Canon EOS 400D 10.1-megapixel DSLR


Specifications Comparison

Specifications Comparison

Specs/Camera Canon EOS 400D Nikon D80 Sony a100
Sensor 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS sensor, 10.5 million total pixels, 1.6x FLM 23.6 x 15.8mm CCD sensor, 10.8 million total pixels, 12-bit ADC, 1.5x FLM 23.6 x 15.8mm CCD sensor, 10.8 million total pixels, 12-bit ADC, 1.5x FLM
Effective Pixels 10.1 million 10.2 million 10.2 million
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Nikon F mount Alpha mount (Minolta A-type bayonet mount)
Lenses Canon EF (including EF-S lenses) Nikon F-mount lenses (including DX series) Sony Alpha lenses (also compatible with Minolta A-type bayonet mount lenses)
Auto Focus 9-point CMOS sensor Normal: 11-point (single area or group), Wide: area can be switched to center wide-frame focus area 9-point (8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
Metering Modes Evaluative (35-zone), partial (9% center), center-weighted average 3D color matrix metering II, center-weighted (6, 8, or 10mm circle in center of frame), spot (3.5mm circle on focus area) Multi-segment (40-segment honeycomb-pattern), center-weighted, spot
Shooting Speed 3FPS, up to 27 JPEG/10 RAW 3FPS, up to 6 RAW/6 RAW+JPEG/23 JPEG (Large/Fine)/100 JPEG of any other size 3FPS, up to 6 RAW/3 RAW+JPEG/unlimited JPEG
Shutter Speed 30 to 1/4000 sec, bulb, up to 1/200 sec flash X-sync 30 to 1/4000 sec, bulb, up to 1/200 sec flash X-sync 30 to 1/4000 sec, bulb, up to 1/160 sec flash X-sync (1/125 sec with Super SteadyShot on)
Sensitivity Auto (ISO 100-400), ISO 100-1600 Auto (customizable), ISO 100-1600, HI 0.3 (ISO 2000), HI 0.7 (ISO 2500), HI 1.0 (ISO 3200) Auto (ISO 100-800), ISO 100-1600, Lo80 (ISO 80, low key), Hi200 (ISO 200, high key)
LCD Monitor 2.5" TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels 2.5" TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels 2.5" TFT LCD (Clear Photo LCD Plus), 230,000 pixels
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Video out, E3-type wired remote control USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Video out, DC-IN USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Video out, DC-IN, remote terminal
Battery Lithium-ion NB-2LH rechargeable battery Lithium-ion battery pack EN-EL3e NP-FM55H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (1600 mAh)
Image Format RAW, RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine), JPEG (Fine, Normal) RAW (12-bit), RAW+JPEG, JPEG (Size: large, medium, small; Quality: fine, normal) RAW (12-bit), RAW+JPEG Fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB Ia (sRGB), II (Adobe RGB), IIIa (sRGB) sRGB, Adobe RGB
Storage CompactFlash Type I/II (supports FAT12/16/FAT32) Secure Digital/Secure Digital-HC (supports FAT/FAT32) CompactFlash Type I/II, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo via adapter (supports FAT16/FAT32)
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 65mm 132 x 103 x 77mm 133 x 95 x 71mm
Weight (body only) 514g 585g 545g

On paper, the three DSLR cameras share quite a lot in common but surely there are things about the new Canon 400D that sets it well and truly apart from her competitors right? Well, there are a few actually and over the next few pages you'll learn why the 400D had been so hotly anticipated.