Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi / Kiss X
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Canon Rebel XTi Review
27 September 2007
Excerpt: Canon's Rebel series of digital cameras has been popular since its introduction. These digital SLRs provide much of the power and control of the higher priced models without their complexity. They are best suited for people who care a lot about their...
Conclusion: Canon EOS 400D digital reflex camera In a mere three years time, Canon have already managed to introduce the third entry-level digital SLR camera. Each camera seems to come with small, yet important improvements. The significance of the actual developments clearly becomes apparent when putting the Canon EOS 400D next to the EOS 300D. The camera has evolved from a stripped down model, of which a price breakthrough was a main asset, to a full-fledged 10 Megapixel camera.
Summary: The EOS 400D has a few issues (such as that kit lens) but it is capable of superb results. It is also very easy to use and priced competitively, which all makes it a darn good camera sure to repeat the 350D's success as the fastest selling digital SLR to date.
Pros: Handling and image quality, ease of use, price, dust removal system/prevention, good AF, great colour
Cons: Kit lens' performance is disappointing, lacks spot-metering mode, small viewfinder
Conclusion: Canon changed the entire digital camera market when they revealed the EOS 300D. Launched in a huge way, they clearly expected it to be a big success. The ripples of that day forced prices lower and removed an entire category of camera (the 'prosumer' all-in-one compact). Canon put digital SLRs into the hands of people who would otherwise never had considered one. For better or worse the sub-$1000 digital SLR had arrived.
Pros: Excellent resolution, lots of detail, not a leap from eight megapixels, but certainly from six, Good color with selectable PictureStyles for different subject types, Good dynamic range (more than peers) with soft roll-off of highlights, 'Integrated Cleaning System' designed to keep dust at bay, Widest range of image parameter adjustments among its peers, Low noise throughout the sensitivity range, noise reduction maintains detail well, Good in-camera image processing,...
Cons: Kit lens disappointing, better to buy body only and spend more on a good lens, Sporadic continuous shooting once buffer is full, Occasional under-exposure issue with Evaluative metering, Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, ISO, WB, Metering mode etc. not displayed on viewfinder status bar during change, Flash must be raised for AF assist, No Kelvin white balance selection in-camera, No spot metering, No mass storage d...
Excerpt: Call this the season of the 10-megapixel digital single lens reflex camera. By the time Santa appears in the Thanksgiving Day parade, enthusiasts will have four 10MP D-SLRs to choose from. In this quartet are the Sony alpha DSLR-A100 , the Nikon D80 , the Pentax K10D and the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. Three of the cameras are available now; the K10D is due in November.
Pros: 10MP D-SLR; fast response; excellent photos
Cons: So-so battery life; kit lens doesn't do camera justice
Summary: The Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi is a much more significant upgrade than anyone expected. Many believed it would simply follow in the same footsteps as the EOS 30D by sporting a bigger screen and Picture Styles, but keeping the same sensor as its predecessor. But while we did get the screen and Picture Styles, it was a surprise to also find a higher resolution sensor and a new active dust removal system.
Pros: Low noise, high quality images, Wide range of anti-dust options, Nine-point AF from EOS 30D, Great value for money
Cons: Resolution not a big step-up from 350D / XT, Anti-dust not 100% infallible, No anti-shake in standard kit, Sony Alpha A100 a tough rival
Excerpt: Canon pretty much invented the digital SLR market and its 350D proved wildly popular, winning awards left, right and centre. The Canon EOS 400D is well on its way to doing the same, with its 10.1Mp Cmos sensor and excellent, almost totally noise-free shots.
Summary: The Canon EOS 400D announcement seemed to be very understated
compared to the raft of other 10 megapixel DSLRs announced
this year. Most of the headlines seemed to have been grabbed
by the Sony A100 and the Nikon D80, with Canon looking as
though they almost missed the boat with their later product
Excerpt: 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.
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.