If you weren't already baffled by the wide choice of 10-megapixel digital SLRs on the market, Canon has added to the confusion by announcing the launch of a brand new entry-level model. Possibly worried by the success of base models from other manufacturers, most notably Nikon's D60 and Sony's A200, the market leader has deployed a countermeasure in the form of the new EOS 1000D, which it describes as "a more affordable entry point to the world of EOS cameras."
The EOS 1000D features a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with an integrated vibration cleaning system, a 7-point wide-area AF system with an f/5.6 cross-type centre point, a 2.5-inch monitor with live view shooting, and the same DIGIC III image processor as Canon's higher performance DSLRS. It can shoot at three frames a second in JPEG mode or 1.5fps in Raw mode, but it looks like it only has contrast-detection AF in live view mode. In terms of specification and performance it's pretty similar to an EOS 400D, but with a new AF system and live monitor view.
The EOS 1000D measures 126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm and weighs approximately 450g body only, making it slightly smaller and lighter than the EOS 450D (128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm and 475g). Unlike some other manufacturers Canon hasn't just slapped a load of new innards into the existing 450D body. There are certainly many similarities but the EOS 1000D's body is entirely new.
As for that "more affordable" bit, the EOS 1000D will be available from the end of July priced at £499.99 body-only, or as a kit with an 18-55mm image-stabilised lens for £579.99. Considering that the Sony A200 is currently selling for £299.99 including an 18-70mm lens, the Nikon D60 plus an 18-55mm lens is £399.99, and even Canon's own EOS 450D is currently cheaper at £499.99 with an 18-55mm lens, one has to wonder how the EOS 1000D will fare. I can only assume that the price will be heavily discounted shortly after launch.
Link: Canon UK