Canon EOS 1000D SLR camera review
The EOS 1000D is Canon's convincing answer to the competition, and it again places them in the highly competitive segment of the entry-level D-SLR camera. It are only minor details that make the difference between the EOS 450D and the Canon 1000D, however, the price will have to make the real difference. The market for the entry-level digital SLR is extremely crowded and although there never used to be a question about scoring a market share in the past, it might be difficult for the upcoming years.
Canon EOS 1000D entry-level DSLR
The Canon EOS 1000D does undoubtedly succeed when it comes to its quality. It is clearly a product that has arisen from long years of EOS experience. The camera is simply well constructed and although not completely free of remarks, the Canon EOS 1000D truly is an extremely beautiful entry-level DSLR. The image quality is convincing, the operation logical and friendly, and its size that makes it pleasant to always carry the camera with you.
Pictures taken in practice with the Canon 1000D
The pictures taken in practice already made it clear and when we compare the technical DIWA Lab tests with the test pictures, we see that the quality of the EOS 1000D is almost similar to that of the EOS 450D. If you make a choice entirely based on quality, will find the best price/quality ratio with the Canon EOS 1000D. If speed at RAW format is a must, you will have to rethink your choice. With a speed of 1.5 fps and a maximum of 5 pictures in a series, taking action pictures might be a problem in this format. You need the Canon 450D (3.5 fps in RAW) for this.
Live View function on the Canon 1000D
Live View can be a convenient function, yet it needs refining to make it perfect. The speed of the contrast detection is average and only suitable for working with a tripod. Canon could gain something here. Besides that, you can improve the image quality by purchasing a better lens. It's not that the kit lens performs poorly, however, as for chromatic aberration and vignetting, there are (more expensive) lenses that perform just that little bit better.
Canon EOS 1000D test conclusion
Other than that, we can't be anything but positive about the Canon EOS 1000D. You can get by perfectly with all ISO settings at which noise is no longer an issue. An excellent performance. Also when it comes to dynamic range and colour reproduction, the Canon 1000D scores excellently and is well-matched with its more expensive EOS brothers. In addition, the beginning photographer will certainly be able to lift his photographic skills to a higher level. The Canon EOS 1000D is also an excellent step towards the semi-pro job, for those who want this kind of level. We can only come to one conclusion; the Canon EOS 1000D really stands up for itself, and the EOS success will without doubt be continued by the 1000D.
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"With the introduction of the Canon 1000D, Canon create room and offer the consumer a full digital SLR with an appealing price tag. Looking at the EOS 1000D, you could come to the conclusion that it is a stripped down version of the EOS 450D, because as a camera the Canon EOS 1000D leans closely towards its 'predecessor' the EOS 400D and the actual model; the EOS 450D."
Continue to read our Canon EOS 1000D preview.
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.
Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
Resolution 10 Megapixels - RAW - 9.8MB - 199 pictures
Resolution 10 Megapixels - RAW+JPEG - 143 pictures
Resolution 10 Megapixels - JPEG - Large - 3.8MB - 514 pictures
Resolution 10 Megapixels - JPEG - Standard - 2.0MB - 982 pictures
Resolution 5.3 Megapixels - JPEG - Large - 2.3MB - 859 pictures
Resolution 5.3 Megapixels - JPEG - Standard - 1.2MB - 1630 pictures
Resolution 2.5 Megapixels - JPEG - Large - 1.3MB - 1474 pictures
Resolution 2.5 Megapixels - JPEG - Standard - 0.7MB - 2816 pictures
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.