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Canon Announces EOS 1000D

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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Link: Canon UK

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