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Canon EOS 1000D Digital SLR Review

Canon EOS 1000D Digital SLR Review - With the recent announcement of the Canon EOS 1000D, Matt Grayson takes a look at the specification to see what it will be capable of.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Canon EOS 1000D
Price : £399
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This article is a preview of the Canon EOS 1000D, not a full review. Take a look at the full written review here.

Canon EOS 1000D: Specification

  • Resolution: 10.1Mp
  • Sensor type: CMOS with intelligent orientation
  • Image size: 3888x2592
  • Processor: Digic III
  • Focusing: 7-point AF
  • Focus modes: AI servo/one shot/AI focus/live-view/quick mode live-view
  • Metering modes: TTL- evaluative/partial/centre-weighted
  • Canon EOS 1000D Exposure compensation: /- 2EV in ½ or 1/3 stop increments
  • Sensitivity: ISO100-1600
  • Shutter speed: 30seconds to 1/4000th second & bulb
  • Viewfinder coverage: 95%
  • Magnification: 0.81x
  • Monitor: 2.5in TFT LCD screen 230,000 dots (76,000 pixels) & live-view
  • Live-view coverage: Approx. 100%
  • Sync speed: 1/200second
  • Rear curtain sync: Yes
  • Flash guide: 13
  • Drive: Single/continuous 3fps (JPEG, 1.5fps (RAW)
  • Histogram: Yes with brightness and RGB
  • Download: USB 2
  • Storage: SD/SDHC
  • Battery: Li-Ion LP-E5
  • Construction: Steel chassis, plastic body
  • Size: 126.1x97.5x61.9mm
  • Weight: 450g

The Canon EOS 1000D appears to be a revival of the EOS 1000f 35mm film SLR released in 1990.

If tradition is followed with Canon numbering of products, then the EOS 1000D will be lower specification than the EOS 450D and some features already signal this.

Canon EOS 1000D: Interesting Features
Canon EOS 1000D The 10Mp CMOS is lower than the EOS 450D, but will still comfortably enlarge to A3 size for enlargements. The Intelligent Orientation feature is for when you're shooting portraits and the information on the screen will rotate around to a portrait format when the camera is put on its side. From the sensor, the image runs through Canon's fabled 3rd generation Digital Imaging Core (DIGIC III) processor which is designed for faster download to the memory card with better colour adjustment (JPEG) and is dedicated to image processing. This processor is also found on more pro DSLRs up to and including the top of the range EOS 1Ds MkIII (although the 1Ds MkIII has two processors to cope with the 21Mp sensor).

The EOS 1000D has seven focus points which was last seen on the EOS 350D and so is a downgrade on the EOS 450D's nine points but will still offer suitable options for off-centre focusing without the need to recompose. Live-view has been fitted on the EOS 1000D and seems to be a staple requirement of modern DSLR releases. Take a look at the video review of the Canon EOS 450D on ePHOTOzine.tv to see how it will work. A histogram and grid lines can be superimposed over the image for help in composition and exposure.

Two types of focusing are available in live-view which are quick Canon EOS 1000D AF which knocks the mirror down to focus using the focus screen and live AF which uses contrasting areas of the image to focus with and is a feature similar to how digital compacts focus.

The camera's metering is done by either centre-weighted, partial or evaluative. No spot metering for the EOS 1000D which some of you may be unimpressed with but then the EOS 400D didn't have this feature either.

The continuous shooting drive is an improvement in JPEG format as it will shoot and download directly to the card, not onto a buffer, so will carry on until the card is full. The EOS 1000D does shoot in RAW, which is great, but continuous shooting only manages five RAW frames, down on the EOS 400D's ten and the EOS 450D's six.

Canon EOS 1000D: Build quality
The camera is styled on the EOS 450D and looks identical apart from a few minor adjustments. The screen is a smaller 2.5in and the eye detect sensors under the viewfinder have been removed. The rubbery thumb rest on the back of the EOS 450D has been removed for whatever reason Canon see fit and the material on the hand grip has changed. Buttons and icons appear to be slightly larger on the EOS 1000D and the lack of a wireless remote icon on the navigation pad explains that the EOS 1000D doesn't have one.

The main reason for the launch of this camera is that its the lightest EOS SLR ever made and that statement is very important. It's not the lightest SLR ever made, it's the lightest EOS SLR. In fact, the Olympus E-420 is lighter at 380g (excl. battery and card). The EOS 450D has a weight of 475g so it's only 25g lighter, but stands up to the claims. It simply depends on if you can notice it when holding them.

The screen layout of the EOS 1000D has been retained from the EOS 450D and this can be seen on the ePHOTOzine.com full written review. This means a bright screen with large, easy to see icons to navigate around.

The lack of the mock leather on the grip and rubbery pad on the back of the camera could give it a cheaper plasticky feel and will be down to personal preference.

Canon EOS 1000D
The front view.
Canon EOS 1000D
The rear view.


DxOMark provides objective, independent, RAW-based image quality performance data for lenses and digital cameras to help you select the best equipment to meet your photographic needs.

Visit the DxOMark website for tests performed on the Canon EOS 1000D.

Canon EOS 1000D: Verdict
Although lacking on a few features that would be beneficial to the new comer to photography looking to expand their knowledge (spot metering, wireless remote), the Canon EOS 100D appears to be quite well-equipped with some features that aren't normally seen on a camera of that classification.

The missing rubber areas for the grip and thumb will make the camera feel lower quality than what it is which is a shame.

The biggest hurdle Canon have to clear is the price. It's currently sat at £499 body only or £579 with the 18-55mm IS lens. This means it's more expensive than the EOS 450D which, although older, offers more features and is notoriously easy to use.

 

Take a look at the full written test and video review of the Canon EOS 1000D!

The Canon EOS 1000D costs around £399 and is available from Warehouse Express here:

Canon EOS 1000D & 18-55mm

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BevHadland 7 13 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 1:01AM
Great little camera, quarter the weight of my 1Ds III, borrowed the wife's one and was pleasantly surprised with the results, but aps size is not for me, anybody up grading to a DSLR will not regret it.

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