You can also quickly shift between Canon's picture modes (in-camera processing) the same way. There's also a dedicated button for white balance, and, nestled behind the front jog dial, another for quickly switching ISO. The only usability complaint is, once you've chosen to change a setting using a button on the back, you can't use the jog dial to flick between options – you have to use the navpad instead. The ISO button is a curious exception to the rule.
The 1000D is a fantastic camera, packed with features and enviably upgradeable. For beginners, the Nikon D3000's on-screen help system will surely win out. And, while the 1000D's test images suggest marginally better high-ISO performance than the D3000, the difference is truly minimal. For those a little more comfortable with the technicalities of shooting with a DSLR, however, the Canon doesn't disappoint in the slightest. ®
Next: Nikon D3000
Canon EOS 1000D
It's the lens
The problem was not your camera, but that old 18-55mm non-IS kit lens was terrible. Looks like they've updated the kit to include the 18-55 IS version which is much much sharper.
If your friends shoot Nikon though it makes sense to go with Nikon as you can share lenses and accessories much more easily!
I'll stick with what I've already got
I've had my EOS D30 for 9 years now, it's still going strong and I'm happy with it. I'll only replace it when it finally dies - when ever that happens.
Gone through a few batteries - but the original Canon original is the one that's still perfectly fine.
It's only 3MP and can't handle CompactFlash cards over 1Gb but the old adage 'if its not broke don't fix it' applies - plus the fact it cost me £2K in 2001 may be a factor, that a lot of the newer versions now cost a lot less does piss me off when I see them..
I had an EOS 1000D, with the kit lens. It seemed *really* soft, so I printed out a test chart. It was nowhere near nyquist, even in the middle of the aperture range- no wonder it felt like shooting through soup.
Luckily, because I bought it online, I was able to return it under the distance selling regs. Got a D3000, and am really impressed, for the price. I added the 16-85mm ED VR lens later (a friend was selling one for cheap), and now it's a monster.
Nice roundup though- I always forget about that little Oly.