Excerpt: After seeing Nikon spring back to life with its high-end powerhouses, Canon has decided to change its entry-level strategy starting with the new EOS Rebel XS. A replacement for the EOS Rebel XTi, the XS does away with the company's method of letting last year's model serve as its bargain SLR. Going forward, Canon will keep all its SLRs up to date with the newest technology.
Conclusion: Having helped create the 'affordable' DSLR, Canon has taken a while to respond to the latest, comparatively wallet-friendly offerings from the likes of Nikon and Sony. The 1000D is a pretty convincing response - it does just about everything it needs to do, and everything it does, it does well. It can produce great images at any of its ISO settings and, viewed as a whole, makes a great first DSLR.
Pros: Great results even with default settings, Good tonal response and dynamic range, Picture styles provides good control over image output (and prove consistent across models), Typical Canon CMOS noise-free images, remain detailed even at high sensitivities, Optional High ISO NR removes all chroma noise without too much detail loss, Comprehensive bundled software adds to camera's value, Offers most features that a first-time users will find themselves needing, Reasonable...
Cons: Continuous shooting ability in RAW very limited (small buffer and low speed), Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, Comparatively small viewfinder, Limited exposure compensation range (+/- 2.0 EV), Live view only useful for specific applications, Contrast detect AF so slow it's only useful in a fixed tripod situation, Metering can overexpose when subjected to high-contrast conditions, Default JPEG output may be a little...
Conclusion: Canon EOS 1000D SLR camera review The EOS 1000D is Canon's convincing answer to the competition, and it again places them in the highly competitive segment of the entry-level D-SLR camera. It are only minor details that make the difference between the EOS 450D and the Canon 1000D, however, the price will have to make the real difference.
Excerpt: The EOS Rebel XS ($699 list price) is the entry-level model in Canon's digital
SLR lineup. The camera is essentially a stripped down version of the Rebel
XSi: it has fewer pixels, a slower burst rate, and a smaller LCD than its big
Pros: Very good photo quality, with minimal noise, Compact body by D-SLR standards (though it's not for everyone), Good kit lens, with image stabilization, Dust reduction system, Fast performance in most respects, Live view with contrast detect AF, magnification, and a histogram (though see issues below), Full manual controls, including lots of white balance options, RAW format supported; good editing software included, Remote capture software included (usually costs extra)...
Cons: Rebel XSi only costs a little more, Small, slippery right hand grip, Very slow contrast detect AF in live view mode; nearly useless in low light, Live view not available in all shooting modes, LCD and optical viewfinder both on the small side, Sluggish RAW format continuous shooting
Excerpt: The recent launch of the 450D - a hybrid version of the entry-level 400D and semi-pro 40D - has been closely followed by the 1000D. And there's nothing like a randomly chosen model name to go and confuse its line up of D-SLRs.
Summary: Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS verdict
When Canon first announced the EOS 450D / Rebel XSi in January 2008, most assumed it would be the natural successor to the best-selling EOS 400D / Rebel XTi, but the older model was kept on as an entry-level proposition. Then in June 2008 Canon announced the EOS 1000D / XS as its new entry-level DSLR and the true successor to the 400D / XTi.
Pros: Image quality up with the best 10 Mpixel DSLRs., Accurate Live View with contrast-AF option., Kit includes stabilised lens., PC remote control software supplied.
Cons: Live View not as fuss-free as Sony A300., Screen fixed in position, unlike A300., Slow RAW continuous shooting., Some features downgraded from 400D / XTi.