I've been looking at a semi-pro DSLR cameras lately and the best options these days seem to be Nikon D80 and Canon EOS 400D. The feature set seems pretty equal. Nikon has a few more shooting related options and Canon has a very advanced dust reduction system. When Canon retails for about USD $200 less, it is a pretty obvious choice.
For me this is the first step towards professional photography. I've taken nearly 100.000 photos so far using pocket cameras (mostly various Sony models) so I think's about time! I know a lot of advantages (especially when steering to HDR photography) of a DSLR but I guess I will need a little time to really learn to use it.
This camera comes with three different names. Why, I don't know, but Canon has decided it's a Great Idea to have different names in the US, Japan and the rest of the world...
- US: Canon Rebel Digital XTi - Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X - Elsewhere: Canon EOS 400D
I'll be sure to post some original photos soon, as well as a review of how good the camera actually is. In the meanwhile enjoy these pictures of the camera itself, and check out a cool video below describing how the dust reduction system works...
Some facts: Body material: Plastic (Stainless Steel chassis) Sensor: - 10.1 million effective pixels - 10.5 million total pixels - 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor - RGB Color Filter Array - Built-in low-pass filter - 3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reduction: - Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted) - Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces - Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later) Image sizes: - 3888 x 2592 (L) - 2816 x 1880 (M) - 1936 x 1288 (S) Output formats: - RAW (.CR2) - RAW (.CR2) + JPEG Large/Fine - JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine, Normal Lenses: - Canon EF / EF-S lens mount - 1.6x field of view crop Focus modes: - Auto Focus - Manual Focus (switch on lens) - Auto Focus ( 9-point CMOS sensor) Shooting modes: - Auto - Program AE (P) - Shutter priority AE (Tv) - Aperture priority AE (Av) - Manual (M) - Auto depth-of-field - Portrait - Landscape - Close-up - Sports - Night portrait - Flash off Sensitivity - Auto (100 - 400) - ISO 100 - ISO 200 - ISO 400 - ISO 800 - ISO 1600 White balance - Auto - Daylight - Shade - Cloudy - Tungsten - Fluorescent - Flash - Custom Drive modes - Single - Continuous: 3.0 fps up to 27 JPEG / 10 RAW frames - Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up) Storage: - Compact Flash Type I or II - Microdrive supported - FAT 12/16 and FAT 32 support - No CF card supplied - Up to 9999 images per folder Dimensions: - 127 x 94 x 65 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in) Weight: - Body (no battery): 514 g (1.1 lb) - Body (inc battery): 556 g (1.2 lb)