• Price: £370.32 inc VAT

  • Company: Canon

  • Pros: Good quality consistent results using kit lens; easy to use and solidly built; fair value when bought with image-stabilised zoom

  • Cons: Live View initially buried; max ISO could be higher; no in-body stabilisation

  • Our Rating: We rate this 7 out of 10 We rate this 7 out of 10

The compact, lightweight 10-megapixel 1000D is the most affordable route into the Canon EOS system, which offers an unmatchable 60-plus compatible lenses. It may be longer in the tooth than the others here, but with street prices well under £500 for a body and an image-stabilised 18-55mm lens  – extremely useful for avoiding blur when shooting handheld or in low light without flash – this one’s practically a steal.

The 1000D is quick to power up, and is ready for the first shot in a second – though the 2.5-inch LCD display takes another second to warm up. It demonstrates little shutter delay and saves JPEGs rapidly. Large, chunky dials and buttons aid operation, and it feels solid, despite its plastic build. The zoom is great for a kit lens, producing even sharpness across the frame.

Shooting from awkward angles is made easier thanks to the inclusion of Live View, which enables the screen to be used for composition as you would on a compact or cameraphone. It’s not quite as intuitive as you’d hope to initialise Live View, though – the setting is irritatingly buried within menu screens.

Other grumbles include light sensitivity that tops out at ISO 1600 – as on an average point-and-shoot – and the lack of in-body anti-shake, which you’ll find on the other models we’ve looked at here.

That said, the level of detail is good using the supplied lens, and image colours are rich – while remaining on the right side of naturalistic – when used at the default settings.

The 1000D certainly ticks most of the boxes for the photo enthusiast, but we’re left with the impression that it was introduced more to claw back market share from rival Nikon than to innovate in its own right.

This review is part of our group test on Digital SLR cameras. Please click here to return to the feature.