Canon EOS 400D

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Canon EOS 400D Digital XTi is the successor of Canon EOS 350D (Announced 24.08.06) featuring 10 megapixel CMOS sensor with improved microlens array, fill factor and lower noise, EOS Integrated Cleaning System including: Anti-static coatings on sensor surfaces, Separate low pass filter with ultra-sonic vibration, Software based dust mapping / removal, Nine point Auto Focus sensor (same as EOS 30D) with F2.8 support, Continuous shooting burst up to 27 JPEG and 10 RAW images, and a Single large, bright, 2.5″ LCD monitor with 160° viewing angles (horizontal and vertical). You can own this camera which also known as Canon Digital Rebel XTi in North America and Canon EOS Kiss Digital X in Japan for around US$ 899.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 14.02.07)

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“While the 400D is unquestionably a very good camera, with superb performance, an excellent control system and wide range of picture control options, and while it is a distinct improvement on the 350D, it doesn’t really stand out in comparison to any of the other entry-level 10MP DSLRs that are currently available. The kit lens is also very weak.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET Australia reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
The good: Great for aspiring photographers, Compact and lightweight, Fast and responsive, Intelligently designed with, Shooting-friendly layout. The bad: Second status LCD has been eliminated Slow kit lens, No spot metering, Poor exposure of backlit subjects. The bottomline: The Canon 400D remains a very good first dSLR, with a balance of automatic, semi-automatic and manual controls to progress through as your creative photography skills improve.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Shutterbug reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and write;
“In spite of its entry-level price, the 10-megapixel EOS Digital Rebel XTi produces images of incredibly high quality in both raw and JPEG Large/Fine capture. Images made in Standard Picture Style—without any user-selected overrides, except exposure compensation—are impressive. They’re sharp with exceptional clarity, rich color saturation, and remarkable definition of fine detail. A wide tonal range helps to hold detail in both shadow and highlight areas. While the difference between 10-megapixel and 8-megapixel resolution is not dramatic, the superior definition of intricate detail is visible under close scrutiny in 11×16.5” and larger prints.”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“The vibrating cleaning cycle occurs both when you power on and off, but Canon has wisely made the power-on cleaning cycle interruptible. A half-press of the shutter stops the cleaning cycle so you can shoot immediately. Dust is a problem for any SLR, so these changes are valuable. As with the XT, the XTi yields excellent image quality, with very little noise up through ISO 400, and minimal noise at ISO 800 through 1,600, the maximum speed available. An increase in resolution can sometimes result in noisy photos, but Canon has managed to increase the resolution on the XTi’s sensor without increasing the noise. As such, the extra two megapixels are welcome, and provide much more output and cropping flexibility.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigicamReview reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“The Canon 400D Digital SLR is a great digital camera. It feels very comfortable in hand, and produces very natural pictures with little noise and rich pleasing colours. This camera is very easy to use (in auto mode), and would definitely suit an amateur who wants to become a professional. The camera offers excellent battery life, with very good controls and good build quality. Professional photographers might want to compare the camera with other DSLR cameras before purchase, as some may find the camera’s features and options slightly limiting. The Canon EOS 400D with kit lens is available for around £479 making this camera good value for money and a great quality Digital SLR.”
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Megapixel reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“The ergonomic design of the Rebel XTi remains very close to that of the XT. Size, weight, and feel are generally identical with the small improvement of a slightly better grip on the back of the camera because of the addition a rubberized surface for the thumb. Still, the replacement of the XT’s display panel by a larger monitor is not as practical as it may seem at first. The display screen was, in our opinion, faster to check than the information screen of the larger monitor, and had the advantage of using less power.”
Rating: ★★★★½

