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      14.08.2014 19:01
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      Introductory DSLR camera from Canon

      Bought back in 2006 the Canon 400D wasn’t top of the range at the time but we are still using it today. Unless buying decent lenses for it though you’re not really going to get much better quality than some of the compact cameras you get today but it would make a good introduction to a DSLR at a decent price. It has been an incredibly reliable camera in all weather with only a problem with a Sigma lens during a really cold spell. I love the fact I’ve been able to buy a T-ring for it to convert my telescope into the lens for using during the day and at night for photographing the moon and stars.

      One of the downsides to this camera is the fact it doesn’t work well in low light. When photographing wildlife this is really off-putting as with some functions, you cannot take a photo without the flash popping up before you can take a photo. This creates quite a noise alone without the shutter noise too and has scared quite a few animals away.

      The camera though does have many features: flash off, night portrait, sports, close up, landscape, portrait, full auto, P (Program AE), TV (shutter priority), AV (aperture priority), M (Manual exposure), A-Dep (automatic depth of field). Combining the likes of the landscape function with the Sigma AP0 DG lens (currently around £130) is perfect for zooming in without losing any quality but at times there can be a struggle with focusing which can be the difference between getting and missing that perfect moment so usually manual takes priority over auto. I am so used to seeing image on screen on my compact camera rather than having to look through the viewfinder with the DSLR but viewing back photos and deleting them through the camera is easy enough – thankfully as it takes a CF card rather than SD card so you would need to buy an adapter or use the USB lead to view on the computer.

      Attaching lenses is very easy – just line up the white dots and rotate until it clicks onto place. The battery life is also fantastic but worth buying a back up battery to change when out and about if required. You will also need a case/bag as it is quite bulky – many times I’ve preferred the compact camera instead. This isn’t the camera to buy if you want really sharp images as it is only 10.1MP and if buying with the 18-55mm lens will really only work well with close objects. For around £130 used though it is still a decent price depending on whether you want to spend the money on additional lenses.

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        04.08.2012 23:55
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        Hard-wearing user friendly dSLR

        I've had my 400D now for 4 and a half years, and I love it as much now as I did when I bought it. I find it to be very reliable, it has always done what I wanted it to do. The settings are very simple to use, but if you find yourself getting a tad confused there's always the extremely helpful manual that comes in the box. As for the body itself, I find everything to be pretty sturdy, nothing has been damaged whilst in my possession, the flash pops up with the same gusto it did on day one. Even the battery has performed superbly. The picture quality is impressive, I love having the ability to change the colour tones in the camera's settings! I've never used the RAW function but I'm sure I will at some point. Overall I think this camera is awesome - it's a hard-wearing piece of kit!

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        02.08.2011 21:01
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        Awesome camera with loads of functions for most users.

        I bought this camera about six months ago, second hand from e-bay with an 18-55mm lens for £220, a pretty good deal - and the camera has been amazing! It has been used at least once a week for various activities ranging from University Graduations to Apartment Demolitions (don't worry - I didn't demolish the apartments with my camera!!) I'll try and talk about as much of the different modes on the camera as I can, the physical design, and how well the software works.


        --Physical Design--
        Firstly, this is a 10MP camera - but if you're buying a DSLR and want to comare it to a standard digital with the same resolution - it'll blow it out of the water every time. The camera is built really well, lenses attach to it easily with a simple twist and click lock, the flash button positioning is amazing - your index finger immediately sits on it when you're holding onto the lens.

        In terms of the positioning of all buttons to do with organising settings, again - very well positioned. The mode of the camera is set by a twisty knob on the top right and any other options that want to be changed are done by single click buttons underneath.


        --Software Design--
        The viewscreen on the back is mainly used to show the settings that you have configured, it can show the current shutter speed, aperture, ISO number, camera mode, white balance, focusing zone, picture type, memory space...the list goes on and on...but again it is done in a really nice and simple way so that you can see exactly what is going on.

