Canon EOS 1000D review

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The 1000D marks the introduction of a brand-new line of EOS models for Canon, coming in below the range that’s culminated in the 450D. The body shape is slimmed down compared with the 450D and looks more like the old 350D, released in 2005 (web ID: 79985). In terms of features, it’s somewhere between the two. With 10 megapixels, sensor-dust removal and a live-view mode, it’s up to date with the features the market expects of new models. But elsewhere, it’s crippled by cheaper competition.

To begin with, there’s no spot-metering facility. A bigger drawback than this, however, is that when you shoot in RAW mode rather than JPEG, the available burst rate falls. In RAW mode, it halves to 1.5fps – barely more than a decent digital compact can offer. That makes it next to useless if you want to dabble in action photography.

In the 1000D’s favour, the compact body is also light at just 708g including the kit lens – only the Olympus E-420 is lighter – making it a fine holiday carry-around. The lack of spot metering will rarely be an issue, and as compensation you get dedicated depth-of-field preview and ISO selection buttons. You also get Canon’s logical button layout and operation, which makes changing settings quick once you’ve had a day or two with the camera.

Making up for the lack of in-body image stabilisation is also the 18-55mm image-stabilised kit lens. It isn’t as sharp as the equivalent offering with Nikon’s D60, but it beats the Sonys in the image-quality stakes. In addition, Canon’s CMOS image-sensor technology is second to none, with very low noise that makes shooting at up to ISO 1,600 possible. Detail rendition is also good, so if you want to trade up to one of the EF-compatible aftermarket lenses on offer, the body won’t let you down.

The problem, though, is the price. It isn’t significantly cheaper than the EOS 450D, and it’s priced way above the Sony A200, Nikon D40 and Olympus E-420 – all of which are gunning for the same market. With the 450D on one side and the low-cost competition on the other, the 1000D is simply too expensive to recommend.


Image quality 6

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 10.1MP
Camera screen size 2.5in
Camera optical zoom range 3.0x
Camera maximum resolution 3,888 x 2,592
Camera optical image stabilisation in kit lens

Weight and dimensions

Weight 708g
Dimensions 124 x 138 x 98mm (WDH)


Battery type included Lithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard) 600 shots
Charger included? yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash? yes
Aperture range f3.5 - f5.6
Camera minimum focus distance 0.25m
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent) 28
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent) 88
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/4,000
Bulb exposure mode? yes
RAW recording mode? yes
Exposure compensation range +/- 2EV
ISO range 100 - 1600
Selectable white balance settings? yes
Manual/user preset white balane? yes
Progam auto mode? yes
Shutter priority mode? yes
Aperture priority mode? yes
Fully auto mode? yes
Burst frame rate 3.0fps
Exposure bracketing? yes
White-balance bracketing? yes
Memory-card type SD card
Viewfinder coverage 95%
LCD resolution 230k
Secondary LCD display? no
Video/TV output? yes
Body construction Plastic
Tripod mounting thread? yes
Data connector type Mini-USB

Manual, software and accessories

Full printed manual? yes
Software supplied Canon Digital Photo Professional, Canon PhotoStitch

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