Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR Camera, 10.1 Megapixel, 2.5-inch LCD Monitor, with 18-55mm Lens - Black

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About Canon XS

For perfect photos, fast and simple, there's nothing better than Canon's new EOS Rebel XS. With powerful features including a 10.1-megapixel CMOS Sensor, Canon's DIGIC III processor, fast shooting and more, it's a digital powerhouse. With simple, easy-to-use controls, a compact design, a 2.5-inch LCD monitor and Live View Function, it's a beginner's dream come true.

Canon's CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies first seen in Canon's professional EOS-1D Mark III to maximize each pixel's light gathering efficiency. It's an APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) and there's an effective 1.6x increase in the lens's marked focal length when attached. Canon's DIGIC III Image Processor dramatically enhances image quality and speeds up all camera operations for intuitive operation.

It works in concert with the EOS Rebel XS's sensor to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in all lighting situations. DIGIC III Image Processor is developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography, the EOS Rebel XS's DIGIC III Image Processor works hand in hand with Canon's CMOS sensor to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally redesigned, giving the camera its incredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas and color reproduction is superior.

The Canon XS is commonly used for Fun, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Portraits, Sports, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon XS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon XS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon XS: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, Great picture quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Quiet and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (24),Large clear LCD (20),Image stabilization (18),Good image quality (16),Fast / accurate auto-focus (15),Fast shutter speed (15),Quiet (10),Great picture quality (7),High ISO performance (7),Strong construction (4),Simple controls (3)
Small LCD screen (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (20),Travel (18),Low light (10),Wildlife (8),Weddings (6),Fun (5),Macro photography (5),Portraits (5),Sports/action (5),Sports (4),Art (3),Family photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (15),Casual photographer (9),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Canon XS Features

  • Outstanding Image Quality: 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC III Image Processor.
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer: The EOS Rebel XS's Auto Lighting Optimizer is yet another image-quality tool that comes to the rescue in tricky lighting conditions. It can actually lighten dark areas of a scene while ensuring that bright areas maintain tonal detail
  • Picture Style Settings: With the EOS Rebel XS's Picture Style technology, photographers can change the look of their digital photographs. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image
  • High-speed, wide-area 7-point AF with center cross-type sensors:It features a high-speed, wide area 7-point AF system. It can focus using One-Shot AF mode, AI Focus AF, AI Servo AF and Manual. The center, cross-type focus point operates flawlessly in lower-light and lower-contrast settings
  • Excellent performance with 3.0 fps continuous shooting and burst rate up to 514 Large JPEGs (until memory card is full): With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel XS is one of the fastest cameras available today
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with Live View Function: The EOS Rebel XS has a bright 2.5-inch TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170°. It's perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options
  • Live View Function:Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the 2.5-inch LCD monitor. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. And now, there are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel XS
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System: Photographers who must change lenses in dusty environments will find the advanced Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System a tremendous time saver. Dust that settles on the sensor surface is removed using ultrasonic vibration
  • Self Cleaning Sensor Unit: A key element of minimizing dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat against this, the EOS Rebel XS features a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
  • Dust Delete Data Detection: Dust that may still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3 or later software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting
  • Canon's lightest and most compact EOS Digital SLR to date: Measuring 4.96" x 3.8" x 2.4" and weighing in at under 16 oz., the EOS Rebel XS is indeed the smallest digital Rebel ever produced
  • Compatible with compact SD and SDHC memory cards: Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD and SDHC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel XS's compact and lightweight body design
  • EF & EF-S Lenses: The EOS Rebel XS is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses
  • Flash Photography: The EOS Rebel XS features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness

Canon XS Specifications

Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Image Sensor Size
22.2mm x 14.8mm
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective pixels: Approx. 10.10 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Dust Deletion feature
(1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type
JPEG, RAW (12-bit Canon original)
File Size
(1) Large/Fine : Approx. 3.8MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal : Approx. 2.0MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine : Approx. 2.3MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.2MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine : Approx. 1.3MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal : Approx. 0.7MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(7) RAW : Approx. 9.8MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Auto White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Color Temperature Compensation
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Approx. 0.81x (-1m with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment
-3.0 to ±1.0m (dpt)
Focusing Screen
Fixed, Precision Matte
Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus Type
TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF Points
7 AF points
Metering Range
EV 0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
AF-assist Beam
Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery
Metering Modes
35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 10% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Control
Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-800 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-1600 (in 1-stop increments), Auto
Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE Lock
Automatic: When focus achieved with evaluative metering and One-Shot AF
Use-set: By AE lock button
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting
Remote Control
Remote Switch RS-60E3
Built-in Flash Type
Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash
Guide Number
13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator
Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
17mm lens angle of view
FE Lock
Flash Exposure Compensation
Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Zooming to Match Focal Length
Provided, with Speedlites
Compatible Flash
EX-series Speedlites
External Flash Settings
Built-in flash and Speedlite 430EX II/ 580EX II can be set on camera's menu
Continuous Shooting Speed
Max. approx. 3.0 shots/sec. (single shots possible)
Maximum Burst
JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 514 (until memory card becomes full); RAW: Approx. 5; RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 4
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, card write speed, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, file size, etc.
Shooting Modes
(1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Manual focus
Autofocus (Quick mode, Live mode)
Grid Display
Exposure Simulation
Simulated exposure displayed in real-time
LCD Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size
2.5 in.
Approx. 230,000
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels provided
Interface Languages
Display Format
Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x, enable in 15 steps), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images or shooting date)
Highlight Warning
Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase Protect
Single images can be erase-protected or not
Single image, check-marked images, or all images in the card can be erased (except protected images) at one time
Compatible Printers
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images
JPEG image compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible)
Easy Print feature
Compatible Images
JPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Custom Functions
Total 12
My Menu Registration
USB Terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal
NTSC/PAL selectable
One Battery Pack LP-E5
AC power can be supplied via optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E5, AA-size batteries can be used)
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15 min.
Date/Time Battery
Built-in secondary battery
Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Working Temperature Range
Working Humidity Range
85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)
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)
Canon 1 year limited warranty

