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Canon EOS 400D specifications

Sensor type 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS
Sensor Effective Pixels Approx. 10.1M
Sensor Total Pixels Approx. 10.5M
Sensor Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Sensor Colour Filter Type Bayer Primary Colour
Processor DIGIC II
Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length 1.6x Multiplication with EF lens fitted
Focusing Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points 9-point AF
AF Working Range EV -0.5-18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF Yes
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual Focus Selected on lens
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering at centre (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
(3) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO(100-400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Type Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb.
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release
White Balance Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
White Balance Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
WB Bracketing +/-3 stops in full stop increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Colour spaces supported sRGB and Adobe RGB.
Viewfinder Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 1;
Viewfinder Eyepoint 21mm
Viewfinder Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen Fixed
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, AE lock, exposure level/compensation, exposure warning, AEB), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation).
Depth of Field Preview Yes
Eyepiece Shutter On strap
Display 2.5" TFT, approx. 230,000 pixel
Display Coverage Approx. 100%
Display Brightness Adjustable to one of seven levels
Flash Modes Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash HotShoe / PC Terminal Yes/ No
Flash X-sync 1/200sec
Flash Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range Coverage upto 17mm focal length (27mm equivalent)
Guide Number (ISO 100, metres) 13
External Flash E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
Shooting Modes Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Photo Effects Monochrome (selected from the "Picture Style" menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects.
Drive Modes Single/Continuous
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 3fps. (speed maintained for up to 27 images (JPEG)2;, 10 images (RAW)3
Image Sizes (LF) 3888x2592, (LN) 3888x2592, (MF) 2816x1880, (MN) 2816x1880, (SF) 1936x1288, (SN) 1936x1288, (RAW) 3888x2592
Compression JPEG Fine, JPEG Normal, RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)
Still Image File Types JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes (RAW + Large JPEG only)
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Processing Parameters 6 Preset 'Picture Styles' with 3 User defined settings
Direct Print Canon Printers Canon Selphy Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
Custom Functions 11 Custom Functions with 29 settings
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Playback Display Formats (1) Single image with information
(2) Single image
(3) 9 image index
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase Single image, All
Self Timer Approx. 10 sec.
Menu Categories (1) Shooting 1 Menu: 4
(2) Shooting 2 Menu: 7
(3) Playback menu: 7
(4) Setup 1 menu: 7
(5) Setup 2 menu: 7
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other Interface Video output (PAL/ NTSC)
Memory Card Type CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible)4
Supported Operating Systems PC: Windows 98 (including SE)/2000/Me/XP
Macintosh: OS X v10.2 to v10.4
Software Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other Software PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture for Windows 2000 / XP and Mac, except Intel Mac with OS 10.4.4-10.4.6)
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional (Windows 2000 / XP and Mac)
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-2LH (NB-2LH battery supplied), 1xCR2016 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 360 (at 23C, AE 50%, FE 50%) 5 Approx. 280 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Check Automatic
Power Saving Power turns off after 30sec or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15mins.
AC Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 / ACK-700
Optional Case Semi-Hard Case EH18-L
Optional Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Optional Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Optional Battery Grip BG-E3
Optional Remote Controller / Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Optional Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 / ACK-700, Battery charger CB-2LWE / CB-2LTE, Car Battery Charger CBC-NB2, Battery NB-2LH
Body Materials Stainless Steel/Plastic
Operating Environment 0 - 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions 126.5 x 94.2 x 65mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 510g


1 With 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dpt
Continuous Shooting
2 Large/Fine resolution
3 Depending on memory card speed / capacity
4 Compatible with all CF memory card capacities, including CF cards of 2GB and more
Battery Life
5 Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

Specification is provided for information only; any data provided herein should be taken as guidance - for detailed information please contact the manufacturer.

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