Canon Announces the New Digital Rebel XS / 1000D and Speedlite 430EX II

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In a very surprising move, Canon recently unveiled the Digital Rebel XS/1000D which is its newest entry-level DSLR only four months after the release of the Rebel XSi/450D. Apparently, the 1000D was developed alongside the XSi. Canon decided to release a new lower cost model to the Rebel 450D instead of keeping the Xti/400D in the line-up.

In terms of specifications and looks, the 1000D is definitely a cross between the 400D and the 450D. Like the 400D it has a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor but this time incorporates Live View capabilities. It uses the new DIGIC III image processor which should improve image quality specially in high ISO settings. The 1000D uses the LP-E5 battery pack which gives approximately 100 shots more than the 400D’s NB-2LH. Like the the 450D, it still uses SD cards as its media. View the 1000D’s full specifications here.

The suggested retail price on Canon UK’s website is at 499.00 GBP. Units will start shipping by the end of July. View the complete press release here.

The Speedlite 430EX II was also recently announced which will replace the 430EX. The Speedlite 430EX II offers fast, silent recycling and full control via the menu system of compatible EOS cameras. It is ideal for both amateurs and professionals seeking a versatile, all-purpose flash.

For maximum flexibility and ease of use, the Speedlite 430EX II incorporates a number of new features. Recycle times have been reduced by approximately 20%, with the recycle process performed silently to minimise distraction. A new metal mounting foot with redesigned connection pins provides ultra-stable communication between the camera and flash; for rapid connection to the camera, a new quick release and locking mechanism is also incorporated. Unit costs 209.99 GBP and will also ship by the end of July. View the full press release here.

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