Canon XS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Simplicity of use

I used this camera just days after getting it for my vacation. I got some really fabulous seascape. I was amazed at the kit lens and it's ability to bring distance shots close up as evidenced when using the zoom button on the resultant shot, and viewing it on the LCD screen


Most Liked Negative Review


lens missing

I just received my camera and the lens is not in the box. Big disappointment, now I have to go to the trouble of returning item.

Reviewed by 30 customers


lens missing


from MN  -  Photo Enthusiast

I just received my camera and the lens is not in the box. Big disappointment, now I have to go to the trouble of returning item.


So far so good


from Petaluma, CA  -  Casual Photographer

We have been using our new camera for the last week since our new baby was born. We have gotten some great pictures of our little guy. They look to be great quality on the LCD screen. We haven't uploaded them or printed them out yet, but we are happy with our purchase.


Great camera for the money


from Owensboro, KY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I recently used the camera for shooting wedding photos in a low light area. Photos turned out great. The battery life is great! I get almost 500 shots per battery charge. The price is very good for the quality of the camera. I would recommend it to any amatuer photographer.


great starter for an amateur


from richmond, va  -  Casual Photographer

easy to use


Great for beginner!


from NJ  -  Casual Photographer

I will state I am a beginner, with that said this camera has been beyond my expectations and can't wait to see the quality improvements when I really get into using the features! Most things I shoot are with the programmed features..but watch out I am learning.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great Entry Level Camera


from Fremont, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Since I got into photography, my brother has been eyeing my photographic equipment with intrigue. Now that his birthday has just passed, he is now the proud owner of a Canon Rebel XS. Here follows a review of his camera. One of the things that really impressed me was how comfortable the camera was. With Nikon, the lower end DSLRs (like the D3000) felt like a brick or a G11 with a lens mount, but the Canon Rebel XS feels very comfortable, especially for an entry-level DSLR. One of the highlights of this camera is its liveview mode. For those of you not familiar with this term, it's simply reproducing the camera image on the LCD display, something many older DSLRs cannot do. What's more is that the image on Liveview changes as he changes the camera settings manually. When he'd lower the shutter speed, the image got brighter. When he'd change the aperture, the image changes correspondingly. This gives the beginner an immense advantage in learning how to conquer the exposure triangle (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) on manual settings. The kit lens the camera came with also surprised me. The older kit lens (18-55mm 3.5-5.6, non-IS) was garbage, producing soft images consistently. The new lens, however, has a nice metal body and is much sharper than the previous kit lens. This, along with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, would make a great combination for beginners. For an entry-level DSLR, I am beyond impressed with it.


User Friendly


from St. Louis, Mo.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like all the settings such as portrait, landscape, etc. It's a lot easier to use & understand than I thought.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect entry level upgrade


from Glen Cove, NY  -  Casual Photographer

I upgraded from a basic Canon point-and-shoot - and am really impressed with the new results. The pictures are sharp and the camera provides me much more flexibility in how I take the shot. I've done some close-up floral photography and the results were stunning. Bought a supplemental book to go along with the manual and spending some time learning the technology of the camera. Quite a bit to get used to but easily learned. Great camera for the casual photographer to the more technical enthusiast!


One of the Best Cameras Out There!


from Oh  -  Pro Photographer

Any event is captured perfectly with my new camera! It is amazing! I love it!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great camera


from NJ  -  Casual Photographer

it's my first camera. love it so far!


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Shopper  how to transfer picture from canon eos rebel xs to acer pc?
LISA M  I bought this camera in October of 2010 and love it, but I do not have any experience with an Acer pc. I am sorry!!
Shopper  Is this a new camera or refurbished/used?
DAVID S  This is a new camera at $409.95.
Nancy N  Can I hook up the Canon xs to an external monitor for live viewing? (Self Portraits) If so,which cords will I need and any reccomended monitors?
Helen O  The Canon EOS Rebel XS does have the ability to shoot tethered to a computer. The use of LiveView requires that you install the included software on your computer. The camera is then connected to the computer using the included USB cable.
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