Canon have made the EOS 4000D or Rebel T100 their cheapest DSLR camera, designed for entry-level photographers. As a result, they have cut a few corners to make it small, light and very competitively priced. But this is, in fact the very good camera for the price, and the corners Canon have cut are largely cosmetic in nature.
The sensor, which produces the 18 megapixel file, also produces Full HD video, which is 1080p, or standard HD video, which is 720p. In both cases, the video is very smooth and good quality.
The brain of the Rebel T100 is the DIGIC4+ processor. It’s not Canon’s newest processor, but it is a really good reliable workhorse and it can produce very clean and very crisp images with excellent color reproduction.
The 4000D produces an 18 megapixel image, which is not the largest available – the 2000D, which is the next DSLR camera in the Canon stable, produces a 24 megapixel file, and you can get cameras which offer 36 megapixel and more. However, the Rebel T100 can produce a 50 megabyte file, which is big enough for websites, your social media and to be printed in magazines and newspapers.
The ISO range on the Canon T100 goes from 100 up to 6400 and then can be extended to 12,800. There is some degradation as you go up through the ISOs. But I would say that you don’t really notice that until about 3200 and the quality up to that point is really very good.
The LCD screen on the back is not very big- the camera is quite small – and it’s not high resolution. So you can use it to check your composition or exposure, but I wouldn’t really recommend that you edit your pictures on this LCD back screen.
There are two autofocus systems in the Canon 4000D, one that runs through the viewfinder, and one that runs through the LCD screen at the back. The one for the viewfinder is very quick and very accurate. And the one that runs through the LCD screen is not as fast, but also is quite accurate. The autofocus has nine autofocus points across the screen in a diamond shape. This is useful for moving your focus around the frame or if you’re going to be shooting something that moves around in the frame, because it allows the camera to follow it.
Inside the camera, there are a series of very good features and creative filters, which allow you to change some of the styles of the picture that you take. And also to resize your image.
The Canon 4000D has eight presets, ranging from portrait, shooting landscapes sport, close up, and also even a food option. It also has the semi automatic modes, which are standard in all DSLR cameras – P, Shutter priority and Aperture priority. It also has full manual mode.
The Canon 4000D offers WiFi connectability so that you can take a picture, then use the WiFi option to send it to your mobile phone and upload direct onto a social media platform.
The Canon EOS 4000D is almost entirely plastic apart from the electronics. And this means that obviously it’s lighter, and it’s cheaper. However, this does not mean that the camera is not robust. Provided you don’t swing it around your head and bounce it off the floor, this camera will be fine for everyday use. I’ve had my EOS 4000D for a year, I’ve taken it on two or three holidays. I’ve used it regularly on a day-to-day basis, and it’s in perfect condition.
This camera is designed to work with canon EX flash guns and not third party flash guns. This is something worth thinking about as a new EX flash gun will cost at least $250 – the equivalent third party flash gun would be about $70. This only applies if you are going to use the flash on the camera’s hotshoe. If you are going to use it as a slave flash, you do not need a EX flash.
The most obvious advantage of the Canon EOS 4000D one is the price. It is the cheapest mainstream DSLR available on the market at the moment. It has a superb sensor which will give you fantastically clear, sharp, good color reproduction images of a very good size. The processor is also very good, and will process your images very well with good color reproduction, and also process your videos, which it will also shoot to professional quality standard. So everything you need from a camera is in the Canon 4000D or Rebel T100.
Jeremy Bayston is a professional photographer and videographer and has 30 years experience as a picture editor for national newspapers in the UK. He has just launched his Superb Canon EOS 4000D course, which offers over 4 hours of video instruction about this Canon DSLR camera. If you have just bought the Canon 4000D or Rebel T100 camera, then this course is a perfect introduction to DSLR photography. Follow this link to find more information, including two full videos from the course.