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Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Canon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Battery Model: Camera Specific Powerpacks
  • Battery Type: Canon NB-2LH
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2592
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 3888
  • Changeable Lens: Yes
  • Chip Type: CMOS
  • Compact Flash Card: Yes
  • Depth in mm: 65
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 1
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 10.1
  • Height (mm): 94.2
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 230000
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2.5
  • Longest Shutter Speed: 30s
  • Longest Shutter Speed in s: 30s
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 10.5
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: Internal + External
  • Micro Drive: Yes
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: No
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • PC Card: No
  • Photo Resolution Height in Pixel: 2592
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2592
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 3888
  • PictBridge: Yes
  • RAW Format: Yes
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • SLR / Compact: SLR
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): No
  • Sensor Size: 22,2 x 14,8 mm
  • Serial Shot Mode: Yes
  • Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
  • Shortest Shutter Speed in s: 1/4000s
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Weight in Grams: 510
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • Width (mm): 126.5
  • XD Card: No
  • Zoom Type: Not Applicable
  • microSD/ TransFlash Card: No

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.4 x 6.5 cm ; 1.5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: 1237B023AA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,506 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

Make the world your playground with the EOS 400D. 10.1 Megapixels of superior CMOS resolution and Canon's Integrated Cleaning System deliver the EOS hallmark of crisp, clean images, shot after shot. The EOS 400D's 10.1 Megapixel sensor employs the same outstanding CMOS image quality advantage of its big brothers in the professional EOS 1 range. Super sensitive in low light and virtually noise free, CMOS is also fast and power efficient.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
166 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A familiar friend 21 Jan 2008
By Bobster
Given a growing interest in photographing wildlife added to the desire to shoot in continuous frame mode more often than not (vs the cost of film) I realised it was time to "give digital a go".

I've been a long time fan of Canon film SLRs due to fast and reliable focusing, generally consistent metering, common sense ergonomics, and intuitive menuing. And so I expected these brand qualities to be found in the Canon EOS 400D. (Yes a 40D would have been nice, but it was the 400D that fitted my budget.)

I wasn't disappointed. All the usual controls were located in the usual places, e.g. exposure mode selection dial, command wheel, single frame vs continuous, focus mode etc. If you can find your way through the average mobile phone menu then you will be able to navigate your way through the various software menu tabs, even if some of the options are somewhat unfamiliar. Even though I had never before used a digital camera of any sort, let alone a DSLR, I managed to work out what most of the menu options did. That said, there is no substitute for a read through the manual and I only really found out how to get the best out of the 400D after a read though the manual.

My first time of using the 400D was at the London Wetlands Centre, attached to a Canon 70-200 F4 IS. I was genuinely amazed at the image quality that the 400D's APS-C sized CMOS sensor is capable of delivering. Viewing the images later on my laptop I could resolve feather filaments on birds, hairs on squirrels. I was gobsmacked. I found it incredible that this much detail could be captured on a CMOS sensor approximately 22x15mm in size.

So why buy the 400D body rather than one of the 400D kits?
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217 of 222 people found the following review helpful
I've 'graduated' from a Canon Ixus, through a Canon Pro1 fixed lens 'prosumer', to the EOS 400D. They're all very different and it takes a while to get the best from a new camera when you jump to a new level.

I almost bought the 400D's predecessor, the 350D, but guessed it wouldn't be long before there was a new one with a bigger screen, and here it is. Worth waiting for for that alone. I'm happy too to have the dust reduction stuff, and apparently it focusses better than the old one too - I can't comment.

You hear people on the net moan that the 400D is too small. But if you're moving up from a compact camera you'll be thankful it isn't any bigger than it is! I find it comfortable enough to hold, and all the buttons are in the right place. After a delicate little compact, everything feels tonka-toy chunky and business-like. It feels pretty tough. There are grippy textures where your fingers fall, so you don't feel like you're going to drop it. You get a wide neck strap that has a built in viewfinder cover for self-timer shots (apparently, if your eye isn't up to the lens, stray light can get in through the viewfinder.)

