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Rear of camera controls

The main differences to the rear control layout compared to the EOS 350D are a re-arrangement of the buttons on the left with the INFO button now renamed DISP, the Direct Print button moved to the same position as on the EOS 30D and the Picture Style icon placed below the SET button (which can in fact have its shooting mode function customized).

On-screen settings adjustment

All of the camera's hard buttons activate an adjustment screen (on the LCD) where a setting change can be made using the cursor buttons or main dial. Canon has solved the setting change issue we noted in our EOS 350D review (where you had to press SET each time) and all changes apply as soon as they are made (you can half-press the shutter release to return to shooting mode). The style of on-screen adjustment screens has also changed, they are no longer simply menu shortcuts. Examples of two such screens can be seen below, click on the [clip] link in the table below to see that settings specific screen.

Shooting mode

Button Operation 
Display [clip]

Pressing the DISP button shows or hides the camera setting screen (which is shown by default), you can define whether the status of the screen (on or off) is remembered at power off via custom function 11.
Camera Menu (Enter / Leave)

The camera menu is described on the following pages of this review.

Displays the last image shot (the last image on the card). The EOS 400D is a "shooting priority" camera, that means that no matter what is displayed on the rear LCD this will be cancelled if any of the cameras photographic functions are accessed (for example half-pressing the shutter release).

Erase (record review)

During record review press the Erase button to display an"[Cancel] [Erase]" option, selecting OK removes the image from the CF card before it is finalized.

Exposure compensation [clip] / Aperture

Hold this button and turn the main dial to change exposure compensation in the range -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV, steps of either 1/3 or 1/2 stop, custom function 6. In manual exposure mode hold this button while turning the main dial to change the aperture.

Drive mode [clip]

Press once then turn the main dial (or use cursor buttons) to change drive mode.
 • Single
 • Continuous (3 fps)
 • Self-timer / Remote control

ISO sensitivity [clip]

Press once then turn the main dial (or use cursor buttons) to change ISO sensitivity.
 • 100
 • 200
 • 400
 • 800
 • 1600
Metering mode [clip]

Press once then turn the main dial (or use cursor buttons) to change metering mode.
 • Evaluative
 • Partial (9% at center)
 • Center-weighted average

Picture Style [clip] / SET

By default the SET button is used to select Picture Style (list below). You can customize the function of this button via custom function 1 to: Picture Style, Quality, Flash exp comp, Playback, AF frame select (using cursor buttons). This button is also used to confirm selections in menus or other on-screen displays.
 • Standard
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Neutral
 • Faithful
 • Monochrome
 • User def. 1
 • User def. 2
 • User def. 3

AF mode [clip]

Press once then turn the main dial (or use cursor buttons) to change Auto Focus mode.
 • One shot
 • AI Focus
 • AI Servo
White Balance [clip]

Press once then turn the main dial (or use cursor buttons) to change white balance.
 • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Shade
 • Cloudy
 • Tungsten
 • Fluorescent
 • Flash
 • Custom

Play mode

Button Operation 

Direct Print / PictBridge

If the camera is connected to a PictBridge printer or PTP connection to a computer pressing this button initiates printing / image transfer.


Toggles between three different play display modes:
• Single image view with no overlay
• Single image view with folder, file number, exposure and frame count
• Thumbnail image with exposure information, histogram and blinking highlights
Camera Menu (Enter / Leave)

The camera menu is described on the following pages of this review.
Jump mode

Enters jump mode which allows you to skip through images 10 at a time, 100 at a time or by shot date. In thumbnail index pressing this button allows you to browse by a page of 9 images at a time.

Return to shooting mode, the same can be achieved by simply half-pressing the shutter release button.


Press the Erase button to display an "[Cancel] [Erase] [All] " option. All option allows you to remove all the images on the CF card except those which have been protected.

Cursor buttons

Press the left or right buttons to browse through images, also be used to navigate menu options.
Main dial

Turn the dial left or right to browse through images, the dial can also be used to navigate menu options.

Front of camera controls

On the front right side of the camera are the final set of camera controls. First is the flash open button, a press of this will electronically release the flash unit. Below the lens release button is the depth of field preview button, hold this and the lens stops down to the indicated aperture to give a preview of the depth of field through the viewfinder.

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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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