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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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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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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 Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.4 x 6.5 cm ; 1.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 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 (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,827 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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.


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.


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.

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...

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314 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable 10 Mega Pixel SLR Nirvana 18 Nov 2006
By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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173 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of equipment 22 Feb 2007
By Mr. Graham Cummings VINE VOICE
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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152 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good camera 16 Nov 2006
By R. May
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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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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera let down by poor lens 22 Dec 2006
The 400D is excellent and will produce great shots. It's a bit plasticy when compared with the Nikon DSLRs, but if you look after it, it will provide years of service. The one thing which lets it down is the extremely poor 18-55 lens -- you'd be better off with the bottom of a milk bottle on the front of your 400D. It amazes me how Canon can produce a fabulous camera and then stick a cheap lens on the front which produces very soft, low contrast results and lets the camera down. With any camera, the most important part is the lens, do yourself a favour and buy the body only version and then get a better lens. Sadly the superb Canon L range of lenses are very expensive, much more than this camera, so a compromise is something like the Sigma 18-50mm or Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. They'll set you back about 280 pounds but the difference will be huge. Just to reinforce things -- don't skimp on the lens, it's the most important part of a camera!!
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I have second hand but never used 350d 400d 1d 10d 20d plus lots more with original lenses and several zoom lenses plus batt packs etc: and lots of other goodies I can throw in @... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DarkArtDesign
4.0 out of 5 stars Good camera for beginers
I had my canon 400d for 5 years now and I only had one problem with it (dusty switch preventing turning on and off). Read more
Published 6 months ago by zubak
5.0 out of 5 stars Summery for Canon EOS Digital Camera
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4.0 out of 5 stars Work Perfectly
Good product. It still work until now August 2012. Post processing the raw file gives very good result. The specs don't match the current product though.
Published 20 months ago by K. Hadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Fab Camera
I LOVE EOS cameras in general. My father had a film version back in the day and I was hooked. This camera is lovely - and very easy to use. Read more
Published 21 months ago by www.tumstotots.com
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent product and service 5*****
ok starting with the supplier 5 stars this arrived like new even the canon voucher book with 740 of vouchers was in the box.
brilliant is the only word on them. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by desighnerdk
5.0 out of 5 stars A career changing purchase? Maybe...
I bought this (the 400D) 5 years ago in a duty free shop. For two years after, I had still paid less than it was in most high street shops which made me feel quite good. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by AM
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint
Ordered the camera at around midday on 11/04/2011 and it arrived at around 10am 12/04/2011
everything included that it said would be and it was in perfect working order. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by F_P
5.0 out of 5 stars canon 400d
Great starter slr camera, the 400d and kit lens, have produced some brilliant pictures from this camera,great for all types of pictures portrates,landscapes,hours of fun, you won't... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by dtgriffo
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect intro digi SLR
I bought this to replace lost cameras and delved into the world of the digital SLR which I previously had sworn off doing purely for the principle. Read more
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