Canon has launched the EOS 1000D, a new entry-level DSLR with 10 megapixels

Confirming internet rumours which surfaced a few weeks ago, Canon has announced a new entry-level model, the EOS 1000D.

The model inherits features and design elements from the EOS 450D

launched earlier in the year, and stands as the lightest EOS DSLR in

Canon’s digital portfolio.

A 10.1MP CMOS sensor is joined by DIGIC III processing technology,

while the EOS Integrated Cleaning System seen in previous models also

features. The camera can shoot at a continuous rate of 3fps while a

7-point wide-area AF system features a f/5.6 cross-type centre point to

aid autofocusing.

As with the 450D live view is also possible, offering two AF modes

and providing a 30fps video feed. The feed is displayed on a 2.5in LCD

screen which features a 230,000dot resolution.

The camera will be available from the end of July at a body-only

price of £499.99. A kit option, together with the 18-55mm IS lens will

be priced at £579.99.

Canon has also announced availability of a mark II version of its

Speedlite 430 EX flashgun. The 430EX II is said to recycle

approximately 20x faster than its predecessor and features a new

mounting foot to provide extra stability. Compatible with the TTL II

flash algorithm employed by recent Canon DSLRs, a range of function are

available on the model such as first and second curtain flash

synchronisation, exposure compensation, and nine custom functions.

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