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On paper the EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi has the same basic feature set as the other two ten megapixel cameras here. The biggest difference is that both the Nikon D80 and Sony DSLR-A100 offer some kind of advantage for their premium. The Nikon D80 has a much wider range of camera control, a larger and brighter viewfinder, better ergonomics, a bigger battery, faster USB, spot metering and surprisingly useful customizable automatic ISO. The Sony DSLR-A100 also has better ergonomics, spot metering, a bigger battery, faster USB and built-in CCD-shift Anti Shake (although we don't believe this to be as effective lens image stabilization). The EOS 400D's 'on paper' advantages are listed below, not a huge list and quite a surprise to see how the competition have not just caught up with Canon but have overtaken them.

Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi advantages

  • Between $100 and $200 cheaper than the competition
  • Three part dust reduction system (with high frequency shake of low pass filter)
  • Six preset PictureStyles and widest range of image parameter control
  • Better software bundle (ZoomBrowser, Digital Photo Professional, Remote, PhotoStitch)
  • Smallest and lightest sub-$1000 ten megapixel digital SLR
 
Canon EOS 400D

Nikon D80

Sony DSLR-A100
Price
(body only)
US: $799 [check price] US: $999 [check price] US: $899 [check price]
Body material Plastic Plastic Plastic
Sensor • 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS
• 10 million pixels
• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD (DX)
• 10 million pixels
• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
• 10 million pixels
Dust reduction • Anti-dust materials
• Low pass filter vibration
• Dust reference image
• Dust reference image • Anti-static coatings
• CCD-shift 'shake'
Native image size 3888 x 2592 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592
Lens support • Canon EF mount
• Including EF-S lenses
• Nikon F-mount
• Includes DX lenses
• Sony Alpha lenses
• Minolta A-type bayonet
FOV crop 1.6x 1.5x 1.5x
Body shake reduction No No Yes, CCD-shift
File formats • RAW (comp. lossless)
• JPEG (3 levels)
• RAW (compressed)
• JPEG (3 levels)
• RAW (comp. lossless)
• JPEG (3 levels)
Auto focus • 9 area TTL
• Range: -0.5 to +18 EV
• 11 area TTL
• Range: -1.0 to +19 EV
• 9 area TTL
• Range: -1.0 to +18 EV
AF illuminator Flash strobe, must be raised Built-in lamp Flash strobe, must be raised
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
• sRGB (2 modes)
• Adobe RGB
• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Metering sensor • 35 zone sensor
• 1 - 20 EV working range
• 420 pixel RGB sensor
• 0 - 20 EV working range
• 40 segment sensor
• 1 - 20 EV working range
Metering • Evaluative
• Partial
• Center-weighted average
• 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
• Multi-segment
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
Exp. comp. +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV
EV steps 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 EV
Sensitivity • ISO 100 - 1600 • ISO 100 - 1600
• ISO 3200 with boost
• ISO 100 - 1600
Auto ISO Auto (100 - 400) User definable maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed Auto (100 - 800)
Custom ISO NR No Yes, four settings No
Shutter speed • 30 - 1/4000 sec / Bulb
• 1/200 sec Flash sync
• 30 - 1/4000 sec / Bulb
• 1/200 sec Flash sync
• 30 - 1/4000 sec / Bulb
• 1/160 sec Flash sync
Continuous
shooting

• 3 fps
• 27 JPEG/Fine frames
• 10 RAW frames

• 3 fps
• 23 JPEG/Fine frames
• 6 RAW frames
• 3 fps
• Unlimited JPEG/Fine frames
• 6 RAW frames
White balance • Auto
• Six presets
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
• Fine tunable
• Auto
• Six presets
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
• Fine tunable
• Auto
• Six presets
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
• Fine tunable
Image params • Six preset picture styles
• Three user sets
• Sharpening: 8 levels
• Contrast: 9 levels
• Saturation: 9 levels
• Color tone: 9 levels
• B&W filter/tone: 5 of each
• Six preset looks
• Sharpening: Auto, 6 levels
• Tone: Auto, 5 levels, Custom
• Color: 3 modes
• Saturation: Auto, 3 levels
• Hue: -9° to +9°
• Seven preset looks
• Sharpening: 5 levels
• Contrast: 5 levels
• Saturation: 5 levels
Embed comment Owner name set via software Comment set in-camera No
Flash Electronic release pop-up Electronic release pop-up Manual release pop-up
Viewfinder • Pentamirror
• Eyepoint 20 mm
• Frame coverage 95%
• Magnification approx 0.8x
• Laser matte screen
• Pentaprism
• Eyepoint 21 mm
• Frame coverage 95%
• Magnification approx 0.94x
• B-type Bright View Clear Matte II
• Optional grid lines
• Pentamirror
• Eyepoint 20 mm
• Frame coverage 95%
• Magnification approx 0.83x
• 'Spherical acute' matte screen
LCD monitor • 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• Removable protective cover
• 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Status LCD No, utilizes main LCD Yes, top of camera No, utilizes main LCD
Mirror-lockup Custom function Partial, 0.4 sec optional delay Automatic with self-timer
Other features n/a • Multiple Exposure
• Wireless flash control
• In-camera retouching
• Eye-start Auto Focus
• Auto-orientation status display
Custom settings 11 32 12
Storage Compact Flash card SD/SDHC card Compact Flash card
Battery NB-2LH (7.4 V, 720 mAh) EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh) NP-FM55H (7.2 V, 1600 mAh)
Battery status Battery life (3 stage) • Remaining charge (%)
• No. of shots since last charge
• Battery life (5 stage)
Battery life (5 stage)
USB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (WIA only)
(approx. 3.2 MB/sec)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
(approx. 8.8 MB/sec)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
(approx. 8.7 MB/sec)
Vertical grip BG-E3 (option) MD-D80 (option) No
Software • Canon DPP
• PhotoStitich
• Canon ZoomBrowser EX
• EOS Utility (Remote Capt.)
• PictureProject
• FotoShare
• Capture NX (trial)
• Picture Motion Browser
• Image Data Converter SR
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 65 mm
(5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
132 x 103 x 77 mm
(5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
133 x 95 x 71 mm
(5.2 x 3.7 x 2.8 in)
Weight (no batt) 514 g (1.1 lb) 585 g (1.3 lb) 545 g (1.2 lb)
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Comments

Total comments: 7
selacab

great camera I took mine around australia Great photo's

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Killerspec

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.

Thanks.

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reanim888

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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canonaholic

Was a great little thing

Comment edited 45 seconds after posting
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512A385C4A114355B73DB0DC6598F611

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?

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canonaholic

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

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