Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS

Last update (22 May’13):
– Review by TDP

Canon EOS 1000D aka Rebel XS a 10.1 Megapixel entry level DSLR Camera features 7-point wide-area AF, Self-Cleaning Image Sensor, DIGIC III processor, SD/SDHC card slot, Picture Styles processing, and a 2.5” LCD with Live View mode. For DSLR, the EOS 1000D is very compact and lightweight, it measures only 126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm and weighs approx. 450g. (Download Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Brochure)

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Reviews

TDP reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“Even though the Rebel XS is clearly an entry-level DSLR body, most point and shoot users will be very impressed with the image quality and performance the XS upgrade will bring them. The affordable price point of the Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D will give it a lot of popularity. “
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DevHardware reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“The XS’s performance is every bit as good as you would expect from a Canon DSLR…the overall feature set and performance of the XS are impressive, and it would seem as though Canon have hit upon another low-end DSLR likely to appeal to a mass audience.”
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LaptopMag reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“If ever a camera could overtake the D40 in the budget DSLR category, it’s the Canon EOS Rebel XS. It offers fast speeds, an easier interface, higher resolution, an automatic sensor-cleaning system, and often-comparable (and always good) image quality. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“If you’re a more seasoned photographer, you might want to shell out an extra $100 for the XSi… overall, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS is a great entry-level digital SLR, delivering a handful of advanced features and excellent image quality for a reasonable price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“The Canon Rebel XS is a very good camera for the money, especially with a good-quality image-stabilized lens. If you’ll never enlarge above 8×10 or want to shoot low-light and indoor images that you’ll enlarge to 11×14, the Canon Rebel XS is a very good choice at a very low price, and a Dave’s Picks among bargain digital SLRs.”
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DCRP reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“Photo quality was superb. The Rebel typically took well-exposed photos, with pleasing, accurate colors. A few photos could’ve been a little brighter, and I noticed a little highlight clipping, but both were minor issues.”
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ThinkCamera reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“EOS 1000D produces exceptionally low-noise images throughout the ISO range for an entry level model. It’s a bit of a shame to not see Canon really push the boat out and try to extend the range – the Nikon D60 pushes to ISO3200 compared to the Canon EOS 1000D at ISO1600..”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.UK reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“The Canon EOS 1000D is a safe bet for anyone buying their first digital SLR, and it has enough features to satisfy those who want to get more heavily into photography.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
Likes: Good low light and dynamic range score, Access to a wide range of lenses, Live View and strong automatic mode make it friendly for new users, Decent results for an entry-level SLR. Dislikes: Plastic rather than rubber grips, Average color and resolution scores, Barely less expensive than the XSi, No spot metering”
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CNET.AU reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“the 1000D outperforms all but the Nikon D60 for shooting speed. It goes from power-to-photo in a bit less than 0.2 second. At 0.4 second in good conditions, the 1000D’s JPEG-shooting lag matches the rest; its 0.8 second duration in dim conditions is quite good for any class — just a bit slower than the D60 and inexplicably far better than the 450D
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
Good points: Solid build despite lightweight plastic construction; relatively easy to use, and is responsive and reliable; good quality kit lens and good results
Bad points: Over-priced compared to closest rivals; activating Live View requires detective work; light sensitivity settings offered could be higher still
Overall: Everything you’d want from a beginner SLR is here – except a truly budget price”

Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAuthority reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“So what you have in the 1000D is an exceptionally good value DSLR that has no real weakness. Despite stiff competition from the likes of the Nikon D60 and Olympus E-420, it puts Canon right back at the top of the budget pile..”
Rating: ★★★★★

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“With outstanding image quality, very robust performance, and loads of useful exposure options, the Rebel XS will make a great camera for anyone who is just stepping into the dSLR realm..Overall, I would highly recommend this model to anyone looking at purchasing their first dSLR. “
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“The 1000D / XS. It’s a decent performer and sports all the features most new buyers will look for. The only real problem is its launch price, which at the time of writing in mid-2008 was higher than most rivals, and too close to the 450D / XSi for anyone to seriously consider it..”

Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“The good: Excellent photo quality for its class; solid performance. The bad: Maximum ISO of 1600; no spot meter; annoying, in-viewfinder, focus-point display.The bottom line: The Canon EOS Rebel XS is a good entry-level dSLR, but only its photo quality stands out among the competition.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“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. Its limited feature-set, slightly disappointing build quality and overall feeling of cheapness do it no favours,”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
” Image quality is on a par with the EOS 450D, with noise-free images up to ISO 800 and a very usable fastest speed of 1600.. It’s well suited to both beginners upgrading from a compact digicam and more experienced DSLR-owners looking for an inexpensive back-up body..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Outback reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“ISO 100-200 very smooth with hardly any noise. ISO 400 is nearly as good as the ISO 200 shot. ISO 800 shows a bit more noise but still very good. Even ISO 1600 is what we got in the past at ISO 800.”
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DigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
” I’m very pleased (actually somewhat surprised) with the improvements delivered by the Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D. It will be a worthwhile upgrade for many XTi / 400D owners – it is a lot of camera for the money for anyone purchasing it.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
“Flash output was well-balanced and exposures were even throughout the camera’s ISO range. Barrel distortion was quite obvious at the 18mm focal length but negligible by 35mm…Vignetting was only just apparent at 18mm and flare was generally well controlled.”
Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
” The 1000D can capture some impressively crisp photos. Our shots didn’t quite rival those captured with higher-resolution sensors on other Canon units or some Nikon models, but they were certainly at the top of the pack in comparison to other 10Mp models..”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS and writes;
” In fact, noise isn’t showing until ISO800 which is a great result. ISO1600 has a few artefacts showing here and there, but it’s still a great performance. For an entry model, it’s also very expensive…I’ve marked the Overall score down for this very reason.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET has a preview of the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS;
“Strictly for newbies, the EOS 1000D looks like a good shooter for them to start advancing their photographic skills.”

Pocket-Lint has a preview of the Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS;
“In use and the camera is comfortable in the hand offering enough manual control without over-complicating the matter and the design is straightforward.”

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Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS User Manual (PDF – 5.46MB)

Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS User Guides

– Download Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Pocket Guide (PDF – 0.87MB)
– Download Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS CD-ROM Guide (PDF – 0.87MB)
Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Magic Lantern Guides

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Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Firmware

– Download Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Firmware Version 1.0.5 (April’09): Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.

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Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS Press Release

Sydney, 10 June, 2008 – Affordable and feature packed, the Canon EOS 1000D digital SLR is destined to become the camera of choice for users seeking more creative control and superior image quality than offered in their digital compact camera.

Successor to the applauded EOS 400D, which set the benchmark in entry level digital SLR cameras, the new model is an exciting addition to Canon’s highly acclaimed EOS range.

“The EOS 1000D is a high-quality, feature-packed digital SLR that is fun and simple to use”, said Chris Macleod, Product Manager, digital SLR, Canon Australia. “It includes essential functions for users looking to take their photography to the next level and is an easy step up for compact digital camera users looking to upgrade”.

The easy step up to DSLR photography
The inclusion of Live View Mode in Canon’s EOS 1000D, demonstrates Canon’s commitment to making the transition to digital SLR photography easy. Live View mode allows photographers to preview images in real time on the 2.5″ inch LCD screen, just as they do on their compact digital camera. This ensures that users making their first time digital SLR purchase, can easily embrace the EOS 1000D.

Live View mode also allows the user to discover new angles and perspectives, enhancing their photography skills every step of the way.

For increased familiarity, the EOS 1000D uses a compact SD memory card for image storage, the same format as most compact digital cameras. This also allows users to easily interchange their memory card when seeking more creative control with their digital SLR.

Simple-to-use interface

Ensuring barriers to digital SLR photography are overcome for first time users, the EOS 1000D incorporates an easy-to-use interface, making it simple for users to navigate and explore key functions.

To ensure the user’s photography skills improve quickly, Canon has included easy-to-use functions such as Auto Lighting Optimizer for perfect brightness and contrast.

Compact and lightweight
Introducing Canon’s lightest digital SLR ever, the EOS 1000D body weighs only 450g and is a manageable size that is easy to take anywhere.

It’s playtime
The EOS 1000D is the ideal companion for users looking to explore fun and creative photography. With fast continuous shooting at 3.0 frames per second, basic and manual shooting modes and picture style modes, the EOS 1000D showcases built-in expertise to assist any photographer experimenting with new photographic techniques.

Canon’s entry level offering
With research indicating that 43% of people intending to buy a camera are considering a DSLR*, Canon is now delighted to offer two entry level digital SLRs for first time users. The EOS 1000D and EOS 450D are both accessible and feature packed, tailored to suit passionate first-time photographers’ creative needs.

# Key features 10.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
# DiG!C III Image Processor with 12-bit colour
# Live View Mode
# 3.0 fps (up to 514 shots in a continuous burst: JPEG)
# EOS Integrated Cleaning System

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 1000D (available late July RRP $TBC) and will be available through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at

3 Responses to “Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS”

  1. OurPhotos says:

    I have recently bought a Canon 1000D (sample images can be seen on OurPhotos and its a great camera for the beginner photographer. It has all the features a beginner want’s and is not too complex to use. Due to its compact size its not too difficult to carry around and the camera comes with two different lenses!
    I highly recommend this camera!

  2. dawn sloane says:

    Just bought the Canon Rebel xs and I am impressed. The quality of the photos are amazing and the simplicity of the camera options appreciated. I was a fujifilm finepix person and the transition was pretty easy.

    Can’t wait to really go on a photo study shoot!

  3. Trix says:

    That inhisgt’s just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

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