HardwareZone reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“Against competing models such as the Sony Alpha A100 and Nikon D80, the 400D is the smallest and lightest unit. Those with bigger hands will probably need some time to adjust to the new handling dynamics of the 400D. Build quality however, remains a praise reserved for the Nikon D80 because its chassis is manufactured out of metal alloy and not plastic. On that note, the Canon EOS 400D is the most affordable DSLR camera among the three commanding a price of only US$799 (Body only) and US$899 (with 18-55 mm lens). It is about US$200 less than the Nikon D80 and Sony A100 thus winning our Most Value for Money award in the 10-megapixel DSLR category. As for performance, the Canon 400D commands a slight edge by having better noise suppression. Photo details and color reproduction on the 400D are also commendable. End of the day, the three cameras are inseparable where imaging performance is concerned. Making a pick in our opinion is really down to personal preference because all three cameras have their own strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, with the availability of the Olympus E400 and Pentax K10D formally announced, deciding which 10-megapixel DSLR to invest is all but more challenging than ever.”
Rating: ★★★★½

BIOSmag reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“The EOS 400D is much more than a general upgrade to the EOS 350D. Not only do you get a bigger screen and Picture Styles, but there’s also the higher resolution sensor and new active dust removal system. While noise levels and image preview times are fractionally impacted by the higher resolution sensor, but the camera still delivers smooth images at its highest sensitivities. The inclusion of the EOS 30D’s nine-point AF system is also a welcome addition, although it’s disappointing that there’s no spot-metering. And if you want Image Stabilisation, you’ll need to spend more on a better lens. Overall the EOS 400D is a very good entry-level digital SLR which improves on its predecessor in many respects.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“..Once the camera was set to its highest resolution JPEG setting, it was capable of being output at 32.92 x 21.95cm (300ppi) and could handle being reproduced at A3 size with few signs of any pixelation. Image fanatics will concur that the 400D offers superb value for money and its image quality is excellent with accurately reproduced colours and tones, subtle saturation and little evidence of chromatic aberrations or evidence of purple fringing…There is no doubt that this camera will sell by the bucket-loads and any consumer wanting to take their first step into DSLR ownership won’t go far wrong with this DSLR, but while the 400D offers a good all round performance, it is no longer top of the class.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“Overall, the XTi’s AF system was very effective, producing consistently sharp results. It was also quite flexible, allowing not only a choice of AF modes, but the selection of AF points (9) as well. The XTi’s AF system performed well in dim lighting conditions, and effectively uses its pop-up flash as an AF illuminator when necessary. The XTi’s AF system is more responsive and provides two more AF points than the XT. Its responsiveness, flexibility and accuracy also distinguish the XTi from high-end prosumer digicams…The XTi’s image quality is excellent, indistinguishable (except for size) from that of the XT and 30D, and quite improved at high ISO settings over the original Digital rebel. Images were consistently well exposed, with accurate white balance and pleasing skin tones.”
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DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“Plenty of users will enjoy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. In automatic modes, it’s easy to use, and snapshooters will be pleased with its quality. If they don’t make enlargements, though, users won’t see a difference between shots from the 10-megapixel XTi and ones from lower-resolution cameras. DSLRs should have complete manual controls, and the Rebel XTi scores well on that account. However, it should have been more convenient to control and the dials and buttons should have been better designed, better finished, and more extensive.”
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ePhotozine reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“So how do you improve on a class-leading camera? Owners of Canon’s EOS 350D camera may well be wondering if the extra pixels, larger screen, improved autofocus and anti-dust measures will make an upgrade worthwhile. The jump from eight to 10 megapixels doesn’t make a great difference to image quality and although the other improvements are welcome, it may not be time to dust off your credit card and start checking how much 350Ds go for on eBay just yet. On the other hand if you are looking for your first digital SLR, the Canon EOS 400D represent great value for money. A combination of class-leading low noise levels at high ISO sensitivities, great autofocus performance, good image quality and handling all make the EOS 400D worthy of serious consideration.”

