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Canon EOS 1000D: 10-megapixel dSLR announced

The iPhone may have been making headlines today, but if there's one thing that can steal the iThunder it's the launch of a new Canon dSLR: so say hello to the 10-megapixel Canon EOS 1000D

The rumour mill has been grinding frantically for months, and now it's finally here. The fans, the press and the ordinary tech-head in the street have been waiting for this day, and we can tell you, true believer, that day has finally come. It's here. Hang on, iWhat? The entire tech world may have ground to a halt for yesterday's 3G iPhone announcement by His Steveness, but for your intrepid camera Craver this is eclipsed by an even bigger launch: the Canon EOS 1000D dSLR.

It's the lightest EOS body yet, and packs a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. It includes a seven-point wide-area autofocus system and Canon claims it will fire up to 3 frames per second, continuing until the memory card is full. JPEG and raw files are available. Interestingly, it uses SD and SDHC memory cards rather than CompactFlash, adding to the consumer-friendly feel.

The first announced kit includes a Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, complete with image stabilisation that Canon claims will save you four stops of exposure. The kit has a recomended retail price of £580, while the 1000D body only is slated to set you back £500. Click through the links to see how else the 1000D is taking it to the streets. -Rich Trenholm

Update: read our hands-on photo tour with the Canon EOS 1000D

Further update: Read our full Canon EOS 1000D preview.

Live View allows you to frame images on the 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD screen. This isn't particularly big, but when we get our hands on the 1000D for a full review we'll have more of an idea of the size and feel of the camera.