Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Released June, 2008
  • 1000D
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
  • 10.1 MP
  • APS-C 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
Once focused, shot-to-shot time typically takes about 0.7 second for raw shots-oddly, JPEG shooting is a much faster 0.4 second (these days there's typically no difference between raw and JPEG speed in dSLRs).
by c|net (Aug, 2008)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS Digital Rebel XS
EOS 500D
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS Digital Rebel XS
EOS 500D
Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS Digital Rebel XS
EOS 500D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

EOS Digital Rebel XS
EOS 500D
Reviews from,, and


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS Digital Rebel XS
EOS 500D

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS Digital Rebel XS
719 ISO
1,333 ISO
563 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS Digital Rebel XS
164 ms
Rebel T3
309 ms
EOS 100D
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS Digital Rebel XS
87 ms
54 ms
Rebel T3
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS Digital Rebel XS
300 ms
EOS 700D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 fps
6 fps
EOS 700D
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS Digital Rebel XS
500 photos
1,110 photos
Rebel T3
700 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

The exposure system is also generally good, although I did find that it had a tendency to over-expose in some circumstances, particularly burning out highlights on some high-contrast subjects.

They're neither persistent nor large enough to be easy to spot, so I frequently found myself having to prefocus several times to make sure that the spot was on the correct subject and that it was focused.

Settings are displayed big and bold and easy to read, and the menu system is intuitive to work around, having been clearly designed around the first time user.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Image quality

While it does have some good qualities, including decent performance and excellent image quality, it doesn’t really stand out against competing entry-level cameras from other brands.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
The best we could achieve was just over 10 stops (10.2 EV) of total dynamic range, more importantly almost a stop of that is in highlights (although with no guarantee of color accuracy).
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
There is a little noise visible in the darker areas at 800 ISO, but the image quality is still very high.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)


This can be corrected by using spot metering and exposure compensation, or by shooting in Raw mode and adjusting the exposure afterwards, but it was still slightly annoying when shooting on a sunny day.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
Its 10.1-megapixel sensor may seem small compared to other D-SLRs, but it produces impressive results in a variety of lighting conditions.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2008)
The 1000D RAW files have been converted using a beta version of Adobe Camera Raw that may not reflect the camera profile used in the final release.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)


The sharpest and most detailed image was from Digital Photo Professional closely followed by Adobe Camera RAW.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
If you're a digital compact user and looking for more creative licence, hang on a few months and the 1000D is sure to please.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2008)
You can read more about the competition in Digital SLRs on a shoestring.
by c|net (Aug, 2008)


Below you will find two short video clips, the first executing auto-focus (from infinity) in live view with the 'Quick mode' option; using the normal passive auto-focus, which requires the mirror to drop, and hence the display is black during AF.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
With a depression of the shutter release button (half or full) this dot will briefly light to indicate the selected AF point (either automatic or manual), then blink again once AF has been achieved.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
In its default setup the live view AF is turned off, and you have to delve into the custom settings menu to turn this option on.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)


The baby brother to the Rebel XSi, the Canon EOS Rebel XS is the typical, almost-identical, but slightly less-powerful, version of that camera.
by c|net (Aug, 2008)
The raw shooting slows after three frames and, like the XSi, maxes out at six frames; you'll have to move to another class of camera if you take shooting your childrens' soccer games really seriously.
by c|net (Aug, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 10.1 MP
Resolution 3888 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 164 ms
Shutter lag 87 ms
Startup delay 300 ms


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.81x
Viewfinder size 0.5x

form factor

Size 126 x 98 x 65 mm
Thickness 65 mm
Weight 502 g
Is weather sealed No


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
Report a correction


comments powered by Disqus