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Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit)

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  • High performance digital SLR with 10.1 megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC II Image processor
  • Fast 3 frames-per-second shooting with 27-frame burst and a 0.2 second startup time
  • High-precision 9 point AF system
  • Compact and lightweight body+D12
  • Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.4 x 6.5 cm ; 1.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 1237B009AA
  • ASIN: B000IKVOE8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,493 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Switching between Picture Style presets is like being able to change film mid-roll to achieve different colour response and Black and White effects. Sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation are individually adjustable. Select from one of nine fixed focusing points across the scene for fast, accurate focusing - even with off-centre subjects and 'rule-of-thirds' compositions. This tiny super-computer renders colours with precision, accuracy and speed. Fast and power efficient, DiG!C II also delivers in...

Manufacturer's Description

Canon's next generation D-SLR: the EOS 400D. Featuring a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, new EOS Integrated Cleaning System, larger and brighter 2.5 LCD and 9-point AF, the model is predicted to take the lead as the world's most popular camera. It is positioned above the EOS 350D, currently the fastest selling SLR camera of all time.

Improved Performance

The EOS 400D incorporates a number of developments over the EOS 350D. Resolution increases from 8.0 to 10.1 Megapixels, using the superior hi-sensitivity, hi-speed, low-noise CMOS technology now found in all six EOS Digital models. At nearly twice the size of the EOS 350D display, the 2.5 hi-resolution LCD is the brightest in the EOS range and now displays all of key shooting and user interface information along with image playback. The AF system expands from 7 to 9-point, with a highly sensitive f/2.8 center point for exceptional performance in low light. Even with the image resolution increase, maximum frame burst almost doubles from 14 to 27 large JPEGs and from 5 to 10 RAW.

Dust reduction

The EOS 400D is the first camera to incorporate the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. Based on significant research into the causes of dust in D-SLR cameras, the system combats dust in three important ways: Minimise, Repel and Remove.

1. Minimise

Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The body cap is redesigned to prevent dust generation through wear on the cap itself.

2. Repel

Anti-static technologies are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.

3. Remove

A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the low pass filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.

Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of any visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with Digital Photo Professional software.

The EOS advantage

The EOS 400D inherits a number of advanced features proven in higher-end EOS models, such as the EOS 30D and 5D. These include its 9-point AF system, Picture Styles (see Appendix: Technologies Explained), 9,999 image capacity folders and expanded Pictbridge functionality.

The EOS 400D also incorporates the same DIGIC II processor found across the EOS range right through to EOS 1 professional models (see Appendix 'Technologies Explained'). As well as providing superior image quality through advanced rendering algorithms and almost instant 0.2 second start up time, DIGIC II's accelerated processing prioritises the photographer's ability to keep shooting by clearing the buffer quickly between frame bursts.

Upgrading

The upgrade path to the EOS 400D from earlier EOS models is made easy by maintaining the same intuitive user interface and basic layout of key features and functions. Photographers are also able to use the same battery and Battery Grip BG-E3 as used on the EOS 350D, as well as continued support for all EF and EF-S lenses, Speedlites and EOS accessories.

Software

Consistent with the entire EOS Digital range, the EOS 400D is supplied with a comprehensive software suite to help the photographer's workflow. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control. DPP also integrates with camera features such as the Dust Delete Data and Picture Styles. The camera also comes with EOS Capture, Image/Zoom Browser and Photostitch, plus 100MB of personal online space on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, Canon's online photo sharing service.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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321 of 323 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2006
I've had this camera for a few weeks now and am blown away by it. I've upgraded from a Sony DSC-V1 which was a pretty handy 5mp compact but the Canon is in another league entirely as you'd expect from a 10mp SLR.

I'll give a brief rundown of some of the key features:

1. Built in sensor cleaning
2. EOS system compatibility
3. 2.5 inch LCD
4. 0.2 second start up time
5. 27 frame buffer at 3fps
6. 9 point auto focus
7. Various auto picture modes and full auto

In the box you get the body, an 18-55mm lens (more on the lens later), a full suite of software for downloading and editing pictures on your computer, battery + charger, camera strap and usb cable - a pretty comprehensive starter pack. Note there is no CF card but if you buy before the end of December 2006 you can apply for a free 256mb CF card direct from Canon.

