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so first off ill start by saying that I'm no pro when it comes to cameras.
I've just recently got into photography and for me this is my first proper camera. I shopped around abit and decided upon this on, it was quite fairly priced as there are some pricey ones out there.
the camera itself is easy to use and nice to hold, its not too heavy or bulky.
you can get different lens attachments fir it such as fish eye, macro etc. This camera also has a digital screen for you to view your images on which is good, it also show the basic information on there such as battery life.
On this camera there are a lot of options to take different types of photos but to be honest I've not used some of them, basically because im not sure what they do or because i need a different lens.
You do need a memory card in order to use this camera, i would also recommend a second battery for a back up, as when you're out and about snapping away there's nothing worse then running out of charge.
what i would also say is that if you are new to photography like me be aware that different lenses do come at a cost and they're not cheap.
This camera also has a flash that pops up which is pretty useful for snapping when its dark.
I would also recommend a camera case for it too, as when your out and about it keeps it safe, not only that but you can keep all of your extra bits and bobs in there.
The Canon EOS 1000D was developed by Canon for the budget photographer in us all. For those that wanted to upgrade from a film camera which has both it's upsides and downs but also for those branching out into a more varied style of photography.
The price is fairly competitive with others around the same specifications with its 10.1MP capabilities, its own Canon CMOS sensor which can help in low light situations, automatic dust removal, 9 point focusing and an ISO of 100-32000 meaning that most photographs in any light situations should be achievable. All this for an amazing price of under £280. Even second hand these little gems you can pick up for around £150 which is amazing when you think that the image quality is vastly superior to any digital camera you can buy for that price.
The battery lasts for what seems an eternity, even with the flash on. Although a secondary battery is always a good idea I have put faith in the amount of photos it has taken on the last remaining bar of the battery when I was in Iceland and it didn't let me down even in the harsh coldness of the Arctic circle.
The flash could be a bit better but as with any built in flash you are limited as to what effect it can have.
As with any DSLR it is not so much the body which does all the work as all ISOs are the same and all MPs are the same it's more about the lens in regards to equipment as well as the photographer themselves. It has many modes including automatic for those that don't feel up to speed with the more creative modes of aperture and shutter mode and is great for those just branching into the world of digital photography through the medium of DSLR cameras.
The thing I like about the Canon DSLRs is the fact that many third parties make add ons such as flash guns, lenses, battery grips etc and you can seriously take semi professional style photographs with a budget set up using this camera. For the price you pay I think it is an absolute bargain.
I bought this camera about 3 days ago, from Jessops, on offer for £250.
We were wanting to get the Nikon D3100, but decided that it was too much money to pay when we have never used SLR cameras before.
So we searched around online, and found this camera with the 18-55mm lense.
I think the quality of the pictures are amazing, and everything is really simple to use.
Another plus side of this camera is that the lenses are interchangeable, so when we want to upgrade (we will be getting another Canon SLR), the lenses we already have for the 1000D will then be able to be used for the upgrade of our camera we have now.
The weight of the camera (450g) is reasonable, you know you're holding it, but not so much that the weight is unbearable.
There are many different shooting modes on the camera, some which you set up yourself, others which I guess you could call 'quick shooting' modes. These are: 'Flash Off', 'Night Portrait', 'Sports', 'Close-up', 'Landscape', 'Portrait' and 'Full Auto'.
When you turn the camera off, there is an automatic 'Sensor Cleaning', thus making sure there is never stray pieces of unwanted dust settling on your lens, making the photos virtually 'dust free'.
The screen (LCD Monitor which is 2.5" in size) that is placed on the bottom left of the camera, is very clear, it gives you the ability to 'playback' the photos you have taken, and delete them if needs be! There is also the ability to zoom in on the pictures you have taken, which I find is sometimes a very useful feature!
The camera has a 'pentamirror' viewfinder, as oppose to the other option the 'pentaprism', I think although this feature of the camera isn't the 'high end', the quality of the pictures are still extraordinary, and believe that it does not really show that much difference!
