Aimed squarely at those who would like a DSLR, but are on a super-strict budget, the 4000D is the most basic DSLR in Canon’s EOS line-up.
It features all the basic specifications you’d expect from a DSLR (large APS-C sensor, optical viewfinder, manual control and so on), but makes a number of compromises to keep the camera as cheap as possible – including a low-grade screen, plastic lens mount, and a lack of features which are usually pretty commonplace on other models (such as touch-functionality, 4K video recording and even a dedicated on/off switch).
The 4000D is designed to hook in those first-time buyers who don’t have a lot of cash to splash but are still keen to explore the world of DSLR photography. As such, the design and features are about as basic you can get.
Canon launched the 4000D at the same time as the 2000D, putting aside all build-quality elements, the main point of difference is the sensor. The 2000D uses a higher-resolution 24.1-megapixel device, while the 4000D sticks with an 18-megapixel sensor, such as that found in the 1300D. 18 megapixels is more than enough for most uses, however, so don’t get too hung up on that.
Both the 4000D and the 2000D share the same battery, which gives you a quoted life of 500 shots. That should be more than enough to last you a full day, and beats the majority of entry-level compact system cameras. Still, it doesn’t come particularly close to the Nikon D3400’s 1200-shot battery life, something to consider if you’re a super-snapper.