        For viewing pictures, I have mine set up so that you get a small thumbnail of the picture along with a histogram of how the image turns out - this is really helpful as with the camera in manual, you can adjust all the settings pretty quickly by simply looking at this and fixing little bits. The other option for viewing pictures is as a whole image taking up the screen - really good if you want to do a closer inspection of how the image looks.


        --Camera Modes--
        The camera has 12 different modes, I'll go through each of them and the different options that are available for each of them.

        --Auto Depth of Field
        This mode is really easy to use, all that you have to play with is the ISO setting, after that the camera does the rest - focuses on what it thinks is the best thing and then takes everything else out of focus, really good for both macro shots and nice portraits.
        --Manual
        Does what it says on the tin this one - you control everything, shutter speed, ISO, aperture - not for the feint hearted but can produce some really nice pictures if you know what your doing

        --Aperture Priority
        This mode is mainly for if you want to set your aperture - the camera then takes care of the shutter speed. This one is really good for everyday use (I prefer using this one over auto) and it can come up with some cracking shots - especially outside.

        --Shutter Priority
        So this one is basically the oposite of aperture priority, it gives you control over the shutter speed but not the aperture.

        --Program AE
        This mode automatically sets the aperture and shutter speed but leaves everything else open for you to play about with - this is the most like auto, but giving you the opportunity to play with some other things on the camera.

        --Auto
        Again, does what it says on the tin...point and shoot - the camera does the rest

        --Portrait, Landscape, Close Up (macro), Sport, Night and No-Flash
        These settings are all ones that you would find on standard digital cameras and have pretty standard settings. Portrait is good for taking pictures of people and not focusing on the background, landscape shoves the aperture up letting you focus on as much as possible, macro is really good for close ups, sport will raise the shutter speed to really quick, night will try and enhance the flash so you get more detail and no flash...doesn't really need an explanation.


        --Overall--
        I have to say that when I first spent £220 on a camera, I thought that I would play with it for a week and then send it back having spent way too much on it - but after using it for this long, I feel I should have spent more! Its so easy to use, and the pictures that you get from it are just amazing! It's defiantly started another hobby for me and is going to be a camera that I will continue using until either it brakes or I can afford the model up!

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          22.07.2011 13:02

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          Great piece of kit, highly recommended

          I've always been a fan of photography and have always favoured Canon equipment due to it's simple to use layout and strong construction (in the past I've drop Canon camera's and they've survived without a scratch!) so when I was looking to make the change from wet film SLR to digital SLR there really was only one manufacturer for me.

          The 400D is a great camera, light weight, loads of options and performs admirably even in the harsest of weather and light conditions. As long as you're willing to take it out of the full auto mode and play with the ISO and shutter settings you'll get some great shots that really won't need that much post download editing.

          I've had mine for about four years now and love it. The only negative I have is that on a certain ISO setting 1/250th the background of the images appears blue. I think this is a problem with my particular camera as it didn't do it when new and friends with the same camera aren't experiencing it.

          In short, if you're looking for a DSLR the 400D is great, highly recommended!

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          05.09.2010 16:18
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          5/5. Canon doesn't cut any corners

          If you are looking for a mid-range DSLR to do photography with, then this camera is worth looking at! For the body alone, prices vary between around £300 to £500. Another £100-200 will be needed on top of this to purchase a low-end lens. But, you get what you pay for with this camera!

          First of all, the quality of the photographs is particularly excellent on this camera. As with any Canon, you know you will be investing in some quality, and this camera does not fail to deliver. With 10.1 megapixels, and attachable lenses, you can really capture a photograph exactly how you want it, and to a high standard. There are various quality settings, such as 'Large', 'Small', 'RAW' and 'JPEG' (and many other options and combinations), so you can customise the image how you want. If you're just looking to take a few test photos to take up little memory space, then you can select a small file size at 'JPEG only', and you will achieve what you wanted.

