Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS) Review

Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS) Review: Canon attacks Nikon D60 And Sony Alpha 200: EOS for the small budget

 

So the Nikon D60 and the Sony Alpha 200 will get competition after all! Just under a month ago we reported about an EOS 1000D, which should settle under the EOS 450D regarding price and equipment – now the “Low Budget” EOS is here. This morning Canon officially introduced the EOS 1000D, and as expected, it is a hardly “slimmed down” EOS 450D. In a set with the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS lens, the EOS 1000D is said to cost about 650 EUR, which is about 200 EUR less than its sister at its launch.

Brief assessment

Pros

  • Live image mode with selectable AF mode and exposure preview
  • Canon-typical good image quality
  • Hardly reduced in comparison to the EOS 450D
  • Inexpensive entry into the EOS world

Cons

  • Return of the exposure error in bright light
  • No automatic portrait switching of the menu/status display
  • Focus magnifier in live image mode works only in magnification direction
  • Moderate viewfinder comfort

Is the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) an “upgraded” EOS 400D or a “downsized” EOS 450D? One can discuss, debate and philosophize about it for hours without coming up with an insightful answer in the end. Also our conclusion doesn’t answer the question asked above clearly, because the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) is probably a bit of both. But we don’t want to anticipate the final word too much, because it might be worthwhile for interested readers to read the entire test.

 

 

The new Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) differs only slightly from the EOS 450D. The biggest difference is probably the resolution. While the big sister belongs to the 12 megapixel class (exactly 12.2 megapixels effective), the less expensive model has to be content with “only” 10.1 megapixels. A sensor cleaning mechanism is also on board, so that the money saved does not have to be reinvested in suitable cleaning equipment. Due to the lower resolution, the maximum image size drops to 3,888 x 2,592 pixels. The Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) can take RAW/CR2 images in addition to JPEG images, but only with 12 bit colour depth (14 bit for the EOS 450D). Because the tonal value priority function of the EOS 450D is based on the higher colour depth, this function is omitted with the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D). However, the automatic exposure optimization is retained, i.e. shadows are still electronically brightened.

Common to the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) and the EOS 450D are the color space settings (sRGB and AdobeRGB), the number and name of the Picture Styles (= picture parameter presets), all white balance settings, the bracketing modes (for exposure and white balance) and the switchable noise reduction options (long exposure and high sensitivity noise reduction). On the other hand, the viewfinder image on the EOS 450D is not quite as large as its sister (0.81x vs. 0.87x viewfinder magnification); the viewfinder comfort for spectacle wearers is even slightly better thanks to the extended interpupillary distance (21 vs. 19 mm) and the viewfinder displays are the same (incl. set ISO value). The dipped beam button was not spared – for which Canon deserves special praise. The fact that the autofocus now only has seven focus points (9 AF points on the EOS 450D) is a “loss” that most users will find extremely easy to get over.

 

With the exposure measurement the EOS 1000D is missing again the spot metering, which the EOS 450D just got. The matrix or multi-field measurement with 35 measuring fields, the good old center-weighted integral measurement and the selective measurement are available. The exposure programs remain the same, as do the exposure modes, and even the setting range for light sensitivity level control (ISO 100 to 800 in full auto and subject programs, or ISO 100 to 1600 in the other exposure programs) remains unchanged. Canon could have saved on the shutter – but did not. Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/4,000 seconds can also be set on the EOS 450D, and the maximum flash sync speed in normal mode (i.e. without high-speed flash sync switched on) remains at 1/200 seconds. Speaking of lightning: The built-in miniature flash (LZ 13 at ISO 100) has not been replaced by a lower-powered model, and the EOS 1000D fully supports E-TTL II flash metering and control.

