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New kid on the block: Canon EOS 1000D

Posted 22/06/2008 at 11:16 AM
With Canon's EOS 400D still riding high on the popularity charts it would seem a strange time to announce a replacement, but that is what the 1000D is.

The Canon EOS 1000D improves on it's predecessor in a couple of key areas. Most noteably, the new model will feature 'Live View' mode, which allows the LCD screen to be used for composition, making this camera the first entry-level digital SLR do to so.

Resolution is also maintained at just over 10 megapixels (consistent with the EOS 400D, Nikon D40/D40X, and Pentax K200D), and the media is [finally] swapped from Compact Flash cards to the smaller SD/SDHC.

The EOS 1000D is further reduced in mass from 510g (EOS 400D) to just 450g, and this is perhaps one area of concern. The only complaint ever heard of Canon's entry-level digital SLRs are that they are perhaps too small, making them fiddly to use for anyone with even average-sized hands. We recommend giving one a test-drive if this may be an issue for you.

The EOS1000D joins the Canon 450D (with 12.2 megapixel resolution and in Canon's new SLR line-up, and we've no doubt that it will be a very popular choice for Xmas '08. Standard bundle options include body only; body with a single, 18-55mm IS lens kit; and twin lens (18-55mm and 70-300mm) kit. Pricing at time of writing is still to be confirmed, but pre-orders are being taken.

Read more about the Canon EOS 1000D.

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