People have mixed feelings about the lack of a separate LCD to show settings, but having used the camera, I can see why Canon did it. The info displays are superb, and since you're not framing the shot with the LCD, why not? The screen goes blank when you look through the viewfinder so it doesn't distract.

I was worried by what some people have said about the viewfinder being a small tunnel. Maybe, compared to more expensive cameras, but coming from a smaller camera, the viewfinder seems to me to be very good indeed.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price 19 April 2007
Have got both this camera and it's predecessor the 350D , for ease of use the 400D is a lot better . Though some of that might be down to knowing what the menus do as they are essentially the same . It's difficult to see any difference in image quality unless you are making big big enlargements , I've had some 20x30inch prints done that came out very well . Hopefully the sensor cleaning will prove it's capability as I'm forever changing lenses and dust build up did become noticeable on the 350D .

I always try to shoot RAW images in aperture or shutter priority mode and keep away from auto mode . But the best thing you can do for this camera is not buy the kit lens but instead invest some money in 'L' glass if you can afford it or look at some of the 3rd party lenses , Sigma , Tokina or Tamron . For good lens reviews of all makes try PhotoZone or Fred Miranda ( FM Reviews )
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money - only one drawback... 18 Sep 2008
The 400D is an excellent slr for the price. If you combine the camera with good lenses pictures are sharp, well saturated and can be printed on A2 - I have several examples on my walls. It is extremely easy to use.

The only drawback I experienced of this camera is buffer speed. If you're not technical buffer speed is how fast the camera transfers your photos onto the CF card, in other words if you take 8 shots the buffer speed determines how long you have to wait to shoot again. The frames per second are more than adequate, however as I do a lot of portrait work I found having to wait to take another series of shots occasionally annoying.

On the whole the 400D is excellent however, I have done several semi-pro shoots with it and I never felt I was short changing customers as the results were excellent.

If the 400D fits your price range and you want a superb introductory camera or you're on a budget...buy it. Spend everything else you have on the best lenses you can afford. You won't regret it.

I found no under-exposure problems on my 400D, although I almost always shot in the more advanced modes. However this is what they are for. If your camera is under exposing the simple solution is to use the 'exposure compensation' which is utilised with the scroller wheel and the 'Av+/-' button next to the display.

Your photography will benefit from mastering the more advanced features of the camera :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome piece of advanced amateur kit
Canon have failed to disappoint again with this camera. I have worked my way through the range for 25 years as it is advanced and can see why, together with Nikon, Canon are the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. G. Speechley
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera shame it does not have 'Live View'
Great camera and well made, but why doesn't it have 'Live View' mode like most other EOS models?

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Published 8 months ago by Mark Bowles
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The perfect solution to the fact that I've outgrown my compact and want to progress my photographic career. A solid camera.
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Published 14 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
It just what I wanted to replace my original body that was getting rather old, past its sell by date
Published 14 months ago by Ron Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic camera
This is one of the best cameras I've ever used.
Tip: Buy the body only and then get yourself a better or a longer lens. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars great starter slr
this is my second 400d (first one someone borrowed and broke it)
in case you are thinking its unreliable. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by tjw75
5.0 out of 5 stars bargin
the camera body was a present for my husbands 50th.he is very pleased with it.the parcel arrived quickly and well wrapped
Published on 6 April 2011 by K. A. Smout
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb starter digital SLR
I decided to get back into photography with an SLR, and did quite a lot of research. This lead me to buy this camera and lens (as well as a 18-55 & 70-300 zoom). Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2008 by chuckles
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This is a first class camera at a price i could afford which accepts the lenses from my old camera. It is also easy to pick up the basic handling and would recommend the camera and... Read more
Published on 8 May 2008 by B. Thompson
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