Product Review Canon EOS 1000D DSLR

The Canon EOS 1000D is a great entry level Digital Camera for first time DSLR users. The CMOS sensor and DiG! C III Image Processor combine to deliver the high image quality. The 7-point user-selectable autofocus system falls a bit short of some of it's competitors who boast 9 and 11 point. For those first time users of DSLR's this a good starting point, it's 10.1 megapixel and attractive starting price will make it a winner for it's target audience.

Pros:

Good battery life

Nice features / settings

Quick Start-up time

Excellent image quality

Superior build quality

Bright LCD

Solid Operation

Lightweight / Portable

Simple controls / menu

Cons:

Noisy

No Sepia mode

No video recording

Maximum ISO of 1600

No Spot Meter

Annoying in viewfinder focus point display

THE SPECS

Image sensor : 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor with 10.50 million photosites (10.1 megapixels effective)

Lens mount : Canon EF (for EF and EF-S lenses)

Focal length crop factor : 1.6x

I mage formats : JPEG, RAW (12-bit Canon original), RAW + JPEG

Image Sizes : 3888 x 2592, 2816 x 1880, 1936 x 1288

Image Stabilization : Lens-based only

Dust removal : Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System

Shutter speed range : 30-1 / 4000 second plus Bulb; X-synch at 1/2000 second

Exposure Compensation : +/- 2EV in 1/3 or ½ EV increments (can be combined with AEB)

Self-timer : 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting

Focus system : TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection with 7 AF points; AD assist beam via flash

Focus modes : One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing

Exposure metering : 35-zone TTL full-aperture metering with Evaluative (linkable to any AF point), Partial (approx. 10% of viewfinder at center), Center-weighted metering

Shooting modes : Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure, E- TTL II autoflash

Picture Style / Control settings : Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3

Color space options : sRGB, Adobe RGB

Custom functions : 12/32

ISO range : Auto, ISO 100-1600

White balance : Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent light, flash, custom; WB bracketing +/- 3 steps in full-stop increments; WB correction +/- 9 steps in full-stop increments; color temperature information provided

Flash : Retractable, auto pop-up E-TTL II autoflash; GN 13; coverage to 17mm lens angle of view

Flash exposure adjustment : ± 2 stops in 1 / 3- or 1/2-stop increments

Sequence shooting : JPEG: Max. approx. 3 shots / sec for 514 shots; RAW: Max. approx. 1.5 shots / sec. for 5 shots

Storage Media : SD / SDHC memory cards

Viewfinder : Eye-level pentamirror with 95% coverage, 0.81x magnification; 21mm eyepoint (from eyepiece lens center); dioptric adjustment -3.0 to +1.0; fixed precision matte screen

LCD monitor : 2.5-inch TFT LCD with Approx. 230,000 dots; 100% coverage

Live View : Yes (Live & Quick AF Modes); Remote Live View shooting and manual focusing supported

Data LCD : No

Playback functions : Single image, single image + image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x – 10x), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images, or shooting date); highlight alert provided

Interface terminals : USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed); Video out (PAL / NTSC); Remote Switch RS-60E3 terminal

Power supply : LP-E5 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (600 shots / charge without flash)

Dimensions (wxhxd) : 126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm (body only)

Weight : 450 grams (body only)

Overall, if your last camera was a Compact Digital Camera and your working your way up in features and capabilities, then this is a good starting point. There are many features to enhance your images, if you merely looking for better holiday snaps, my advice is stick with the Point and Shoot Compacts.

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