing and availability for the US, but the camera was officially announced in Japan. The US will likely see a debut next month and the camera is expected to ship later this summer at about the same price point as the current XTi (or about $200 less than the Rebel XSi). Like the XSi, it will be available in both black or silver body color - black or silver. Canon is expected to offer a prebundled kit that includes the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with image-stabilization features to help reduce image blur.

Canon also took the opportunity to announce its new flash strobe: the Canon Speedlite 430EX II improves on the Speedlite 430EX by adding a metal hotshoe mount with clip lock, the ability to set manual flash exposure in 1/3EV steps, and the ability to control the flash remotely from the camera body on DIGIC III-based d-SLRs. Pricing is expected to be around $300.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The XSi was all that was needed in the entry level market for Canon.

    What I really want is the successor to the 5D. The current 5D has been on the market far too long without an update.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If not for Apple...

    Once again, if it weren't for Apple think where we'd be with computer technology today. We'd still be using DOS. Remember that? Windows wouldn't have even existed and if it did eventually come to market we'd still be sitting here with 3.1 without a mouse and MS clamping down on moving forward with innovation because they don't have to sell us anything better all the while telling us that these glitches, bugs, spyware and mistepping is normal. I'm wondering... why even show that thing from the side?

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP on top?

    Maybe that's because Best Buy et al. refuse to sell anything other than cheap HP. Dell is largely mail order. When I walk into Best Buy I get smacked in the face with cheap HP everywhere. Joe Schmoe user thinks that's the pennacle of laptop technology. Sony is just too innovative for Joe Schmoe and HP got the fishees swimming around the screen. Pretty!

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Live Boo...

    This live view is something I was waiting for as a pro photographer only because I could use it for high and low angle stuff. But it is useless without the ability to tilt the screen.

    Now, I'm having nightmares about all the casual shooters who are going to start chimping the monitor like they do the point and shoots. I don't see that being an easy thing to do with an SLR but tell that to these bozos that have gotten used to only looking at the screen.

    On the other hand I could see me using the live view when my eyes are shot from shooting for too long.

    I can't believe Sony beat Canon to the angled viewer feature.

  1. fotodigitalpuebla

    Joined: Dec 1969


    xs troubles

    i have a situation with my xs camera.
    i recently bought mi camera but after 2 weeks it does´nt work in the screen appears a error 99 . after that the camera doesn't work any more .

    i think that this error belongs a the lens . i am using a 28-135 mm lens in my camera . this lens could be which is causing the error. ????

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