It’s not often that you find a DSLR camera coming down in price, in a market that mostly moves towards ever more complex and expensive technology. In this Canon EOS 4000D review, we look in-depth into the pros and the cons of buying this model.
In this case, the Canon EOS 4000D is a new release into Canon’s entry-level range, an area currently occupied by Canon’s existing 1300D and the 2000D.
Rather than being a direct replacement, however, the 4000D brings a new compendium of features to the table with a clear focus on ease of use and accessibility.
So is this new camera a worthy addition to the Canon range, or is it a compromise too far in the quest for lower prices? Let’s take a look.
Summary – Canon EOS 4000D review
Canon fans might initially struggle to tell the difference between the 4000D and its cousin, the 2000D. There’s a good reason for that, however, which is that they’re virtually identical in terms of many of their specs and features.
However, the lower price point of the 4000D boasts also comes with a corresponding downgrade in some crucial areas.
For Canon, this makes perfect sense, because the 4000D represents a totally different line that targets casual or new DSLR owners.
But for users expecting an upgrade over older models, it may be disappointing to see how much older technology has been re-used and how many corners have been cut to achieve such a low price.
That said, the 4000D isn’t exactly lacking in the number of features it brings to the table. Among other things, you can expect an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC4+ processor, full HD video at 30fps, video Snapshot mode, 3fps burst mode, a 2.7in LCD with 230k dots, Wi-Fi (though there’s no NFC), and a battery that delivers about 500 shots on a full charge.
These are all perfectly respectable DSLR features that are a major upgrade for new users used to basic cameras, but for professionals or heavy DSLR users, these statistics are familiar from models that are one or two generations behind.
This is obvious even in comparison to the 2000D, which packs 24.1 megapixels in its sensor and has a 920k dot rear screen, as well as a number of other Canon features like image stabilisation that the 4000D lacks. As a result, despite the similar look and feel of the camera, aficionados won’t have any trouble telling the difference.
Body and handling
One area in which Canon hasn’t cut back is the body of the camera itself, which is about the same size and weight as the 2000D. However, other areas of the camera’s controls and features are somewhat lacking in comparison. For example, the flash has to be manually raised, there are much fewer button options in the control panel area, the lens mounting plate is plastic rather than metal and the screen is somewhat smaller.
The first thing new 4000D owners will want to do is to get an upgrade on the standard lens bundled with this camera. Luckily it’s compatible with a huge variety of lenses so this isn’t a problem, but even with a decent lens, you’ll definitely notice the extra noise that the lower megapixel count brings in comparison to better quality alternatives. Again, you’ll also notice other missing features such as in-shot autofocus, something that even smartphone photographers would expect as standard these days.
Where to buy the Canon 4000D?
Pros and cons
- One of the cheapest new Canons you’ll ever see
- Shares a lot of the DNA of more expensive cameras
- A solid, entry-level DSLR
- Old technology means no features to write home about
- Lacks many standard features of other cameras in its generation
- Limited button controls can frustrate experienced users
The Canon 4000D won’t be on anybody’s list of the best Canon cameras in future, but at this low price, it will be a very attractive starter camera for new DSLR owners.
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