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Canon EOS 1000D

The Canon EOS 1000D is neither the latest nor the greatest camera to be booted out from the factory of acclaimed Japanese imaging company. Despite that however, it offers an insight on the famed world of SLR cameras that you may not have seen before.

There's a common notion nowadays that 'graduating' to an SLR camera from a compact will automatically make you a better shooter. While that may be true in a way, there are so much more factors that need to be considered other than better specs. Admit it, to some extent you want people to gawk at your huge camera and to think of you as a "budding photographer".

If we struck the chords right, then the 1000D is an obvious first choice for you. For one, it's the cheapest Canon EOS camera ever. It's the epitome of being an entry-level offering since it has the most basic functions that you could ask for from a digital SLR camera. It's a still shooter and nothing more.

The first time you hold the 1000D and you'll know what we're talking about. The body is plasticky making the entire thing feel like a child's toy to the touch. It's light (too light, actually) and feels like some of the nooks and crannies could crack if you're not careful.

As mentioned, features are kept to a minimum and that means so are the buttons. Everything is neatly laid out and very easy to understand which, is in no small part because of the limited functions. The absence of a jog wheel is noticeable but understandable since Canon reserves that for the real pro cams. Even the brand-spankin' new EOS 550D doesn't have one of those.

The EOS 1000D, although newer than the now-discontinued EOS 450D has a smaller LCD screen and fewer focus points (seven as opposed to the 450D's nine). But, as any educated photographer would know, such discrepancies in features do not automatically spell inferior photos. In fact, the EOS 1000D is every bit as good a shooter as the 450D. If it weren't for the former's lower resolution, they're basically the same camera.

A ten-megapixel sensor powered by a Digic III processor runs the show. It's an older processor and inferior to the now-standard Digic 4, but remember, once upon a time even the high-end EOS 1Ds Mark III ran using the same engine. Low-light shots are usable up to ISO 800 and even more so if you use better, faster lens.

Selling for P34,950 in authorized stores, the EOS 1000D could be snagged for less than 30K at your local photo hut. But no matter how cheap it is, the fact remains that it is an SLR camera and SLRs beg to be invested on because of their potential to take great photos with the right equipment.

By itself, the 1000D is not much better than a compact cam with manual settings. So before you think of "blossoming into a photographer" take a good hard look at your budget.

Should you decided to go ahead with the purchase however, we've no doubt that the 1000D can satisfy your needs. It's definitely a step in the right direction.

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