Canon EOS 4000D

£369 with EF-S 18-55mm III DC lens It’s Canon’s cheap­est DSLR so far – but there’s a price to be paid with the fea­ture set

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How does this lat­est af­ford­able be­gin­ner model mea­sure up in the EOS range?

For any­one plan­ning to in­vest in their first in­ter­change­able­lens cam­era, a DSLR is still the cheap­est op­tion; and with the EOS 4000D, Canon is aim­ing to get the price down lower than ever. The 4000D is one of two new en­trylevel cam­eras to be an­nounced by Canon; the other is the slightly more up­mar­ket EOS 2000D (which we’ll re­view next is­sue). In the short term, Canon’s cheap­est DSLR re­mains the out­go­ing EOS 1300D, but we ex­pect the 4000D to take over its crown as the cheap­est EOS ever.

It’s eas­i­est to think of the EOS 4000D as a whole new model, with whole new lev­els of econ­omy, and its spec­i­fi­ca­tions are cer­tainly ba­sic. It has the 18-megapixel sen­sor fa­mil­iar from so many past EOS DSLRs and uses Canon’s long-run­ning nine-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. In Live View mode it re­lies on sim­ple con­trast aut­o­fo­cus tech­nol­ogy, and al­though it can shoot Full HD video, it doesn’t of­fer con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus while film­ing.

With a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot rear screen and Canon’s most ba­sic 18-55mm kit lens with no sta­bil­i­sa­tion, USM or STM aut­o­fo­cus, the EOS 4000D is ba­sic in­deed – though ar­guably ad­e­quate for be­gin­ners just start­ing out in DSLR pho­tog­ra­phy.

Build and han­dling

The EOS 4000D is a very sim­i­lar size and weight to the EOS 1300D, but with a sim­pli­fied con­trol lay­out that ditches the sep­a­rate power switch and in­stead adds an ‘Off’ po­si­tion on the main mode dial. It also uses a sin­gle paint colour – an­other cost-sav­ing mea­sure, we’re told – for the but­tons and la­bels. The plas­tic con­struc­tion is fine, though, and in fact the sim­pli­fied con­trols and rounded con­tours make this cam­era quite pleas­ing to han­dle.

Some of the other cost sav­ings are a lit­tle more un­ex­pected. For a start, the EOS 4000D has a plas­tic lens mount­ing plate, which we haven’t seen be­fore, but then EOS 4000D users will prob­a­bly not be the sort of pho­tog­ra­pher who do a lot of lens chang­ing, so any wear might not be an is­sue.

The small rear screen and its low res­o­lu­tion do have a some­what jar­ring ef­fect. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a cam­era with a screen like this, and while it dis­plays

your pho­tos and the cam­era’s menu screens like any other, it doesn’t have the smooth­ness and de­tail we now take for granted.

And if you’re wait­ing for the flash to pop up when you’re shoot­ing in full Auto mode in low light, you’re go­ing to be wait­ing a long time: on the 4000D, you have to pull the flash up man­u­ally when you want to use it. There’s no diopter con­trol for the viewfinder eye­piece ei­ther, so spec­ta­cle wear­ers will prob­a­bly need to keep their glasses on to see a sharp viewfinder im­age.

Per­for­mance

As an in­tro­duc­tion to DSLR pho­tog­ra­phy, the EOS 4000D pro­vides all the ba­sics you need, with an ad­e­quate sen­sor and enough man­ual con­trol to help you de­velop your skills.

But there are some is­sues. The ul­tra-ba­sic kit lens supplied with the EOS 4000D has rather slow and noisy aut­o­fo­cus by Canon’s usual stan­dards. It’s a mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tion in reg­u­lar viewfinder pho­tog­ra­phy, but a ma­jor one in Live View mode, which is al­ready ham­pered by its old con­trast AF sys­tem.

As an in­tro­duc­tion to DSLR pho­tog­ra­phy, the EOS 4000D pro­vides all the ba­sics you need

Quite apart from its slug­gish aut­o­fo­cus, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens de­liv­ers pretty dis­ap­point­ing re­sults, too. It’s sharp enough for the job, but pro­duces large amounts of chro­matic aber­ra­tion to­wards the edges of the frame, and the ef­fect isn’t easy to get rid of in edit­ing soft­ware.

The EOS 4000D is a ba­sic but de­cent be­gin­ner’s cam­era that’s ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing good-qual­ity im­ages, but its stan­dard kit lens won’t show its full po­ten­tial. It might be worth shop­ping around to try to get a bet­ter lens op­tion, such as the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, but this step up in the lens is likely to take the EOS 4000D out of its bar­gain price bracket.

The EOS 4000D is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing good-qual­ity im­ages, but its kit lens won’t show its full po­ten­tial

2 2 The viewfinder is the same as other en­try-level Canon DSLRs, though there’s no diopter ad­just­ment for eye­sight corrections. 3 The 2.7-inch 230k-dot screen does the job, but it does seem quite small and grainy com­pared to mod­ern ri­vals. 3

1 1 The 18-55mm III kit lens supplied with the EOS 4000D is as ba­sic as they come, with no im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion and lacks USM or STM aut­o­fo­cus.

4 The power switch has been in­cor­po­rated into an ‘Off’ po­si­tion on the mode dial, and a sin­gle paint colour is used for the but­tons. 4

1 De­tail ren­di­tion 18 megapix­els is pretty mod­est by to­day’s DSLR stan­dards, but with good tech­nique the 4000D can cap­ture fine de­tail well. 2 Colour Colours look rich, sat­u­rated and nat­u­ral, but you need to watch out for over­ex­po­sure (above left) in high-con­trast light­ing. 3 Noise The EO S 4000D’s older sen­sor de­sign can’t match the low noise lev­els of newer cam­eras, es­pe­cially at higher ISOs.

Be­low The EO S 4000D’s fuss-free de­sign is ac­tu­ally quite en­dear­ing, but its low-cost kit lens rather lets it down.

Left The 18-55mm ‘DC’ kit lens may lack sta­bil­i­sa­tion, but it does fo­cus quite close for de­tail shots like this.

Above There’s nice de­tail in this or­nate ceil­ing, but watch out for cam­era shake in low light.

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