Hello and welcome to another Andy Rouse wex photographic newsletter! Earlier this month, Canon announced the very high specification entry-level DSLR the EOS 1000D. As with all new products there is a wealth of information out there, so I am using my extensive experience in the field, plus my relationship with the vendors, to analyse it all and tell you exactly what you need to know.
The EOS 1000D
Canon have long paid attention to the entry level photographer and have always provided a great selection of affordable DSLRs; the 1000D resets the bar for these cameras as it is feature packed, let’s take a quick look at the main features:
- Sensor – the 1000D has a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, which will produce a cracking A4 print and allow you to expand easily to prints that are much larger. The 450D, its nearest neighbour in the Canon range, has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor.
- AF Performance – the 1000D incorporates a state of the art AF system with 7 selectable points to allow you to compose your perfect shot, and has a cross-hair single point system for increased accuracy in low light situations. This cross hair sensor works at an aperture of f5.6, which is a major improvement over cameras like the 450D that only work at f2.8. The end result is more accurate autofocus across the board, in all-light conditions.
- High Speed Performance – The 1000D has the same Digic II processor that is now found in the Canon pro DSLRs and will allow may seem a low rate readers should remember that the EOS 1Ds Mark 1 was images with it; good photography is a result of timing not of blasting with the finger down!
- Buffer speed – obviously important for everyone the 1000D has a 5-frame buffer for RAWS but the JPEG buffer is a little harder to determine from the specs. If I am reading it right however, the 1000D appears to be able to deliver 3fps for up to 514 JPEGS! That would be an amazing performance considering the 450D has a JPEG buffer of only 53 JPEGs. I will try to verify this with Canon but if true is an amazing performance, all helped of course by the Digic II processor.
- Improved Body Design – the 1000D is significantly smaller in physical dimensions than its Canon neighbours and weighs an incredible 450g!
- Automatic Sensor Cleaning – the 1000D comes complete with the EOS integrated cleaning system to keep the sensor free of dust; this is a good bonus as it means that you do not have to spend money on expensive cleaning tools and can buy extra lenses instead!
- Viewfinder Coverage – the 1000D viewfinder coverage is 95%; this is the same as the 450D.
- Live View – via the 2.5” LCD the 1000D provides full Live View functionality that is found in the high models of the range. Trust me this is not a gimmick, I am starting to use the ability to shoot from the back screen more and more.
- Menus – there are many customisable options now included in the menus which have previously been left out from entry level DSLRs, including the popular My Menu feature to add your own favourites.
When I first looked at the specs for the 1000D I could not really see what Canon’s plan was here when comparing it to the 450D, which is a similar price. But the weight and size reduction is perhaps the key as this will appeal more to those photographers who have been using pro-sumer cameras and are used to having a smaller, lighter camera in the bag. These photographers are generally JPEG shooters too, which is why Canon have included the Digic II processor and the incredible JPEG buffer performance! There is no doubt that the 1000D is feature rich and does indeed have many of the features that are included on much more expensive DSLRs in the Canon range. I think that it will become the Canon entry level camera of choice and will attract a lot more photographers into the DSLR world.
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