Canon EOS 400D

August 24, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras | 189 Comments | |

Canon EOS 400DThe Canon 400D (Canon Digital Rebel XTi in the USA) is finally unveiled today, after weeks of rumours and the usual leaks. Offering 10 megapixels, a large 2.5 inch LCD screen and perhaps most interestingly a new integrated dust removal system, the Canon 400D replaces the popular 350D. Apparenty a Canon EOS 350D was sold every 90 seconds in the UK during the first half of 2006 - I wouldn’t bet against the 400D emulating that success. The Canon EOS 400D 18-55 kit will be available from late September 2006 for £719.99 RRP inc. VAT / €1039.99 RRP inc. VAT (Body only £649.99 RRP inc. VAT / €939.99 RRP inc. VAT).

UPDATE: I’ve now added some images from this morning’s UK press conference to the end of this article, showing both the black and silver versions.

Canon UK Press Release

Canon today announces its next generation D-SLR: the Canon 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 Canon 400D is predicted to take the lead as the world’s most popular camera. The 400D is positioned above the EOS 350D, currently the fastest selling SLR camera of all time. Canon’s EOS 300D, the world’s first consumer D-SLR, kick started a digital revolution in 2003. “We are now witnessing a mass consumer trend towards D SLR,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. Consumer research shows it is not only existing film SLR owners now switching to digital SLR photography. “On top of the existing 21 million analogue EOS shooters, a completely new profile of consumer is adopting digital EOS and driving growth,” said Jensen. “With European household penetration having only just hit 3%, the question now is not ‘will this market be big’, but ‘how big will this market become’.”

The EOS 400D features:
• 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
• Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
• 2.5” LCD screen with 230K pixels and 160º viewing angle
• High-precision 9 point AF system
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• DIGIC II image processor with 0.2 sec start up
• Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
• Compact and Lightweight body
• Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

Canon is the only D-SLR brand to own and manufacture the sensor, processor and lenses in house. “EOS photographers benefit from 20 years of ongoing research investment into EOS,” said Jensen. “EOS photographers have the great advantage of owning a system camera in which every element is designed at a very fundamental level to work as a balanced, integrated whole. It is one reason why more than 70% of registered photographers at the Athens Olympics shot on EOS.” With EOS, Canon aims to provide consumers with the widest and most expandable camera system available, including over 60 EF lenses and Speedlite flash units.

Improved Performance
As well as the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 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: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

1. Reduce
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 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 the latest 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 Style (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, EX 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 Style. 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.

Availability and Price
The EOS 400D 18-55 kit will be available from late September 2006 for £719.99 RRP inc. VAT / €1039.99 RRP inc. VAT (Body only £649.99 RRP inc. VAT / €939.99 RRP inc. VAT)

Reader enquiries
UK – 08705 143723 /    
Eire – (01) 2052400 /

Technologies Explained

Picture Style
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image do not degrade the image in any way and can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets include: Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing; Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones; Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines; Neutral – ideal for post-processing; Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K; Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green). The User Defined Picture Style can be used to store up to three customised pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon’s web site.

Now found across the EOS range, DIGIC II is a purpose built, dedicated image processor responsible for the high speed calculations necessary in order to providing exceptionally accurate colour reproduction in real time. Canon’s second generation imaging engine, DIGIC II performs the duties of a number of separate processing units to speed processing, save space, and optimise battery life.
Canon’s processor overcomes the trade-off faced by other manufacturers between camera responsiveness and image quality. With its massive capacity, DIGIC II treats every image with the full complex processing algorithms required in order to deliver superb EOS picture quality, while enabling extended continuous shooting bursts.

Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also help optimise battery usage.

CCD sensors use a bucket relay system to transfer each pixel’s accumulated electrical charge to a corresponding gutter. The operation is time consuming and draws considerable power.
By contrast, signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by the individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high-speed processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. Images can be recorded in sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space, and the Digital Photo Professional application supports sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. An ICC (International Colour Consortium) profile attaches automatically to RAW images converted to TIFF or JPEG images. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied to multiple images.

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Your Comments

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#101 nick in japan

Mike, my comment about a "live screen" is based upon my opinion that Canon will HAVE to do it to remain competative with the Dslrs that Fuji and olympus and Panasonic are cashing-in on!
A much admired feature if it could be a swivel screen too... It's gotta be on the drawing boards!