What the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) can’t do, unlike the higher-ranking models, is to be triggered wirelessly from a distance. The small infrared receiver for the optional IR remote controls RC-1 and RC-5 fell victim to the red pen – but not the connector for the RS-60E3 electric cable remote control. There is no need to worry about function shortcuts in the self-timer settings. The serial image speed was slightly reduced. While the EOS 450D reaches a frame rate of up to 3.5 frames per second in both JPEG and RAW shooting, the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) still reaches a rate of 3 frames per second in JPEGs, but drops to half that rate (1.5 fps) in RAW. The Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) also allows only 5 consecutive RAW shots (4 for RAW/JPEG simultaneous recording), while JPEG format allows up to 514 consecutive shots.

One of the best news at the end: The Canon Rebel XS is capable of live images – and also with both focusing methods (Quick and Live mode)! The picture preview in real time takes place here, however, with the same resolution (230,000 pixels) on a slightly smaller screen than with the EOS 450D (2.5″/6.3 cm vs. 3″/7.6 cm). Otherwise the Canon Rebel XS and EOS 450D do not take themselves much. The direct print functions are the same, a PAL/NTSC video output is available on both cameras, and the same lithium-ion battery is used (the 450D can take 400 to 600 shots with the LP-E5 depending on shooting conditions). The playback functions (e.g. highlight warning) have also not been shortened, the number of menu languages remains unchanged at 20, the USB interface complies with the high-speed standard (USB 2.0 high-speed) on all two EOS cameras, the same types of memory cards (SD and SDHC) are used, and the switch-on time is the same (0.1 s) according to the manufacturer’s specifications. With twelve individual functions, the EOS 1000D has only one less than its sister and, with external dimensions of 126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9 millimetres, is minimally smaller than the EOS 450D (128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm). With a weight of 450 grams (body only), it is said to be the lightest digital EOS to date, according to Canon. The market launch of the new Rebel XS took place at the end of July 2008, and the price without lens was around 550 EUR.

Ergonomics and Workmanship

At a quick glance, the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D), with its external dimensions of 126 x 98 x 62 millimetres, is no different from the EOS 450D, which is just three millimetres wider. The streamlined design, the construction (plastic that looks a bit cheap on the outside but feels robust to the touch, highly resistant plastic on the inside for the mirror box and metal inserts for the chassis) and the number and arrangement of the controls (11 function keys, 1 program selector wheel, 1 on/off switch, 1 dial, 1 release button, 1 lens release button, 1 diopter dial and the 5 elements of the control pad or navigation field) are largely the same. On closer inspection, you notice that the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) lacks the small red window for the infrared sensor (for receiving the trigger signal from an IR remote control), the grip surface of the handle has no grained structure, the screen is smaller, there is no grained support surface for the thumb on the back, and the eye sensor (for automatically turning off the screen when using the optical viewfinder) between the eyepiece and LCD is missing. Nevertheless, with its 503 grams (including battery and memory card), the EOS 1000D lies relatively well in the hand; even with the additional 200 grams of the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS set lens, there is no wrist pain during extended photo sessions. However, if your little finger slips off the bottom edge of the case due to slightly larger hands, there’s no getting around buying the optionally available battery/portrait handle BG-E5 or similar.

 

With the same 95 percent field coverage, the EOS 1000D’s optical viewfinder appears smaller and darker than its sister EOS 450D. This shows what a marginal difference in viewfinder image magnification (0.81x for the Rebel XS vs. 0.87x for the 450D) can make in practice. The interpupillary distance is 21 millimetres (compared to 19 mm for the 450D); there is no difference in the information content of the viewfinder display (the light sensitivity level set in the viewfinder can also be read in the Rebel XS) and the diopter settings (-3 to +1 dpt.). For long exposures, the eyepiece is closed somewhat awkwardly by a rubber cap on the camera strap.

