Review Canon EOS 4000D: Canon's least expensive SLR
Together with the Canon EOS M50 system camera and the Canon EOS 2000D, the Canon EOS 4000D was announced on February 26, 2018. This is Canon's newest SLR camera at entry level. The Canon EOS 4000D has been available since April 2018 for a suggested retail price of € 409.99 for the EOS 4000D kit with the 18-55 mm DC lens. This makes Canon 4000D probably Canon's cheapest SLR camera.
SHARP PRICE: Canon EOS 4000D
Canon was the first brand that years ago to bring a digital SLR camera, the EOS 300D, below the limit of € 1000.00. The EOS 4000D goes a long way further. Of course, the prices of digital equipment have dropped considerably since those early years, but it still seems almost unreal to be able to buy a real Canon SLR with EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens for less than € 300.00. To keep the price so low, Canon has put in work.
The Canon EOS 4000D is completely made of plastic, including the mount. The same applies to the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. The two therefore form one extremely light whole. A weight of 630 grams for a camera with standard zoom is not much, and you can easily take the 4000D with you. The zoom lens is specially made for this camera and has no image stabilization. This of course reduces costs but means that you have to increase the speed of the camera in low light in order to avoid blurred shots. The 18-megapixel sensor is a somewhat older model that was included in almost all APS-C models from Canon a few years ago. Other things that Canon has saved on are the viewfinder without diopter adjustment, the relatively small screen for modern sizes and the limited number of buttons. There is no separate on/off switch, but the 'off' position is simply on the selector. What do you get for so little money? A new camera that gives you access to the entire Canon range of EF-S and EF lenses. A body that is easy to use thanks to Canon's good interface and with which you can take pictures with the well-known Canon specs praised by many photographers. A camera and lens with which you can, with sufficient light, make good photos.
Canon EOS 4000D VERSUS Canon 2000D AND1300D AND Nikon D3400
DThe Canon 4000D with 18-55mm lens is the cheapest DSLR kit you can buy right now. The Nikon D3400 is slightly more expensive, and the same goes for the Canon 2000D and 1300D. The 2000D has a modern 24-megapixel sensor and a metal mount, and the 1300D has the same sensor as the 4000D, but a metal mount and Wi-Fi with NFC. The Nikon is another option, with a more modern 24-megapixel sensor and (slightly) extended AF system, and - again - a metal mount. The Nikon has no Wi-Fi, but Bluetooth with SnapBridge. This works slower than Wi-Fi but offers the option of keeping the camera continuously connected to your smartphone and automatically transfer your files. The kit lens of the Nikon also has VR, Vibration Reduction. None of these competitors have a touchscreen, but the screens are bigger and better. For just a little more money, you get a lot more camera. If you are looking for a camera with the image quality of the 4000D but with control that look more like a smartphone, then look at the Canon EOS M10. That is a compact, mirrorless camera from Canon without a viewfinder but with a touchscreen.