PopPhoto reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“So aside from a few inconveniences, shooting with the Rebel XTi is thoroughly pleasurable. It works fast and accurately. No, it’s not a bulletproof tank, and some of the control buttons are just barely up from point-and-shoot. But given the image quality, autofocusing, fast shooting, and exposure controls of the XTi, it’s not just a deal, it’s a screaming, bloody, great deal.”
Rating: N/A

T3 Magazine UK reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“Pictures are superb – packed with detail and very smooth, especially at high sensitivities. It handles well, too, taking up to 27 shots at 3fps, while Auto mode copes well with different lighting.This is one of the best budget digital SLRs out there, but the anti-dust system isn’t 100% effective, and for the same money you can get the Sony A100, which boasts anti-shake, a longer lens and only slightly inferior picture quality. Nikon’s D80 will be along soon too, making the choice of what to buy even trickier. Still, it’s hard to complain about having too many cracking D-SLRs to pick from!”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“This one is a toughie. Usually your intrepid reviewer has no problem calling winners and losers. Here there really aren’t any losers in the negative sense—there are trade-offs. The Sony has the heft and features including image stabilization for every lens. This makes it easier to shoot in available light with less chance of blur. And the Sony has a more powerful kit lens. Even though the Canon doesn’t have IS, it has better noise handling capability so shots taken at ISO 800 are much more useable. In general, the Canon delivered slightly better images although like wines, you could lean to one over the other simply as a matter of taste. A quick search found the Sony alpha kit going for the same as the Canon–$899. If you have Canon lenses in your closet, there’s no issue—buy the Digital Rebel XTi. If you own any Konica Minolta lenses, buy the Sony alpha DSLR-A100 since it uses a KM mount. If you don’t have either one, the Canon takes it but just barely. It all came down to the prints–and the Canon won by a Jessica Simpson-sized nose.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“Overall, the Rebel XTi’s image quality is excellent. The camera generally took well-exposed pictures, with pleasing colors and minimal noise. Purple fringing levels varied depending on what lens I used, but it usually was not a problem. The only real issue I have with regard to image quality may not be an issue to many people. I like my photos a little sharper than what the XTi produces at default settings. Canon D-SLRs produce very smooth-looking images, but they can look a little soft compared to what those of you with point-and-shoot cameras are used to. Thus, I’d probably use the Landscape Picture Style, which has a sharpness setting of four (instead of three). You can also create your own custom Picture Style with with the sharpness setting that you like the best. ”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“The good: Compact and lightweight; fast and responsive; intelligently designed with shooting-friendly layout. The bad: Second status LCD has been eliminated; slow kit lens; no spot metering; poor exposure of backlit subjects. The bottom line: The Canon EOS Rebel XTi remains a very good first dSLR, but ultimately a disappointing followup to the XT, which cedes its lead to the Nikon D80. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“The image quality coming out of the Canon EOS 400D Digital Rebel XTi is excellent – We expect nothing less from Canon and they have delivered. Image quality is, however, different from Canon’s other recent DSLRs. Since a change such as this takes time to get used to (post processing-wise), I will continue to evaluate my results. But, what I am seeing is a new tone curve. Reds, yellows, and oranges seem to be slightly darker while blues seem slightly lighter. The tone curve seems to push shadows darker – but the detail remains. In addition, the 400D/XTi meters 1/3 stop darker than the 30D. Maybe Canon got tired of looking at our blown highlights. ”
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BusinessWeek reviews the Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and writes;
“Canon will face some stiff competition in the digital SLR market this year. In particular, Sony’s A100 has several features that serious consumer photographers may find appealing, in addition to the camera’s price. Perhaps most valuable is the A100′s built-in anti-shake technology, to get clear pictures even if the camera is moving. Canon (as well as Nikon) offers such technology, but it has to be purchased separately. The Canon Rebel XTi is a wonderful camera for capturing those ephemeral moments in your life, from your daughter playing soccer to your son taking his first steps. The good news for consumers is that they will have plenty of other good digital SLRs to choose from as well.”

CameraLabs has a preview of the new Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and write;
“In every other respect though the new EOS 400D / Rebel XTi doesn’t disappoint. While noise levels and image preview times are fractionally impacted by the higher resolution sensor, neither are cause for concern. The 400D / XTi still delivers silky smooth images, is usable at its highest sensitivities and feels very responsive overall. And while our outdoor results show there isn’t a great deal of difference between 8 and 10 Megapixel images, the 400D / XTi resolved measurably greater detail in our labs tests to become the highest resolution Canon digital SLR with an EF-S lens mount.”

