Canon EOS 400D vs Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 400D

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
200 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm)
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)

Items often bought with the Canon 400D or Nikon D3000

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Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 400D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 400D

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
664 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The 400D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 262 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
700 ms vs 2500 ms
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3.6x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
485 g vs 556 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.5" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              400D127×94×65 mm
              D3000126×97×64 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              400D220 lenses
              D3000230 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              400D2.6"
              D30002.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              400D10.1 MP
              D300010 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              400DNone
              D30003,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              400D11 EV
              D300011.1 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              400D9
              D300011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              400D0.49x
              D30000.52x
              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
              62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              400D664 ISO
              D3000563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              400D22.1 bits
              D300022.3 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 400D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Size Much larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3000.

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