"XS has all the features most shooters need"4.5 starson by snphotog
Pros: Wide variety of features yet easy to learn and operate.
Small enough to pack yet large enough to be comfortable in the hand.
Inexpensive yet gives you pro-quality results
Accepts wide array of Canon lenses and accessories
Cons: Ok, yes, feels a little cheap to the touch. But I've yet to see a review complaining about it breaking.
Summary: I was a pro photographer for 20 years and did promo work for Pentax. I shot Hasselblad, Pentax 6x7, and Pentax LX-pro cameras. I moved to Canon disgital with the release of the D60, but started doing more writing than shooting, so never upgraded until now. I wanted pro-style features but wanted to keep the cost down. User reviews led me to choose the XS and I couldn't be happier. Forget the "cons" you read hear, they're nitpicking. Who says a pro camera can't be small. No date stamp? Every pic has shot data attached, including the shooting date and your name if you want. Focus point display? Didn't even notice it after five minutes shooting. A 3" LCD is so much better than a 2.5"? Put on your glasses. Live view is about as pro as you can get--seeing the image pop up on the laptop is perfection. Need more than 1600 ISO? Really? Ok, if you're doing that many night shots, or shooting jets, then you probably need a $5000 digital. The kit zoom that came with my XS does a beautiful job and I'd challenge anyone to pick my photos out of a lineup with L lens images. Bottom line, if you have an unlimited budget, go for the 1D Mark III and a bagfull of L lenses. If you want the best DSLR for the price, pick up an XS.