          The camera also has a great variety of image settings. You can prioritise different aspects, such as shutter speed, aperture etc, in order to capture the photograph with more ease. If presets aren't for you, then there is the Manual option that allows you to alternate and change all of the individual settings. The ISO, for example, ranges from 100 to 1600, so this gives you flexibility when shooting in various lights.

          Overall, this is a great camera. It doesn't have video recording capabilities like some of the newer Canons (e.g. 550D), so this may be a downside to people buying this camera new. However, it does everything you need to capture excellent photographs, which ultimately is what it is for.

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            31.08.2010 15:59
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            Excellent entry camera

            Canon 400D

            ~When I bought it~
            I bought this product back in May 2008, just before the Canon 450D came out. I purchased it from a website and it was shipped from USA, which proved to be cheaper. As such, my Canon is a "Digital Revel XTi" although it is exactly the same as the UK/EU version. It came with a minor tripod, the EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens

            ~What I have used it for~
            My general type of photography are landscapes; I'm not very fond of taking portraits, and find that the kit lens is not very good for portraits (unless you use a flash, or the subject doesn't move). [I have purchased a "nifty fifty" since, a prime lens which is great for shooting in low light and making portraits more soft.] Annoyingly, in dark rooms (such as night clubs) I find it sometimes worth using my digital camera (Canon Ixus 980), as you can take photos in quick succession without having to wait for the flash to charge up. Having said that, I have taken some very nice... ok, passable, photos in some harsh environments such as: the beach (whilst windy), out in the torrential rain (with a makeshift cover), on top of the Dolomites and whilst zip wiring from tree to tree (I would not recommend the latter).

            ~Reliability~
            As you can perhaps tell from my paragraph above, I do not take extremely good care of my camera. It gets dropped, I lose lens caps and is often left capless, and I bang it on things when I hang the strap to my side. Having said that, the camera is still in very good nick. I have however found that the flash sometimes does not pop up. I need to force it up, and switch camera on/off before I can use it. This problem occurs with my friend's canon 400d also; she, like myself does not take great care of her kit though, so don't let it put you off. It's just a minor inconvenience in any case. The grip over time has also been worn off, and I have lost my eye rester (for lack of a better term), but I am still very happy with this camera.

            ~Who it's good for~
            This is a great camera for anyone with an interesting in taking good photos, but have not got a DSLR yet. It's great for beginners, and the kit lens is good enough for the standard of photos you will want to take in your first year or so. After more experience learning how to use the camera, it would be advisable to buy more lenses, so you can create different types of photos. I would especially advise anyone already on canon to use it; whilst it is not mandatory, it will make the transition easier. Prior to my 450, I used the ixus 55 and found that helped me a lot.

            ~Ease of use~
            There are several modes on this camera, which makes it very user friendly. There is the automatic function; I would not recommend this as it makes the flash pop up when it's not necessarily needed. My default mode is the "P" mode, where I gauge the aperture and depth of field required. This can also be found when you press the "** button. As well as that, there are the AV and TV modes, where you can fix either the aperture, or the depth of field.
            The instruction manual is very informative, but there's also a wealth of information on the internet teaching you how to use the canon properly.

            ~Quality of Photos~
            Quality of photos are fantastic as the camera is 10.1 megapixels. There are cameras with more megapixels out there, but they are wasted. This is because the pixel size on the sensor has dropped, and at small sizes, light behaves differently. Anything above 9 megapixels is therefore not going to make a difference, other than making the file size larger. {Source: Digitalhomethoughs.com}

            ~Comfort~
            The strap this camera comes with is standard, but I find that it's a bit heavy if you keep it around your neck. If you carry it on the side, there's the chance that you might bash it on the side (as I did). If you wrap the strap around your wrist and dangle it (as I stupidly did for much of my travels around E.Europe), you may well end up with a damaged wrist. The grip of the camera is fine, athough you can purchase an external grip. I don't see the point though, as I'm not a professional photographer and have never felt the need for extra grip.

