So for the past two weeks, I’ve been playing with Canon’s Rebel XSi which was announced earlier this year. It’s a great little beginner digital SLR which has been on the shelves for a few months now. So you could imagine my surprise when the Press Release hit my inbox earlier this week announcing the Rebel XS, a whole month before Canon usually announces their autumn lineup.
Ideal for a wide range of photographers from first-time digital SLR users to veteran photo enthusiasts, the new Canon EOS Rebel XS camera was designed to embody what customers have come to expect from the EOS Rebel series — a fast, non-intimidating, lightweight, easy-to-use camera that produces excellent images and starts emerging photographers off on the right foot. Immediately, photographers will take notice of the camera’s Optical Image Stabilized kit lens for crisp focus, compensating for camera shake from unsteady hands or a moving vehicle. The new Rebel model also incorporates Canon’s DIGIC III image processor, 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point wide-area autofocus (AF) sensor and 3.0 frames per second continuous JPEG burst rate where the number of consecutive shots in a burst is only limited by the capacity of the flash memory card in the camera[i].
Things to take note are the camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer, which detects dark areas of an image and automatically adjusts brightness and contrast to ensure optimal image results and the camera’s estimated retail price of $749.99 CND.
Expect these to hit the stores in August.