The EOS 1000D is provided with the 'Canon EOS Solutions Disk 18' which includes:
Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.1 - Easy-to-use image browsing and organization application with a unique interface. Includes rudimentary image editing, printing and e-mail functions. Allows RAW conversion via the 'RAW Image Task' plug-in. - Windows only.
Image Browser 6.1 - Mac OS X only.*
Canon EOS Utility 2.4 - Automatic or Manual transfer of images via WIA, also allows for the adjustment of camera settings and remote 'tethered' shooting.*
Canon EOS 1000D PTP/WIA driver - Windows only.
Canon PhotoStitch 3.1 (3.2 for Mac) - Panorama stitching utility.
Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.4 - Advanced image workflow and editing, specialized in RAW conversion with a range of adjustment and output options.*
* Universal Binaries (Intel / PowerPC) for Mac OS X.
Remote Live View
Like most recent EOS models the EOS 1000D offers the ability to use live view over a USB. In addition to the usual options for remote capture you can preview white balance changes and close the lens down for depth of field preview - and focus manually. The preview image can be zoomed / magnified anywhere within the frame.
As is normal in our digital SLR reviews we like to compare the supplied RAW conversion software, any optional manufacturer RAW conversion software and some third party RAW converter. In the case of the EOS 1000D we used the supplied Digital Photo Professional as well as a beta version of Adobe Camera RAW 4.5. In this case we haven't included the more basic Canon Raw Image Task as (using the default settings) as the results are essentially the same as camera JPEG output.
JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
DPP - Digital Photo Professional 3.4
ACR - Adobe Camera RAW 4.5 beta
Place your mouse over the label below the image to see the color from a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart produced using each RAW converter. As we would expect there is no difference between JPEG from the camera and Digital Photo Professional. Adobe Camera RAW's default settings take a slightly more conservative approach to color response and has a less contrasty tone curve.
Canon EOS 1000D
Sharpness and Detail
The sharpest and most detailed image was from Digital Photo Professional closely followed by Adobe Camera RAW. The DPP result is perhaps pushing the output too far and resulting in some sharpening artefacts while ACR appears to be increasing the brightness of the file, compared to Canon's interpretation of the output.
These crops demonstrate that more detail is available from Digital Photo Professional (DPP)and Adobe Camera RAW conversion of RAW files than can be obtained from JPEG. That said, a lot of this detail could be described as 'false' (produced beyond Nyquist - 1944 on the 1000D), although frankly the majority of the time this is useful as it improves the appearance of 'texture'. DPP, as has become its habit, produces some pretty peculiar interference artefacts (moire) at the edge of the range the camera can resolve. This adds weight to our position that the anti-aliasing filter is comparatively weak - moire being the traditional side-effect.