Luminous-landscape has a preview of the new Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and write;
“With the Rebel XTI Canon’s entry level DSLR has gown up, and in some ways even surpassed its older sibling the 30D. Try as I might, given the feature set, implementation and price point, I find it really hard to find fault with the XTi. Within the current Canon paradigm I find that the XTi has an easy to learn and use interface. Few of the camera’s controls are problematic, and image quality is about as good as it gets from a non-full frame DSLR. Many pros will likely find themselves buying an XTi or two as their backup camera, and even find themselves using it more than their big guns when light weight and small size are paramount.”

Imaging Resource has a preview of the new Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and write;
“My first experience with the Rebel XTi was positive. It offers more of what you’d seek from a higher-end camera like the Canon EOS 30D at a much lower price. It’s also smaller and easier to bring along, which is no small consideration when you want quality pictures on vacation. It can’t quite reach to the EOS 30D’s ISO 3200 mode (it’s limited to ISO 1600), nor does it have the benefit of 1/8,000 second shutter speed (it’s limited to 1/4,000). But it has something no other EOS has: automatic dust removal and abatement technology, plus a way to digitally subtract dust when a more thorough manual cleaning isn’t possible. This important technology will doubtless make it into other EOS cameras, but for now the XTi is the only self-dusting digital SLR available from Canon.”
Rating: N/A

Popular Photography have written their hands-on review of the new Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and write;
“Given the performance and features of the Rebel XTi, the obvious question is: Where does this leave the EOS 30D, which costs $350 more for less pixel power? Canon says advanced users will still favor the 30D for its more rugged, better-sealed body, 100,000-cycle shutter, and higher burst rate. We shall see. The current $700 (street) Rebel XT, meantime, will remain in the Canon lineup.”

ePhotozine has written a preview of the new Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi and write;
“…Those who already own a Canon EOS 350D will find little difference between this new offering, and their current camera. The control layout is the same and the body is the same size. The camera sports subtle changes such as the improved grip surface, and the 30D-like diamond shaped AF arrangement. Those looking for an entry-level introduction to SLR photography have yet another 10 million pixel model to choose from..”

Canon EOS 400D User Opinions @ Amazon

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 13.02.07) | back to top

- Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ TrustedReviews
- Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ DigicamReview
- Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ Megapixel
- Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ HardwareZone
- Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
- Nikon D80 VS Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos posted @ DCViews
- Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi Sample Photos posted @ DCRP
- Canon EOS 5D VS Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi Sample Photos posted by J. Vincent
- Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
- Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi Sample Photos posted @ CameraLabs

>> BROCHURE & USER MANUAL | back to top

- Download Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi White Paper (PDF File – 2.37MB)
- Download EOS Camera 2006 Systems Brochure (PDF File – 7MB)
- Download Canon EOS 400D Instruction Manual
- Download Canon EOS 400D Software Guide
- Download EOS Utility Instruction Manual (windows)
- Download EOS Utility Instruction Manual (Mac)
- Download Digital Photo Professional Instruction Manual (Windows)
- Download Digital Photo Professional Instruction Manual (Mac)
- Download ZoomBrowser EX Instruction Manual (Windows)
- Download ZoomBrowser EX Instruction Manual (Mac)
- Download ImageBrowser Instruction Manual (Mac)

>> DISCUSSIONS | back to top

- Interview with Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi engineer

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>> FIRMWARES/SOFTWARE (last updated: 17.04.07)| back to top
Improvement:
1. Fixes the printing of lens names when using PictBridge.
2. [Redeye 1] can now be selected when connecting with specific printers.
3. Improves the reliability of communication with the Speedlite 380EX.

- Download Canon EOS 400D Firware Version 1.0.5

- Download Canon EOS 400D Drivers and Software

>> PRESS RELEASE | back to top

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 24 August 2006:
Canon today announces its 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.

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