            ~Positives~
            - Great quality pictures, with the ability to change lenses (what with it being a DSLR).
            Very user friendly, especially when uploading photos to the laptop. Just stick the USB cable in, and it'll import to your chosen photo app (in my instance, aperture on mac)
            New and second hand ones can be picked up relatively cheaply now

            ~Negatives~
            - One bad thing about this camera is that the canon 450d is markedly better, in that it comes with an autostabiliser. As the canon 500d is out, 450D's aren't as expensive. Although the 400D is a good buy, I would recommend the 450D for a beginner that wants to begin using SLRs.
            - The second is the weight, which I have already mentioned. I don't think there is a similar priced entry model that is significantly lighter though.

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            13.07.2010 17:53
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            All around Good Camera, not to be discounted!

            A great camera if your starting out photography or even if you just like taking a few great snaps. This camera is easy to use, the functions on the back of the camera are plain and simple and the instruction booklet that comes with the camera explains how to use them even simpler.
            The style of the camera in either black or silver is also appealing and stylish. The camera isnt heavy but can be weighed down with an over weighty lens, but thats your choice if you choose to buy a large lens. The standard 18-55mm lens that comes with this is more than adequate for great pics, but i would recomend a lens 28+mm lens to give you an even better aperture. All in all this camera, although now has been superceeded still is in a class of its own, and for the money, you really cant complain with the quality of the camera. A lot of camera for the money, plain and simple!!

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              18.06.2010 12:04
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              A good all-round camera which is good for someone looking for a cheaper SLR

              I study photography, and really like this camera
              At the moment, I'd say that the price is reasonable, especially compared to the newer EOS models - it is only an earlier model, and is a cheaper alternative to the others, especially if you don't need all the extra features

              This camera is generally really easy to use, for example it is very easy to attach and remove different lenses, and nowhere near as fiddly as other cameras. It is also really easy to switch on and off, and alternate between different features.

              There are lots of different modes like other similar cameras, where you can change the exposure, iso and aperture etc. There is also a setting where you can create your own mode to shoot, and alter the settings which is very useful.

              The camera looks nice, is all black, and comes with a strap. The battery life is also very good - I find I don't have to recharge it very often, and the battery generally recharges very quickly.

              The camera is also very reliable - it has always been very good. I've had it for a while now, and found it to be one of the best cameras I've had.

              It also connects with a computer very easily through the regular canon cable. The quality of the photos are very good, so don't be turned off the camera because it 'only' has 10 mega pixels. Also, as mega pixels refers to the size of the image, not the quality, don't be fooled into paying £100s more for a camera with 2 more mega pixels!

              This camera is really good, and I would recommend it to anyone - one thing it doesn't have is a video camera, but if you don't need one, this camera is a great alternative to the pricer, later EOS models

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              11.01.2010 00:38

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              Excellent starter Digital SLR for the new enthusiast

              I bought this camera about 2 years ago with the kit 18-55mm lens. As an 'entry level' Digital SLR it received great reviews at the time. In hindsight, I would have just bought the body and invested in a larger zoom lens, as the 18-55mm it comes with feels cheap and plastic-like and doesn't take as good a photo as lenses I have bought since. The camera itself has a range of automatic settings making it easy for beginners to use, but also all the manual functions you would expect from a Canon Digital SLR. The battery life is excellent. With the arrival of the 450D and 500D respectively, the price has dropped considerably. It's important to remember that more megapixels doesn't necessarily mean better a image quality and most people wouldn't notice the difference between images created on these different cameras. With a Digital SLR, so much of the image quality rests on the quality of the lens. The EOS 400D with a decent lens will give you a great starter Digital SLR.

