Price When Reviewed: 553 . 612
Pros: New dust-reduction systems, buffering to 27 JPGs, 9-point AF system and low price are all worthwhile improvements.
Cons: Move to 10mp doesn’t result in significantly more detail over 8-megapixels, and the body is still too small for the majority of users.
The EOS 400D is the successor to Canon’s eight-megapixel EOS 350D, one of most successful digital SLRs so far. Retaining the compact and lightweight body of its predecessor, the entry-level model features a new 10mp sensor, a 9-point autofocus system, a larger 2.5-inch screen, and Picture Styles – the company’s streamlined image parameter settings.
Although only a nominal increase in resolution over the sensors found in the 350D and recently introduced 30D, the 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor is Canon’s first APS-C-size chip to hit ten megapixels. However, with a 28MB file size, there’s a gain of just 1.2-x-0.8 inches when printed at 300dpi.