Canon Europe has launched the EOS 4000D, a still more cut-down version of the EOS 2000D/T7 announced earlier today. The entry-level model will launch for around £330/€380 body only, which would equate to somewhere around $385 without tax. That’s the lowest launch price of any DSLR we can remember.
Canon’s four-digit-D series cameras, from the 1000D (Rebel XS) onwards, have always hit aggressive price points in the market by recycling existing components and features—we called the original 1000D a “reheated” 400D/Rebel XT at the time. But the EOS 4000D takes this to a new level.
The 4000D shares its body and viewfinder with its more expensive sibling (and previous cameras of this series), but relies on a version of the 18MP sensor first introduced nine years ago in the EOS 7D, and the Digic 4+ processor that made its debut in Canon’s 2014 model-year compacts. The camera’s rear display is a 2.7-inch LCD that we last encountered in 2011’s EOS 1100D/Rebel T3.
Finally, some kits of the camera will include the unstabilized 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 III first announced in February of 2011, although we’re pretty sure the plastic lens mount is a first for a digital EOS.
That’s not to say that Canon has just launched a DSLR from five years ago’s parts bin. Although it loses the NFC feature of the 2000D, it does retain Wi-Fi connectivity. This feature, a more modern version of Canon’s Auto modes, and its much-loved JPEG engine means the EOS 4000D is likely to be a pretty credible super-budget DSLR.
We’ve not seen such aggressive corner cutting unit cost optimization since Sony’s a3000 (which was seemingly made from upcycled yogurt containers), and can’t think of a DSLR that has ever launched at a