Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon EOS 1000D
Member Name: megface
Canon EOS 1000D
Date: 29/12/11, updated on 29/12/11 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Simple to use, great picture quality, interchangeable lenses between makes, good battery life.
Disadvantages: None that I can see.
I bought this camera about 3 days ago, from Jessops, on offer for £250.
We were wanting to get the Nikon D3100, but decided that it was too much money to pay when we have never used SLR cameras before.
So we searched around online, and found this camera with the 18-55mm lense.
I think the quality of the pictures are amazing, and everything is really simple to use.
Another plus side of this camera is that the lenses are interchangeable, so when we want to upgrade (we will be getting another Canon SLR), the lenses we already have for the 1000D will then be able to be used for the upgrade of our camera we have now.
The weight of the camera (450g) is reasonable, you know you're holding it, but not so much that the weight is unbearable.
There are many different shooting modes on the camera, some which you set up yourself, others which I guess you could call 'quick shooting' modes. These are: 'Flash Off', 'Night Portrait', 'Sports', 'Close-up', 'Landscape', 'Portrait' and 'Full Auto'.
When you turn the camera off, there is an automatic 'Sensor Cleaning', thus making sure there is never stray pieces of unwanted dust settling on your lens, making the photos virtually 'dust free'.
The screen (LCD Monitor which is 2.5" in size) that is placed on the bottom left of the camera, is very clear, it gives you the ability to 'playback' the photos you have taken, and delete them if needs be! There is also the ability to zoom in on the pictures you have taken, which I find is sometimes a very useful feature!
The camera has a 'pentamirror' viewfinder, as oppose to the other option the 'pentaprism', I think although this feature of the camera isn't the 'high end', the quality of the pictures are still extraordinary, and believe that it does not really show that much difference!
The camera came with 3 CD's, these were the 'Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk v22.3', 'Canon EOS Digital Software Instruction Manuals Disk v1/10 10ML' and the 'Canon Step Up Photography 2'. I, so far, have only used the Software Instruction Manuals Disk, as it is the installation disk, and I have not owned the camera that long, so therefore not giving me enough time to figure it all out. It also came with a 'Canon Image Gateway' leaflet, which gives me a chance to register my camera, and share my photos online, it also gives me the choice to order my prints for physical photos, and not just digital. This online feature also enables me to customise my camera, to the way in which I like, and also provides me with hints, tips and ideas for what the camera can offer me!
I find that the aperture and ISO of the camera could be a little easier to adjust, I think that the buttons are quite 'concealed' and could hold a more dominant position, but that is mainly because I like to fiddle around with the settings to see which gives me the best photo type.
The shutter button is in a relatively 'awkward' place, the hand grip of the camera is quite small (I don't have huge hands! & I struggle to hold it properly) and the shutter button is just a bit to out of my reach for it to be comfortable, thus making 'continual shooting' a hard task!
There was no camera bag or additional memory supplied with the camera, although I did buy myself a 4GB SanDisk Ultra memory card along with buying the camera. So far, I believe that this is the only type of card that the camera takes (although it will obviously take larger memory sizes!)
The power supply that comes with the camera is a Canon Battery Pack 'LP-E5'. It comes with the camera, and is rechargeable, unlike previous cameras I have owned, you have to actually take the battery out of the camera to charge it, instead of just plugging the charger into the camera itself. I'm not too sure if this will be an inconvenience to me or not, we shall soon find out!
The sound of the camera is virtually silent to me, yes it makes an initial noise when the 'flash' pops up, but apart from that, I've definitely heard noisier!
The actual back panel of the camera is very simple, and this is alot better than it being too busy. All of the appropriate, most common used buttons are there, clearly labelled for ease of access. There are a few 'wheels' on the camera which I cannot quite understand what they all do!
In the camera box, a VERY helpful Instruction manual came with it, pointing out ways to enhance your photography skills, and also definitely helps you understand what you are doing, and making it a better camera for beginners with all the help they dish out for you!
Thus eventually saving us money overall, and with the fact we got the camera for £250, I think this has been the best bargain I have ever found, and am glad I invested in such a good camera.
Summary: A very good camera for beginners, especially with the price available.
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