Despite being located in the lowest price range of the EOS series, the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) does not do without a live image function. This must first be “unlocked” in the menu, but then pressing the set button is sufficient to use the camera screen as a viewfinder replacement or alternative in the best compact camera manner. The 230,000 pixels of the screen match the 2.5″ or 6.3 cm of the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) screen better than the 3″ or 7.6 cm of the EOS-450D screen, and precise manual focusing is possible especially when using the magnifying glass function to enlarge the image. The image magnifier works with 5x and 10x magnification, whereby switching between the individual magnification levels unfortunately only works in one direction (from weaker to stronger). You can also let the camera’s autofocus system adjust the focus or distance in live image mode. This can be done either quickly, but with a short interruption of the live image (Quick mode with brief folding down of the mirror due to use of the camera’s normal AF module) or more leisurely, but without interruption (Live mode with misuse of the image sensor as an AF sensor). In quick mode, the asterisk button (normally used for metering) activates the autofocus, while in live mode, the shutter-release button is pressed halfway as usual to begin the focusing process.

Thanks to the exposure and white balance preview, you can see directly on the screen in live image mode how any exposure values you set will affect the image result. A wrongly adjusted white balance can be recognized by the respective color cast on the preview image. Other recording aids are also available in the form of a fade-in grid and/or histogram; it is a pity that the screen cannot be rotated and/or swivelled. After all, the screen displays a clear/brilliant, largely noise-free (even in low light) and reasonably true color image. The screen doesn’t jerk during fast camera pans, and you can also look at the screen at an angle from the side without hardly recognizing the displayed image – except for the reflections of the slightly reflective screen surface. As the screen also serves for the display of the most important camera and shooting adjustments outside the live image modus, one would wish, as it is the case in some other digital SLR cameras, to be able to change the adjustments that are displayed on the screen without pressing any function- or menu-buttons by simply selecting them with the control buttons and also to get the adjustments displayed correctly on the right side by holding the camera upright. Unfortunately the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) can do just as little as the EOS 450D. However, the two cameras are similar in terms of the menu structure. The menu is still divided into main sections – coded in different colours. The menu is also structured in such a way that the settings of each section (Recording Settings 1+2, Playback Settings, Basic Settings 1+2+3, My Menu Settings) never extend beyond the bottom of a screen page, i.e. there is no need to “scroll”. Altogether the EOS 1000D offers over 120 different settings, which are distributed on approximately 40 menu points. In spite of the clearly arranged menus, the EOS 1000D gives a Canon with the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) the possibility to put together a very own menu via the My-Menu. Here you only add to the My-Menu those menu items that you have displayed and want to use and you can even change their order.

If you press the Disp. button while in the menu, the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) shows a summary of the current settings on the screen. So you know at any time where you are with the settings. Very good! Plus points are also available for the non-proprietary connectors of the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D). In other words, the camera is connected to a computer using a standard USB cable (with a 5-pin mini-B connector) in USB 2.0 high-speed mode or to a printer with direct printing capability in PictBridge mode for connection to a television or similar device. a normal video cable with a 3.5 mm jack plug on one side (camera) is sufficient, and the electrical cable remote release is connected to the camera via a 2.5 mm jack plug (mini-jack). Especially with regard to the remote release connection, this offers a wide range of possibilities for tinkering and experimenting (homemade cable remote release, light barrier, radio remote control, “pedal trap” etc.). As with the EOS 450D, all connectors are protected from moisture and/or dust by a rubber or flexible plastic cover; the memory card (SD or SDHC type) and lithium-ion battery (LP-E5 type, otherwise only used by the EOS 450D) have their own separate compartments, so they can be changed independently. The tripod thread is made of metal, is positioned correctly in the middle of the optical axis for panorama shots and also accommodates tripod quick-release plates without blocking access to the battery compartment.

Equipment

The Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) has entry-level features, such as a rear control dial for separate shutter speed and aperture settings. Nevertheless, it is quite complete for an entry-level camera. More demanding photographers will appreciate the presence of an Iris button (whose placement is as controversial as on the EOS 450D), a remote shutter release option (but only wired and not wireless via infrared or similar) and a mirror lock-up function. It is also possible to set the self-timer in a way that the camera shoots a whole series of images (2 to 10 images) instead of one image at the moment of the release so that one does not have to walk back to the camera each time in order to take another self-timer image; if the lead time is fixed at 10 seconds in this option, one can choose between two lead times (either 10 or 2 seconds) in the normal self-timer mode.

