I mean I have experiece with taking pictures, but I don't want to be overwhelmed with features and such... is it easy to use?
The 1000D places itself somewhere between the 400D and 450D. If you are familiar with the basic workings of a dSLR, then you should not have problems navigating your way around the 1000D. It takes many of the new features of the 450D and presents them in a lighter, less expensive format. The 1000D however does not have wireless remote release like the 450D and 400D, but does allows for custom ‘My Menu’ settings.