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Canon XS or Canon XSi?

Written by Gail Bjork

The Canon XS/1000D or the XSi/450D are both great cameras but have some differences. Whether the differences are worth the extra cost of the XSi, only you can decide.

ConfusingWhich to buy: the Canon Rebel XS/1000D or XSi/450D?

It was only a few months after Canon introduced the Rebel XSi/450D digital single reflex camera that they announced the XS/1000D. As of this writing, the XS costs about $200.00 U.S. less than the XSi.

The XS and XSi have just about the same look, weight and size. And both cameras come with the well-regarded Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens.

So, what do you not get for $200.00 less? Here are the main differences. The XS information is listed first:

  • Megapixels: 10 instead of 12.
  • LCD: 2 1/2″ instead of 3″.
  • Autofocus: 7 point instead of 9 point.
  • Image processing: 12-bit instead of 14-bit.
  • Viewfinder magnification: 81% instead of 87%.

Unlike the XSi, the XS does not have:

  • Spot metering (but it does have partial metering).
  • A Proximity sensor, which automatically shuts off the LCD when the eye is raised to the viewfinder. Nice battery-saving feature and glad I don’t have to remember to manually shut off the LCD.
  • Highlight tone priority.

The XSi takes both a wireless and wired remote control. The XS only uses a wired remote.

XS/1000D or XSi/450D?

So what does all this mean for those considering one of the newest, lightweight, entry level DSLRs made by Canon?

It depends.

If you’re buying a DSLR for the first time, you may want to get the XS. The money you save could go towards other DSLR accessories you’ll need. Just wait until you find out what some interchangeable lenses cost!

The XS is by no means a bare-bones camera. While it lacks a few of the features found on the XSi, they are ones, quite frankly, that some will probably never use or miss.

On the other hand, if you’re an experienced compact digital camera user, or someone with a growing passion for digital photography, the extra features of the XSi are worth the extra cost.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • I spent several weeks reviewing the REBEL XS vs it’s many 10 MP adversaries, I even checked it against the ultra zooms as I wanted the convenience of video as well, but too many good things stood out with this camera and so I decided upon it.

  • thank you soo much this was great wayy better than cnet review on this camera 🙂 i think i can decide now…