Canon EOS 1000D | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
When word got around that the EOS 450D had made the switch from CompactFlash to Secure Digital, things went quickly from there. Canon too have adopted the Secure Digital format as standard for their EOS DSLR camera, that is to say; up to the level of the 450D. When the Canon EOS 1000D appeared it did not come as a surprise that this camera fully supports the SD format. Which means that also SDHC is supported, a type of memory card that offers a storage capacity of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 32GB. That leaves room to travel, thanks to the huge amount of storage. And those who would like to give up their compact camera, switching to the EOS 1000D, will be able to take their SD card along with them.
JPEG & RAW pictures
Thanks to the support of the SDHC format you won't run into a shortage of storage capacity. The Canon EOS 1000D offers a resolution of 10 Megapixels, which means that the highest quality JPEG is approximately 3.8MB and RAW approximately 9.8MB of size in practice. In addition, it is also possible to shoot in RAW+JPEG at the same time. The file size will become huge, approximately some 13.6MB. You can also select a lower resolution or compression although I don't see the use of it. Unless of course you don't have time to reduce file size if you want to send them through email on a vacation, for example.
Canon EOS 1000D buffer
The buffer of the Canon 1000D is not that impressive. That is to say: if you shoot in JPEG, the EOS 1000D offers an acceptable speed of 3 fps with over 514 pictures as a maximum in a series, however, RAW decreases the speed with 50% and 'only' 5 sequential pictures can then be taken. For many objects, the amount of RAW pictures will suffice, but the speed of 1.5 fps could become an annoying factor. If you want to work in a pleasant way, a 2GB storage capacity or the even more convenient 4GB SDHC memory card will be the most obvious to use.
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
The advantage of a faster memory card is rapid data transfer providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. This should be no problem with the latest generation of notebooks and computers. The latest announcements makes us believe that there is an even faster version in the pipeline. Before this new variant becomes a standard, however, a lot of water will have flowed under the bridge.
Card reader for the Canon 1000D
If there is no Hi-Speed connection available, of if you want to shoot with a new card whilst someone else edits the pictures or transfers them, you can choose to purchase a card reader. This handy device needs to be connected to the USB or Firewire port and is able to read a card and write to it rapidly. The computer will recognize the device as an external hard drive. Additionally, you will also save energy.
Canon EOS 1000D battery
The Canon EOS 1000D uses the same battery as that of the EOS 450D. This relatively new battery has a capacity of 7.4V 1080mAh. It should last for around 500 to 600 pictures without using the flash after a 2-hour recharge, or 400 to 500 pictures with the use of the internal flash depending on the surrounding temperature (CIPA measurement). If however you activate the Live View function, the capacity drops considerably. 180 to 200 pictures depending on the use of the flash and the surrounding temperature. This drastic drop in the amount of pictures you have to take into account if you love shooting with Live View. In that case a second battery will come in handy.