Canon 400D PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Canon EOS 400D? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Canon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the 400D offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Canon EOS 400D below.
In any case, the 400D (called Canon XTi in some regions) is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was officially introduced on August 24th, 2006, which means that, as of today, the camera is 5884 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Canon 450D as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Canon's instruction manual for the 400D
The camera's instruction manual is 180 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the 400D is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!
Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Canon EOS 400D manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Canon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Canon 400D manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Canon EOS 400D
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your 400D by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Canon 400D is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Canon 400D FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the 400D.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the 400D?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Canon equipped the 400D with the DIGIC II image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the 400D?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS 400D?
Canon mentions a shutter rating of 50 000 actuations for the 400D. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the 400D over, say, three years, one would have to take about 50 pictures each and every day.
Does the Canon 400D feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The 400D's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Which battery does the 400D use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the 400D?
Yes, Canon offers the BG-E3 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Canon EOS 400D.
|Camera Model||Canon 400D|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||August 2006|
|Launch Price||USD 799|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.2 x 14.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||329 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||26.7 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||10.1 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||3 888 x 2 592 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||5.71 μm|
|Pixel Density||3.07 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 1 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC II|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||62|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.1|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||11.0|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||664|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||95%|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Size||2.5 inch|
|LCD Resolution||230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||3 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||50 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||CF cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||NB-2LH power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||370 shots per charge|
127 x 84 x 65 mm
(5.0 x 3.3 x 2.6 in)
|Camera Weight||556 g (19.6 oz)|
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