5:18 am - Tuesday, December 26, 2006

#102 Kim

Hi All,
Just to let you know, I had a Konica Minolta Dynax 5D for Christmas last year, and in November, I took the flash card out for the first time to put into a card reader (as I misplaced my lead to the camera). The card wouldn't read when I re-insterted it, and notice one of the pins bent over. Took it back to shop as still under warranty, and they sent this off to Sony (took over from Konica in January 06). They refused to fix this and wanted to charge me £200, even though still under warranty. Their customer service stinks, so would never, ever buy anything Sony again. I am now going to buy the Canon 400, and was interested to read above the difference in customer service. Advise everyone never to buy anything from Sony!!!

9:59 pm - Thursday, December 28, 2006

#103 simon

hi,new to this
the canon 400d is the first slr o have owned,i have been playing about with it and i can get the internel flash to pop up and if i pull it up manually i will still not flash,i cant find an option stating to turn it on,i have read about this eleswhere and the person got it working but didnt say how,
can anybody help

10:52 pm - Saturday, January 6, 2007

#104 Stevep4

First thing...DO NOT pull the flash open manually. If the camera needs flash (Auto mode) or if you select flash yourself, it will pop up automatically.

In FULL AUTO (green box on the dial), if the ambient light level is low enough, the flash will automatically pop up. If the light level is really low, you will find that the flash will give a burst of flashes as you press the shutter button. This briefly illuminates the subject enough for the autofocus system to do its thing.

In the MANUAL MODES (P, Tv, AV, M) the flash does not operate automatically. YOU must select it. To do this, there is a little button just below the flash itself (left side). If you press this, the flash will pop up ready for use.

Considering that this is your first Digital SLR, I would suggest you give the manual a read. It will explain where all the buttons are and what they do. Initially, Full Auto will look after you quite well, plus the dedicated Auto modes (portrait / sport etc.)

Following that, do some basic study on photography and what shutter speed and aperture do. Then you can play with the manual modes and become creative.

The Eos 400 has been out a couple of months. I am sure that very soon there will be a booklet out "How to take better photographs with your EOS 400" or simlar titles will become available. Until such time, there are loads of books for the EOS 350 which will be ok.

good luck. I hope you have fun with your Eos.

12:39 am - Sunday, January 7, 2007

#105 simon

thanks for that got it working now,
will now have to learn what all the functions do,are the any books available to help me

2:13 pm - Sunday, January 7, 2007

#106 simon

hi again
im after a longer range lens for mt canon 400d can anyone reccomend any, save me wasting alot of money

5:24 pm - Sunday, January 7, 2007

#107 Dave Coles

What is the difference between the Japenese, European and American model of the 400D... is any better than the other?

2:36 am - Sunday, January 14, 2007


The stupid label "rebel" in the USA; a decent looking label elsewhere. Otherwise same camera specs.

7:09 am - Sunday, January 14, 2007

#109 tony c

I upgraded from a 300D to a 400D back in september, i managed to pay £472 body only in Jessops (they did a price match +10pc) and now find when i went into the store yesterday 13.1.07 that the price was 489.99.body only and no price match!!

1:13 pm - Sunday, January 14, 2007

#110 Stevep4

Warehouseexpress now offering body only for £442......they will be giving them away soon!!!

10:37 pm - Sunday, January 14, 2007

#111 simon


10:43 pm - Sunday, January 14, 2007

#112 Stevep4

Warehouseexpress do the EOS400d + kit lens for £480.

This includes a full UK warranty. Not something you would get from Hong Kong. Plus, you run a risk of import taxes when you import.

Either way, some great deals available, only a few months after dealers were charging over £530 just for the body.

10:49 pm - Sunday, January 14, 2007

#113 simon

import tax is already covered, as for warranty you can take out you own in the uk so if the camera body is £390 for example, a warranty on something of this value is peanuts,and it would probably cover more

11:26 pm - Sunday, January 14, 2007

#114 David White

I'm new to this D SLR stuff but reading through all the comments I am going to go ahead & get a EOS 400D. I am going on a safari to Africa & need a good zoom lens. Should I buy a body only & then which lens?, or get the 18-55 with 400D & then a zoom lens as well. Help Please!!

7:24 pm - Saturday, January 20, 2007

#115 Tedric

Where are you going to buy it? In Australia (where I am) the 400D is sold with different lens packages one of which includes a 75 - 300 zoom and is very good value.

11:56 pm - Saturday, January 20, 2007

#116 David White

I will be buying it in the UK. Should I have a USM lens, say the 75-300 USM Canon ?

