In what’s turning out to be a big day for the camera buyer, Canon has announced the launch of the 10.1 megapixel EOS 400D with its own integrated cleaning system.
It’s the successor to the EOS 350D, and as well as boosting the CMOS sensor to 10.1 megapixels, it also has an enlarged LCD on the back (now 2.5 inches with 160-degree viewing angle) and an auto-focus system expanded from 7 to 9 points. There’s also a fast start-up time of just 0.2 seconds and an increased maximum frame burst from 14 to 27 large JPEGs and from 5 to 10 RAW.
However, what Canon are really proud of is their new dust reduction technology. The company claims that the EOS 400D is the first to get such a thing. Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation, with the body cap redesigned to prevent dust generation through wear on the cap itself. In addition, anti-static technology is used on the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust and if somehow dust bypasses both of these systems, then hi-frequency vibrations are used to shake dust from the low pass filter for approximately one second after each start up.
It’s available from September, bundled with an 18-55mm lens for £720 (or £650 without) and it comes with Digital Photo Professional software plus 100MB of online space at Canon Image Gateway.