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Old Jul 15, 2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Cannon 400D advice needed !

Hi,

I've been offered a Cannon 400D by a friend for 200.

From the top of my head this includes:
Body,
Standard 18-55 lens without IS,
2 Batteries,
+ strap etc.

But no memory card.

I have got a couple of questions, first is it a good deal? Second is is there anything I should look for problems with on the camera?

I will fill you in on my situation regarding cameras. I have a recently bought TZ20 so I have more manual controls over my existing olympus tough 1030SW. I was planning to save up over the next few years and purchase a mid range DSLR.

I thinking if I got this it would let me experiment with the different settings and features before splashing out on a more expensive camera.

I wouldn't be able to go much more over this budget at the moment.
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Old Jul 15, 2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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Provided the said camera is functioning fine- the price seems about normal for this model.
Bear in mind however,you can buy a brand new Nikon D3000 for 299 from a certain retail outlet starting with A.... and includes a VR lens...!
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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Simon what are the advantages and disadvantages between the 400D and D3000
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 1:04 PM   #4
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Simon what are the advantages and disadvantages between the 400D and D3000
As Simon seems to be off-duty at the moment

These two cameras are directly comparable. Features and performance are
similar. The D3000 is a slightly newer design. The big difference is that you
can still buy a brand new D3000 with full warranty.

BTW, I'm not a Nikon advocate. Like Simon, I use mostly Canon gear.
However, if I was in your situation, I might be tempted to buy the Nikon.

Another option in the same price range is the Canon 1000D. Like the
Nikon D3000, this is an older model which can still be found in
old stock. It is based on the same excellent 10MP image sensor as the
400D and the 40D.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 3:54 PM   #5
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Right looking at the price with all the bags and accessories means that I may well get a new camera. Looking on the internet there is a Cannon 1100D for 329. It looks much better value than the D3000 as shoots HD video what do you guys think???
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 4:25 PM   #6
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Also what's the difference between IS and DC lenses???
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Back on duty... lol...

As corkpix suggests- the Canon 1000D is still available in some areas and is another entry level camera worthy of consideration.

In terms of spec' the 400D,D3000,1000D are quite similar,with the 1100D just a slight step above.
One thing I will add,however, is that I had a 400D some time ago- and of all the Canon's I've had- and I've had a few- this one underwhelmed me the most.
I actually preferred the image quality on the older 350D- which seemed to me to have better dynamic range and certainly better high iso noise control- with the 400D showing quite alot of chroma noise at higher settings.
Fortunately,this was not a problem for the 1000D- and performed very well at higher iso settings- better than the Nikon D3000 in my opinion.
The 1100D also inherits very good image quality.
Of course,all are good entry level models- and will deliver FAR superior results and speed over a "point and shoot"- and any differences between the models mentioned are minimal.
"DC" is the prefix used on a basic Sigma lens- with "OS" their stabilised variants. "IS" is Canon's stabiliser prefix,Nikon use "VR" for their stabiliser and Tamron use "VC".
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