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Introduced August 2006

• 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
• Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
• 2.5” LCD screen with 230K pixels and 160 viewing angle
• High-precision 9 point AF system
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• DIGIC II image processor with 0.2 sec start up
• Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
• Compact and Lightweight body
• Fully compatible with EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

Canon’s EOS 300D, the world’s first consumer D-SLR, kick started a digital revolution in 2003. “We are now witnessing a mass consumer trend towards D-SLR,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.

Consumer research shows it is not only existing film SLR owners now switching to digital SLR photography. “On top of the existing 21 million analogue EOS shooters, a completely new profile of consumer is adopting digital EOS and driving growth,” said Jensen. “With European household penetration having only just hit 3%, the question now is not ‘will this market be big’, but ‘how big will this market become’.”

Canon is the only D-SLR brand to own and manufacture the sensor, processor and lenses in house. “EOS photographers benefit from 20 years of ongoing research investment into EOS,” said Jensen. “EOS photographers have the great advantage of owning a system camera in which every element is designed at a very fundamental level to work as a balanced, integrated whole. It is one reason why more than 70% of registered photographers at the Athens Olympics shot on EOS.” With EOS, Canon aims to provide consumers with the widest and most expandable camera system available, including over 60 EF lenses and Speedlite flash units.

Image sensor
Type: 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS
Effective pixels: Approx. 10.1M
Total pixels: Approx. 10.5M
Aspect patio: 3:2
Low-pass filter: Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Colour filter type: Primary Colour

Image processor
Type: DIGIC II

Lens
Lens mount: EF/EF-S
Feild-of-view factor: 1.6x (a lens on a 35mm camera will show a field-of-view 1.6x greater than the same lens on the EOS 400D)

Focusing
Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF system: 9-points
AF working range: EV -0.5-18 (at 23C & ISO100)
AF modes: AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo
AF point selection: Automatic, Manual
Selected AF point display: superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF: Yes
AF Lock: locked when shutter button is pressed half-way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam: intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual focus: selected on lens

Exposure control
Metering modes: TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
(3) Center weighted average metering
Metering range: EV 1-20 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock : Auto: operates in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: by AE lock button in creative zone modes
Exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AEB: +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO speed equivalent: auto 100 to 400; manual 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Shutter
Type: Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds: 30 to 1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb.
Shutter release: Soft touch electromagnetic release

White balance
Type: auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom
White balance compensation: 1) Blue/Amber +/-9; 2) Magenta/ Green +/-9
WB Bracketing: +/-3 stops in full stop increments; three bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

Colour matrix
Type: two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.

Viewfinder
Type: Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Coverage: (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 95%
Magnification: 0.8x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 21mm
Dioptre Correction: -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen: Fixed
Mirror: quick-return half mirror (Ttansmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level/compensation, exposure warning, AEB), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, CF card information
Depth-of-field preview: yes
Eyepiece Shutter: on strap

LCD monitor
Monitor: 2.5 inch TFT, approx. 230,000 pixel
Coverage: approx. 100%
Brightness: adjustable to one of seven levels

Flash
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction
HotShoe/PC terminal: Yes/ No
X-sync: 1/200sec
Red-eye reduction: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash exposure bracketing: Yes
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Second curtain synchronisation: Yes
Built-in flash range coverage: up to 17mm focal length (27mm equivalent)
Guide number: (ISO 100, meters) 13
External flash: E-TTL II with EX-series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support"

Shooting
Modes: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Photo effects: Monochrome (selected from the Picture Style menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects
Drive modes: Single/Continuous
Continuous shooting: max. Approx. 3fps. (speed maintained for up to 27 images JPEG (Large/Fine resolution), 10 images RAW (depending on memory card speed and capacity)

Recording pixels/compression
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mage Size: (LF) 3888x2592, (LN) 3888x2592, (MF) 2816x1880, (MN) 2816x1880, (SF) 1936x1288, (SN) 1936x1288, (RAW) 3888x2592
Compression: Fine, Normal, RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)

File format
Still image format: JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG: simultaneous Recording Yes (RAW + Large JPEG only)
File Numbering: 1) Consecutive numbering; 2) Auto reset; 3) Manual reset
Processing parameters: Six preset Picture Styles with three user defined settings

Direct print
Canon Printers: Canon Selphy Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge: Yes

Other features
Custom functions: 11 Custom Functions with 29 settings
LCD panel (EL) illumination: No
Water/ dust resistance: No
Sound memo: No
Intelligent orientation sensor: Yes
Histogram: brightness; RGB
Playback zoom: 1.5x - 10x
Display formats: 1) Single image with information; 2) Single image; 3) 9-mage index
Image erase protection: erase protection of one image at a time
Image erase: single image; all
Self timer: approx. 10 seconds
Menu categories: 1) Shooting 1 Menu: 4 settings; 2) Shooting 2 Menu: 7 settings; 3) Playback menu: 7 settings; 4) Setup 1 menu: 7 settings; 5) Setup 2 menu: 7 settings
Menu languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Tradional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Firmware update: possible by the user.

