Canon 400D

Canon EOS 400D front
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 556g - 127 x 94 x 65mm
  • Announced October 2006
  • Alternate Name is EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X
  • Old Model is Canon 350D
  • New Model is Canon 450D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 400D summary

Canon 400D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first introduced on October of 2006. It houses a 10 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 3888 x 2592. It is referred to as "EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X" in other markets.

Canon brought out this camera as a way to replace the older Canon 350D (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently brought out the updated Canon 450D (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.

The 400D is rated #71 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over-all #637 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personal factors.

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Canon 400D family

The Canon 400D is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-4000D front thumbnailCanon 4000D
400D vs 4000D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2018
Canon-EOS-750d front thumbnailCanon 750D
400D vs 750D
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-700D front thumbnailCanon 700D
400D vs 700D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-650D front thumbnailCanon 650D
400D vs 650D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-600D front thumbnailCanon 600D
400D vs 600D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-550D front thumbnailCanon 550D
400D vs 550D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2010
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Canon-EOS-500D front thumbnailCanon 500D
400D vs 500D
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Canon-EOS-450D front thumbnailCanon 450D
400D vs 450D
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-400D front thumbnailCanon 400D10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-350D front thumbnailCanon 350D
400D vs 350D
8MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-300D front thumbnailCanon 300D
400D vs 300D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003
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Canon 400D Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon 400D based on things which are often regarded as essential in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with phase detect AF
delivers RAW files
focusing manually
has built in flash
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
does not have external microphone socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have liveview
does not have Timelapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
no video
screen is fixed
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
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Canon 400D Sensor details

The size of the sensor on the Canon 400D is 22.2mm x 14.8mm (APS-C). The 329 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3888 x 2592 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath illustrates the 400D's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 400D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 400D dimensions

Canon 400D is 1.23 lb (556g or 19.61 oz) & the volume of the camera is 127mm x 94mm x 65mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.6"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Canon 400D is similar in comparison with its rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Canon 400D besides a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS 400D dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the 400D.

Canon EOS 400D topview buttons dials

Canon 400D Lens specs

The 400D works with the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses available to buy. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the 400D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-50mm-f1.4-USM lensCanon EF 50mm f1.4 USM50mmf/1.4 290g
Rokinon-35mm-f1.4-Canon-EF lensRokinon 35mm f1.435mmf/1.4 660g
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Canon-EF-35-350mm-f3.5-5.6L-USM lensCanon EF 35-350mm f3.5-5.6L USM35-350mmf/3.5-5.6 1385g
Samyang-AF-85mm-F1.4-EF-Canon-EF lensSamyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF85mmf/1.4485g
Samyang-8mm-F3.5-Aspherical-IF-MC-Fisheye-Canon-EF lensSamyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
Canon-EF-70-300mm-f4-5.6L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 1050g
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Zeiss-Otus-100mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Otus 100mm F1.4100mmf/1.41405g
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Canon 400D Connectivity

The 400D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer pictures and in some cases change settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon 400D Video specs

Canon 400D does not capture video. If you are shopping for a camera to take only images, this is not a concern.

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Canon 400D Weather Sealing

Canon 400D does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.

Canon 400D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 400D is equipped with a 2.5" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Canon 400D are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.5x

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be quite helpful.

Canon 400D Shutter specs

Canon 400D continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon 400D Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon 400D has both integrated flash as well as external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 seconds.

Canon 400D Autofocusing specs

Canon 400D has both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

The AF system supports 9 focus points to select from. Canon 400D has the ability to use manual focus when required during low light or you require more precise focus control.

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Canon 400D Battery life

The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has the best (1900) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:

Canon 400D for varying types of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Canon 400D for varying types of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon 400D Portrait photography information

The Canon 400D gets a points total of 52 which is moderate, meaning that it is reasonably acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos along with the flexibility to use external flash.

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has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
low MP (10MP)

Canon 400D Street photography factors

Getting a moderate points tally of 57, the Canon 400D is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization

Canon 400D as a Sports photography camera

A bad sports photography score of 40 indicates the Canon 400D is simply not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
max fps very slow (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)

Canon 400D as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely critical in selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Canon 400D gets a average 47 for a travel camera which makes it fairly appropriate to take on your holidays.

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built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen

Landscape photography with Canon 400D

For anyone planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 400D at it's decent rating of 48 as a landscape camera is somewhat suitable within the current market.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
small screen (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Canon 400D

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon 400D is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a bad rating of 9.

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Canon 400D Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the 400D, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart below gives you a summary of the 400D compared to it's top ranked competitors shown previously.

These are some more cameras you may look into as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 400D
Also Known as
EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.2 x 14.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
3888 x 2592
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.5 inch
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/200 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
556g (1.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions
127 x 94 x 65mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.6")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots
Price at release