Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Good entry level digital SLR
Canon EOS 1000D
Member Name: monkeyhumanoid
Canon EOS 1000D
Date: 15/10/11, updated on 16/10/11 (7 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and easy to use.
Disadvantages: Image saturation not brilliant, built in flash images very poor.
As usual I did alot of research before buying this camera. I knew I was going to compromise on quality slightly but it seemed to be a massive price increase to buy one of the higher spec models. I only considered Canon cameras because I already have EOS film lenses, if your not stuck to a certain lens then you will have a harder choice of brand as well. I bought the camera with the standard lens, 18mm to 55mm which is very lightweight and plasticy but the quality seems OK.
The camera is pretty small and lightweight but does not feel too tacky or badly made. The functions are pretty similar to any other Canon and can be used by a complete amateur, even my children can use it, or a keen photographer. It has fully automatic functions, including autofocus on the lens, or can be used in several different manual functions. My favourite is Aperture Priority where I chose the aperture, and depth of field, and the camera does the rest.
I hate the flash, as with most built in flashes, it is not powerful enough and being directly above the lens it casts too much sahdow; this is OK for a quick family shot but nothing better. I overide the flash and bump the ISO setting up if needed (Maximum ISO 1600 but a bit grainy at that).
The image quality is very good but the colour saturation could do with boosting. You can take the photos in RAW format and work with them in Photoshop, or similar program, afterwards.
Battery life is very good, a day taking hundreds of photos of several months just taking a few a week. If you are a very keen photographer might be worth buying an additional one but I haven't needed it.
There is a cable supplied and image software but I tend just to cut and paste the files in Windows Explorer and then change any I need to in Photoshop.
If you already have non digital EOS lens they work fine but remeber there is a magnigiaction of 1.6x so a 100mm lens will act like a 160mm lens.
The only thing that is missing for me is a tilting rear screen but that is only a minor issue. Got mine of the bargain price of £299 with Canon's cashback offer, for that price you can't really go wrong.
Would definitely recommend the camera to anyone who is a keen photographer but if you want to take photos in low light invest in a good flashgun.
Summary: Brilliant quality for the price
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