Thursday, January 20, 2011

Canon EOS 1000D / Digital Rebel XS / Canon EOS Kiss Digital F

Canon EOS 1000D by Canon launched in mid 2008. Name Canon EOS 1000D is used marketing in the European region, while the Japan region known as the Canon EOS Rebel XS or Kiss Digital F.

Canon EOS 1000D already using Image Processor DIGIC III provides picture perfect and the pace of operational focus and better than previous processors. The camera is also equipped with Live View on the LCD so that we can see the object to be in shoot through the LCD.

Canon has now responded to this mounting pressure by launching a new model one tier below the 450D in its current lineup - the EOS 1000D. It shares bits and pieces with Rebels gone by and, depending from which angle you look at it, the new model is either a stripped down 450D or a 'reheated' 400D. It's a lower specification camera than the 450D, by every measure you might see listed on the shop shelf, but is not the huge step down that its market positioning might lead you to expect.

Specification of Canon EOS 1000D
  • 10.1-megapixel resoluti
  • Up to 3fps
  • CMOS sensor
  • Self-Cleaning Image Sensor
  • 7-point wide-area AF
  • DIGIC III Image Processor
  • 2.5 "LCD with Live View mode
  • Maximum Resolution 3888 x 2594
  • File Type Raw and JPEG file format
  • Type of Memory SD / SDHC
  • Battery Lithium-Ion LP-E5
  • Size 5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in.
  • Weight 502 9
  • Compitable lens with EF / EF-S and EX Speedlites
Conclusion by

Conclusion - 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 battery life
  • ISO indication in viewfinder
  • Lots of external controls including ISO button give instant access to commonly changed functions
  • Contrast-detect focus in live view (though see cons, below)
  • Excellent fine-focus confirmation in live view
  • Live view can be controlled and viewed remotely
  • Configurable "My menu" system makes the interface fast and friendly
Conclusion - 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 'over processed' for some tastes (raw more flexible)
  • Flash must be up for AF assist lamp (although AF is good even in low light)
  • Automatic AF point selection unpredictable (use center AF, it's safer)
  • Small, awkward grip and inconveniently-placed Exp comp. button
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer has limited effect
  • No mass storage USB support
  • No IR remote
Overall 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.

Cameras are not just the product of engineering, they are also the result of marketing considerations - creating a product people will want to buy at a price they find attractive. The result is that many cameras in this market segment are shorn of some of the features of their big brothers in the name of 'product differentiation.' It's a reality that can upset some people (often the owners of more expensive cameras), but we, like the marketers, need to consider whether the removed features will have an impact on the buyer the camera is aimed at. For example, it's been a Canon tradition to miss spot metering off its least expensive DLSR. This is annoying (it's certainly a more useful feature than the bracketing function removed from the baby Nikons), and worth highlighting but probably not a big issue for the majority of users.

In every other respect, Canon seems to have gently toned-down the specification so that it rates slightly less well in all the metrics that appear on shop shelf tags - pixel count, continuous shooting speed, number of AF points and screen size. The only one of these to have any real impact on the user experience is the continuous shooting speed, which has been pruned back a little far. If you regularly find yourself shooting bursts of images, you're going to have to look elsewhere.

The 1000D is a difficult camera to judge while its price still hasn't adjusted to a realistic market level, as it's not a camera that stands out enough from its competitors to justify a major price difference. However, ergonomic foibles aside, it's a solid little camera that is easy to use and produces consistently good images across all of its sensitivity settings. That's the thing that most people will be looking for from this camera, and it's what Canon has traditionally been very good at.

Canon's lead of the entry-level market has slipped in recent years (in certain markets) and the 1000D doesn't stand out from the competition as much as previous models. It's certainly a safe bet and one of the most consistent offerings in the sector (it has few annoying quirks or niggling loose ends) and its all-round competance, excellent high ISO performance and class-leading image quality will win it a lot of friends.


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