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The best Canon digital cameras under $400 price range are the standard point and shoot cameras and Bridge cameras with camera resolution of over 14 Megapixel. Under this category, some of the Canon cameras have been released recently support an optical zoom range of over 7x and are useful for nature photography.

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Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
Canon PowerShot D30
Canon EOS Rebel T5(EOS 1200D)
Canon EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
Canon PowerShot D30
Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200D)
Canon EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1) Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
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Release Date
Dec 2014
Apr 2014
Apr 2014
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact SLR
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
Compact
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
5.0 x
3.0 x
10.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
26.81 mm
26.81 mm
2.5 mm

  • Virtually identical to last year's SX700 HS model, the new Canon PowerShot SX710 HS takes a few minor steps forward, namely faster burst shooting rates, more Auto Zoom options and 5-axis stabilisation for video, but one major step back, offering worse image quality than its predecessor.
    The move to a 20.3 megapixel sensor has done the SX710 HS no favours, with ISO 400 already suffering from obvious noise, smearing of fine detail and colour artifacts.


  • The PowerShot SX710 HS is a perfectly capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot with a long zoom range, but it can't shoot raw files, which will limit its appeal for enthusiasts.
    A nicely capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot with a long focal length. Manual control is a nice touch for those who need it, but a number of small missing features make the SX710 less than perfect.


  • In the SX700 HS, Canon already had an excellent 30x zoom compact; it was a good all-rounder, and all Canon really needed to do to make it perfect was improve the image-processing algorithms. Unfortunately, the manufacturer decided to give the SX710 HS a new 20.3 Mpx sensor, which proved not to be the wisest of decisions: it brought responsiveness down, as well as picture and video quality, and lost Canon its substantial lead.


  • The D30 excels underwater and its new external design makes it one of the most ergonomic tough cameras on the market. However, the D30's direct rivals can go deeper. Image quality isn't bad compared to rival cameras, but a tendency to underexpose can make shots look initially uninspiring.


  • The Canon PowerShot D30 can go deep underwater, but feels pretty dated in terms of image quality and performance.


  • Canon have really pushed the boundaries on their tough cameras by increasing the integrity of the chassis. While the 2m drop is already matched in many tough cameras – and even bettered – the PowerShot D30 is unsurpassed in the depth that you can swim without an extra casing to protect the camera. It's certainly an easy camera to use as well, aside from the sneakier sub-menus that aren't immediately noticeable.


  • The Canon EOS Rebel T5 sports an attractive price tag, but you can get a better entry-level SLR for a little bit more money.


  • The Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a solid, if unspectacular, upgrade of the 3-year-old 1100D / T3 camera, principally adding a new 18 megapixel sensor, bigger LCD screen, more control over movie recording, a point-and-shoot Scene Intelligent Auto mode, and a tougher body with a better handgrip.


  • For what it is and whom it’s intended for, the T5 is a decent camera. We wouldn’t go out of our way to recommend it, especially since there are less expensive options available like the recently reviewed, lighter weight Sony Alpha A5000. Sure, it doesn’t have a classic viewfinder, but you do get 20 megapixels, Wi-Fi, and 1080/60i stereo videos. We’re sure the T5 will be a best seller since Canon is a default choice for many buyers, and the price is reasonable. Yet, it definitely left us wanting more.


  • In summary the EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 is a surprising camera in many ways, not least that it delivers the typical EOS experience without too many compromises at all. It makes a compelling alternative to a compact system camera when paired with the smaller Canon lenses (including the EOS M), but we'd choose the more capable EOS 700D instead as a natural partner for Canon's larger optics.


  • Overall I'm going to give the EOS SL1 / 100D a Recommended rating. It misses out on our top award as I honestly think most people buying an entry-level DSLR would be better-served by a mirror-less camera these days. But for those who understand the differences and would genuinely prefer a traditional DSLR, the EOS SL1/ 100D represents a compelling option and a decent upgrade over the company's previous entry-level model, the EOS T3 / 1100D.


  • It's hard to know what to say about the Canon 100D. Canon has once again produced an incredibly capable DSLR, which produces excellent images.
    The miniaturisation element is fun, and a nifty feat of engineering, but there's still no way that a camera and system such as this can compete with the likes of the Micro Four Thirds system in terms of weight and size.


  • One of the best cameras you can buy for less than $250, the svelte, 10x-zoom Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS takes beautiful pictures and lets you send them instantaneously with integrated Wi-Fi.


  • The IXUS 255 HS / ELPH 330 HS is positioned in the middle in the IXUS / ELPH range and provides a good balance between features and performance on the one hand and price on the other. It outclasses the 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor-based entry-level IXUS / ELPH models in every way, sporting better image quality and noise performance, a wider range of shooting modes, Full HD video, a longer zoom and a better quality screen.

    In terms of progress, it's also a better model than the 2012 IXUS 230 HS / ELPH 310 HS that it replaces.


  • The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS is a little camera that will provide quite a few pleasant surprises. Those expecting the most basic type of point and shoot model will appreciate a camera that performs faster than other beginner-level cameras, while also providing greater image quality.