4:04 pm - Sunday, January 21, 2007

#117 Tedric

I think that the 75 - 300 USM is an excellent choice. It's what I have and I have been very pleased with it.

2:44 am - Tuesday, January 23, 2007

#118 Michelle

I was going to buy this camera in the USA, (living in the UK) as it is a lot cheaper. Can also purchase 5 year extended warranty for approx $90 from the company I intended to purchase from. Does anyone think this is a bad idea; could it be too hard logistically to get it repaired? Would I need to buy a new charger for charging in the UK?

3:34 pm - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

#119 Stevep4

Probably a waste of time buying from the USA.

What sort of deal can you get??

How much would it cost to send it back to the USA for repair??
How much is the shipping charge?
What if you get stung for import tax and VAT?

The UK suppplied charger is multi voltage. You cannot guarantee that the USA version would be. (Don't forget that for most Americans, the world IS America).

You could get a 400d from America for about $690. Add shipping and the price might be $740. Add 17.5% vat when you import it and that totals $870. Even at $2 to the £, you are looking at £435. You could buy one in the UK for that much and have somewhere to take it back to and complain.

10:21 pm - Friday, February 9, 2007

#120 ralph murry

I have the rebel xt and love it. I am an amateur amateur, but have taken incredible pix with this camera compared with any of the lower-end ccd cameras I've had over the years. When it is all said and done in my opinion it is the scene (the persons eye for good things and angles and sun, etc that rule) that rules.

12:52 am - Saturday, February 10, 2007

#121 Zoltan

Chasseur d'Images have just conducted a side-by-side test of the antidust solutions offered by Canon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony. The 400D failed the test, with a score of 0. The K10D and the Alpha 100 were only marginally better, only Olympus came out with flying colours.


5:23 pm - Thursday, February 22, 2007

#122 peter

When will Canon produce an affordable digital SLR with a 35mm sized sensor? It's very frustrating loosing the lens scope effectiveness for those owning expensive EF prime lenses. I've been postponing buying a digital SLR but seems I'll be old by the time they give us the pleasure...

11:36 pm - Saturday, February 24, 2007

#123 Mark Goldstein

Peter, I wouldn't hold your breath!

I think Canon are committed to the 1.6x focal factor for their lower-end DSLRs for the immediate future.

Also depends what you mean by affordable - the EOS 5D was on sale for £1450 at Focus today :)

8:16 pm - Sunday, February 25, 2007

#124 Ian Nelson

in response to post 31 - Stephen (that's as far as I have got down the thread so far :) )
I have just been to New York
The prices with 8% tax added and then our rough 1.8x exchange rate mean the Canon 400d with kit lens is CHEAPER in the UK!!!

I was shocked so it's Hong Kong trip next to see what can be done there!


4:50 pm - Tuesday, March 27, 2007

#125 Hardhhhat

I have just bought the 400D body and the Tamron 28-300mm lens. I used to have the 300D and Tamron 28-300mm lens and they performed very well for me until someone stole my whole camera collection and accessories. So I have had to start from scratch and because of all the good stuf I heard about the 400D I bought one. My issue is the performance and quality of my pictures are much much worse than with the 300D. Most shots are blurred or oof and the lens focusing is very slow. I took it back to the shop and they can find nothing wrong with it. If I was a beginner then fair enough but I have been doing this nearly 2 years now and find it frustrating that a supposed better camera than my stolen one is worse. So I wanted to know if there is any issues between the 400D and the Tamron 28-300mm lens? Anybody know?



9:41 am - Friday, April 20, 2007

#126 Zoltan

Hi Hardhhhat!
I have heard similar stories about 400D (almost everybody find some problems with 400D). I've tried it but I didn't noticed any problems or incompatibility with well known lenses. Try to gain some more informations at EOS 400D . If it doesn't help and you don't like this model, change it!

8:38 am - Saturday, April 21, 2007

#127 Tedric

I seem to be the odd man out here. I have had a 400D for almost a year now and have been very happy with it. I have not had problems with sharpness and the focussing speed is very fast. I use only Canon brand lenses ( 4 of) which may be part of the reason. Try to isolate your problems one at a time and start by borrowing or stealing a Canon lens and see if you still have the problem. If so - it is the body; if not - it is the body/Tamron combination that is causing the trouble. Good luck.

1:24 am - Sunday, April 22, 2007

#128 Mark Goldstein

(Posted on behalf of Jackie)

Had to reply to this. I bought the EOS 400D with standard lens and had exactly the same issue as you describe. I phoned Canon and they immediately gave me a returns number and asked me to contact the reseller who thankfully was in London. I returned the camera and had a replacement the next day.
Canon initially had a fault with the early batch of this camera so I was led to believe.
You describe it exactly. Persist and get a replacement. I am really happy with my new one.


