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Canon EOS Digital Rebel 4G

June 12, 2008 - Dave Hecei
Back in 2003, Canon introduced the EOS Digital Rebel. This was a milestone in DSLR cameras because it was the first model priced under $1000 and it set Canon as the top digital camera maker. The Digital Rebel has evolved into the XT, XTi, and at the end of last year the XSi. The XSi was quite the upgrade but carried a hefty price compared to other consumer DSLR models. Enter the new EOS Rebel XS, the fourth generation Digital Rebel.

This new model replaces the XTi as Canon's entry DSLR model. It has some of the features of the XTi, but does have some from the newer, more expensive, XSi. The XS has the same 10 megapixel sized sensor as the XTi and the same 2.5 inch color display. It does, however, add the new 'live-view' capability that was only available on the XSi (live-view allows you to use the color LCD display as a viewfinder). The XS also uses the smaller, and less expensive, SD and SDHC memory cards.

If you are interested in going digital, the new XS from Canon makes a great choice. It is small, light, and has plenty of great features to make shooting a breeze. Canon has plenty of lenses, flashes, and other accessories to choose from allowing you to shoot any type of pictures (sports, nature, macro, etc.). If you are looking to upgrade from the original Digital Rebel, the XS can use all the Digital Rebel's lenses and most accessories, except for memory cards.

There are some new features in the XS that put it a step above. First is the burst mode. It can shoot at 3 frames a second until the card is full (most DSLRs can only do this for a limited number of frames). Canon also states that the battery life is 50% better than the XTi. If you buy the XS with the kit lens, you will get an 18-55 IS zoom (the IS stands for Image Stabilized).

Unfortunately, the XS won't be available until some time in July. Prices will also be announced next month.


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