It's official: Canon Rebel XS announced

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  1. David Rasnake

    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    A month's worth of speculation was confirmed tonight with the announcement of the new entry-level Canon Rebel XS.

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    The Rebel XS, which wears the EOS 1000D moniker in European markets, is slated to replace last generation's Rebel XTi as Canon's true entry-level DSLR. Positioned just below the Rebel XSi, the new XS derives its sensor and display from the XTi but builds heavily on the XSi platform otherwise.

    Nearly identical in appearance to the XSi, the XS uses the previous generation 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, the XTi's smaller 2.5-inch LCD, and seven AF points in place of the XSi's nine. In addition to upgraded DIGIC III processing, many may be surprised to learn that the new XS will also bring over live view from the XSi.

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    Improved battery life courtesy of Canon's latest li-ion pack and the new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens round out the list of technology the XS grafts from its big brother. Even more impressive is the fact that the XS does away with the XSi's 27-shot continuous shooting limitation, allowing shooters to capture an unlimited number of full-res JPEGs at 3 fps.

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    As always with Canon's consumer-grade DSLRs, the Rebel XS will come in either black or silver.

    In larger terms, the XS represents a shift in strategy for Canon, with the manufacturer bringing a second simultaneously developed and supported DSLR to the bottom-tier consumer market. Traditionally, Canon has demoted its previous-generation Rebel into the entry-level spot with each new announcement. The decision to target two new cameras to the same large-level segment of the market recognizes the rapid expansion of the entry-level/consumer DSLR space since the arrival of the original Digital Rebel several years ago.

    Official U.S. pricing was not set in this announcement: look for price and retail delivery information to come with the official American-market XS announcement in early July. According to early information from Canon, however, expect suggested prices for the XS to run around $200 less than the XSi, putting the cost of a Rebel XS kit somewhere around the $700 mark from all indications.

    Canon Rebel XS Specifications:

    Sensor 10.1 megapixel, 22.2x14.8mm CMOS
    Lens/Zoom Canon EF/EF-S mount
    LCD/Viewfinder 2.5", 230K-pixel TFT LCD with live view; Pentamirror optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment (81% coverage)
    Sensitivity ISO 100-1600
    Shutter Speed 30-1/4000 seconds
    Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Depth of Field Priority, Scene, Manual
    Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off
    White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
    Metering Modes Evaluative, Partial, Center-Weighted
    Focus Modes AI Focus, AI Servo, One Shot, Manual
    Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self Timer, Self Timer Continuous
    Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Force Off, Red-Eye Reduction
    Self Timer Settings
    10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
    Memory Formats SD, SDHC
    Internal Memory
    None
    File Formats JPEG, RAW
    Max. Image Size 3888 x 2592
    Max. Video Size
    N/A
    Zoom During Video N/A
    Battery Rechargeable 1080 mAh lithium-ion
    Connections USB 2.0, AV output, remote control in
    Additional Features Live View, DIGIC III Processor, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-Point AF System
     
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  2. AaronM

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    I gotta ask, why do all Canon's have mutliple names?
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  3. David Rasnake

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    For whatever reason, they break up their marketing by geographic region, so most of their cameras actually have three names: US (XS), Europe (EOS 1000D), and Asia (the Rebel DSLRs are all called "Kiss" cameras in Asia, though I don't know what this one's specific name is). Each of the schemes looks to be as equally illogical as the next - numbers jump around, they repeat old ones (like this one) periodically, etc.

    This doesn't get at the larger philosophical question posed by your post, but it's as much as I know.

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    I would assume this is to help identify grey market items.


     
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    The specs are consistent with the XTi's specs albeit a bit improved in certain areas. This camera seems like it could be a real Pentax, Olympus, and Sony killer in the low end DSLR market if the price is right. Not good news to me, but probably great news for many others.
     
  6. David Rasnake

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    That's certainly what Canon's banking on, though I think it will be a fair match to your K200 nonetheless (the K200 matches better with the XSi, in my opinion).

    Clearly Canon wasn't going to let themselves get priced out of the lucrative true entry-level space; even before the leak, the move really isn't unexpected - we just weren't entirely sure what the timetable would be.

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