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Canon EOS 400D 10.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body Only Black

Released on 15 September 2006

Manufacturer: Canon

5.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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There's only one button you'll need after switching on the EOS 400D: the shutter release. Power on and start shooting - it's that simple. Instant feedback lets you master in a day what it took the pros years to learn.

Like changing film types mid-roll, switch between picture styles to experiment with different colour and black and white effects. Boost sensitivity to ISO 1600 and shoot in near darkness. Experiment with shutter speeds from a full 30 seconds to an unimaginable 1/4000 of a second.

Shoot. Shoot again. The EOS 400D is your passport to discovery.

Timing is everything - which is why the EOS 400D takes the shot the instant you squeeze the shutter release. As the action happens - not half a second after it. No more missed opportunities - just hair trigger response.

EF lenses that focus faster than the human eye and track targets approaching at 50kph. A 9-point auto focus system with a hyper-sensitive centre point for outstanding low light performance. Combine these and you are ready to capture some serious action.

Centre-spread resolution. Light-hungry pixels so sensitive you can shoot flash-free in near darkness - and still produce smooth, clear results. Longer battery life. Lower noise. More shots per second. Welcome to Canon's CMOS advantage.

In a Canon first, the EOS 400D's EOS Integrated Cleaning System is your sentinel against dust. Uninvited particles making it past security get shaken from the sensor with each power on. Say goodbye to speckles. Farewell Photoshop spot healing.

Beyond the clear quality advantage, a sensor ten times larger than the one squeezed into your camera phone also wins back depth-of-field control. Open the lens aperture wide and watch subjects pop from a blurred background - perfect for portraits, wildlife and sports.

Image quality or speed? With the EOS 400D you get both.

Your perfectly composed image deserves rendering by the finest algorithms available. Which is why the EOS 400D had DIGIC II - the same massive capacity processor found in the studio professional EOS-1Ds Mark II. More natural skin tones, warmer orange sunsets, better saturated autumn reds and lusher forest greens.

Accelerated DIGIC II also delivers 3 frames per second shooting for 27 full size images without pausing for breath. Way faster processing than any laptop - from a camera weighing just 510 grams.
  • Product Content

  • Body material: Plastic (Stainless Steel chassis)


  • 10.1 million effective pixels
  • 10.5 million total pixels
  • Suitable Memory Card Size: 8GB CF
  • 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor
  • RGB Colour Filter Array
  • Built-in low-pass filter
  • 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Dust reduction
  • Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
  • Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
  • Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)

Image sizes:

  • 3888 x 2592 (L)
  • 2816 x 1880 (M)
  • 1936 x 1288 (S)

Output formats:

  • RAW (.CR2)
  • RAW (.CR2) + JPEG Large/Fine
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine, Normal Image processor DIGIC II

Focus modes:

  • Auto Focus
  • Manual Focus (switch on lens)

Auto Focus:

  • 9-point CMOS sensor
  • AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)

AF modes:

  • AI Focus
  • One shot
  • AI Servo

AF point selection:

  • Auto
  • Manual
  • AF assist: Flash strobe

Shooting modes:

  • Auto
  • Program AE (P)
  • Shutter priority AE (TV)
  • Aperture priority AE (AV)
  • Manual (M)
  • Auto depth-of-field


  • TTL 35-zone SPC
  • Metering range: EV 1.0 - 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)

Metering modes:

  • Evaluative 35-zone
  • Partial 9% at center
  • Center-weighted average
  • AE Lock: AE lock button

AE Bracketing:

  • +/- 2.0 EV
  • 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments

Exposure compen.:

  • +/- 2.0 EV
  • 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments


  • Auto (100 - 400)
  • ISO 100
  • ISO 200
  • ISO 400
  • ISO 800
  • ISO 1600


  • Focal-plane shutter
  • 30 - 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
  • Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
  • Bulb

Aperture values:

  • F1.0 - F91 (0.3 EV steps)
  • Actual aperture range depends on lens used

White balance:

  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Shade
  • Cloudy
  • Tungsten
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Custom

WB Bracketing:

  • +/-3 levels
  • 3 images
  • Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias

WB fine-tuning:

  • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
  • Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)

Colour space:

  • sRGB
  • Adobe RGB

Custom image parameters:

  • Sharpness: 0 to 7
  • Contrast: -4 to +4
  • Saturation: -4 to +4
  • Color tone: -4 to +4
  • B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
  • B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
  • :
  • Single
  • Continuous: 3.0 fps up to 27 JPEG / 10 RAW frames
  • Self-timer 10 secs (3 sec with mirror lock-up)
  • Mirror lockup: Yes (custom function)
  • Viewfinder: Pentamirror
  • 95% frame coverage
  • Magnification: 0.8x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
  • Eyepoint: 21 mm
  • Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
  • Fixed laser matte screen
  • Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information

Viewfinder info:

  • AF points
  • AF/FE lock
  • AEB
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • Exposure Level / Compensation
  • Max. burst
  • AF/MF focus confirmation
  • CF warning
  • DOF preview: Yes, button

LCD monitor:

  • 2.5" TFT LCD
  • 230,000 pixels
  • Wide viewing angle
  • 7 brightness levels
  • Up to 10x zoom playback


  • Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
  • Guide number approx 13
  • Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
  • X-Sync: 1/200 sec
  • Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
  • Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)

customer Reviews

 Average rating (1 review)

 Superb starter digital SLR

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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). This camera is a superb entry level camera, with preset picture style types such as portrait, landscape, sports etc. and a fully auto setting, so as easy to use as a point and shoot. For the more professional photographers amongst you, there are the manual setting options where you can adjust the ISO, aperture etc. and a fully manual option. A basic 18-55 lens will be fine when you are getting used to the camera, however the lenses will be the first thing you upgrade if you fall in love with photography! I recommend the USM IS range of lenses as reasonable priced good quality upgrades.

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