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For our studio scene 'test box' comparison we used the Nikon D80 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 as the only other currently available similarly priced competition. There should of course be one other camera here, the Pentax K10D, however production units are not yet available, we will include the EOS 400D in our K10D review (whenever that is). We have also included a comparison to the EOS 350D (8 megapixel) as a comparison of the increase of resolution with these new ten megapixel cameras.


For comparisons (and the resolution chart) we always use sharp prime lenses stopped down (typically to F9). In the case of this comparison we used 50 mm lenses (Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 for the D80, Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 for the EOS 400D and the Minolta 50 mm F1.4 for the DSLR-A100). We've had a few enquiries asking why we use the Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 instead of the F1.4, simply because the F1.8 is sharper at the aperture we're using for these shots (F9), we've been using the F1.8 for Nikon comparisons for quite a while now.

Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi vs. Nikon D80

  • Canon EOS 400D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer (+MLU)
  • Nikon D80: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Normal), Self-Timer (+exp delay)
Canon EOS 400D
Nikon D80
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As we commented in our Nikon D80 review both of these cameras produce very similar levels of detail, the only difference being down to the different image processing choices made by Canon and Nikon. Canon clearly apply slightly more sharpening which produces an image which looks crisper, that said you would struggle to be able to see a difference between these two images, even in a large print.

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The Silver Nemesis

The 400D error (no top LCD) was repaired with the 760D. So, D80 has some competition right now...


great camera I took mine around australia Great photo's


I bought the EOS Rebel Xti a while back now have some holiday time on my hands over the xmas period and would like to learn more about the camera. Anyone able to tell me how I am able to take RAW format pictures with this camera.



The Canon 400D remains a very good first dSLR, with a balance of automatic, semi-automatic and manual controls to progress through as your creative photography skills improve.
I think it's very important for every Digital Photo Camera!

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Sam Spark

I think all of the camera makers (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.) have been doing the same thing… just making minor, poor, or inconsequential upgrades to their cameras. I think they all got caught blindsided by the smart phone market.

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Was a great little thing

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I want to know if kiss digital 400D can be used to shoot videos and movies. Can it also be used to shoot on long hours?


No! This has no video capability whatsoever!
Doesn't even have live-view!!!


Its a stills camera!

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