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Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit) – (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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The results are pleasing with a balanced exposure on the landscape although the colours seem a little pale at f/22 with a shutter speed of 1/30 second. The zoom on the lens is smooth and the manual focus is operated using the very front of the lens barrel where the filters go. Luckily, the OK button has a quick access to the most frequent options like ISO, White balance, Colour reproduction, Flash modes, Flash compensation, Metering modes, AF modes and Image quality. All of Pentax's lenses designed for digital are labelled as DA, so the original K100D (and earlier models) can use these.

Out of the cameras in the group test, only the Nikon and the Canon have the AF/MF switch on the lens whereas Pentax and Sony are on the side of the camera and Olympus is in the menu system. Still, the modes are laid out easily and basic names and descriptions haven't changed in years making the transition easier. This stops down the aperture before the image is taken showing the depth of field available on the aperture selected. Most noticeable differences between the the 400D and its older brother the 350D is the higher resolution, an extra 2Mp, as well as two points being added to the focus areas and the separate screens that Canon were so proud of have been removed from the 400D and replaced with one large 2.The macro facility is the best of the lot getting in really closely for a great shot with loads of detail. ISO800 is showing a lot of noise in all areas and the quality of the image is starting to degrade with ISO1600 showing a full spectrum of pixels in all areas especially low key. n\n EF lenses and accessories\nThe EOS 400D is compatible with all of the more than 60 EF and EF-S lenses and all EX Series Speedlite flash units. In the box is the strap, charger, USB lead, battery, viewfinder cover, quick start guide, Manual in both booklet and CD and Picture Project 1. I was given the camera by a friend to use as a 2'nd camera for some of my photo shoots that I do occasionally.

Noise is starting to show in low key which seems to disappear in ISO800 but boosts in the grey area. A combination of technologies reduces, repels and removes dust and includes a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit that shakes dust from the sensor with each power on. so I have an issue and I can't find anything on the canon page to help me, but my lcd screen doesn't work so I can have a live view of what I take a picture of. This point aside, the Pentax can take CR-V3 batteries which will last longer and although rechargeables are available, these shouldn't be used as the difference in voltage could damage the camera.The Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR delivers a 35mm full-frame equivalent field of view and stands out due to its small size and weather-resistant build. The way to dedicate the focus points is not apparent in the menu although the AF button in the centre of the navigation keys does dedicate to the centre focus point. i have nothing bad to say about Pentax (though i fail to understand the need to mention the compatibility with the older lenses, i use m42 lenses on my E510 aswell with an adapter, so what? The camera comes with the Manual in both paper and CD formats, a quick start guide in pocket size which is quite handy, battery, a promotional CD on EF lenses, strap, basic promotional material, USB, AV lead, charger and drivers which includes Zoombrowser EX 5.

The A100 takes Compactflash as its preferred format, but users of the Memorystick need not worry as the camera comes with a CF adapter to put your Memorystick into and use in the camera.

We're as guilty as anyone of getting excited about shiny new gear and features, but let's not lose sight of the gear we already have by our side.

We didn't get a chance to try it with the 400D, but it should be lightweight enough to not overpower the body and fast enough to provide more exposure latitude. Sony is bringing a shutter angle setting to its two more affordable alpha-branded Cinema Line cameras, the FX3 and FX30, with a firmware update. Again, the mode dial is situated top right of the camera with scene modes below Auto and programmable modes above.

I still maintain my stance on the batteries argument, but that is personal choice and as mentioned previously, Lithium batteries are available and can be bought separately. I enjoyed using the Olympus and despite it being a slightly higher spec to the others as it is older, the controls were easy to use. Is the extra optical oomph worth the upgrade over the iPhone 15 Pro’s 3x (77mm equivalent) telephoto?

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