What is the Canon EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100?
Canon has introduced the EOS 4000D, known as the EOS Rebel T100 in the US to sit beneath the EOS 2000D / EOS Rebel T7, which was announced at the same time and which replaces the 1300D / Rebel T6. This means the 4000D / T100 is Canon's most basic and affordable DSLR.
In a bid to keep the price of the EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100 down, Canon has given it the same 18Mp APS-C format sensor and DIGIC 4+ processing engine as is in the 1300D / Rebel T6. In addition, the lens mount is made of plastic rather than metal.
Apart from the different sensor and lens mount material, the 4000D has a lot in common with the 2000D above it in Canon's SLR range. The 9-point has detection autofocus (AF) system for use when composing images in the viewfinder, for example, is the same and there's the same sensitivity range of ISO 100-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800).
The DIGIC 4+ processing engine also enables a maximum shooting rate of 3fps (frames per second) for up to 6 raw files or until the memory card is full of jpegs. Full-HD (1920 x 1080) video can also be recorded at 30, 25 or 24fps (frames per second) in clips of up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in length.
Aimed at beginners, the 4000D has Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Food and Night Portrait modes to help get exposure and colours right. In addition, there's program, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual mode for when you gain experience and want to take control.
There's also Canon's in-camera feature guide to help new photographers understand what some settings do, but the Guided Mode that's seen in the EOS M50 announced on the same day, is not available.
The 4000D / T100 has Wi-Fi connectivity built-in to allow it to be connected wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android) running the Canon Camera Connect app. This allows you to transfer images to your phone and for the camera to be controlled remotely.
It's also possible to use the Wi-Fi system to back-up images to Canon's cloud storage service, Irista.
CIPA testing rates the 4000D / T100 battery life at 500 shots or 1 Hour 15 mins of HD video recording. Many mirrorless camera users would be quite envious of that longevity.
Build and Handling
Canon has built the 4000D to a price with the aim of making it the company's most affordable DSLR. Consequently, it has a polycarbonate (plastic) body and controls, doesn't have the heaviest build and there are no weather-seals.
In another cost-cutting measure, the mode dial is also used as the power switch. This means you have to select the shooting mode you want to use each time you turn on the camera. That could be a good thing for some users because it should mean you'll never fire-up the camera and accidentally shoot in the wrong mode.
Keen-eyed Canon observers will also notice that Scene Intelligent Auto which is often referred to as 'green-square mode' on other cameras, is marked with a white square to reduce production costs.
On the back of the camera is a 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 dots. That's pretty low-end by modern standards, but it allows you to review images and compose shots in live view mode. It's not touch-sensitive and is fixed so it can't be tilted for easier viewing.
Because it's a single lens reflex camera (SLR) the 4000D / T100 has an optical viewfinder that shows the scene in its natural state, unprocessed by the camera. Many photographers like that, but increasingly people are discovering the advantages of a good electronic viewfinder, including the ability to see the impact of camera settings.
So far I've only shot with a pre-production sample of the Canon EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100 but it has the same sensor and processing engine as the 1300D / Rebel T6, along with Canon's imagine heritage, so it's unlikely that there will be many surprises when we get a full production sample for testing.
With this in mind, we can expect the 4000D / T100 to produce attractive images that err on the side of warmth in some situations. With a modest pixel count on a large (by smartphone and most compact cameras standards) or APS-C format sensor, noise isn't a major issue for much of the sensitivity range.
The 9-point phase detection system got subjects sharp quickly in the low light conditions of the press event but the contrast detection AF system that functions in live view and video mode is a bit more sluggish.
Canon has stripped back the production costs of the EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100 to the bare minimum to make it as affordable as possible so that it attracts new photographers into the interchangeable lens market and, more importantly, the Canon system with its extensive range of directly compatible optics.
Thanks to its APS-C sized sensor and DIGIC 4+ processor, as well as Canon's imaging capability, the 4000D can produce better images than the average smartphone and it opens a door to creative photography. It lacks frills like a touch-control, a tilting screen or a high continuous shooting rate but it looks like a decent budget option.
Should I buy the EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100?
The launch price of the EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100 is about the same as the current street price for the 1300D / Rebel T6 which has much of the same internal technology but a 3-inch screen with 920,000 dots, which for the time being makes it a better buy in my eyes.