The camera came with 3 CD's, these were the 'Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk v22.3', 'Canon EOS Digital Software Instruction Manuals Disk v1/10 10ML' and the 'Canon Step Up Photography 2'. I, so far, have only used the Software Instruction Manuals Disk, as it is the installation disk, and I have not owned the camera that long, so therefore not giving me enough time to figure it all out. It also came with a 'Canon Image Gateway' leaflet, which gives me a chance to register my camera, and share my photos online, it also gives me the choice to order my prints for physical photos, and not just digital. This online feature also enables me to customise my camera, to the way in which I like, and also provides me with hints, tips and ideas for what the camera can offer me!
I find that the aperture and ISO of the camera could be a little easier to adjust, I think that the buttons are quite 'concealed' and could hold a more dominant position, but that is mainly because I like to fiddle around with the settings to see which gives me the best photo type.
The shutter button is in a relatively 'awkward' place, the hand grip of the camera is quite small (I don't have huge hands! & I struggle to hold it properly) and the shutter button is just a bit to out of my reach for it to be comfortable, thus making 'continual shooting' a hard task!
There was no camera bag or additional memory supplied with the camera, although I did buy myself a 4GB SanDisk Ultra memory card along with buying the camera. So far, I believe that this is the only type of card that the camera takes (although it will obviously take larger memory sizes!)
The power supply that comes with the camera is a Canon Battery Pack 'LP-E5'. It comes with the camera, and is rechargeable, unlike previous cameras I have owned, you have to actually take the battery out of the camera to charge it, instead of just plugging the charger into the camera itself. I'm not too sure if this will be an inconvenience to me or not, we shall soon find out!
The sound of the camera is virtually silent to me, yes it makes an initial noise when the 'flash' pops up, but apart from that, I've definitely heard noisier!
The actual back panel of the camera is very simple, and this is alot better than it being too busy. All of the appropriate, most common used buttons are there, clearly labelled for ease of access. There are a few 'wheels' on the camera which I cannot quite understand what they all do!
In the camera box, a VERY helpful Instruction manual came with it, pointing out ways to enhance your photography skills, and also definitely helps you understand what you are doing, and making it a better camera for beginners with all the help they dish out for you!
Thus eventually saving us money overall, and with the fact we got the camera for £250, I think this has been the best bargain I have ever found, and am glad I invested in such a good camera.
just read the rules.. sorry about the previous one
Among my gadget, i got this baby about half years ago. if i didn;t mistaken, it came with standart 15-50mm lens, and strap
my photography skill level is still noob, but i have used almost every single mode in the gadget
the censor used is 10.1 mpx one, more than enough to took most everyday moments, ranging from day-use sport activity to night portrait. I even took a musical show from my department in it's turn out quite good even though it's almost midnight and without external light source ( there's only fluorescent lamp in the stage and it's outdoor) ( using standart flash)
But pay attention ! the censor iso's not strong enough to take a night sport such as badminton and tennis without external light source ( i.e. stadium light). Youre usually not allowed to use flash in these occasion, so if you need it for those i strongly recommend you to pick higher models. if you do it anyway it will be really blurry
as for night portrait, it will do good even with standart lenses
standart battery life is more than enough, except if you bring it for heavy use in travelling. Well, you will need more storage anyways so before buying spare batteries i recommend to buy spare MC's. And about multiple shot, in daylight it tooks less than 1 second to actually took 3 shot, but you need to have class 10 MC's or you will have some delays after 12-15 shot ( i'm using 10 mpx raw presets)
Autofocus is quite good, but it's pretty bad for macros. you really need to use manual focus, it tends to focus to background even in macros mode. AS for sport mode, i really recommend you to use canon lenses if you're using AF, because the AF won't be able to keep up if you use other manufacturer's
accecories that i used : ( in case you need it too ) external flash ( china made, rarely used,), a 75-300 lens, UV and IR filter from hoya ( these are a MUST have, you won't regret it)
accecories that i need but still doesn't have it : vertical grip ( just randomly borrow from my friend, believe me taking a portrait in 1 hour presentation is rediculously tiring although this gagdet is not really heavy for it's class)
if you need some of my sample pic taken, i'll be happy to share, just ask in comments and tell me how ( e-mail/etc)
As usual I did alot of research before buying this camera. I knew I was going to compromise on quality slightly but it seemed to be a massive price increase to buy one of the higher spec models. I only considered Canon cameras because I already have EOS film lenses, if your not stuck to a certain lens then you will have a harder choice of brand as well. I bought the camera with the standard lens, 18mm to 55mm which is very lightweight and plasticy but the quality seems OK.
