One of the first things you notice is how much the Canon EOS 1000D resembles its bigger brother, the EOS 450D. The 450D is slightly bigger but that's all. If however, you take a closer look and place both models side by side, you will notice some more differences, although still marginal. The fibre of the handgrip has been changed to a somewhat rougher fibre type, and the IR sensor is lacking. This sensor supports an IR remote control which is not available on the EOS 1000D. When we turn the camera around, we notice the main difference; the size of the monitor. Whereas the EOS 450D features a large sized 3 inch monitor, the owner of an EOS 1000D has to settle for a 2.5 inch version. Still not bad at all.
Canon EOS 1000D housing
The construction of the Canon EOS 1000D feels nice and solid. Although the material is artificial, it does not diminish the solid feel and certainly for an entry-level camera model, the housing is durable. The stiff grip offers a perfect hand-fit. The space in between the handgrip and the lens is rather small, and for a photographer with slightly bigger hands it may be a nuisance when a finger 'rubs' against the lens.
Canon EOS 1000D bayonet mount
In between the handgrip and the bayonet mount, a LED functions as indicator for the self-timer and red-eye reduction light. Since this space is rather limited, I tend to think the effect of the LED might be zero in several cases due to a finger falling right on top of it. The red and white indication points on the metal mount indicate the spot at which the EF or EF-S lens can be placed. A small button on the bottom of the mount serves as depth of field button. A function that I personally never, ever use, but that might come in handy in certain situations. A flash button on the side of the mount offers direct access to enhanced flash settings.
Command dial & Shutter release
On top of the camera, we find the well-known 'EOS' command dial with the main programs on it. It is not possible to turn the dial completely around, and every setting has a perceptible and audible click. The dedicated ISO button offers direct access to the ISO settings. The shutter release button is found up front of the handgrip and feels good under your finger. The pressing point is pleasant and enables accurate operation. The on/off switch has turned out to be quite large, thus making an unintended switch impossible. Off-centre, below the hot shoe, the internal flash is placed with AF assist lamp support. If you want to use this AF assist lamp, the flash has to be activated manually for it to fold up.
Canon 1000D supports SD and SDHC
The side of the Canon 1000D features a small compartment for the memory card. It hardly comes as a surprise that the camera supports SD format. This clears the road for large storage capacities, while SDHC is also fully supported. As far as we can say now, the maximum storage capacity reaches 32GB. However, the SD consortium has plans to redesign the format again, about which you will read more later this year or at the beginning of next year. On the opposite side of the Canon EOS 1000D, the usual interfaces such as USB/video and A/C power adaptor are placed.
2.5" LCD display & Viewfinder
On the back we find a 2.5 inch sized monitor. Canon have really tried to make a difference here, considering there is also room for a 3 inch one, as we have seen on the EOS 450D. Canon wanted to make a distinction here. Above the monitor, the somewhat small viewfinder is located with a magnification of 0.81x, which is ranked right under that of the EOS 450D. However; the displayed information in the viewfinder is similar. Due to the lack of a top led on top of the camera, the LCD monitor on the back becomes even more important for reproducing the information. The 230,000 pixels offer precise reproduction and make it a joy to work with. To the right of the monitor, sufficient space remains for the remaining necessary buttons, such as the multi-functional control button, reproduction, recycle bin etcetera.
Universal metal tripod connection
The bottom of the camera features a Universal metal tripod connection placed almost in the centre, and leaving sufficient distance to the battery compartment, offering a reasonable chance of changing the battery without having to remove the camera from the tripod. The Canon EOS 1000D uses an LP-E5 Lithium Ion battery with a 7.4V 1080mAh capacity.