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Canon EOS 4000D Review - Performance

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Canon EOS 4000D Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.1secs - (same for live view)
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15secs - live view: 1.85s
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.175secs - live view: 1.55s
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.4secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.45secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.6secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
3fps (~)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 2fps
Continuous Shooting - RAW 3fps (9 shots)

Focus and shot to shot times were both good, although the 3fps continuous shooting is looking a little dated, with competitors offering faster continuous shooting speeds. Tested with the EF-S 18-55mm lens. Live view focus remains horribly slow (taking up to 2 seconds to focus!), which makes it both frustrating and annoying to use.


Canon EOS 4000D Sample Photos

Sample Photos - As you would expect from a Canon camera, the images produced have very pleasing colour reproduction, with colours that are saturated, but not too saturated. Exposure is reliable, and there is a good level of dynamic range in photos, thanks to the Auto Lighting Optimiser (ALO) option. Unfortunately, there is no automatic HDR shooting mode. If there isn't enough dynamic range captured in your photos, then you'll need to process the raw files. 

For better portraits, you're likely to want a brighter lens than the standard kit lens for softer, blurred backgrounds (with "Bokeh"), and lenses like the 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.8 STM (£92), would make an excellent second lens.

Lens Performance - Detail and sharpness of the 18-55mm III kit lens is average, with fairly disappointing focus performance, with more out of focus images than expected. Another problem with this lens, is that chromatic aberration is visible in a range of images, as well as ghosting and flare when there are bright sources of light in the frame (see the car park shot). The lens also lacks image stabilisation.

Peripheral illumination correction is available in the camera, based on whether there is data on the attached lens, but the camera doesn't offer as much correction as models higher up in the EOS range. This means that chromatic aberrations and purple fringing can often be seen, and will need correcting later in software if it annoys you. 

Digital Filters - In playback there are options for Photobook Set-up and Creative Filters (Grainy B+W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye effect, Toy camera, Miniature). You can also use Creative Auto to apply a number of different effects, with the camera guiding you through the settings. Creative Auto shooting modes are: Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker, Monochrome.

Additional sample photos can be found in the Equipment Database.


Canon EOS 4000D ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is well controlled up to and including ISO1600 and detail remains fairly good. At ISO3200 noise becomes more noticeable and colour saturation drops which means results are a little disappointing. Things get worse at ISO6400 and above with higher noise and random white dots in images. Unfortunately, there's little improvement in noise performance compared to the 1300D.

The ISO range is limited to ISO100 to ISO6400, which can be extended to ISO12800 (in Custom settings). This is quite limited compared to almost every other camera in this class, and even cameras with smaller sensors, which also give better noise performance. 

Noise compared to the competition...

You would expect a higher resolution sensor to produce images with more noise, but you'd also hope that a newer generation sensor would produce cleaner images. Noise performance is no worse than the 18mp 1300D, but also no better, which is unfortunate, because the 1300D's noise performance wasn't particularly good. 

If we compare the 4000D to the 2-year-old Nikon D3400 (24mp), the Nikon gives better noise performance. If we compare it to the nearly 4-year-old Sony Alpha A6000 (24mp), whilst the Sony gives softer results, it also gives images with significantly lower noise, particularly chroma noise. 


Canon EOS 4000D White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The camera has two options for auto white balance (AWB) one that retains ambient lighting conditions, and one that has a white priority. This option is designed to work under tungsten lighting, but also works with mixed lighting, and fluorescent lighting, so that you can choose what results you want, for example choosing warm results for portraits or white results for product shots. Thanks to this, it's possible to get very good results, even in mixed lighting.


Video - Video quality is good, recording FullHD at 1080p at 30, 25 or 24fps. You can also select from ISO100 to ISO6400 for movie shooting. The camera records mono sound, and there isn't a microphone socket on the camera. Video recording benefits from the use of a lens with image stabilisation, or alternatively a tripod or steady surface is recommended. 


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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS 4000D

Flowers in the cityView from a bridgeAlpacaPuppetryBollardsBoatingMovingWe’re offA sticky situationSunday shoppersSunset silhouettesIn the actTimepiece BoatingWaterscape

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ElSid 12 11 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2018 4:42PM
You might see better lens performance if you shot a few more images around f8-11 rather than wide open, where kit lenses are never good, or beyond where diffraction can start to set in...

That said this camera appears to be a solution looking for a problem and has quite clearly been built down to a price - but not the right price. Perhaps it's time Canon stopped trying to make budget cameras at Japanese labour costs, if Nikon can get decent low cost models by manufacturing in Thailand or Vietnam or China then so could Canon. I can't help but feel that if Canon had not wasted money on developing this camera they could have made the 2000D at a more competitive price.

If Canon want to keep the No. 1 status then they need become innovative again and stop making dull cameras like this. It's worth them remembering that an experience with a poor first camera could well put someone of a brand for life.

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