Today I used my school's 400D for an event photo-taking. The Student Council organised some Songs Dedication activity for Valentine's Day and I was there with a neck strap and the dSLR
Btw I used it before; also the school's one.
Here in Singapore, the Canon EOS 400D costs SGD$1349 with an 18-55mm kit lens and this price is a bit higher than the norm for entry-level dSLRs here.
Comparisons: Nikon D40 with 18-55mm lens, SGD$998. Nikon D40x with 18-55mm lens, SGD$1188. Canon EOS 350D with 18-55mm lens, SGD$999. Sony Alpha A200 with 18-70mm lens, SGD$1099. All prices do not include taxes and additional charges.
(edit: USD$1 = c.SGD$1.5-1.6 | GBP1 = c.SGD$2.7-3 | 1 Euro = c.SGD$2)
Design: Overall the camera feels ergonomic and my hands find it comfortable. No noticeable bulges to poke me. Thoughtful thumb rest for my right hand. I like the positions of the function dial, on-off switch and shutter release(which is in front of scroll dial, rather than behind it).
Weight and dimensions are reasonable (It could fit under my desk
Image quality: When viewed on the LCD screen, the images are always sharp and generally free of noise. One thing I liked very much was that when the ISO was set to the maximum of 1600, the brightening effect was very great and reminded me of Adobe Photoshop's Brightening feature. This isnt the good part alone. The other half of what amazed me was that there was virtually no noise! (Well, none could be seen on the camera screen).
Function dial functions: Standard features like A-Dep(i dunno whats this), Tv(shutter speed), Av(aperture value), P(semi automatic), green rectangle(fully automatic), and the presets Landscape, Portrait, Macro among others..
Lighting modes: Standardised modes such as Sunlight, Shade, Fluorescent, Tungsten, etc
Continuous drive mode: 3.0 fps, faster than a compact but slower than the 40D(6.5 fps), its big brother, or the full-frame Canon EOS 1D Mark III dSLR(10.0).
Final thoughts: The 400D is quite good for an entry-level camera. Well, all but the price, that is. If you're budget tight I'd say you should go for its cheaper rivals (see above Price comparison). If you're really a Canon buff this camera is just the right one for you
(if you're upgrading from a compact to a dSLR).
Sample images: Very very sorry but sample images cannot be obtained as the camera and CF card which were used are property of my school and cannot be loaned out just anyhow.
Signed, your fellow CL reviewer,
P.S.: You can see some images with the Canon EOS 400D by Gordon at the review at www.cameralabs.com