2:28 pm - Monday, April 23, 2007

#129 Hardhhhat


Many thanks I will be returning it tomorrow morning to the shop and asking for a replacement. I took over 100 photo's at the weekend and tried other people's lenses including another Tamron 28-300mm and a kit lens but still no joy yet they worked ok on the 350D my friend had. I have read of a Canon fault on a 400D but to do with heat and humidity so unless it was stored somewhere with high either of these I haven't taken it anywhere that would cause the issue. I have contacted Canon and waiting for a reply at the mo. I have so many people having good experiences with the 400D I can't wait until I do :) Just a Q for you - do you use the LCD to zoom in and check for sharpness on your pictures? and is it OK? I used to with the 300D to check. I do some stock photography and the quality I get so far would always be rejected.


2:58 pm - Monday, April 23, 2007

#130 Hardhhhat

Just spoke with Canon and basically they said to get it replace with either the 350D or the 30D - off the record.... This is not a general fault logged in their system though hmmm????

3:30 pm - Monday, April 23, 2007

#131 fee

very goood

10:16 am - Tuesday, April 24, 2007

#132 Hardhhhat

Well replaced it with ---- the 30D instead as I tried it out in the shop and found it much better than the 400D in performance and quality.


4:48 pm - Tuesday, April 24, 2007

#133 Dev

Hi, can anyone refer to me some good telephotos for 400D and the alpha.
I am beginner and mostly do photography on vacations to hill stations and i am really looking for loooong zooms.
In other words, my question is - which cam+lens combo is best suited for realy distant tele-photography?
Excuses in adv if I sounded like a real dumbo.

2:56 pm - Sunday, May 20, 2007

#134 Vancouver Island Daryl

I would strongly discourage anyone who is interesting in getting into digital SLR photography from picking up an EOS 350D or 400D. I'm personally about to retire my Rebel XT as I have recently had to send it off to repair for a burning smell (this is the second new Rebel XT I've had this problem with before the year has been up). This Camera also falls well short of the Sony Alpha or Penttax K10D as it is missing Spot Metering. Cheers.

2:46 pm - Sunday, June 10, 2007

#135 Vancouver Island Daryl

I forgot to mention that if your going to be taking a lot of photos (25,000+) the Canon isn't going to standup. I've already had two Canon EOS 350Ds start to smell of an electronic burning smell, one of which burned out before I sent it back. Also check out my Vancouver Island Photo Gallery to see my complaint about not having Spot Metering. Most of the photos are lacking the colour depth of what a 30D would produce.

4:30 am - Tuesday, June 12, 2007

#136 Stevo! in rainy Ireland

Hi all!
I got a 400D from Jessops in April and reading a lot of reviews about the bundled 18-55 lens I haven't used that lens at all.What I did was use a 35-135 4/5.6 usm that I used for years on my EOS 100 and I also have a 75-300 usm that i haven't used yet with the 400D but i think the camera is a good 'un for the price!I think I'm well covered on len's and remember guys and gal's that if you do get a bad shot now and again use the DPP software that came with the camera Right or wrong??

12:45 pm - Friday, July 6, 2007

#137 Philippa Strange

I have just unpacked my new 400d with bundled 18-55 lens and seems to take pictures OK ie no error messages but on the display the images are black. Yes the lens cap is off!!

Just called Canon and they need me to try the camera with another lens, which I haven't got but whilst I'm trying to find someone with a lens for me to try thought I'd see if anyone else had heard of similar problems.

5:31 pm - Wednesday, July 25, 2007

#138 Ian

Well I have 2 lenses from my old canon - 28-80 USM and 75-300 USM,
the new kit 18-55 lens
just bought a 50mm f1.8 (brill)

I must say there is some barrell distortion f you look hard and take a pic of lots of straight edges but I find the 18-55 lens not too bad at all!

