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Canon announced the EOS 400D digital SLR (D-SLR) camera. It is replacing one of the most affordable and well made D-SLR cameras, the EOS 350D. The new model includes a new 10.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor that delivers stunning, professional quality photographs and super-fast image processing, thanks to Canon’s proprietary DiG!C II processor, that ensures the camera is capable of capturing three frames per second (fps) for a burst of up to 27 consecutive frames. The 400D camera also comes with EOS Integrated Cleaning System providing total protection from appearance of sensor dust in images.
Image sensor: 10.1 Effective Megapixel CMOS sensor; 22.2 x 14.8mm effective size
Sensitivity (equivalent film speed): ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (selectable via ISO Speed menu)
Image data storage: Compact FlashT (CF) card Type I or Type II standard; 1 slot
Image compression: Raw / Fine / Normal
Image compression level: Still image: JPEG or RAW – simultaneous recording possible
Lens: Canon EF and EF-S series, effective focal length 1.6x
Still image: JPEG or RAW – simultaneous recording possible
Shutter: Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal plane shutter with electronic control
Shutter speed: 1/4,000 sec. – 30 sec., Bulb; maximum flash sync at 1/200 sec.
Focusing method: TTL-CT-SIR type. Wide area AF with 9 selectable focussing points.
Focusing modes: Autofocus (One-shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, One-Shot /Predictive AI Servo AF switching) and Manual Focussing
Light metering method: Evaluative, Partial, and Centre-weighted average metering
Metering range: EV1-EV20
White balance control: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash and Custo
Shooting modes: Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full Auto, Programmed Image Control modes (6), Manual, E-TTL II autoflash Program AE
Continuous shooting speed: 3 frames per sec for up to 27 in a single burst
Self timer: Yes – 10 seconds
Flash (built-in): Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism
Flash guide number (built-in): 13 at 100 ISO (m)
Flash (external): Hot-shoe: X-sync contacts, with EX-series Speedlites: E-TTL II autoflash
Optical viewfinder: Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Viewfinder adjustment: -3 to +1 dpt
Viewfinder coverage: 95% (vertically and horizontally)
Monitor type: 2.5″ TFT colour, liquid crystal monitor – 230,000 pixels
Interface: Digital Terminal – USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Video Output Terminal – NTSC / PAL, Remote Control Terminal – E3-type, Wireless Remote Control for RC-1 and RC-5
Power source: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: NB-2LH), AC adapter (type: ACK-700)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 126.5 x 94.2 x 65mm
Weight: Approx. 510 grams
The Canon EOS 400D 18-55 kit will be available from late September 2006 with a price of ??????¬1039.99 (euro) or about $1340. For only the 400D body you’ll have to prepare ??????¬939.99 (euro) or about $1205.