August 25, 2006 It was only a matter of time before Canon refreshed its best selling 8 MPX EOS350D thanks to the recent announcements of Sony’s 10.2 MPX Alpha A100 and Nikon’s 10.2 MPX D80 and so it came to pass that yesterday it announced the new EOS 400D complete with 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, simpler operation and a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The 400D will be available in both black and silver in early September, with different bundles available in different markets. In the UK, it will be sold for UKP650, about UKP40 more than the 350D it replaces, and will also be available bundled with an 18-55mm lens for UKP720. All the details of the new 400D currently known are available here and there’s an excellent hands-on overview of the 400 here.

If tiny particles of dust manage to enter the camera and adhere to its image sensor, the Self Cleaning Sensor Unit automatically removes them as soon as the camera is switched on, while software removes stubborn dust spots.

Super-fast image processing, thanks to Canon’s proprietary DiG!C II processor, ensures the camera is capable of capturing three frames per second (fps) for a burst of up to 27 consecutive frames.