The camera is pretty small and lightweight but does not feel too tacky or badly made. The functions are pretty similar to any other Canon and can be used by a complete amateur, even my children can use it, or a keen photographer. It has fully automatic functions, including autofocus on the lens, or can be used in several different manual functions. My favourite is Aperture Priority where I chose the aperture, and depth of field, and the camera does the rest.
I hate the flash, as with most built in flashes, it is not powerful enough and being directly above the lens it casts too much sahdow; this is OK for a quick family shot but nothing better. I overide the flash and bump the ISO setting up if needed (Maximum ISO 1600 but a bit grainy at that).
The image quality is very good but the colour saturation could do with boosting. You can take the photos in RAW format and work with them in Photoshop, or similar program, afterwards.
Battery life is very good, a day taking hundreds of photos of several months just taking a few a week. If you are a very keen photographer might be worth buying an additional one but I haven't needed it.
There is a cable supplied and image software but I tend just to cut and paste the files in Windows Explorer and then change any I need to in Photoshop.
If you already have non digital EOS lens they work fine but remeber there is a magnigiaction of 1.6x so a 100mm lens will act like a 160mm lens.
The only thing that is missing for me is a tilting rear screen but that is only a minor issue. Got mine of the bargain price of £299 with Canon's cashback offer, for that price you can't really go wrong.
Would definitely recommend the camera to anyone who is a keen photographer but if you want to take photos in low light invest in a good flashgun.
I have had this DSLR (Digital Single Reflex) for a little under a week now and while I have wanted to blast off a review straight away I thought that to be fair to the product, those considering buying a DSLR and my readers of this review that I should trial out the camera a little longer before reviewing ;).
So, here I am, all guns blazing and good to go! First things first, let's assume you're considering buying your first DSLR and your understanding is where mine was over a year ago - very basic. If I use a technical jargon word in this review, I will break it down so that it can be understood by everyone who reads this review.
---------Search and destroy (or, rather, buy)---------:
I have wanted to upgrade from my Canon compact camera for some time now. I was the previous owner of a Canon Powershot IS S5 which was a great little camera with many great features for a compact camera. I would advise you start with a compact camera and build your confidence and understanding from there, rather than diving straight into the DSLR arena. I felt overwhelmed with my compact camera and actually wanted to send it back to the shop, so I can't imagine how I'd feel having spent hundreds more on a DSLR and being even more over whelmed.
As I have said, you will spend hundreds on a DSLR so it's worth shopping around and getting a feel for what suits your requirements. For myself I have plans of shooting weddings and newborns - in the very far future, I'm still learning and I am still a hobby photographer right now whose working on their confidence ;). Currently I am just looking for a DSLR that will take great photos of my family and our little special moments. This led me onto the Canon 1000D.
I'd actually wanted a Lumix (micro four thirds camera - in other words a camera the size of a compact but with the ability to add or take away lenses to improve picture quality) but then decided against it as it felt like a compromise on quality.
As I got to feel the difference between a G2 and a Canon 1000D in store, I decided to go for the Canon. It performed better on quality although the Lumix is easier to transport around. I would also recommend that you go in store and actually touch and experiment with the camera you want - otherwise you might be a little disappointed.