A real spot measurement, as recently with the EOS 450D, is not possible with the EOS 1000D. However, such a measurement is not absolutely necessary with an entry-level camera, and with the selective measurement (its measuring circle is only slightly larger than that of a spot measurement with 9% of the image field) and the center-weighted integral measurement, advanced users still have two alternative measurement methods for matrix or multi-field measurement (with the Rebel XS with 35 measuring fields), which they can fall back on if necessary. Thereby, the multi-field measurement achieves an extremely high “hit rate” that is actually only surpassed by Nikon’s 3D-Colormatrix measurement II (see section: “image quality”).

The flash produces a similar image in terms of exposure precision: Nikon has caught up a lot in the meantime and its iTTL flash metering and control is at least as powerful as Canon’s E-TTL-II system. E-TTL-II flash metering and control may still guarantee very balanced or atmospheric results, but this is no longer a unique selling point of Canon cameras. And by persistently refusing to make wireless (E-TTL) flash control accessible via the built-in miniature flash of its cameras, Canon is even giving away sympathy points to its competitors. With competing camera systems, the on-board flash can be used as a control flash, whereas with Canon you have to buy additional (and expensive) flash accessories such as an ST-E2 transmitter or a master-capable system flash unit (with Canon: Speedlite 550EX, Speedlite 580EX, Speedlite 580EX II). It is praiseworthy however that the on-board flash of the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) either jumps out automatically or must be brought in position by push of a button – depending on which exposure program is set. In full-auto and subject programs, the flash fires automatically as soon as the lighting conditions require it (= auto pop-up function), while in advanced exposure programs it waits in a more unobtrusive way for the liberating press of a button. Otherwise, there is only good news about the built-in flash: The flash cover is good, the flash light is not too warm or too cool, the flash effect is not too strong even in close-up photography, and the flash is set high enough to flash over normal sized lenses without creating any harsh shadows and hardly any red eyes. When using flash, you also benefit from a sufficiently high flash sync speed (1/200 s), a flash exposure correction function, a setting option for the flash firing time (synchronization to the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain) and a flash exposure data memory (FEL function). Depending on the flash unit used, there are also such advanced flash functions as the flash bracketing (FEB/Flash Exposure Bracketing) or the flash high-speed synchronization (FP mode). The only criticism is for the flash settings that are scattered throughout the camera menu and cannot be called up at the touch of a button.

It is not possible to find out which generation of Canon’s self dusting system is used in the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D). But also otherwise only a halfway binding statement can be made about its efficiency if one tests the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) specifically for its dust removal capabilities. At present, neither our editorial staff nor the test lab working with us have the resources to do this, so one can only speculate about how well the system really works. At best, you can expect similar efficiency to that of the Nikon D300 and D3, and that would be more effective than the Sony and Pentax systems, but not quite as effective as the SSWF – i.e. Super Sonic Wave Filter system from Olympus. The active sensor dedusting is supplemented by preventive dust control measures (abrasion-resistant mechanical parts, antistatic coating of the sensor surface, etc.) and by solutions that are applied subsequently (image “cleaning” or automatic image retouching via software); further features of the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) are still available in the form of so-called image styles, i.e. ready-to-use image parameter settings, a serial image function that is fast enough for everyday subjects (see measurement value table/brief), direct print and image transfer functions that can be called up at the touch of a button, etc.

