Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon EOS 400D
Member Name: mikecrabb
Canon EOS 400D
Advantages: Really simple to use
Disadvantages: The amount of different functions may confuse some people
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
So this one is basically the oposite of aperture priority, it gives you control over the shutter speed but not the aperture.
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.
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.
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!
Summary: Awesome camera with loads of functions for most users.
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