After seeing the camera in-store I then decided to purchase my camera on-line to save me some money. I would buy it new (my Powershot was 2nd hand and it was a little worn, as well as Live Mode only working on one of the settings.) I bought a double lens kit and Canon 1000d body for £360 - bargain as this would normally tally up to a lot more. I will review the two lenses separately and won't get into too much detail about them here ;).
After a bit of hassle with the delivery times of my camera, it finally arrived. The box it came in was a lot bigger than I'd been expecting, but then again it was coming with two lenses (18-55mm and a zoom/telephoto lens.)
Both lenses were boxed in with the camera body. The camera body was tucked up in a cloth pocket and protected by polystyrene. Upon removing the cloth pocket I noticed that the camera body had a protective cap on the lens mount - this is to protect it from dust and if, for travel or other reasons, you can't carry it with the lenses I would advise fitting this cap onto this part of the body to protect it. It is a Canon EF lens mount so will fit any Canon EF lenses - which come pretty cheaply second hand on eBay.
The body was the usual standard Canon black - I prefer this colour as you're handling the camera a lot it could start to look rather grubby after a few weeks use ;). The LCD screen was fixed into the camera body - unlike my Powershot that had a flip out LCD display. I noticed that around the view finder (the part where you look through to take a picture) there is a flexible rubber cushion and this might sound silly (although, obviously it's the intention of Canon) but it makes picture taking comfortable on the eye area.
The Canon brand is on the lens caps and on the body of the camera - that prominent and very much recognisable font.
In the box was also a battery and a charger unit - remember to remove the yellow battery holder from the battery before charging ;). I charged up my battery and was raring to go...
Now, obviously, after the battery is charged (mine took a few hours) you want to take some photos. Put your memory card into the side slot (on the right hand side of the camera) and away you go! :).
Enjoy some of the following features to choose from:
10.1 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor - I've found that anything over 10 megapixels doesn't really make a difference. In fact, my compact was 8 MP but I could swear it was 10.
Sensor Size : APS-C 22x14mm - This type of sensor is quite a generous size, is light in weight and produces sharp pictures.
Sensor Crop Factor: 1.6x - This can be useful if you're doing a lot of crops as the image quality isn't effected too badly once you crop photos. With my Powershot I had to be careful I didn't crop too much or picture quality was greatly reduced.
DIGIC III Image Processor.
2.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor with 230,000-dot resolution. - as I mentioned before. Does not flip out and is fixed in.
Wide-area 7 point AF with center cross-type sensors. - when you look through the view finder you'll notice little crosses coming into your view. This is handy and keeps me right when taking photos.
EOS Self Cleaning Sensor Unit - when you turn off the camera the sensor will self clean. Pretty nifty.
Continuous Drive up to 3 frames per second for as many JPEG files or up to 1.5 frames per second for 5 RAW files or 4 RAW+JPEG files. - To be honest, I haven't shot anything in a RAW format thus far. But I can say shooting in a JPEG file format it will fire off some quick shots, which is handy when you are capturing an action shot.
ISO sensitivity 100-1600. - Still figuring this out but if you know what you're looking for then I'm probably not much use to you on this ;).
Canon EF/EF-S lenses. - the good thing about this is that there are plenty of lenses on the market. They may be expensive, though, but a good Sigma or Tamron lens will do the job just as nicely. Although, in saying that, I own two Canon lenses and can't imagine buying anything less than that. I'm a photo snob and probably have no real grounds for it ;). Luckily, lenses can be bought cheap second hand - just make sure it's someone you trust and that they have looked after their lenses accordingly.
NTSC/PAL video output. - haven't used this yet but it effectively means you can view your pictures on a TV screen.
File formats include: JPEG, RAW (12-bit Canon original). - Explained above.
Custom Functions (C.Fn) Such as Exposure Level Increment by f-stop etc - I appreciate these functions. I am currently shooting in Auto mode for the most part (please don't grill me for that!) but I love using Av (aperture priority) with manual focus on my lens - also, it does wonderfully on the 'Manual' mode and 'Program' modes - pretty much all the other modes like 'action', 'portrait' and 'landscape' are redundant and will not give you the best results...I suppose they're on the camera for those who don't want to fiddle round with settings but I figure 'that's what Auto is for.' Myself? I am using the Auto setting to familiarise myself with the camera, although I do feel more confident using the other useful settings.
