How to Use a Canon 1000D DSLR Camera

Written by candace horgan
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How to Use a Canon 1000D DSLR Camera
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The Canon 1000D digital SLR camera, popularly called the Rebel XS, is an entry-level D-SLR with a 10 megapixel sensor that can shoot three frames per second. Its high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screen can be used for live view shooting, and its seven autofocus points track moving objects well. The camera shoots to SD memory cards, just like most point-and-shoot cameras, so the memory can be ported over when buying a first SLR. The 1000D is compact, weighing 451gr and measuring 4.96 inches wide, 3.8 inches high and 2.4 inches deep.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Rotate the mode dial on the right side of the top of the camera to one of the shooting modes. In addition to full auto (the green rectangle), the 1000D has portrait, landscape, macro, sports shooting, night portrait and night landscape shooting modes to optimise the camera for the best possible shot under those conditions.

  2. 2

    Press the down arrow button to select a picture style setting. When the mode dial is set to Portrait or Landscape, the Portrait and Landscape settings are selected automatically. However, you can also choose to shoot in monochrome (black and white) or neutral, from the picture style settings by pressing the up or down arrows to select you preferred setting, the pressing "Set."

  3. 3

    Look through the viewfinder, or press "Menu," then press the right arrow to select the second set-up menu and the down arrow to select "Live View Shoot." Press "Set" once to select the submenu, then use the down arrow to select "Enable" and press "Set" again. This activates the live view shooting through the LCD screen.

  4. 4

    Point the camera at the subject you want to shoot and rotate the lens barrel to adjust the zoom to your preferred range.

  5. 5

    Press the shutter button halfway to activate the autofocus. When the autofocus points briefly flash red and the camera beeps, press the shutter button to take the picture.

  6. 6

    View the picture you shot by pressing the green playback arrow. Use the left/right arrows to scroll forwards and backwards among your shots.

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