12:32 am - Thursday, July 26, 2007

#139 Stevo! in rainy Ireland

I think the review function for the LCD is turned off.Check the manual as it can be set to off,2sec,4sec 8sec etc Hope this is the case.The 400D IS a good camera dispite what some say.Perfectionists will find faults but lets face it some of the greatest photos ever where taken on simple cameras,not pin sharp and poor framing.All of this doesn't really matter,it's the content of the photo.I'm sure Henri Cartier Bresson didn't lose any sleep about 'soft'images.
Let me know about the blank screen problem if you get it fixed or not

9:15 am - Thursday, July 26, 2007

#140 don

Hey guys, can you help me decide. I have Canon EOS 400D. I want to have zoomlens (standard wil be okei), somwhere like 28- 300mm. Wat is the cheapest for this?Tamron or Sigma , or is it better to go with Canon lens itself?? Im trying to browse the tamron or sigma site but Im not sure if it will be compatible with my 400D., thanks

6:20 pm - Wednesday, August 1, 2007

#141 Stevep4

Don't forget that the EOS 400D (and most other "amateur" digital cameras) has a 21mm sensor chip in it to catch photos, not a 35mm chip as on the EOS 5D.

With the 21mm chip, any "standard" lens must be considered to be 1.6 time the size. For example, if you took a photo with a 160mm lens on an EOS 5, the same picture would need a 100mm lens on a EOS 400.

For another example, a 28mm lens is considered a wide angle on 35mm cameras but on the EOS400 it is equivalent to a 50mm. (A wide angle for a EOS 400 is 20mm).

So, to acheive a 28 - 300 zoom, you need a 18 - 200.
Both Sigma and Tamron do these and they are about equal in quality (people have preferences either way).

Tamron have recently updated the 18-200 and pushed it to become an 18-250 (effectively a 28 - 400 !!!).

Don't forget, any of these big zooms will result in slower shutter speeds as the number of lenses inside reduces the light. But they do give pretty good pictures. One problem you will find is that in lower light when using a bit of zoom the auto focus may not work so well.

Overall, these cameras and big zoom lenses are fine for general photography and reduce the number of times you need to remove the lens (so the sensor stays cleaner for longer.

Once you are taking lots of photos, use the Canon software supplied and note down which lense setting you use most frequently. If many of your photos are , say, 50mm, then buy a good "prime" lens of that size. You can buy a very good 50mm lens for peanuts, take better shots (less motion blur) and do your zooming on the computer back home.

3:53 pm - Thursday, August 2, 2007

#142 rammohan kalappa

i would like to know that do i have to wear my reading glasses when looking through the view finder. i have to use reading glasses when i m reading a book or a newspaper. i m intending to buy a EOS 400D canaon camera.

7:11 am - Saturday, September 15, 2007

#143 Stevep4

No, you do not have to wear your reading glasses.
The eyepiece hasa dioptre adjustment (if that is what it is called) which will allow you to focus your eye with the camera.

10:10 pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#144 Tin

Recently, I bought canon EOS 400D body. Is there any problem if I use the camera with my second hand canon lense EF 35-105mm 1:4.5-5.6?

12:16 am - Wednesday, October 17, 2007

#145 Tin

does my canon 400D works properly with canon lense EF 35-105mm 1:4.5-5.6?

12:18 am - Wednesday, October 17, 2007

#146 Stevep4

Yes it will work OK, but dont forget the 1.6 conversion factor, so you will effectively be using a 56 - 168

8:44 pm - Wednesday, October 17, 2007


hi can anyone tell me please i have a 350d iam lookin to change the camera would the 400d be better or something eles like nikon sony thanks david

4:58 pm - Saturday, October 20, 2007

#148 Stevep4

The early reviews of the 400d conculded that thee was not a significant difference between the 350d and 400d to warrant the extra cost.
You probably need to take a good look at the 40d and see if that is within your budget.

7:11 pm - Saturday, October 20, 2007

#149 david thompson

thanks 4 that the 40d might be a bit to much 4 me as i only use it 2/3/times a year but iam of to jessops on monday so wil see how it gose thanks again david

6:56 pm - Sunday, October 21, 2007

#150 lisa

i have the canon eos 400 with the kit lens..i have been asked to take some pictures at a wedding...its in a castle and the ceremony will be in candle light.i am thinking of buying a better lens to make sure i get some good pics..any suggestions ??

8:03 pm - Monday, October 22, 2007

#151 don

buy a good flash, ur kit lens is more than enough.

12:23 am - Tuesday, October 23, 2007

#152 Hardhhhat

As Don syas the kit lens would be fine I used to have the Speedlite 430EX which was pretty good for the entry level flash but I am looking to get the 580EX this time round.... but I have the 30D now as I had some major issues with the 400D... see above ;)

5:12 am - Tuesday, October 23, 2007

#153 lisa

thanks for that//Lisa

11:54 am - Tuesday, October 23, 2007

#154 Al

I have a 400d and will be buying a 70-300 IS lens soon. My thoughts were that perhaps I will become really ambitious and try to use it with a converter. The messages I seem to getting when researching this is that a 2x converter will not work on the canon70-300. Is this so? I really would not mind having a converter and being limited to manual focus. Be keen to hear how other folk deal with trying to enhance the range of lenses.

