This was my first DSLR body, now used as my backup since I upgraded to a 60D. This was Canons entry level EOS DSLR, released in 2008 at a level below their original entry level range (denoted by 3 figure model numbers 300D to 650D). It has been superseded by the 1100D. It was this that sparked my real interest in photography. Although basic is is a top quality camera with a wealth of featured for the price. When I got mine it was £459 with the kit lens.
This is a 10.1MP (3,888 x 2,592) DSLR, with both automatic and standard (P, A, S, M) modes. It has live view, and a pentamirror viewfinder. It has a Digic III processor and uses SD cards for storage.
The body is reasonably small and light, constructed of glass-fibre reinforced polycarbonate over a stainless steel frame. But the controls don’t feel cluttered and are mostly well spaced. On the top panel is the mode dial, with the standard set of P (program), TV (time value, or shutter priority to anyone else), AV (aperture priority) and M (manual) along with some automatic modes, which I will talk about later.