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              17.11.2009 19:26
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              great camera great value

              My husband bought me this camera about a year ago. I have been realy pleased with it. I love photography and now I live on Orkney have loads of great things to photograph. It has taken me quite a while understanding the settings but I found if you start with the basic settings you can use it like a point and shoot camera. However to get the best out of it you realy have to learn all the advanced settings. Being able to understand manual focus and settings has taken me a while to learn but eventually I now know how to set the camera to get the best results. I must admit that it takes time to prepare for that perfect shot and sometimes I cheat and go back to basic settings when the bird I am trying to photograph will not wait for me to set up the camera! The build quality is great. The images you can capture can be amazing, I could not believe I took the pictures. It does take patience to learn but the results are worth it, I would definatley buy another canon camera.

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                10.09.2009 14:56
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                Excellent for first time buyers

                As a first time DSLR, the Canon EOS 400D is perfect to satisfy an interest for photography or to just capture moments beautifully. General point and shoot photography is easy with the auto setting which saves on hours of reading the tricky manual and still produces good results. Personally I use the automatic programme setting (P) so I can change the ISO, focus and white balance (amongst other features) depending on the lighting, subject and effect desired. Other settings are pre-set for the type of picture you're taking such as movement, landscape, close up etc and the icons shown on the camera body itself are extremely helpful so you rarely need to consult your manual. The general ease of use of this particular model means it's ideal for beginners but the wide range of features means it's still suitable for a more advanced user.
                There are a few annoyances as with everything, such as the busy status when using the flash repeatedly in quick succession as the flash takes a moment to recharge and disruption to recharging causes the busy status to last longer. In addition, the battery life in general is pretty good and dependent on it's use and the use of the photo review facility but when the indicator is on one bar you really haven't got as much camera life left as you might think which means you might miss out on a few shots if you're not careful.

                All in all I think the EOS 400D is well worth the money, and definately suitable for first time DSLR buyers and even users. For me, I like that I have the potential to broaden my skills with this camera, that is if I ever get down to reading the manual.

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                06.08.2009 11:59
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                The entry level for a budding photographer.

                My husband brought me this for Christmas and it is the first real camera that I have had. It is so real that it scares me a bit, because there are so many bits and pieces that I know nothing about, but I have brought a book on photography and I am trying to learn.

                It really is a beautiful camera with lots of capabiltiy, although you will quickly need to buy yourself a different lens as the standard lens is very limiting. I brought a tamron 70 300 lens for £99 and found that this covers a lot of what I need at the moment. I think that the battery extension that also includes the grip would be another extra and I will soon look into buying that.

                I use mine mostly for photographing my animals and when I can get them to sit still I can get some quite decent photos. Your will need to get a decent camera bag and if you are going to have a few lenses then you will need a fairly sizable one. I brought the Lowepro 200 and found that stores all my camera bits, plus my camcorder and our old digital camera. Usefull for keeping everything together. Only problem I can forsee is if anyone nicks the bag they get my whole digital life in one swoop!!

                What I need now is more spare time to play with this.

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                26.06.2009 20:22
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                WORTH SAVING UP FOR

                I was brought this camera about two years ago now by my partner.
                It has 10 megapixels and an in-built sensor cleaning along with all the other things youd would expect from a professional camera.
                I have used other Canon slr's and have never been dissapointed.
                I find they are easy to use always come with great offers and give great photographes.
                I would only recommend this to people that have a real intrest in photography as it does cost a bit depending on where you buy it and if there are deals on they are about £550- £600.If you realy ahve an intrest in photography and want to get a camera that will last the years a Canon slr is the best ive come across.With most Canon cameras in the packw ith the camera you also get free warranty,Usualy cashback with proof of recepiet and free fixing of cameras that are broken as Canon offer a service where they only fix Canon cameras,this can be a pain as normal photography places are unable to and you do have to send your camera of for a while.
                The only other bad point i have with the camera its self is that its slight heavy you get the shoulder strap with it but after and hour or so of carrying it,it because too eavy.

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                15.06.2009 03:41
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                Great camera - great price. Ideal for first time buyers

                As a graphic and web designer I was meaning to buy a decent camera for years. I needed something professional to support my visuals - for taking shots of urban macro textures, printed still life work, fashion models, abstract landscapes and low light photography.

