Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera

New EOS Kiss



  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
  • Outline
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Marketed September 1996
Original Price 59,000 yen (body)

The original EOS Kiss became a hit product due to its high-end features, easy operation, and affordable price. It was succeeded by the New EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or 500 in other countries). While inheriting the main features of the original Kiss such as lightweight and compact size, the New EOS Kiss has a Multi-BASIS (|+|) AF sensor for 3 focusing points displayed in the viewfinder’s image area. The focusing point can be selected manually by the user or automatically by the camera. Focusing the desired subject can be as quick as a more expensive camera. The following picture-taking modes can be set: Shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, shiftable Intelligent program AE, Programmed Image Control modes, depth-of-field AE, program flash AE, and metered manual. The camera comes in silver or black.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter multi-mode AF SLR camera
Picture Size 24×36 mm, panorama (13x36mm) enabled (Japanese version only).
Normal Lens Canon EF lenses
Lens Mount EF mount
AF System TTL phase detection. AF modes: One-Shot AF/Predictive AI Servo AF (automatic switchover). Multi-BASIS (|+|) for the AF sensor. Three focusing points selectable by dial operation or by the camera automatically. AF operating range at ISO 100: EV 1.5 – 18. In-focus indicator lights on the LCD in the viewfinder and on the external LCD panel (beeper can be turned off/on).
Shutter Vertical-travel, focal-plane electronic shutter. 30 sec. – 1/2000 sec., B. X-sync at 1/90 sec. In the manual and shutter speed-priority AE modes, the shutter speed can be set in 1/2-stop increments. Hot shoe provided for flash sync. Built-in electronic self-timer.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level roof mirror. 0.7x magnification, 90% vertical and horizontal coverage.
Shutter speed and aperture setting (blinks as a warning when the exposure is incorrect) displayed by 7-segment yellow LED. Blinking shutter speed display is a camera-shake warning. Three focusing points (superimposed), in-focus indicator, exposure display dots (exposure compensation amount, metered manual exposure, autobracketing amount, red-eye reduction lamp-ON indicator, flash ready, high-speed sync, shutter speed setting and control value, and aperture setting and control value are displayed with a yellow-green LED. Panorama frame (New EOS Kiss only).
External LCD Film-loaded indicator, film rewind-completed indicator, manual focus, exposure display, shutter speed, aperture setting and control value, film speed, battery check, and other indications.
Metering &
Exposure Control
Composite SPC for TTL full-aperture metering (6-zone evaluative, 9.5% partial metering at center [set automatically during AE lock]) with shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, shiftable Intelligent program AE, five program AE modes, depth-of-field AE, and metered manual. Manual exposure compensation range of ±2 EV (in 1/2-stop increments). AE lock enabled with a button. Autobracketing range of ±2 EV (in 1/2-stop increments) for three consecutive frames. Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 2 – 20. Film speed range: ISO 25 to 5000 (in 1/3-stop increments with DX code). Maximum 9 multiple exposures (cancellable manually).
Built-in Flash Located on pentaprism hump. Retractable head. TTL autoflash control (fires automatically in backlight and low-light conditions in the Full Auto and three Programmed Image Control modes) with off-the-film metering. Flash sync speed set automatically anywhere from 30 sec. to 1/90 sec. depending on aperture setting. Fill-flash enabled. Red-eye reduction lamp provided. With the optional Canon Speedlite 220E or 380EX, the camera’s AE lock button fires a preflash. The resulting reflection off the subject is metered (partial metering at center) by the AE sensor to determine the flash output. FE lock can also be controlled in this way. Guide No. 12 (at ISO 100 in m).
Autodate Feature Year, month, day. Or day, hour, minute.
Power Source Two 3 V CR123A lithium batteries
Film Loading &
Align film leader at mark, then close the camera back for prewind loading. First, the entire roll is wound on the take-up spool. Then each time a picture is taken, the film advances back into the cartridge. Film transport with the built-in motor. Film advance speed: 1 fps. After the last frame is exposed, the film is rewound automatically. Midroll rewind enabled.
Frame Counter Counts down on external LCD panel (counts up during film rewind).
Dimensions &
146 x 92 x 62 mm, 400 g (with batteries)