 

Lens

Although the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) is also available without a lens, the package – consisting of the camera and the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS for officially just under 650 EUR – can be regarded as the basic offer. After all, the cheapest Canon DSLR primarily appeals to customers who are taking their first steps with a digital SLR camera and do not yet have compatible lenses

With the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, a movable lens group in the lens compensates for the shaking movements of the photographer’s hand by moving in opposite directions; just how well this works can be seen in the viewfinder with this type of stabilizer. Despite the stabilizer unit, the set lens is relatively compact (Ø 68.5 x 70 mm) and – thanks to a generous plastic insert – weighs around 200 grams. The camera doesn’t have much weight to carry, so the lens allows itself a plastic bayonet. There is no need to fear abrasion due to changing the lens too often; rather, the bayonet will break off if the camera falls to the ground unluckily. As a lens of the EF-S series, the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS is designed exclusively for use with the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) and other Canon cameras with a similarly small image sensor (approx. 22.2 x 14.8 mm) and its “rear end” protrudes slightly more strongly into the camera body than conventional EF lenses. The reason for this is the smaller image circle (the lens is, so to speak, “tailored” to the smaller sensor dimensions) and the short focal length (i.e. distance between the last/rearmost lens element of the lens and the image sensor) or special short-backfocus design of the EF-S optics.

The EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS lacks an ultrasonic motor (ring-USM, micro-USM, micro-USM II) for a barely audible and extremely fast automatic focusing, but USM lenses are sufficiently available from Canon, and the high torque of the conventional drive still ensures very fast focusing times. There is also a mechanical switch for switching to manual focus mode – but the focusing ring is so small and so badly placed that it is not very easy to operate with the sun visor attached from the lens supplied. The zoom ring, on the other hand, is nice and wide and has a good grip. The focal lengths on it (18, 24, 35 and 55 mm) have to be multiplied by 1.6 (= approx. 28-80 mm) if you want to compare it with 35 mm. But the focal length data that are not related to practice are nothing Canon-specific.

Similar to the set lenses of many other camera manufacturers, the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS opens at F3.5 in the wide-angle position and progressively reduces the speed when zooming in to achieve F5.6 in the telephoto position. Lenses with higher speed are available in one or two price / feature classes higher both from Canon itself and from other manufacturers; in general, the choice of additional or alternative lenses is very large, as there are quite a few more lenses from other manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron or Tokina in addition to the currently 64 different EF and EF-S lenses from Canon. Among them are lenses that only fit on the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) and EOS-D cameras with the same size/small image sensor (Canon: EF-S series), lenses with particularly high processing and/or image quality (Canon: L series), lenses with ultrasonic drive (Canon: USM) or without, lenses with built-in image stabilizer (Canon: IS) or without, 1st or 2nd generation lenses, etc. It’s hard to see through as a beginner.

A few more remarks about autofocus: Here the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) differs from both the EOS 400D and the EOS 450D. While both have an AF with nine points (in diamond or diamond-shaped arrangement), the EOS 1000D’s autofocus has “only” seven points in a cross-shaped arrangement. The middle measuring field is operated by a particularly precise cross sensor; to the left and right of it there are two measuring fields each and one measuring field each below and above. This is enough to capture most subjects (both landscape and portrait) in practice. The autofocus system responds from an ambient brightness of 0.5 IL (a not quite discrete flash burst serves as an AF auxiliary light when contrast is too low and/or in total darkness).

Image quality

With a resolution of “only” 10.1 megapixels the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) offers the lowest resolution of all current EOS-D models. Even though additional pixels in principle allow for more generous detail enlargements and the demand for higher resolution cameras continues despite increasing criticism of the “megapixel madness”, there are very few situations in real life where you would really need more than 10.1 megapixels. Especially in amateur life

Our following comments on image quality refer to the software test protocol of the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) with the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS set lens. With this combination, the first thing you notice is the clearly visible vignetting at the wide-angle end or 18mm position. Even with the lens stopped down, the more or less even light fall-off towards the corners and edges of the image remains visible in some images; in the other focal length positions, the vignetting that is initially more or less visible after stopping down is no longer a real issue. However, stopping down helps in all lens positions – even if to varying degrees. When taking wide-angle photos with the set lens, you should not miss the very strong barrel distortion. A less strong curvature of straight lines exists in the other focal length positions; the more one zooms into the image, the less is the first barrel-shaped, then – towards the end of the zoom range – cushion-shaped distortion. The vignetting and distortion values are considered to be largely good for a lens of this class.