1:48 pm - Tuesday, October 23, 2007

#155 Edward Lewis

It might be perverse but I find it useful to have the date shown on my downloaded images (from Canon EOS 400D to PC). At the moment the only way I can find to do this is to edit the images on my PC. Can anyone tell me if there is a Canon EOS 400D setting that will cause the date picture taken to be shown on the image as they are downloaded (rather than having to edit them individually which is a pain)

11:19 am - Wednesday, October 24, 2007

#156 Tin

Recently I bought canon EOS 400D with its kit lense. Unfortunately, i have canon lense EF 35-105mm 1:4.5-5.6 too. So which one is better to fit for a better picture?

4:36 pm - Friday, October 26, 2007

#157 david thompson

hi i have a 350d with the 18-55 + 77mm wide angel + 75-200 + a 29-135 have taken good photos with them all in your case i would take photos with them both and see for yourself that way u can play around with the lenses to find the best one

5:18 pm - Friday, October 26, 2007

#158 Scenic British Columbia

David if your looking to upgrade I just upgraded from a 350D to a 20D, and a 400D is a downgrade comparatively ;) Where the rebel xt was like a limp noodle in my hands, the 20D is a weapon. And its good practice for when I upgrade to a 40D :)

1:48 am - Saturday, October 27, 2007


have been looking at the canon range < 400d 20d 30d 40d > the 40d it to pricey 4 me > so is the 20d as good as the 30d or the 400d best all round thanks david

11:05 am - Monday, October 29, 2007

#160 Alex

i have a canon EOS 3000 and have only just started getting into photogrpahy and wnated to buy a new camera so i found this 400D and definatly buying it however will my canon zoom lense EF 35-105mm work on this camera or should i get the tamron 55-200mm lense cheers

10:35 pm - Sunday, November 18, 2007

#161 Steve in rainy Ireland

Yes Alex,your lens will work perfectly.The 400D will take EF & EF-S lenses.The 400D is a good camera and is great for someone who is just getting interested in photography it will give nice shots and the software that comes with it for editing on your PC is good also

10:13 am - Monday, November 19, 2007

#162 Peter Middleton

just boiught the eos 400d - great camera - lens is very limited -
can someone recommend a 70-300 zoom lens with macro function budget around £200

10:53 pm - Tuesday, November 27, 2007

#163 Bin-b21

I have got the same camera today but i need help in it .

and i think that nikon d80 or nikon d200 is better.

2:04 pm - Sunday, December 2, 2007

#164 Susan

I hope somebody can help. I upgraded from an EOS 300 to the EOS 400 a couple of months ago and I find after I take quite a few photos in rapid succession, I get a 'busy' message for what seems like minutes (probably in reality around 5 seconds, but definitely up to around 20 seconds at times). I can't take photos during this time, which can be hugely fustrating. I never had these kinds of delays on the 300 - is this perhaps a fault? Has anybody else experienced this? Many thanks!

12:04 pm - Monday, December 3, 2007

#165 MattB

Re. post 164.

I've had the 400D for a month or so and also get the 'busy' message. According to the manual:

"If "buSY" is displayed in the viewfinder, wait a few seconds before resuming.
This indicates that the camera's buffer memory is full and shooting cannot continue"

I got the busy message when I was taking a few shots in not so rapid succession, so am a bit frustrated with this. I was shooting in auto mode. Has anyone any comments/suggestions?

7:47 pm - Thursday, December 6, 2007

#166 stevep4

The Busy light comes on after a few fires of the built in flash gun. It is not really meant for multiple flashes and needs to cool down.

If you are intending to use a flash a lot, then get a proper flash gun.

10:03 pm - Thursday, December 6, 2007

#167 Susan

Many thanks for your help Steve and Matt - somebody also suggested to me I needed a faster memory card, which I guess ties in with your comment Matt. I'll dust off the ol flash gun then, but I never got it working quite properly with the hopefully that goes more smoothly this time!

6:43 am - Friday, December 7, 2007

#168 Don

Do i really need a flash? like 430 ex? i just bought my 400D, and I still reading the various tutorial.I just love taking portrait and archaeological sights. Is the built in flash is enough?? would the result diffrent with a flash like 430 ex?Anybody can persuade me?