                I asked around various professional photographers, read a lot of DSLR camera magazines and posted on a large number of forums to get opinions from the people who mattered. I gave them a budget of £500-600, as being a designer, the camera was just to support my current work, not to provide the majority of it. Let's face it - only pay £700+ for something that makes a real difference in quality for the extra pounds! A lot of top of the range cameras don't do 'that' much more if you ask a professional and tell them what you need it for.

                The Canon EOS 400D is a perfect camera for almost everyones needs. Only a dedicated professional photographer that plans on investing in a large number of lenses should be paying more than £600 for a camera base unit.

                If you are upgrading from an earlier model, or are just getting into photography - this model is ideal at a cost effective price if you do your homework and shop around for a bargain online.

                If you are new to photography, I advise you not to splash your cash on a camera base unit that costs more than a EOS 400D and speak to a professional photographer (there's many online if you look in the right places who can give you free advice) and tell them what type of photos you plan to take. They will then give you advice on the additional lenses that you would require, if you plan on shooting various subjects.

                The key about taking a good photo is not all about buying an expensive camera - it's about learning the camera and using the correct lense for the job.

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                  A great balance of features and cost for a starter SLR

                  I bought this camera as a kit with the standard 18-55mm lens just over a year ago, having dithered for quite a while over whether to upgrade my point & shoot compact, or jump in to the big scary world of DSLRs. There are a ton of very technical analyses of this camera's abilities out there (just check dpreview or any similar site if that's what you're after) but it's personal experience that counts, so i thought i'd make this review a few thoughts about the process of changing from a compact to this camera, and what i've learned about its limitations over the last year.

                  During the first couple of weeks, i have to say i wondered if i'd done the right thing. If you use this camera like a point & shoot, and don't take advantage of the "special" things it can do (more below!) then you'll just be carrying around a lot of kit in order to make pictures similar to your P&S - only with a lot of limitations. For example, i was upgrading from a really quite good compact - a Casio Exilim - which had a similar number of megapixels, a zoom range which blew the 400D's kit lens out of the water, and a macro function which meant i could focus on things very close to the lens - again, the 400D kit couldn't do this.

                  But.

                  ~ The special stuff ~.
                  The 400D is a great introduction to the brilliant effects you can get with an SLR, but you MUST take it off "automatic" and use either manual or aperture priority mode. Then, you will be able to manipulate the image you create so that it's not just a snapshot of exactly what your eyes saw at the time. Manual exposure allows you to under-or over-expose in order to create certain moods, or to emphasise just one part of a scene. Controlling your shutter speed means you can freeze movement, or go for a long exposure to give the feeling of movement through blur. With the right lens (admittedly, NOT the kit, but the canon 50mm f1.8 is perfect and will only cost you about £60 more) you can control very precisely how much of your scene is in focus and how much has a dreamlike blur. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you should rush out and buy this camera if you want to be creative with your photography.

                  ~ Why the 400D? ~
                  I read a gazillion reviews and comparison charts, if you do this you'll come to realise that there are about four options in the "beginner" price range (roughly £250-500 for body and kit). In my opinion the differences between them all, in use, are very marginal. Because i knew i'd be investing in lenses in due course, a key factor for me was the price and availability of lenses, and with the 400D you have a choice of Canon's own (usually top whack, certainly on price, often on quality) and a few third party manufacturers' lenses which were compatible. I also just liked the way the camera felt in my hands, in terms of size and weight - there's no substitute for a trip to Jessops or wherever and just handling the various options. And finally, i spotted a brilliant deal - just £300 after the canon cashback offer that was running at the time, from John Lewis of all places.

