LCD and Viewfinder
Canon 1000D has a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.5", the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
1000D has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 95% and a magnification ratio of 0.51x. 95% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Canon 1000D can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec
1000D has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Canon 1000D features a Phase Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 7 points to choose from.
Unfortunately Canon 1000D doesn't have Video recording ability.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon 1000D has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Canon 1000D is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 500 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 911 shots, Canon 1000D has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend 1000D owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Canon 1000D vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Canon 1000D Features Compared to Main Competitors
You can download Canon 1000D's User Manual here