If you are looking for a good but affordable entry-level digital SLR camera, you might consider the Canon EOS Rebel XS, which is also known as Canon EOS 1000D or Canon EOS Kiss F in other regions. The XS is either a reheated Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi (a.k.a. Canon EOS 400D / Canon EOS Kiss X) or a stripped down Canon EOS Rebel XSi (a.k.a. Canon EOS 450D / Canon EOS Kiss X2). It is the typical, almost-identical, but slightly less-powerful, version of the EOS 450D.
Available in a solid black version and a two-tone silver and black version – each offered with the same EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, the Canon EOS Rebel XS’ basic shape is almost identical to the Canon EOS Rebel Xsi, only slightly lighter. At 2.5 inch, the Rebel XS’s LCD screen is the same size as that of the Canon EOS Rebel XTi and smaller than the Rebel XSi’s 3.0 inch LCD screen; however, despite the smaller screen size, the XS has stuck to the XSi’s button layout so it does not feature any hard buttons to the left of the LCD screen.
The Canon EOS Rebel XS is slightly less-powerful than the Canon EOS Rebel XSi; however, the XS still offers a solid set of entry-level digital SLR camera specifications, which include a 10 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a 7-point user-selectable autofocus system, and a Live View mode with phase- and contrast-detect autofocus. Also, like the XSi, the XS includes Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimizer, which automatically adjusts contrast and brightness in case the image you captured isn’t quite perfect. And thanks to the use of Canon’s Digic III image processing engine, the XS shares the same interface with other higher-end Canon digital SLR cameras including the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. In terms of price, the XS is not the least-expensive entry-level digital SLR camera compared to its competitors; however, it is still a very affordable solid little digital SLR camera.