Canon® 400D Review, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
In 2012, it’s unlikely you’ll hear a photographer claim that the Canon 400D is the best DLSR on the market. When the 400D was released in 2006, however, it was considered one of the top mid-range DLSRs. A lot has changed in the realm of DLSR technology since 2006. So, the 400D is less likely to appeal to consumers who want the best image processor or to be able to record videos on their DLSRs. However, it is likely to appeal to a budding hobby photographer who just desires the basics out of a DLSR. Here’s what you should know about the Canon 400D in terms of pros and cons:
Canon 400D Pros
- There are 162 lenses that photographers can try out on the 400D. This large selection means that there’s bound to be a lens for every photographical need.
- This camera is only 127x94x65 mm, and it’s only 2.6 inches thick. So, it makes a lot of other DLSRs seem bulky in comparison.
- The 400D’s DIGIC II image processor is reliable and helps the camera capture colorful, high quality pictures. The 400D may not have Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor, but the image processor it sports still gets the job done well.
- The Canon 400D has a CMOS-family sensor. Many DLSRs are stuck with CCD sensors, which produce lower quality images. The 400D’s CMOS sensor allows it to capture vibrant, clear, and attractive photos.
- This camera powers up and is ready to take pictures in .2 seconds. This is a good thing if you want to take photos ASAP.
Canon 400D Cons
- This camera doesn’t capture videos.
- Its 3 fps continuous shooting speed doesn’t impress and can be frustrating when you’re trying to quickly take several pictures in a row.
- The 400D does not come with the popular live view feature, which allows users to view images on the camera’s screen as they take them. Users can only view images on the camera’s screen after they’ve been captured them.
- There’s no image stabilization on this camera. So, in order to avoid blur, photographers have to exert effort to keep the camera steady.
- A max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second means the 400D isn’t the best camera for taking pictures of subjects in motion.
- The 400D has been known to produce rather high levels of noise in low-light settings when flash isn’t used.
The 400D may not be the most advanced camera out there, but it does have quite a few attractive qualities. If you don’t need a new DLSR with all the bells and whistles, the Canon 400D might suit you.