I find the 400D a compact but comfortable camera to use. I think some with bigger hands have had trouble with it being a bit small but for me its fine.

After switching on the camera it's ready to use in around 0.2 seconds - that's a massive plus for me after moving from a camera that took a good few seconds to wake up. If you're moving up from a compact digital you'll love this feature!

On peeking through the viewfinder you'll see the nine-point AF system which gives good coverage around the centre of the frame. Various weighting methods are available and you can even select any one of the AF points to focus from so if the subject is off centre it's not a problem to focus on. Pressing the shutter release halfway will bring in the AF and exposure system. A bleep will notify the user that the system has locked on and achieved focus. Press all the way and the shot is taken. Simplicity itself.
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178 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graham Cummings VINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2007
I remember, back in the day, buying a 2mp Minolta camera, and just how disappointed I was trying to get it to take a decent photo. So, since then I've not been that enthusiastic about digital cameras/SLRs. Until I bought the 400D. What an amazing camera! It's everything I always wanted in a camera (although I'm relative newcomer to photography).

It does everything I could possibly expect from a camera and there may be a reason why you would want to buy a more expensive than this one, but I honestly cannot see why you would want to!

It's so quick at everything. Which is what you need when you really urgently need to take a photo. It takes less than a second to boot-up, the focusing speed is usually phenomenally fast, and it can continuously shoot 3fps for about twenty seconds. The menu system is great, and all controls are sensibly laid out. The camera feels rock-solid. It's quite weighty, so it may not be so good for people of slight frame, but it's a small complaint for such as awesome peice of kit. The built-in flash is powerful (more than enough to annoy and blind my brother) and even on the auto settings you get great daylight shots that require very little, if any, touch-up in Photoshop. I would say buy a decent lens, because the 75-300 Canon lens I bought suffers from a bit of blur, and chromatic abberation, especially on full zoom (that blue tinge you see around high contrast subjects). You can sort these things out in Photoshop, but really you'd be better of buying a decent lens to avoid these problems in the first place.

The battery life is excellent, and you can pick up cheap replacements or spares.

I'm not sure whether the sensor cleaning thing works, but I assume it does beause all my shots have been noise free.
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155 of 156 people found the following review helpful By R. May on 16 Nov. 2006
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I come from a traditional SLR background, as well as using a few DSLRs, and have found this to be the easiest to use camera yet. The menu systems are very nicely organised, and newcomers to DSLRs will have no problems learning how to use it.

It has a very nice array of features for a consumer-end DSLR, some of which have been taken from the top-end models.

There are lots of negative posts on the internet proclaiming the 18-55mm kit lens bad, and that is simply not the case. The lens responds fast, and outputs high quality images - the colours are especially accurate in all the photos I've taken so far.

In response to other complaints about the grip size, I have had no problems (although I don't have the biggest hands). It's a compact, lightweight (for a DSLR) camera, that you won't be dragged down by on long hikes, for example.

I highly recommend this camera to both amateurs and professionals, as it provides many high-end features and quality photos in an easy to learn and operate design.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Johno on 12 Oct. 2007
I have had this camera for about 7 months, been to air shows, I use it for bird photography and it has been on holiday to Lake Garda Italy, and all I can say is WOW.

I took time to take test photos on different settings e.g. white balance and picture style with increased saturation settings so I could get good photo's straight from the camera as jpegs, so I did not have to do much post processing and mess around with RAW files. ( life's too short, and it's supposed to be fun )!

Underexposure can occasionally be a problem, but after a while you know which lighting conditions need more exposure than others, so you just tweak the compensaion button and bingo. ( use the Histogram display )

I have hardly used the much criticized 18-55mm lens, instead I have invested in some quality "L" glass which produces crisp tack sharp images,as well as a 24-85mm zoom, although I only used the cheaper 24-85mm lens in Italy which returned superb images, with only the minimum of processing ( I took jpeg and raw and have not had to use any raw files at all ).

I love this camera
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