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CanonEOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit
 
4.7

(based on 611 reviews)

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    (437)

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    (160)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (545)
  • Image stabilization (398)
  • Fast shutter speed (375)
  • Good image quality (352)
  • Large clear LCD (318)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (57)
  • Small LCD screen (34)
  • Lag / shutter delay (28)
  • Noisy at high ISO (24)
  • LCD fragile/scratches (15)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (396)
  • Travel (351)
  • Fun (172)
  • Low light (172)
  • Wildlife (166)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (263), Photo enthusiast (253), Semi-pro photographer (54), Pro photographer (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (135), Yes (42)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Entry-level DSLR

I'm a complete camera amateur, and my experience was just limited to camera phones. I didn't even own a point and shoot before. I picked up this camera and it is extraordinarily easy...Read complete review

I'm a complete camera amateur, and my experience was just limited to camera phones. I didn't even own a point and shoot before. I picked up this camera and it is extraordinarily easy to learn. It has several basic modes (Full auto, portrait, landscape, macro, action, night portrait and no flash). You can just set these modes and just shoot, but after a few days of reading the manual, I just stuck solely to the creative modes. The design of the camera is very good, as it is light weight and doesn't feel like a piece of plastic that will fall apart in your hands. The camera is fast in jpeg mode, allowing for continuous shooting at 3 fps until the memory is filled up.

I've mainly used the Rebel XS for macro work with extension tubes and macro filters but I've also used it for family gatherings. I just recently went to a graduation with it, and I had to get some shots off quickly. The Rebel XS did not disappoint. I made every shot that I wanted, and I could quickly adjust features if I needed to do so without missing a beat. The autofocus is remarkably fast, and with the right camera settings, I could get perfectly focused shots from a car moving at 80 mph. Even with the higher ISO levels, I found image quality to be top notch. Though, there are several drawbacks.

The most major is that the raw shooting mode is much slower (about 1.5 fps with a small buffer). I didn't tend to notice this very much since when I was shooting Raw it was rarely continuous. My raw shots were usually at still objects. Though, if you want to shoot motion in raw you might want to look elsewhere. In terms of other small problems, there is no way to use a remote shutter; you have to purchase a wired one. This camera also doesn't shoot video. For me this isn't a drawback, since I don't intend to use a camera for video, but it might put a few people off. Lastly, live view is a bit of a pain to get to, having to go through the menu to activate it.

Overall, I find that the Rebel XS is a great way to enter the world of DSLR. It isn't intimidating and it is easy to pick up all the features. The drawbacks weren't major for me and did not hinder use at all, I whole-heartedly recommend this product to people looking for their first DSLR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice starter camera

Bought this camera for Christmas for my daughter who is just starting collage and planning a trip to Greece this summer. If I was buying a camera for my self it would have been...Read complete review

Bought this camera for Christmas for my daughter who is just starting collage and planning a trip to Greece this summer. If I was buying a camera for my self it would have been more top of the line Canon but, kids these days tend not to take care of things! Good camera, good price!

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4.0

Great starter DSLR!!

By TYPhotomaker

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Noisy At High ISO
  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

I do not know why I am doing a review on this camera now when it was introduced it 2010 but nevertheless, it is a great all around DSLR. It is made for beginners, the button setup and the limited ISO. I have used this camera for two years now and it still works fantasticly.

Obviously when I bought it, I knew little about photography but since then I have been published in a book and used it for photo shoots as it never let me down. The AF is not that great either or the FPS when shooting in RAW. I now am dieing to upgrade, but I want a new L lens. :P

So I would absolutly recommend this camera, though you are limited on functions. As long as you can control your shutter speed, ISO, and Aperture then put a quality lens on- You are good to go!

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great Camera

By Bondo

from Michigan

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

Take a lot of pictures of differant things on vacation and just love the results. Glad I bought this cammera have yet to have any problems with any Cannon camera

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great Camera!

By Lauren222

from Phoenix, Az

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

    Took this camera out for a try this weekend and I love it! In portrait mode it blurs the background, making all of the close ups of objects look awesome. I am very happy with this camera.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great for photography neophytes

    By Harley Oliver

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light
    • Small LCD Screen

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

    I recently started doing concert photography, and the Canon EOS Rebel XS is the best model I could have hoped for. It's easy to use and low-maintenance. The only thing is that the 18-55mm lens isn't the best for shooting in low light because it doesn't go below f/5.6 (I believe, but don't hold me to it), so I'd recommend purchasing the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens for shooting in semi-darkness. If you don't care about that sort of thing, then you don't need any additional equipment. Again, the quality of photographs largely depends on the photographer him/herself, but this camera is a great way to improve your photography skills.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Happy

    By improving photographer

    from Tallahassee, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

    I knew I wanted a Canon when I upgraded from a point and shoot because I have always been happy with the brand. I am just starting out with portrait photography and find this camera to be user friendly and easy to handle. The manual was very useful. I've already learned all the basics. Most importantly, when adjusted correctly, it takes stunning pictures. I hardly have to post-process my photos anymore. The price and quality are great! Completely satisfied with this purchase. - Leah

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome Camera that's easy to use!

