Canon EOS 400D vs Canon EOS 30D

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Canon EOS 400D

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Canon EOS 30D

32

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 400D

Really small
Size
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Thin
Thickness
2.6"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 30D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.56x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5 fps
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

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Explore our gallery of 39 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 30D. Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 400D.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 30D

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.56x vs 0.49x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
736 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The 30D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
3,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Canon 400D

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Size
Much smaller
127x94x65 mm vs 144x106x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Overall image quality
Better image quality
62.0 vs 59.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
10.1 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
556 g vs 784 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              30D3,200 ISO
              400DNone
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              30D8.2 MP
              400D10.1 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              30D10.8 EV
              400D11 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              30D59.0
              400D62.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              30D21.5 bits
              400D22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              30D736 ISO
              400D664 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $382 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $531 - $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $723 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,639 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $790 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 30D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 30D.

              Canon EOS 400D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 400D.

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