The highest resolution at all zoom positions with open aperture (at F9.5 the first visible diffraction blurs appear) proves to be an advantage for images under low light. In general, the camera/lens combination makes a very good to excellent impression concerning the resolution; at the wide-angle end, the resolution slightly bends halfway to the edges/corners of the image, but then it catches itself again. At the telephoto end the resolution progression is most uniform. But if the resolution with the set lens is quite high, the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) is also a camera that processes fine image details very much electronically and, to further increase the resolution mark, lets such fine image details pass through the optical low-pass filter that cause moiré effects. This leads to all sorts of image distortions, which may not all be visible to the naked eye, but which can make subsequent image processing on the computer difficult, and limits the set of camera and lens for JPEG recordings to undemanding leisure photography (i.e. for holiday and souvenir photos that are to be printed directly or exposed on photographic paper without post-processing). The noise values are very good at ISO 100, 200 and 800 (good at ISO 400 and 1600) with relatively strong noise reduction, the sharpness is not too strong and a good compromise between sharpness impression and post-processing ability of the images (whereby the pronounced contrast enhancement in the highlights, i.e. brighter image areas, leads to disturbing ghost lines or double edges), the dynamic range (at least as far as input dynamics are concerned) is high and the tonal value reproduction is pleasing rather than faithful to the original.

If we thought the issue of overexposure/underexposure in bright light was settled once and for all with the EOS 450D, it reappears with the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D), albeit in a reduced form. When using flash, E-TTL-II flash metering and control provides almost perfect balance between the flash and ambient light (only Nikon’s iTTL technology can do better), giving you very natural-looking flash shots without a pronounced flash effect; if the automatic white balance works very reliably when taking photos with flash, it produces a pronounced red-orange cast under incandescent light when taking photos without flash, just like many other cameras from different manufacturers and models. The white balance presetting for such light brings a slight improvement, but you can only get rid of the color cast completely with a manual white balance. What else did we notice? The color saturation is high, but not exaggerated (slightly stronger colors are good for most images), the data compression is borderline high in the image quality level “Normal” (block artifacts become noticeable in colorful areas of the image), you should not expect too much from the automatic exposure optimization function (shadows are lightened, but the image noise also increases in the lightened areas of the image). T. visible to), and chromatic aberrations are no major problem for the set lens. The bottom line is that the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) is a typical entry-level DSLR with Canon-typical good image quality, but which also likes to go beyond the limits of naturalness to make the images or the scenes on it look good.

Conclusion

In order to be able to counteract such “budget DSLRs” as the Nikon D60, the Sony Alpha 200 or the Olympus E-420, Canon did not need to develop a completely new camera. One took the meanwhile somewhat aged EOS 400D, revalued it with some features of the new EOS 450D and took care to come as close as possible to the psychological price limit of 500 Euro – more is not necessary to create the appropriate purchase incentives with the consumers and to chase the competition away from the market. The 10.1 megapixel resolution should be quite sufficient for many people, the wired remote release will only bother a few buyers, and in the absence of a spot measurement, selective measurement will be fine in the beginning. But the current “must have” features like a live image mode, the automatic sensor cleaning, the electronic shadow brightening and some form of image stabilization (in the case of the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) the optical image stabilization with various lenses) are included; without a lens the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) is already traded for less than 500 EUR and should have a resounding success with such consumers who are looking for a new digital SLR camera for as little money as possible.

