Canon EOS 1000D digital SLR - Canon EOS 1000D

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


Although the EOS 1000D is made of bits from other cameras, they are pretty good bits and the result is a camera that performs well and is capable of producing good results. Like most DSLRs it starts up almost instantly, and its shooting performance is everything you’d expect from a Canon. It’s not quite as fast as the 450D, but with a continuous shooting speed of three frames a second it’s at least a match for the 400D, and also matches other entry-level models such as the Nikon D60 and Sony A200. It only really slows down in Raw mode, where shooting speed drops to approximately 1.5fps with a decent high-speed memory card, but can only shoot six frames before having to pause to empty the buffer.

The main autofocus system is also fast and accurate, and tracks well on moving subjects, but as with the 450D the basic contrast detection AF in live view mode is slow and cumbersome. In its default setup the live view AF is turned off, and you have to delve into the custom settings menu to turn this option on.

The exposure system is also generally good, although I did find that it had a tendency to over-expose in some circumstances, particularly burning out highlights on some high-contrast subjects. This can be corrected by using spot metering and exposure compensation, or by shooting in Raw mode and adjusting the exposure afterwards, but it was still slightly annoying when shooting on a sunny day.

The 1000D has a feature called Auto Lighting Optimiser, which is Canon’s version of the dynamic range compensation found on most current DSLRs and high-spec compacts. It is supposed to simulate a wider dynamic range by brightening shadows and darkening highlights, but to be honest it’s not terribly effective. It does preserve some highlight detail in high-contrast shots, but not much.

Where the EOS 1000D scores highly is in final image quality, and especially in image noise control. Canon’s CMOS sensor technology has a well-deserved reputation for having the best high-ISO performance currently available, and the 1000D does nothing to spoil it. As you’ll see from the sample shots, even at the maximum 1600 ISO image quality is superb, with a high level of detail and only a little visible noise in the darker areas of the shot. At lower settings there is almost no difference between shots taken at 100 ISO and at 400 ISO.


The Canon EOS 1000D is a difficult camera to judge. While it does have some good qualities, including decent performance and excellent image quality, it doesn’t really stand out against competing entry-level cameras from other brands. Its limited feature-set, slightly disappointing build quality and overall feeling of cheapness do it no favours, and the live view mode isn’t as useful as you might hope. If it comes down in price by at least £100 then it might be a better deal, but at the moment it’s not one that I’d recommend.


August 7, 2008, 1:36 am

Where are the shots of Simouth ?

Another good assessment Cliff, will be interesting to see the price point settling down a bit and know that future viewers of this piece should take 'value' under consideration.

Build quality should a concern for Canon, (and others) there a survey result today showing 'waterproofing' as a paramount desire among prospective purchasers.

Want it all, don't we ?


August 7, 2008, 6:12 pm

What a disappointment. Questionable build quality, overexposed shots and a high price is not the way Canon is going to attract DSLR newcomers. One look at your overexposed test shots is enough to convince me to stay far away from the 1000D.


March 27, 2010, 11:49 am

I don't agree with this review all too much. When I tried it out in Currys, it felt great and the handling was easilly the best amongst the others I had a look at including the Nikon D3000 and the Sony A230. In addition, the viewfinder is not small. The review seems rather biased and stands out from every other review of the camera I have read to date. Finally, in Currys, the camera now retails for £369.99, £10 less than the Nikon. For a combination of these reasons, I will be purchasing the Canon EOS 1000D mid-April.


March 27, 2010, 1:16 pm

@Charlie: The viewfinder is small compared to other SLRs. I think you'll find most reputable sources that reviewed this camera at launch thought it over priced and under specced (we're talking UK prices, here). Now, nearly two years down the line, of course the situation is going to have changed as it's dropped in price. That's the nature of reviews; they're a snapshot of opinion and have to be judged accordingly when read a long time after they were written. In an ideal world we would update them regularly but when you've over 5,000 reviews, that's a lot of updating.


April 8, 2010, 2:59 pm

@Ed. I do not blame you for not updating the price, I just wanted to make it apparent for readers that the price situation has changed to ensure that it did not discourage them from buying the camera. I was not criticising Trusted Reviews, I just wanted to illustrate how the situation has changed since the review. As with the viewfinder, it is up to opinion whether it is too small.


January 3, 2011, 4:08 pm

I also found this review rather harsh on the 1000D (maybe because I bought one before I read the reviews). I would like to read the reviews on the Nikon, Pentax and Olympus equivalents as well, just to see the slant. I purchased my 1000D Bundle for ZAR4200 (South African Rands) converts to about £400. This includes the "dreadful" 18-55mm lens, 4Gb memory card as well as a camera bag the can accomodate an additional lens. This review made me feel like I had been ripped off though I really do enjoy the 1000d and its features.

joseph airis 1

January 8, 2011, 9:56 am

Canon 1000D. Perfect! Love it!! Can't go wrong with this one. It now really all depends on who is the photographer.


May 13, 2012, 12:05 pm

This is only my second slr (digital) along with a Sony A290, purchased from Canon and has latest firmware installed, no issues and for the price paid a bargain (£290 inc 2 x lens), great pics and love the handling, finish is fine for me as careful with my gear. Selling the Sony as imho the Canon is far better and I achieve better results despite the lower resolution. Perhaps the updates have addressed some of the issues as I experience no exposure problems whatsoever, still learning settings parameters and feature set acceptable for my use. Print up to a4 and all good, overall a great camera for the price paid and now eyeing up a 550d!!

mahendra sharma

September 30, 2013, 7:17 am


Md.Habib Ullah

October 5, 2013, 5:35 am

i want to buy a SLR camera but my price range is maximum BDT 30,000 which model is better for me?

Ashraf Ali

January 25, 2014, 10:42 am

i have a problem in canon camera 1000d (E99 bettery error

Allottia Paynes

December 23, 2015, 9:01 am

I can't make any phone calls with this model, is it faulty?

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