• Price When Reviewed: 323 . 370

  • Pros: Excellent picture quality; small, lightweight body with good handling; effective sensor cleaning and anti-shake (IS) zoom lens.

  • Cons: Seven-point AF system; erratic; small viewfinder image and sluggish Raw-capture burst rate; part-plastic body.

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Perhaps most restrictive of all is the continuous Raw capture. At just 1.5fps and limited to half a dozen frames, it’s well behind rival offerings. Switch to JPEG capture, though, and you’ll zip along at 3fps for the capacity of the memory card. Like the EOS 450D, this now is SD rather than CompactFlash.

We were also surprised by the new part-plastic bayonet mount – a first for a digital SLR, and possibly one shortcut too many. However, this and savings elsewhere have brought the weight down to a feather-light 450g body.

With these shortcomings you have to wonder why the maker hasn’t moved production offshore, but in terms of picture quality the EOS 1000D doesn’t disappoint. While we noticed a tendency to overexpose and white-balance inaccuracies with indoor lighting, output was generally to high standard. Colours at other times were pleasing and noise levels were low. Although a little unambitious by today’s reckoning, the maximum ISO 1600 option can be used with little fear of distracting colour blotches.

Ultimately, with a more affordable price than the EOS 400D, the EOS 1000D ticks the right boxes for an entry-level model, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal as the former offering. Be that as it may, with such good picture quality, it’s hard not to like it.