The Canon EOS 2000D is pitched at beginners and storytellers

Canon has launched two new entry-level DSLR cameras, the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D. The EOS 2000D is the more powerful of the two and effectively replaces the existing EOS 1300D, bringing a higher-resolution 24-megapixel sensor but otherwise offering very similar specifications.

Canon clearly thinks there’s a big market for entry-level cameras and is making the most of the relatively low cost of production of its existing DSLR technology. It’s aiming both cameras at DSLR first-timers, camera novices and smartphone upgraders.

“Step up to effortless DSLR storytelling” is the tagline, and the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D are set up to offer basic technical specifications but a high level of beginner friendliness. Both are designed to offer easy sharing via Wi-Fi, smart devices and Canon’s own irista online image sharing service. The cameras come with built-in feature guides, creative filters, Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode for simple point and click operation, or the ability to experiment with manual control. There’s also a Canon Photo Companion app with shooting tips and advice.

There are some technical differences between the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D and some differences in the controls and construction. The EOS 2000D has a higher resolution sensor (24MP vs 18MP in the EOS 4000D), a slightly larger LCD screen (7.5cm vs 6.8cm), NFC built in for quickly establishing a Wi-Fi connection with an Android smart device, and slightly more sophisticated buttons and dials including a separate power switch.

Otherwise, the two cameras share the same basic hardware, including Canon’s DIGIC 4+ image processor, an ISO range up to ISO 6,400, expandable to ISO 12,800 and Full HD video.

The 9-point autofocus system in both cameras is basic but effective enough for beginners, while both cameras can shoot continuously at 3fps – that’s not fast, but about what you’d expect from an entry-level camera. The lithium-ion battery should be good for 500 shots in both cameras.

The EOS 2000D goes on sale from March 2018, at £369.99/€429.99 body only or £469.99/€549.99 with Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens. That’s a good deal more than the old EOS 1300D is selling for right now, but the EOS 2000D has a higher resolution sensor and the price can be expected to fall over time.

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