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Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit) – (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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For the past few weeks, our readers have been voting on their favorite cameras and lenses released last year. The Portrait test was taken in Manual or Aperture priority modes with the ISO and White balance being handled manually. It was my choice over the K100D when I decided to replace my *istD (plus the others tested as well as some more expensive bodies) and has far exceeded my expectations, and probably my skills! Be aware, though, that shooting at high resolution takes up a lot of space and unfortunately a CompactFlash card is not included with the 400D.

However, the paper-white background gets distracting, and the automatic sensor -- which blanks it when you put your eye to the viewfinder -- makes it even more so. The A100 is essentially a Minolta DSLR as all the features are there like the Minolta bayonet mount, the infuriating inverted hotshoe and most notably, Sony acquiring Minolta's assets when Minolta ended operations in 2006.In fact, we couldn't avoid severe underexposures of a backlit subject with the available metering tools, which is inexcusable for a camera of this class. We've been using a full production version of this 120 fps sports camera, to see what you gain (and, perhaps, lose). The menu navigation buttons double up to alter the White balance, ISO rating, metering areas and Auto focus selections. In a bizarre twist, the mode dial has been put on the left of the camera with the programmed modes above the Auto button and the programmable modes below.

n\n Lightweight and compact\nProtecting the camera is a tough, durable casing that also keeps weight down to just 510 grams.

Distinct noise starts to show at ISO400 which could be down to that small sensor and the orange has gone deeper still. The Nikon takes SD as it's preferred card format which is a little unusual, but more companies are turning to this format that was once openly snubbed. It has a big chunky grip and also has some weight to it which will be more balanced when coupled with a heavier lens but that could make it a bit too heavy for some users. As an electronics company, Sony should know little about photography and it seems they have waited until they can use the expertise of Minolta before releasing a DSLR. Sony is bringing a shutter angle setting to its two more affordable alpha-branded Cinema Line cameras, the FX3 and FX30, with a firmware update.

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