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Canon 1000D Review

Canon EOS 1000D

Rating: ★★★★☆

I was fortunate enough to be loaned the Canon 1000D DSLR to try out while on holiday. I already owned (and loved) the Canon G9, but was toying with stepping up to an SLR.

Due to the apparent similarities between many of the Canon models in their layout, I hoped it would be an easy transition and a natural progression – allowing me to get underway with my shooting immediately, rather than having to familiarise myself with a new brand’s functionality (eg Nikon).

I am pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

For those of you familiar with the Canon’s functionality from other models, you will feel right at home with the automatic ‘Quick Start’ settings. These include options that will select the optimal settings for scenes such as Portraits; Landscape; Macro, Sports; and Night Portrait. However, the majority of these functions are widely available on many compact cameras (Canon and alternatives), so if these are the functions you are looking to benefit from, you may be better looking at some of the less expensive compact options.

When you are in a position to explore the manual controls, you can really work the camera to capture your subject. The simple navigation allows you to manipulate single aspects of your shot, such as the shutter speed control (Tv); the Aperture size (Av) and the exposure (P). The Manual setting (M) allows you to control all of the above, in order to really capture your subject and create the perfect shot. All of these settings will enable you to control the white balance in your shot.

From a comfort perspective, almost all the buttons lie under your right hand, with each of them easy to find without you having to leave the viewfinder. This, coupled with the fact that the buttons have a different feel from one-another, means that you can stay focussing on your subject through the viewfinder, whilst also making any fine adjustments to your shot settings.

The AF indicators on the Canon 1000D are tiny red dots that briefly flash when focus locks. I found these easy to use and didn’t feel that they obstructed your view from the viewfinder at all.

You have the option to have all 7 of them active which is helpful when you are trying to keep various parts of your shot in focus (I found this useful when shooting some landscape shots). If you find yourself needing a more precise focal area, you can opt to have any one of these indicator dots active. This can prove useful when you want to keep the shot focussed on particular areas or create depth in your shot.

With regard to the shot speed of the 1000D, I found this was extremely quick, with a speedy Auto Focus and minimal shutter lag so you need never miss a shot – well it was sufficient enough for my amateur shooting anyway!

The lens that comes as standard with most packages is the 18-55mm. This does the job nicely for a complete novice but it doesn’t take long before you want to experiment with additional gear.

From my point-of-view, the greatest benefit in the progression from a compact camera, is the array of different lenses that are available. Whilst I wasn’t fortunate enough to trial any of these at this stage, these lens options were definitely a fundamental reason in my search for a more advanced camera.

All-in-all I’ve found that the Canon 1000D has been a nice camera to use and the experience left me convinced that I was ready and keen to take the step up to a DSLR and that I definitely wanted to stick with Canon.

Although I feel that the 1000D would be a great step up from the average compact camera, I was slightly concerned that it might not offer me enough additional functionality and differentiation, when compared to my original G9 bridging camera. It was because of this reason and after speaking to a few mates (and spending a bit of time convincing the wife!) that I ultimately decided to purchase the 500D.

The main additional features of the 500D that I hope to put to use, include the higher ISO setting of up to 12800 – ideal for low-light level shooting; more mega-pixels; 1080 video shooting function and a slightly larger LCD screen.


  • Decent image quality
  • Good price
  • Clear and bright LCD screen


  • Only 10 MP
  • ISO range greater on more advanced models
  • Video shooting is not full HD


A great step-up from the average compact camera – a nice entry level DSLR. Enthusiasts looking to hone their skills may want to look at higher spec models.

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