Canon have released an update for DPP (Digital Photo Professional), their RAW image converter.
Interestingly, the compatibility information in the DPP 3.4 help file mentions that it's compatible with the Digital Rebel XS/1000D. This is interesting because there currently is no Digital Rebel XS/1000D!
Back in March of this year I got some information from what I can only call "an anonymous source" (not because I can't say who it was, but because I don't know who it was!) concerning such a camera which the source suggested might become available in May of 2008. There were no specifications suggested, just a name, the EOS1000D. I didn't pass this on because I don't like to spread rumors with no confirmation and just a name isn't really much information. Anyone can suggest anything, but without at least two sources (or one source that I know) I'm not inclined to pass them on. Nevertheless I've been on the lookout for further confirmation that Canon might have something new coming along called a 1000D.
However we now have a "leak" from Canon too, so I think the rumor is credible and worth passing along. So if it does/will exist what is it? Well, judging by the name and number (XS/1000D) I'd say it's most likely to be a low end entry model DSLR. The original 1990-1992 basic film Rebel body was also known as the EOS 1000. In general, the higher the number of digits, the more basic the camera. The "single digit" series such as the EOS 1D(s) and EOS 5D is the most fully featured series, then comes the "two digit" series of "pro-sumer" models such as the EOS 30/40D, then the "three digit" Rebel series such as the EOS450D....so the "four digit" EOS 1000D would be expected to be the most basic, entry level camera in the DSLR lineup just as the EOS 1000 was the most basic of the film EOS models.
It's a bit hard to see how much they could remove from the Rebel XSi, Rebel XTi or even the Rebel XT (all of which are on the Canon USA website as "current" models) to lower the price even more, so we'll just have to wait and see! The XT currently sells for under $400. Maybe the XS/1000D would sell for around the same price, but include some of the new software features of the XTi/XSi and replace the current XT.
The update can be downloaded from the Canon website. I used the XSi webpage:
Select the appropriate operating system, then select the DPP update. There are also updates for:
1. Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.4 1-1. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
1-2. Adds the luminance noise reduction function for TIFF/JPEG images You can make this setting with the [Tool Palette] tab in [Preferences] and the [NR/LENS] tab from the tool palette.
1-3. Adds a lens with the aberration correction function and supports the extender. Now supports sixteen more lenses. Newly supports the extender (EF1.4 X II and EF2 X II) to increase the variety in combinations. For supported cameras and lenses, please see the Help file (or the instruction manual).
1-4. Fixes malfunctions Fixes a bug where RAW images shot with EOS Kiss X2/EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS DIGITAL 450D are not displayed in accordance to the PictureStyle file settings.
2. Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.3 2-1. Supports EOS Kiss X2/EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS DIGITAL 450D
2-2. Adds a correction screen You can now choose images saved in different locations and display them on the same screen.
2-3. Improves adjustment functions - Extends the noise reduction adjustment range from 3-step (Off/Low/High) to 11-step (0 to 10). - Adds [Default noise reduction settings] to the [Tool Palette] tab in [Preferences].
2-4. Adds [Display thumbnails at high quality] to the [General Settings] tab in [Preferences].
2-5. Supports more cameras and lenses with the lens aberration correction function. Adds support to EOS Kiss X2/EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS DIGITAL 450D and nine lenses.