Brief assessment

Pros

  • Live image mode with selectable AF mode and exposure preview
  • Canon-typical good image quality
  • Hardly reduced in comparison to the EOS 450D
  • Inexpensive entry into the EOS world

Cons

  • Return of the exposure error in bright light
  • No automatic portrait switching of the menu/status display
  • Focus magnifier in live image mode works only in magnification direction
  • Moderate viewfinder comfort

Canon provides firmware update 1.0.7 for the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D): SD card problem

Canon fixes with the firmware 1.0.7 at the Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) a problem with SD cards. This could cause the camera to display an error message stating that a folder could not be created. The camera was then unable to write to the SD card. The update is available for download and installation by the user on Canon’s Japanese support website, including installation instructions in English. If you have problems with this, you should contact a dealer or the camera service.

Canon Canon Rebel XS (Canon EOS 1000D) data sheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 22.5 x 15.0 mm (crop factor 1.6
)10.5 megapixels (physical) and 10.1 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 5.8 µm
Photo resolution
3.888 x 2.592 pixels (3:2)
2.816 x 1.880 pixels (3:2)
1.936 x 1.288 pixels (3:2)
Image formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.21), DCF standard

Lens

Lens mount
Canon EF-S

Focus

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 7 sensors
Autofocus functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light
Sharpness control Depth-of-field control, depth-of-field button, Live View

Viewfinder and monitor

SLR viewfinder Reflex viewfinder (mirror viewfinder) (95 % image coverage), 19 mm eye relief, dioptre compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grid can be inserted
Monitor 2.5″ TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 35 fields
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 30 s (Automatic
) Bulb function
Exposure control Programmed automatic, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Exposure bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with a maximum of 3 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
Exposure Compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Photosensitivity ISO 100 to ISO 800 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 1,600 (manual)
Scene modes various scene modes, landscape, night scene, close-up, portrait, sports/action, full auto, 1 additional scene mode
Picture effects B/W filter in yellow/orange/red/green, B/W tinting effects in blue/violet/green
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Kelvin input, Manual
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting 3.0 fps at highest resolution, or 5 RAW images in sequence at 1.5 fps
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 s interval, special features: or 10 s (optional)
Recording functions Live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (flip up
)Flash shoe: Canon, standard center contact
Flash code Guide number 13 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, fill-in flash, flash on, flash off, high-speed sync, long-term sync, red-eye reduction

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD
Power supply unit Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Canon LP-E5 (Lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1,080 mAh)
Playback functions Playback histogram, image index
Special functions Orientation sensor, Live View
Connections Data interfaces: USBUSB type
:USB 2.0 High Speed
AV Connections AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Supported direct printing methods Canon Direct Print, PictBridge
Tripod thread 1/4″
Special features and miscellaneous built-in low-pass filter with dust protection functionDIGIC III signal processing processor Simultaneous

JPEG and RAW recording possible7-point autofocus
with automatically or individually selectable spot sizesAF working range
from -0,

5

to 18 EVSingle autofocus
and/or predictive focus (ONE SHOT/AI FOCUS/AI SERVO)
PTP supportAdjustable
image parameters (6 Picture Style presets 3 custom settings)
AE Metering memoryDisplay of
shooting information in playback mode with highlighting of highlightsPlayback zoom
(1.5 to 10x magnification)
Orientation sensor for automatic image orientation12
Personalization function with 32 settings6
Picture Styles plus 3 custom settings

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 126 x 98 x 62 mm
Weight 450 g (ready for operation)

Miscellaneous

standard accessory Canon LP-E5 Special BatteryCanon
RF-3 (Body Cover)
Battery Charger LC-E5EVideo Connection CableUSB-Connection CableBayonetCapBeltRemote Capture

Camera Software

EOS Utility / Remote CaptureCamera Software
Photo StitchTwain
Driver 2000Image Viewing
and Management Software Zoom Browser EX (PC) or Image Browser (Mac)

additional accessories Canon EH18-L Camera CaseMains Adapter
ACK-E5,
Battery Charger LC-E5E,
Car Charger CBC-E5,
Cable Remote Control RS-60E3Canon
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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.