Canon LP-E5 battery pack, battery life (shots per charge) approx. 190-600 without flash or 180-500 with 50% flash use. - The battery has been up and running for a little under a week and is still at a full charge! I have easily done 800 shots, all mixed with flash fired and some not so I have a feeling the battery will last ages.
Approx. weight 0.450 kilograms (0.99 lb). - very light and as the Jessops sales person told me "the problem with these DSLRs is that people buy them once they've picked them up, thinking they are toys, and then they realise they're not toys, they give up and stop using them because they don't know how to use them." Well...can I be forgiven for saying I thought it felt like a toy camera when I picked it up? It is so, so light - even with my telephoto lens attached. I carry it on my back in it's back and honestly I couldn't feel it, I thought it had fallen out! SO light!
The only downside is that sometimes there is a problem with white balance in some shots, but this is easily rectified when you're processing (editing) photos and I have just come to terms with it. You can fiddle around with the white balance but even when this is done I'm still having issues with it - which can be annoying, but over looked, like I said because of editing that can be done.
---------Why an EOS?---------
I couldn't imagine not having an EOS camera now. Simply because I wanted an DSLR (and may well just get the Lumix when the price comes down!) and I believe the EOS range, especially this camera, offers all that I need from a camera. Canon seem to have the most lenses on their EOS range and I love that - I can't wait to add to my collection. Although the lenses can be expensive, be on the look-out for good second hand lenses and you'll save yourself some cash.
At around £300 you can find the Canon 1000D body, just add your own lens...however, if you're starting afresh with a DSLR I would recommend buying it with kit lens included, just to get used to feel and use of a lens - then move up, sell the kit lens if you wish and buy other lenses that will give you better results :).
Overall I'm happy with my purchase even though there are cheaper DSLRs on the market, I feel comfortable with the camera I have and don't feel as though I've been ripped off or sold a pig in a poke ;). I love the image quality and it fits my amateurish needs - if I want to upgrade my camera then I will most likely just buy a new lens to satiate that new camera greed ;). And if I do happen to go pro then I will upgrade cameras, but still keep this one as a back-up.
Being a long time fan of photography, I've been long wanting to step up from point-n-shoot camera to DSLR. I did a lot of online research and looked through a lot of "best beginner-entry" rankings and this Canon 1000D caught my eyes.
1. Money value: 5/5
Canon has been the leading brand in consumer camera with their affordable DSLR cameras. Among all, Canon 1000D is the most affordable.
2. Camera's build: 4/5
I highly recommend this camera for my fellow female photographers. Many people criticise its small plastic body but personally I find it an advantage because being a female with small hands, the Canon 100D fit right into my palms and I can hold it with ease. Being a light-weighted camera, I can carry around with me all day and take pictures whenever I want.
3. Picture's quality: 4/5
Being the cheapest doesn't equivalent the worst. To my surprise, Canon 1000D does a very good job. Considering it's the downgrade version of the more welcomed Canon 450D, it produces high quality pictures on par with its big brother. It was build with the beginner photographers in mind. In my own experience, I couldn't produce any good pictures on my friend's Canon 450D with my shakey hand and absoluate no photography skills. However, I have yet had any blurry pictures on my Canon 1000D. Some people says using this baby is as simple as using compact cameras and to a certain degree, I'm quite agree with them. An absolute beginner can casually take a Canon 1000D and produce good-looking pictures nice and easy.
Overall: If you are a beginner/fancy photography and been dying to get your hand on a DSLR, I highly recommend Canon 1000D, it will help you a lot in your transition from compact to DSLR ! And good value of money too !
