This camera was bought for me by my department. I went with Canon since my own cameras are Canon and all my lenses could be used with it should the need arise. The 400D is their newest 'entry level' digital SLR and mine arrived as part of a kit that also included the 17-85mm zoom lens (which has image stabilising) and the BG-E3 grip (which allows the camera to be powered by AA batteries instead of the normal lithium). I also got the 430EX Speedlite flashgun to provide additional lighting for the indoor shots the camera is most likely to be used for.
The camera has a 10Mpixel sensor which features a self-cleaning mechanism (getting dust on the sensor is a problem with digital SLRs) giving us the chance to make massive enlargements should the need arise. The camera is light weight and quite small without the grip fitted; it is also quiet in operation.
The 400D takes Compact Flash memory cards, which are still the most common and therefore easiest to obtain. I bought a 2Gb-sized Sandisk Extreme III card from play.com to go with it.
Its only real disadvantage is that with a 1.6x maginification factor (its sensor is quite a bit smaller than the full 35mm frame) very wide angle photography becomes rather difficult.
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