Canon has launched two new entry-level DSLRs at the same time, the EOS 2000D and this one, the EOS 4000D. Effectively, the EOS 2000D replaces the old EOS 1300D, with very similar specs and appearance but a higher resolution 24-megapixel sensor.
The EOS 4000D shares many of the same specifications and novice-friendly features as the EOS 2000D, and you can read about them in the EOS 2000D news story.
However, the EOS 4000D is pitched even lower, with some serious cost-saving measures to scrape that little bit more off the price. For a start, it uses the 18-megapixel sensor from the old 1300D and shares many of the same specifications, so in some ways the 1300D lives on but in a cut-price reincarnation.
The cost-savings go further than re-using Canon’s old 18-megapixel sensor. They include a smaller 6.8cm LCD screen than the one on the EOS 2000D and you don’t get NFC – though you do get Wi-Fi.
The cost cutting is most noticeable on the outside, where there’s no longer a separate power switch (just an ‘Off’ position on the mode dial) and no green ‘auto’ icon or blue ‘playback’ function buttons on the back because this uses extra paint colours, which costs more – seriously.
In yet more conspicuous cost-cutting, Canon has printed the button icons alongside the buttons on the camera body rather than on the buttons themselves – because printing on buttons costs more.
There is one more thing. You do get a built in flash but you have to pull it up manually to use it – it doesn’t pop up under its own power.
Despite all this cost-cutting, the EOS 4000D looks set to arrive in the shops at a higher price point than the outgoing EOS 1300D, but this is a standard pattern with new cameras and we would expect to see prices start falling. Ultimately, the EOS 4000D could prove the cheapest entry point for DSLR photography that we’ve ever seen.
The EOS 4000D goes on sale from March 2018 at £329.99/€379.99 body only or £369.99/€429.99 with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm DC (non-stabilised) kit lens.