12:51 pm - Friday, December 7, 2007

#169 Jackie

Hi. I recently bought the 430EX Don and was very pleased with the very natural results. I was covering a presentation and had to stand 25 feet away and it covered this nicely. The in built flash would not have managed such good natural cover and would have had too much delay between shots. I still found the 430EX a little slow after 25 shots though and wished I'd bought its bigger cousin now.
I have found though that if I am only taking the odd photo at a time the built in flash is really good especially as back lighting for any portrait especially out doors.If you don't need lots of images one after the other and distance or macro spend the extra money on a good extra lens instead.

11:32 am - Monday, December 10, 2007

#170 John

I have just purchaes a D400 with 18-55 lens in the UK from Jessop £389 just though you may like to know

7:58 pm - Monday, January 14, 2008

#171 Rafael Ruiz

At the moment the only way I can find to do this is to edit the images on my PC. Can anyone tell me if there is a Canon EOS 400D setting that will cause the date picture taken to be shown on the image as they are downloaded (rather than having to edit them individually which is a pain)

10:59 am - Tuesday, January 22, 2008

#172 Martin R Kaye

I have a question about photo numbering. My 400D started off OK from 0001 but when I changed memory card and put in a card that I had previously used in my old 300D the 400D carried on from this number which was 4532. How can I get my 400D to start numbering from the correct place which is about number 0512

3:12 pm - Saturday, March 1, 2008

#173 Gary's Parries

Martin, try this. If you still have the 400D card with number 0511 on it, put it
back in, and then check the "Tools 1" menu to make sure "File numbering" is
set to "Continuous". Take a shot to make sure that numbering continues with
0512. Then put the 300D card back in, take a shot, and see if the numbering
continues at 0513. If not, you will have to reformat the 300D card and repeat
the procedure.

Good luck.

8:24 pm - Saturday, March 1, 2008

#174 Znie


umm...i was just cheacking sum reviews on here.
Could anyone suggest which camera would be more suitable for me

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EOS 450D
Canon EOS 5D

Im into taking model pictures and street photography

Please reply

12:29 pm - Sunday, March 2, 2008

#175 Gary's Parries

Znie, the three cameras you mentioned are all 'excellent' cameras, and any
one of them would suit your needs. It's just a matter of how much you want
to spend.

Unless you find a fantastic closeout deal on the 400D, I'd go with the newer
450D, which adds a few nice improvements over the 400D, such as a larger
LCD, among other things.

The 5D offers the advantage of a full-frame sensor but that advantage does
come at a much higher price. You might be better off saving the money and
putting it towards a better lens for the 450D. On the other hand, if you really
like shooting narrow depth-of-field shots, where you focus on one spot, and
everything in front of it, and behind it, is out of focus, then the 5D is the one
for you. You can see examples of this type of shooting at Everyday Eye, our
editor Mark Goldsteins's personal website (click on the Everyday Eye link at
the left of your screen under AFFILIATES). Mark uses a Canon EOS 5D.

You might also want to consider a Canon EOS 40D, which falls in between the
450D and 5D in price.

Good luck with your decision.

4:12 pm - Sunday, March 2, 2008

#176 Nigel G


I don't know much about photography, but am thinking of buying a DSLR. The first reason is my son's getting married in September and a friend who's a good 35mm photographer has offered to do the pics. Many will be in a big, high, dim, mediaeval castle room, so flash may be an issue (not a problem). I would like to get a decent DSLR and let my friend get to know it for a few months before the wedding.

Another friend who wins prizes for his non-digital b/w pictures will also be there and will advise on composition and so on. Both have done weddings before on 35mm. The second reason is that after the wedding, I'll have a nice DSLR and I'd like to develop an interest in photography.

I'm looking at the usual Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80, Canon 400D, 450D range. I don't want anything bigger or more costly.

I don't want to waste money on good kit that I may never properly use, but at the same time, I want decent results. Think good, solid, upper mid level quality such as a Volkswagen Passat, not a Ford Mondeo (sorry, Mondeo owners) or a BMW. I've read camera mags, online reviews and forum discussions. I've also had a really good chat with a very knowledgeable and helpful chap at my local Jessops (Bluewater, Kent). He's given me lots of info, but obviously can't make up my mind for me. At the moment, I'm favouring a Nikon D80 with perhaps a Sigma 17-70 2.8-5.6 lens (non stabilised). I may also need a decent flash for the castle room (the ceiling's about 30 feet high) and even outside - and the future. I like photographing people, railways, buildings, street scenes and some landscapes.