I bought this camera after doing lots of research on digital SLR's, and as usual Canon do not disappoint with this level entry DSLR. The functions are easy to navigate once you know the basics about shutter speed, aperture etc. Even on auto mode the camera will produce excellent quality images. The camera is lightweight yet sturdy, and I have used mine in both freezing and humid conditions with no problems. Overall I think the camera is great value for money considering the quality images it produces. Being an amateur photographer, this camera suits all my needs and I imagine I will use it for several years before I get bored of playing with it!
Disadvantages (only minor): This camera does not have a video function but thats not a problem in my opinion. I would have liked the standard 18-55mm lens to come with image stabilisation though. You will soon get bored of the kit lens as it is pretty basic. Sometimes I find the lens struggles to focus when the camera is on auto mode. This camera does not have a live view unless you set it manually each time you turn the camera on. This often seems strange when you are used to using a compact camera, however you soon get used to it.
The Canon EOS 1000D DSLR is an ideal introduction for those wishing to take high quality stunning photographs. The beginner can use the camera in fully automatic mode i.e. as a glorified point and shoot. However, the 1000D comes into its own when used in fully manual mode. There are also various settings available for semi-automatic usage which can be adjusted as the user's knowledge of photography increases.
Picture quality in general usage is limited only by the quality of the lens used (and of course the photographer's ability to use the correct settings). It is likely to be better value in the long term to buy the body only and pay for extra lenses as the stock 18-55 Canon lens isn't of the highest quality. One feature lacking from the 1000D is the ability to shoot videos. If this is a requirement then there is no option but to pay out for the next model up.
The Canon 1000D DSLR camera is ideal for learning the art and science of digital photography. Paired with good quality lenses and you will soon be producing stunning photos without a massive outlay.
When looking for a dSLR, I did some pretty exhaustive research for one which was cheap but still gave the most bang for the buck. Inevitably, the 1000d will be compared to the 450d, the next higher model in the canon range. If you study the galleries at dpreview and read the detailed specs, the most important difference to me was the exclusion of spot metering in the 1000d. For an entry-level enthusiast like myself this wasnt terribly important at all. Rest of the differences between the two are minor and cosmetic. Reason being Canon wanted to enter the entry-level market and so literally stripped the 450d in some peripheral aspects to reflect a lower price range.The internal electronics like the sensors etc are all more or less identical.
Having used it for quite a while now and comparing pictures from both dSLRs, I can safely say which body you choose between the two is not important at all, its all about the lenses. If you do get this make sure you also buy the fixed lens 50 mm f 1/1.4 or f 1/1.8 depending on your budget as the kit lens are okay but once you start using other lenses you notice the deficiency in the kit lens.
Between Nikon and Canon, both are excellent. I've read that Nikon is very good at capturing the cooler colours while canon excels at the warmer end. Also Canon are generally better in low light scenarios which was the deal clincher for me.
If you are preferring the 450d over the 1000d, my genuine advice from experience would be to buy the 1000d and then get some quality lenses with the extra money you would have spent on the 450d. Definitely a much better investment.
I purchased this DSLR around 6 months ago, so far I have been very impressed with this camera. I was looking for something not too expensive but with the greatest quality I could get for the money I was willing to pay.
The 10 megapixel sensor has never proven to be anything but great for the use that I have had for the camera. However I would recommend spending a little extra for a better lens than the standard one (providing you purchase it with the lens) as it tends to be a little limiting for some kinds of photography. The battery life is more than ample for sustained use, I've managed to have one charge last me around a week with fairly frequent use.
I originally purchased this to replace my point and shoot Canon camera and I would definately stick with Canon in the future, there are some that say the Nikon cameras are superior but after comparing this to a Nikon of the same price range I have found it to be a little bit better, not massively but better.
There are some downfalls though, users that have not gone into the depths of the manual settings of cameras could find the settings to be a little bit difficult at first and I do find that if you shoot on automatic you will not get the full use of the camera. However if you do know the settings it is very easy to use and everything can be set up with a quick roll of the wheel located just above the shutter button.
This review is about the Canon EOS 1000D, which is a Digital SLR camera.
