Canon EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D review

Canon’s new entry-level DSLR focuses on value first and features second

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Our Verdict

Everyone loves a bargain, and there’s no denying that the EOS 4000D represents great value for money. Over time, we would expect the 4000D’s price to fall to perhaps the lowest point ever for a Canon DSLR, but there is a downside. To achieve these prices Canon has resorted to relatively old technology, low-spec autofocus and cheap kit lenses.

For

  • Great value for money
  • Massive range of compatible lenses

Against

  • Poor kit lens
  • Slow live view AF

For those investing in their first interchangeable lens camera, a DSLR is still the cheapest option, and with the EOS 4000D, also known as the Rebel T100, Canon has aimed to get the price down lower than ever. It’s one of two new entry level cameras announced by Canon, and the other is the slightly more upmarket EOS 2000D (aka Rebel T7).

These two cameras have broadly similar specifications, but differ in some important key details. It’s easiest to think of the EOS 4000D as a whole new model with whole new levels of economy, and the EOS 2000D as an improved replacement for Canon’s previous cheapest model, the EOS 1300D (aka Rebel T6). Here, we focus on the former of the two.

Canon EOS 4000D: Key features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • DIGIC4+ processor 
  • ISO 100-6400 (exp. to 12800) 
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording, up to 30fps
  • Video Snapshot mode 
  • 3fps burst mode
  • 9-point AF system 
  • Pentamirror optical viewfinder, approx. 95% coverage
  • 2.7in LCD, 230k dots
  • Wi-Fi (no NFC)
  • 500-shot (approx.) battery life
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot

The EOS 4000D offers an APS-C sensor, a 9-point autofocus system with a single cross-type point, Full HD video recording, 3fps continuous shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800) and a fixed (non-articulating) rear screen. The specs are basic, but adequate for beginners in DSLR photography.

Unlike the 24.1MP EOS 2000D, however, Canon has opted for an 18MP APS-C sensor here. The rear screen on the EOS 4000D also measures 2.7in size and has a very basic 230k-dot resolution, against the 3in 920k-dot screen of its sibling.

The camera has been designed with Wi-Fi, though without NFC, and while it can shoot unlimited JPEGs, it can only capture six Raw files in a burst. It's offered with an 18-55mm III kit lens that has no image stabilisation, one that sadly doesn't employ Canon’s quiet USM or STM autofocus motors.