                  ~ Niggles and limitations ~
                  Excluding "full frame" cameras which this isn't the time or place to discuss, any SLR you buy, no matter how costly, will differ from the 400D in that it'll have more (or less, but usually more) of the following:
                  - Megapixels. If you're given to having poster size prints made, or are too lazy to walk closer to your subject so you end up cropping the outside of your shot off to get what you really wanted, this matters. Otherwise, it doesn't, all that much.
                  - Drive rate. Basically, how many time you can fire the shutter in a second. Again, has never bothered me - but if i was doing sports photography or something else involving fast moving subjects, it would.
                  - Focus points. This one DOES bother me. The 400D has 5 focus points arranged in a cross (plus one in the centre) across the viewfinder. 5 sounds a lot, but it actually isn't - if you've composed your shot, but one of the 5 points doesn't happen to coincide with where you want the focus to be, you have to recompose, focus, move back to your required focus, and shoot. If you're doing something with precise focus, like closeup work, this means many more of your shots will be out of focus because even that tiny movement can be enough to screw things up.
                  - ISO range. The higher ISOs (anything up to 3200 plus on expensive SLRs) allow you to take good shots in very poor light - if it works. The 400D runs to 1600, but i find anything above 400 produces very "noisy" - grainy, basically - results. I do find that a limitation of this model.
                  - Metering types. Basically, how much of the scene you want the camera to analyse when deciding on the required exposure. More is not necessarily better. The 400D lacks "spot" metering, which you'd need if, for example, you were photographing someone lit by a single ray of sunlight in an otherwise dark room. Analysing the whole scene, the camera will exposure for an average of the dark room, so your sunlit person will end up overexposed. Spot metering would allow you to get the exposure perfect for their face. There are ways around this of course, but I still wish i had it!
                  - Shake reduction. Again, helps you get a sharp shot in low light. Some cameras have it built in; the 400D doesn't, although some Canon lenses do, and are usually relatively expensive as a result.
                  - "Live view". Being able to see the image on the camera's LCD screen, before the shutter is pressed. The 400D doesn't have this, you have to use the good old-fashioned viewfinder. Mostly not a problem, except if shooting at an awkward angle or low down, when it would be nice.
                  - LCD screen quality. Variables are size and resolution. I find the 400D's very dim - it's totally impossible to evaluate shots when outside in bright light, and by the time you get inside to check them out, the moment may have passed.

                  Overall, this is a superb camera for the money - the limitations i'm seeing now are mainly because my technique has improved through using it, and i'm more demanding of my shots. If you're looking for a starter SLR, I suspect that it doesn't matter *that* much which one you choose - but I think most people would be very happy with the 400D.

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                • Product Details

                  Canon 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.

                  For consistently pristine results, a complete dust prevention and cleaning system works to keep the EOS 400D's sensor spotless. A combination of technologies reduces, repels and removes dust and includes a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit that shakes dust from the sensor with each power on.

                  Reviewing your work is a delight with the super bright 2.5" 230k pixel display. Photos feel crisper, richer and more saturated, while a 160° viewing angle makes for easy at-a-glance checking and sharing.

                  Shoot at 3 fps for continuous bursts of up to 27 large JPEG images (10 RAW): like shooting a whole roll of film in a single burst.

                  Switching between Picture Style presets is like being able to change film mid-roll to achieve different color response and Black & White effects. Sharpness, contrast, color tone and saturation are individually adjustable.

                  Select from one of nine fixed focusing points across the scene for fast, accurate focusing - even with off-center subjects and 'rule-of-thirds' compositions.

                  DIGIC II is a tiny super-computer that renders colors with precision, accuracy and speed. Fast and power efficient, DIGIC II also delivers instant 0.2 second start up time.

                  Technical Data

                  Product Description: Canon EOS 400D - digital camera
                  Product Type: Digital camera - SLR
                  Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card
                  Image Processor: DIGIC II
                  Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel
                  Camera Flash: Pop-up flash
                  Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism
                  Display: LCD display - 2.5"
                  Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 720 mAh ( included )
                  AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio
                  Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista
                  Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.7 cm x 6.5 cm x 9.4 cm
                  Weight: 0.51 kg
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