I recently bought it. I had heard quite a lot about the DSLR camera and their excellent performances from friends. This camera is a huge jump from my previous camera. The best thing about all the DSLR cameras is that they have so many features to adjust according to the environment. It has so mane different modes such as landscape, night mode etc. When taken with this camera, the pictures look so lively and the faces come out so clear and distinct. It also has auto-focus and manual focus. It has auto-flash. But, flash can be turned off if needed. The other thing I liked about this camera is that it has an outer zoom. So, the frame can get a wider view from where you are standing. It has a driving mode and pictures taken with this mode are almost as clear as those taken while stationary. As in other cameras, it has 'continuous shots'. Having said all that, one thing I noticed with it is that when it is clicked continuously for a short while, say 6-7 clicks, a message pops up saying 'busy'. This is when the camera needs a recovery time. If you just switch it off and then switch it on, the problem is solved. Having said that, all the features and the picture quality of the camera is just great.
Excellent camera for people who have a passion in photography !
The perfect entry as a first DSLR camera, performs as well as its highly rated predecessor the 450D, the main differences being the 1000D has 2 less focal points, a smaller screen, but is considerably lighter, with an upgraded internal sensor, with a lower price tag. For anyone wanting a beginners DSLR at a low price, with good functionality and reliability this would be the one to go for. Fully compatible with Canons range of EOS lenses, can shoot RAW images, which allow for much better picture editing. Perfect size and weight to be carried around. At the moment is the one to go for if you want to learn photography and the functions of a DSLR, a camera that would last you at least 5 years. Only snag would be its lack of video and audio recording, but even on upgraded models its a function that needs much more attention and fine tuning until its a user friendly function due to its only static shooting or manual focussing.
It's fair to say that Canon have been around for a while, and their name is now perceived as a by-word for quality and reliable digital cameras, and this time around they don't disappoint. Designed as an entry level offering to compete with the Nikon D3000 and the up-and-coming Sony alpha range, the 1000D offers a solid set of specifications for the budding student photographer.
The camera boasts a 10.1 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, up to 3 frames per second JPEG shooting speed and a 7 point user-selectable auto focus system. It has a moderately powerful flash, much brighter than most compact cameras, so be careful not to blind your subects! As a kit it comes bundled with an 18-55mm zoom lens with an f stop number of 3.2. Taking into account the effect of the smaller-size APS-C sensor, this is the equivalent of a 29-88mm focal length on a full-frame camera. This provides enough flexibility for close-up macro shots and landscape vistas, or zoom and portrait work. This makes it very easy when setting up shots to get exactly as much of the scene in the frame as the user desires.
Some people complain that the 1000D feels a bit cheap and plasticky, and yes much of the body is made from plastic, but overall the camera feels well put together, and all the buttons are solid and responsive. The most flimsy part of the whole package is the kit lens, particularly the zoom ring. However, provided the camera is treated with care (as it should be!) it doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart anytime soon.
Overall, the best way to describe the 1000D is as a solid, entry-level SLR, and I would particularly recommend it to those moving up from compact point-and-shoot photography, who will find its features and image quality quite outstanding. Those on a tight budget are also in for a treat, after all, prices for this camera are falling all the time, which means it's getting better and better value every day!
This is such a fantastic DSLR. Previously I have only owned a Compact Digital Camera however after seeing so many great photos taken with a DSLR and being slightly disappointed with photos from my own camera me and my partner decided to treat ourselves with a DSLR for Christmas.
This camera came highly recommended to me along with sample photos to show what the camera can do.
The camera looks a little intimidating when it first arrives, especially if you have never used one before. Also ours came without a physical English manual in the box which was a little frustrating when we just wanted to start the camera up and take photos. However once the manual was downloaded from the sellers website we were away!
The automatic settings on this camera are great which are useful when you want a quick shot and are still learning how to use the more technical settings. I took some fantastic action shots on Christmas Day which wouldn't have come out as well with a compact camera.
We were put off by the prices of DSLR's however they are definitely worth all the money and we are glad we spent a bit extra for the Canon brand.