Canon EOS 1000D

Released June, 2008
  • 10.1 MP
  • APS-C 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
The 1000D is primarily made from three materials; a stainless steel chassis (blue in this diagram), the mirror box which is made of high-strength 'engineering plastic' (red in the diagram) and the body made of a special lightweight 'engineering plastic' which also provides some electromagnetic shielding.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 1000D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 1000D
EOS 450D
EOS 400D
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 1000D
EOS 450D
EOS 400D
Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 1000D
EOS 450D
EOS 400D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

EOS 1000D
EOS 450D
EOS 400D
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 1000D
EOS 450D
EOS 400D

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 1000D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 1000D
719 ISO
919 ISO
EOS 100D
843 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 1000D
164 ms
Rebel T3
309 ms
279 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 1000D
87 ms
117 ms
Rebel T3
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 1000D
300 ms
EOS 400D
2,500 ms
EOS 100D
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 1000D
3 fps
EOS 100D
4 fps
EOS 550D
3.7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 1000D
500 photos
Rebel T3
700 photos
EOS 400D
370 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 1000D

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.

They're neither persistent nor large enough to be easy to spot, so I frequently found myself having to prefocus several times to make sure that the spot was on the correct subject and that it was focused.

Settings are displayed big and bold and easy to read, and the menu system is intuitive to work around, having been clearly designed around the first time user.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Once focused, shot-to-shot time typically takes about 0.7 second for raw shots-oddly, JPEG shooting is a much faster 0.4 second (these days there's typically no difference between raw and JPEG speed in dSLRs).
by c|net (Aug, 2008)
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.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
Its 10.1-megapixel sensor may seem small compared to other D-SLRs, but it produces impressive results in a variety of lighting conditions.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2008)


The results aren't to everybody's tastes but, particularly for entry-level cameras, make a generally good balance between being bright and sharp without being day-glo or over-sharpened.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
In every other respect, Canon seems to have gently toned-down the specification so that it rates slightly less well in all the metrics that appear on shop shelf tags - pixel count, continuous shooting speed, number of AF points and screen size.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
And the XS has a 2.5-inch LCD compared with the XSi's 3-inch version (the A200 and K200D have 2.7-inch LCDs).
by c|net (Aug, 2008)

Image quality

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.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
The best we could achieve was just over 10 stops (10.2 EV) of total dynamic range, more importantly almost a stop of that is in highlights (although with no guarantee of color accuracy).
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
There is a little noise visible in the darker areas at 800 ISO, but the image quality is still very high.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)


Below you will find two short video clips, the first executing auto-focus (from infinity) in live view with the 'Quick mode' option; using the normal passive auto-focus, which requires the mirror to drop, and hence the display is black during AF.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
With a depression of the shutter release button (half or full) this dot will briefly light to indicate the selected AF point (either automatic or manual), then blink again once AF has been achieved.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
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.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)

Live view

On the next page of this review you'll find a detailed comparison between the 1000D, 450D and 400D but the headlines are; a 10MP sensor, 2.5 in LCD monitor, 7-point AF system and no spot-metering (like the 400D) but gaining Live View with both phase- and contrast-detect AF, SD/SDHC for storage and a control and menu layout that is pretty much identical to the EOS 450D.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
In spite using one of the sharpest lenses we know and having a live view system that allows very precise focus, the E420 simply can't compete with the level of detail the 1000D is able to pull out of this scene.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
One very useful feature in Live View is depth-of-field (DOF) preview, when the DOF preview button is pressed the camera stops the lens down to the selected aperture which provides you with an accurate representation of the depth-of-field of the final image.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 10.1 MP
Resolution 3888 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.81x
Viewfinder size 0.5x

form factor

Size 126 x 98 x 65 mm
Thickness 65 mm
Weight 502 g
Is weather sealed No


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 164 ms
Shutter lag 87 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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