Canon EOS 40D

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The Canon EOS 40D (announced 23 August’07) is the successor to the Canon EOS 30D features 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, New AF system with 9 cross-type sensors, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 6.5 fps, burst rate up to 75 consecutive JPEGs or 17 RAW images, DIGIC III image processor, Picture Style settings, Spot metering, and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with advanced Live View Function. (Download brochure)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Canon EOS 40D Price Comparison

Canon EOS 40D Firmware Update

This firmware update (Version 1.0.8) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which Image Stabilization operation emits a sound when certain buttons are pressed, with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens attached to the camera.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Image Stabilization operation emits a sound from the lens when IS lenses are attached to the camera.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which a part of the image looks unnatural when reviewed on the LCD.
4. Corrects errors in the Spanish and Norwegian menu screens.

Canon EOS 40D Reviews reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“An amateur or casual hobbyist will not want this camera, but a prosumer seeking out a digital SLR camera will be happy with some of the advanced features and the dazzling images produced by the Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera. I”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Megapixel reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The ergonomics of the 40D leave a lot of room for improvement… The combination of a Quick Control Dial and Main Dial is confusing. The designers should have found a way to make one dial suffice. I found the camera’s overall design less than friendly and intuitive.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Improvements to build quality, performance and image quality are a significant step up from the EOS 30D, and compare well with anything else on the market… the 40D is genuinely pleasant camera to use, and the fantastic image quality more than makes up for any slight shortcomings ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Canon 40D Tips & Tricks reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The crop sensor combined with state-of-the-art systems makes the Canon 40D the best digital SLR body for budget-conscious wildlife photographers. Adding the 6.5 frames per second capture rate makes the 40D the best digital SLR body for sports photographers…”
Rating: N/A

Nikon D300 VS Canon 40D Video Review

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CreativePro reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
Pros: Great image quality; excellent interface; very good Live View implementation; new custom mode feature; larger LCD. Cons: Auto bracketing still limited; lacks some features of the competition, such as a built-in intervalometer; retains that silly Direct Print button.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The image I saw through the viewfinder didn’t quite match up to what the sensor captured. Using the 28mm to 135mm lens that came with the 40D, I repeatedly found that I would get just a bit more around the edges of my image than what I saw through the viewfinder.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ComputerActive reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Image quality throughout was excellent, although in truth not far above the 30D. Sure, £900 is a lot to spend on a camera, but if you’re looking for something to replace your ageing film camera or entry-level digital SLR, look here. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“In terms of image quality, the 40D’s photos look great, but not significantly better than the 30D’s. The 40D’s noise levels are very low, though not any lower than the 30D. The 40D’s dynamic range is excellent, and slightly improves on the 30D. Color accuracy is almost identical, but the 40D’s resolution is less than impressive, even with the extra megapixels.”
Rating: N/A

Let’sGoDigital reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Let’s be honest; the Canon EOS 40D is a D-SLR camera that is about the most complete a camera can be. It is a solid camera, with excellent auto focus, a silent shutter and mirror, a beautiful viewfinder and fine operation. On top of that Live View works perfectly, you can walk in the rain with the camera and it is an excellent tool with high quality functions…After seven models you might want to admit that we have reached the ultimate consumer EOS DSLR. Outstanding! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“So, at the end of this long review you’re probably if you should you buy a Canon EOS 40D? In short, YES! While there are a few features I dislike about this camera, they are minimal in comparison to the camera’s impressive features and performance..”
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Shutterbug reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“although the ISO 400 setting results are very good, I still would opt for ISO 100 when possible. The shooting speed and response is remarkable. At 6.5 fps, a speed that is sufficient for all but sports pros, in my opinion, it can help you capture the decisive moment every time. And the focusing speed is also impressive, what with the cross-type AF sensors in the finder. The quality of the results using built-in flash, especially in Program for fill, are the best I have seen.”
Rating: N/A

ThinkCamera reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Bottom line is the Canon 40D is the sort of camera that does its job so well, you need to find something else to blame if your pictures aren’t up to scratch. Right now, there is no better camera in its class. Buy one.”
Rating: ★★★★★