Interface
Computer: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other: Video output (PAL/ NTSC)

Memory card
Type:
CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible); compatible with all CF memory card capacities, including CF cards of 2GB and more

Supported operating system
PC: Windows 98 (including SE), 2000, Me, XP
Macintosh OS X: v10.2 to v10.4

Software
Browsing and printing: ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other: PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture for Windows 2000 / XP and Mac, except Intel Mac with OS 10.4.4-10.4.6)
Drivers: TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image manipulation: Digital Photo Professional (Windows 2000 / XP and Mac)

Power source
Batteries: rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-2LH (NB-2LH battery supplied), 1xCR2016 for date & settings
Battery life: approx. 360 exposures (at 23C, AE 50%, FE 50%); approx. 280 (at 0C, AE 50%, FE 50%), based on the CIPA Standard
Battery check: automatic
Power saving: power turns off after 30 seconds or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15 minutes (user selectable)
AC power supply: Optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 / ACK-700

Accessories
Case: Semi-Hard Case EH18-L
Lenses: all EF and EF-S lenses
Flash: Canon Speedlites 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Battery Grip: BG-E3
Remote Controller/Switch: Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Power Supply and Battery Chargers: AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 / ACK-700, Battery charger CB-2LWE / CB-2LTE, Car Battery Charger CBC-NB2, Battery NB-2LH

Physical specifications
Body materials: Stainless Steel/Plastic
Operating environment: 0 – 40 C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD): 126.5 x 94.2 x 65mm
Weight (body only): approx. 510g

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated. Subject to change without notice

Picture Style
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image do not degrade the image in any way and can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets include:

Standard - for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing
Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones
Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines
Neutral – ideal for post-processing
Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K
Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).
The
User Defined Picture Style can be used to store up to three customised pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon’s web site.

DIGIC II
Now found across the EOS range, DIGIC II is a purpose built, dedicated image processor responsible for the high speed calculations necessary in order to providing exceptionally accurate colour reproduction in real time. Canon’s second generation imaging engine, DIGIC II performs the duties of a number of separate processing units to speed processing, save space, and optimise battery life.

Canon’s processor overcomes the trade-off faced by other manufacturers between camera responsiveness and image quality. With its massive capacity, DIGIC II treats every image with the full complex processing algorithms required in order to deliver superb EOS picture quality, while enabling extended continuous shooting bursts.

CMOS
Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also help optimise battery usage.

CCD sensors use a bucket relay system to transfer each pixel’s accumulated electrical charge to a corresponding gutter. The operation is time consuming and draws considerable power.

By contrast, signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by the individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high-speed processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. Images can be recorded in sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space, and the Digital Photo Professional application supports sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. An ICC (International Colour Consortium) profile attaches automatically to RAW images converted to TIFF or JPEG images. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied to multiple images.

24 August 2006

EOS 400D set to meet massive consumer demand

Canon today announces its next generation D-SLR: the EOS 400D. Featuring a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, new EOS Integrated Cleaning System, larger and brighter 2.5 inch LCD and 9-point AF, the model is predicted to take the lead as the world’s most popular camera. It is positioned above the EOS 350D, currently the fastest selling SLR camera of all time.

Improved Performance

As well as the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, the EOS 400D incorporates a number of developments over the EOS 350D. Resolution increases from 8.0 to 10.1 Megapixels, using the superior hi-sensitivity, hi-speed, low-noise CMOS technology now found in all six EOS Digital models. At nearly twice the size of the EOS 350D display, the 2.5 inch hi-resolution LCD is the brightest in the EOS range and now displays all of key shooting and user interface information along with image playback. The AF system expands from 7 to 9-point, with a highly sensitive f/2.8 center point for exceptional performance in low light. Even with the image resolution increase, maximum frame burst almost doubles from 14 to 27 large JPEGs and from 5 to 10 RAW.

Dust reduction

The EOS 400D is the first camera to incorporate the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. Based on significant research into the causes of dust in D-SLR cameras, the system combats dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

Reduce
Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The body cap is redesigned to prevent dust generation through wear on the cap itself.

Repel
Anti-static technologies are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.

Remove
A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the low pass filter for approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.

Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of any visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

The EOS advantage

The EOS 400D inherits a number of advanced features proven in higher-end EOS models, such as the EOS 30D and 5D. These include its 9-point AF system, Picture Style, 9,999 image capacity folders and expanded PictBridge functionality.

The EOS 400D also incorporates the same DIGIC II processor found across the EOS range right through to EOS-1 professional models. As well as providing superior image quality through advanced rendering algorithms and almost instant 0.2 second start up time, DIGIC II’s accelerated processing prioritises the photographer’s ability to keep shooting by clearing the buffer quickly between frame bursts.

Upgrading

The upgrade path to the EOS 400D from earlier EOS models is made easy by maintaining the same intuitive user interface and basic layout of key features and functions. Photographers are also able to use the same battery and Battery Grip BG-E3 as used on the EOS 350D, as well as continued support for all EF and EF-S lenses, EX Speedlites and EOS accessories.

Software

Consistent with the entire EOS Digital range, the EOS 400D is supplied with a comprehensive software suite to help the photographer’s workflow. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control. DPP also integrates with camera features such as the Dust Delete Data and Picture Style. The camera also comes with EOS Capture, Image/Zoom Browser and Photostitch, plus 100MB of personal online space on Canon Image Gateway, Canon’s online photo sharing service.

Availability and Price

The EOS 400D 18-55 kit will be available from late September 2006 for 719.99 RRP inc. VAT / €1039.99 RRP inc. VAT (Body only 649.99 RRP inc. VAT / €939.99 RRP inc. VAT).

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