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Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR Camera Review

Updated on May 13, 2014

Canon made a good decision in launching the Canon EOS Rebel XS as an entry-level DSLR camera for beginners and intermediate photography enthusiasts out there. While EOS Rebel XS sits at the bottom of the Canon’s DSLR lineup, it provides an excellent alternative to Canon’s top of the line Rebel XSi because it retains most of the advanced features but less pricey.

Canon EOS Rebel XS
Canon EOS Rebel XS | Source

The Rebel XS is almost the same as the XSi in terms of style and build. In fact if you hold them side-by-side, it might be very difficult to tell the difference without the logo. The controls and button layout is almost the same as XSi that provide easy access while shooting. The grip is the same as other Rebel cameras too.

The menu is simple and easy to use and the arrangement of controls is perfect. It also allows you to customize the menu using the “My Menu” option.

Same as the previous generation, Rebel XS uses 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor on a 2.5 inch LCD screen. The XSi’s live view feature is also carried-over to Rebel XS that allows you to compose the shot using the screen. The shooting modes are divided into two, the “Basic Zone” and the “Creative Zone” just like other Rebel DSLR’s. The Basic Zone mode relies on the auto exposure and preset scene options built into the XS. For beginners, this provides the user the ability to take great photos all the time. The other side of the spectrum is the Creative Zone that provides full range of options for experienced and professional photographers.

The kit lens for Rebel XS is not excellent but at least the optical Image Stabilizer is incorporated.

Canon DSLR’s boast to have a very fast shooting speed and the Rebel XS definitely retained this great feature. The shutter lag is 0.03 seconds which beats all its competitors. The Auto-Focus Acquisition is around 0.19 seconds which is excellent as well.

The Rebel XS is a great buy if you are looking for the advanced XSi performance for less. See full specification table below.


Canon EOS Rebel XS
large single plate CMOS with 10.1megapixels
2.5 inch LCD, eye-level pentamirror, live view
ISO 100-1600
Lens Mount Type
Canon EF mount
Built in Memory
SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses), (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Image Format
JPEG, RAW (12-bit Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Rechargeable 1080 mAh lithium-ion, 600 shots at normal shooting without flash
Approx. 4.96 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9mm
Approx. 15.9 oz./ 450g (body only)
retractable, auto pop-up flash
Shutter Speed
30-1/4000 seconds


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    • Greenblood profile image

      Greenblood 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am planning to buy a DSLR and still doing my research. I am an armature and contemplating what to buy. My experience is only with Digital compact camera. But I do not want to invest on a lesser quality camera as well. I am thinking to buy a cannon 7d and hope to improve my photography skills by using it. Do you have any advice for me?

      Also, what is the best memmory storage ? (CF or SD)

    • oktoral profile image

      oktoral 7 years ago

      really good information, reviews on camera. Info that many photographers are needed.