Canon EOS 4000D Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Canon EOS 4000D is available for £270 body only, or £360 with 18-55mm kit lens, in comparison, the Canon EOS 1300D is £329 with kit lens (while stocks last) with image stabilisation (IS), which makes the 1300D excellent value for money. Alternatives to consider include the following entry-level DSLR cameras:

Canon EOS 2000D, 24mp, 3inch screen, 3fps, £459 with kit lens
Canon EOS 200D, 24mp, 3inch screen, 5fps, Mic socket, £559 with kit lens
Nikon D3400, 24mp, 3inch screen, 5fps, £355 with VR kit lens
Pentax K-S2, 20mp, 3inch vari-angle screen, weather resistant, 5.7fps, IS, Mic socket, £479 with kit lens

You could also look at the following mirrorless cameras with an electronic viewfinder (EVF), although these tend to have a higher price:

Fujifilm X-T100, 24mp, 3inch screen, 6fps, £619 with kit lens
Panasonic Lumix GX80, 16mp, 3inch screen, 4K video, £449 with kit lens
Panasonic Lumix G7, 16mp, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, Wi-Fi, 8fps, 4K video, £499 with lens
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, 16mp, 3inch tilting touch-screen, Wi-Fi, 8.6fps, 4K video, £649 with lens
Fujifilm X-T10, 16mp, 3inch tilting screen, Wi-Fi, 8fps, £549 with lens
Sony Alpha A6000, 24mp, 3inch tilting screen, Wi-Fi, 11fps, £480 with lens
Canon EOS M50, 24mp, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, Wi-Fi, 10fps, 4K video, £649 with lens

Have a look at more DSLRs in our Top 10 Best APS-C DSLR Cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Canon EOS 2000D Verdict

The Canon EOS 4000D is a minor downgrade to the EOS 1300D, offering fewer features, and lower specifications, so if you want a budget DSLR from Canon, then buy the 1300D while you still can. If the downgrade was reflected in the price, and the camera was £100 cheaper, then it could all be forgiven, however, it's currently more expensive than the 1300D. 

Like the 2000D, it doesn't really matter which alternative camera you buy, it is going to be better, faster, and could be cheaper (or a similar price), and have newer features (like face detection, 4K video, or faster continuous shooting, more focus points, and better noise performance). 

Sure the EOS 4000D is going to be the cheapest new DSLR you can buy today, but has the cost cutting gone too far? Alternatives from other manufacturers offer better value for money, better specifications, and sadly, there's very little reason to recommend the 4000D. 

The 18-55mm lens performs quite poorly, with chromatic aberrations and ghosting, and the lack of image stabilisation puts it at a disadvantage compared to all other cameras, in fact, it's difficult to find a DSLR or ILC kit without image stabilisation of some kind! 


Canon EOS 2000D Pros

  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Good colour reproduction
  • Decent ergonomics 
  • Easy to use
  • Decent battery life
  • Auto White Balance options of warm or white

Canon EOS 2000D Cons

  • Disappointing ISO range, with poor noise control
  • Only 3fps continuous shooting
  • Lacks auto-HDR shooting
  • Horribly slow live view focusing
  • Plastic lens mount will worry some
  • Poor kit lens, with chromatic aberrations, and no IS

Overall Verdict

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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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