So, I'd really appreciate your advice about which camera, lens and flash to put on my shortlist. Is image stabilisation really useful? A semi-pro photographer I know doesn't value it very highly. Is dust removal essential? Nikon lives without it.Do I need live view? All my buddies swear by optical viewfinders. Is the lens range I'm considering suitable for a wedding? Is there anything else you can think of?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give this confused beginner.

10:38 pm - Thursday, April 24, 2008

#177 Znie

Heey Gary...
Thank you very much for ur reply...
It think i'm going for the 400d.
450d, is great but like you said, I want to spend the money on a better lens. [now I have to research about lenses :p hehe]
The 40d & 5d are great, its just the price.
I personally dont think its worth it for a beginner like me.
Thanx again for the help..I really appriciate it.

[ You will hear from me soon...]

8:08 pm - Saturday, April 26, 2008

#178 Gary's Parries

Znie, you should be very happy with the 400D.

Nigel, you are probably not going to like my answer but it is so obvious and
staring you right in the face. You have an experienced film photographer at
your disposal, so why not let him use his own equipment and then have the
negatives scanned to digital images. None of your dSLR choices will provide
any better images than that.

For a beginner to go out and buy a dSLR for the purpose of having someone
else use it for a single event and then expect that they will get some use out
of it afterwards ... well, it's not impossible that it could happen that way, just
very unlikely.

If you still want to develop an interest in photography, there are many more
user-friendly digital cameras that provide excellent image quality. The Canon
PowerShot G9 and A720 IS are two such cameras. It's even unlikely that you
will ever utilize the advanced features of these two cameras, in which case a
more pocketable camera, such as a Canon PowerShot SD850 IS or SD700 IS
(Canon IXUS 950 IS and 800 IS in Europe) might be better choices.

If you are still bent on purchasing a quality dSLR, any one of the models you
listed will do the job quite nicely, and since you already have the advice of a
reputable and knowledgeable dealer in your area, why not take it?

Good luck with your decision. Best wishes in September.

3:39 am - Sunday, April 27, 2008

#179 Nigel G

Thanks for your counsel and common sense, Gary

I wondered at the start of all this a few weeks ago if one or both of my photographic friends could do the wedding on film, but decided against because they're not pros. It would be unfair to expect them to produce good results without our being able to check at the time if the pictures were successful. Using a pro would be more expensive than buying a cheapish DSLR, and my friend is excellent with people.

I've been thinking on and off for a while about buying a DSLR. I have an Ixus 50, which is a fine little camera, but it can't do everything I'd like. I also have an old OM1, which is excellent, but the convenience and safety of digital(for an indifferent photograhper like me) are attractive. I wondered about bridge cameras, but felt the Nikon D40 (£270) gave better overall value. Their zooms are nice, though.

The D40 seems very good and I could always put a bigger zoom on if the interest grew. I'll also look at the cameras you suggested.

Best wishes


10:08 am - Sunday, April 27, 2008

#180 Bon

Hello! Can anyone help me where to aquire/find the release date for my Canon 400D Digital Camera? Well appreciated for your responses. Thank you! Best Regards! Jane

11:05 pm - Sunday, May 25, 2008

#181 nainie

m planning on buying a canon 400d... but dont want the 18-55mm lens... could u suggest other lens that arent too expensive...

10:19 pm - Tuesday, June 3, 2008

#182 Pablo

I am new to photography and have been bought a Canon 400D. I would like to buy a zoom lense for it and looked on the Canon website to see what choice there is. There were too many choices for me and I have absolutely no idea what would be a good selection. Can someone recommend a lens for a novice phtotgrapher, who wants to buy a good lens that will not need upgrading if I get more enthusiastic.

12:10 am - Friday, June 13, 2008

#183 David Parker

Could anyone tell me how a battery grip is fitted to a Canon 400D

9:17 pm - Sunday, June 22, 2008

#184 david


10:48 pm - Sunday, June 22, 2008

#185 Atika

i very like Canon 400D digital camera

8:14 am - Sunday, August 17, 2008

#186 J Bondoc

Does anyone know where can I view or acquire a link on exploring EOS 400D? I am a beginner and an aspiring photographer.. I recently bought this camera but would want to know more of its feature, use, 'how to' etc. Thanks and Regards Jane

12:21 pm - Monday, August 18, 2008

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8:35 am - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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