    By Kim

    from Fort Worth, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

      Takes incredible quality photos inside and out then uploads quickly to computer for sharing via email or ordering prints online! Nice size and weight-fits in a large purse; comfortable neck strap and auto setting makes it easy to pull it out when needed so you don't miss a memory!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      My dad like só much

      By Paty

      from São Paulo, Brazil

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

      take family pictures

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      I just love this camera!

      By Finn

      from Helsinki, Finland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

      You just press the button, if you are lazy or don´t have the time to "compose" your own picture and use the possibilities the camere gives you.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      so far so good

      By bag lady

      from nyc

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • LCD screen goes off often

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Indoors studio light

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

      I have had a great experience so far with the EOS Rebel xs SLR camera. B&H's Patrick recommended it to me for my line of work. I am not very camera savy, and the customer service was amazing. He was so helpful to guide me on the basics with this camera and my pics are turning out beautiful! I am having a little bit of trouble getting the color right on some pink still objects, otherwise I give it an A.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Everything I wanted

      By MegThePhotographer

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

      I used my sister's Canon Rebel and loved it so I had to buy myself one! I have no complains and would recommend it to anyone. I'm not a professional but I've been using it for a college photojournalism class and it's given me no problems thus far.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Bang for the buck

      By supernaut

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good rounded bokeh

      Cons

      • AF issues - see comments
      • Noisy At High ISO

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

      I was torn between the Nikon D3100 and the Canon Rebel XS - but ultimately chose the Canon for two reasons:
      1. It has good low-light performance (though not as stellar as the D3100)
      2. I was planning to spend about $150 on accessories and therefore wanted to buy the cheaper one

      All things considered, I am happy with the product. I am still in the learning phase, but love the ease of use.

      The AF did not focus when I tried to shoot colorful umbrellas. I had to change the focus point to hunt for a line; the AF was good after this.

      The lens barrel did have a teeny scratch on it, but I don't think that's grounds for taking any action (returning etc). The camera takes beautiful pictures and that's what matters.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      A Great First Camera!

      By Shaniqua

      from Burlington, VT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Lightweight
      • Long battery life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

        I have always loved photography and used my parents' cameras for my hobby, so I finally decided to buy myself a nice camera. I love the sharpness of each image and all of the options for automatic and manual settings. This camera took crystal clear portrait photos even outside at nighttime. It also really does justice to the beauty of natural light on a person. It's lightweight but also really sturdy which is something I really like about it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Get a better one if you're committed

        By Chris

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light
        • Small LCD Screen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

        I bought this camera three years ago as a present for myself. At first I loved it and was interested in learning everything about it. Once spending some time with the camera, I have become bored with it. Bottom line, if you are using this as a beginner on just the automatic setting - great camera. If you're planning on being a committed photographer, spend the extra money and get the 60D, 7D, or the 5D Mark II. It's not worth having to buy both.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        3.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Tibs

        from Queens, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life
        • Small LCD Screen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

        It takes great pics at night time

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Take nice pictures

        By Ayaros

        from Va

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

        • Small LCD Screen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

        Not too expensive. Good for new photographer

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
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        • No

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        1.0

        ERR 99

        By Tailwind

        from Pacific Northwest

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

              Do not buy this camera. It will work fine for awhile, but once you start getting the error 99 message (a very non-specific code), you are screwed. Lens contact issue? Maybe. Using an (non-Canon) incompatible lens? Maybe. Battery issue? Maybe. Card issue? Maybe. The potential fixes for this range from the simple: using a pencil eraser on the lens contacts and/or removing the battery, card, lens and letting it sit for 20 minutes. The worst: sending it in to Canon for repairs. My internet research indicates that this bug is quite common and is a huge source of frustration for owners of this type of camera. Canon should be on top of this.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 6
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              luv it luv it luv it. great entry camera

              By fuzzzy

              from new haven, ct

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

                it's unbelievable how easy it is to use. The pictures are clear, the body is durable, and it is light weight.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Rookie Camera Operator Loves this Canon

                By screamingvulture

                from wyoming

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

                  I wanted to step up to the next level of photography but am imtimadated by all the functions on the newer camera breed. This camera is so intuitive. It has taken away the fearn and confusion that can result from too complicated menues.This was a very good choice for my level of experince. [...] Easy to use. Great looking photos, very affordable[...]

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  exactly what I needed.

                  By Studio tech

                  from Middletown, CT

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documenting artwork
                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

                    I needed a digital SLR camera to document drawings. The image quality is fantastic, and it was the most affordable SLR I could find. Easy to use, I like that it records both in large and RAW format at the same time. I did not need the video feature found in the newer cameras.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    This product is beautiful and usefull,!

                    By arlindohartz

                    from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel XS SLR Digital Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit:

                      This product is very simple to use. After read the instructions you can do what you want. And its very easy to learn.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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