PCAuthority reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Our test photos shone: colours are reproduced accurately and there’s plenty of detail in the background. But image quality isn’t markedly better than the 400D’s output. The CMOS sensor is the same physical size and, coupled with the high pixel count, this means noise is a touch higher than the venerable 350D’s, with noticeable amounts creeping in at ISOs as low as 400. It isn’t dreadfully disruptive, but will be an annoyance for those looking to upgrade their 400D for better image quality. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The Bottom Line – There’s a lot to like about the 40D. If you’re looking for a 10-megapixel camera that can fire long bursts, is compatible with a mature system of professional accessories, and creates superb images in almost any light, look no further. This lightweight (26.1oz) camera, with it’s comfortable molded grip, is small and tough enough to travel easily with active users. ”
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DCRP reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The 40D produces shots that are as smooth as butter through ISO 400. At ISO 800 we see a tiny amount of noise, but it doesn’t destroy much in the line of detail, so a large print is still easy at this point. Noise becomes more visible at ISO 1600, but it’s still very usable. Only at ISO 3200 do you really see any noise, but it’s still very low and very usable, especially if you run it through some noise reduction software.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The Canon 40D is the best digital SLR body for budget-conscious wildlife photographers. Within the Canon system, the 40D makes sense for people who leave the house on a specifically photographic mission and don’t mind carrying the extra weight and bulk in exchange for the ruggedness and two-wheel user interface”
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TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The 40D has a more-rugged stainless steel and magnesium alloy chassis – and feels more solid…. With its all-around good performance combined with the densest Canon DSLR sensor available, the 40D will have a large number of wildlife (especially bird) photographers as its owners. I’ll personally be making the 40D part of my kit (replacing my 30D).”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“For at least a little while it appears the Canon 40D is king of the hill. While the Nikon D80 and D200 both provide reasonable alternatives for enthusiasts, and the Nikon D40x and Canon EOS 400D are both more suitable options for amateurs, the 40D’s blend of great pictures, rugged construction and speedy operation make it a great purchase. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhoto reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“In the field, it performed very well with everything we shot, from moving-subject macros to telephoto shots of landscapes. Autofocus feels very responsive, and the sound of the shutter firing away at 6.5 frames per second is very pleasing, especially at this street price!”
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e-Fotografija reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Canon made a big step forward in just about every area – image quality, usability, ergonomics and features. The only thing that’s lacking, compared to the Canon EOS 5D, is a full frame sensor. In every other respect, the 40D is as good or better than the 5D.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“At 740g without a lens the EOS 40D has plenty of seal-clubbing potential. It’s a hefty weight and that’s reflected in the good build quality…If you’re looking for an upgrade to an entry level DSLR then the 40D will blow your socks off and can be heartily recommended, but if you were saving up for a Nikon D300 I don’t think the 40D does enough to warrant changing your mind. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“It’s hard to see any significant difference between the pictures taken by the Canon EOS 40D and those taken by the cheaper 400D model, although the results do seem particularly clean and saturated, so it’s possible Canon’s improved image processing system is making a difference…The Canon EOS 40D’s strength doesn’t lie in any great technological breakthrough but in its professional appeal and its sheer value for money. ”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Photographers with small hands and short fingers will find the size of this camera challenging but those with large or average-sized hands and longer fingers will be delighted with its secure, comfortable feel… ”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNETAsia reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
The good: A set of useful new features; retains the user-friendly design of its predecessors; good-value-for-money kit; class-leading build quality and continuous shooting speed. The bad: Same resolution and sensor size as the much cheaper EOS 400D; Live view allows only manual focus. The bottom line: The Canon EOS 40D is a leap forward in improvement over its predecessors and its new features make it a great enthusiast’s dSLR or a credible professional backup system.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Tech.Uk reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“An intelligent and well executed upgrade to the 30D. It’s well built and fast, with some genuinely useful extras such as Live View LCD and custom modes. A must buy for the keen amateur with a collection of Canon lenses”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“While the build is great, the handling suffers slightly from crammed in buttons round the new, larger screen. However, on balance the key button combinations needed to adjust shooting settings are very good…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The EOS 5D crops are noticeably sharper than those from the 40D, but this appears to be more down to the image processing using each camera’s default settings, or inherent differences between their respective sensor technologies. Either way, if you increase the 40D’s sharpening by a notch, or apply some after the event, its results look a great deal closer to its bigger brother.”

Canon EOS 40D Video Review

Rating: ★★★★½

BobAtkins reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The 20D shows slightly lower noise than the EOS 40D with high ISO noise reduction off, but slightly more noise then the EOS 40D with high ISO noise reduction on. High ISO noise reduction works at all ISO settings and mainly seems to drastically reduce chroma (color) noise.”

DOP reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Up to ISO 200 very smooth with virtually no noise. ISO 400 shows a bit of noise that can be handled easily. ISO 800 shows still manageable noise (mainly color noise). At 1600 the noise is too much for our taste. You can likely rescue even shots at ISO 1600 with noise removal tools.”

Luminous-Landscape has a preview of the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“…the image quality of the 40D is excellent, continuing the industry-leading results that Canon has offered for the past 5-6 years. I didn’t see any breakthrough in low noise at the highest ISOs, but as with the EOS 5D ISO 400 is essentially noiseless and can be used as an everyday speed. Noise doesn’t really become an issue until ISO 1600 and even then isn’t that objectionable.”

EddieOJ reviews the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The body and build seem fine, sound of the shutter is a lot softer than that of the 30D, for sure it’s more in line with the 400D. Overall good camera build…I’m so uphappy that I’m selling the 40D and going to the Nikon D300 tomorrow, not happy at all…. Just kidding, I love Canon, but I do want to do some more tests before I’m sure that it’s a great camera, right now it’s just a good camera. “

ImagingResource has a preview of the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“Canon says that the various improvements make the EOS 40D’s autofocus calculation speed 30 percent faster and more accurate than the EOS 30D, and better in low light. The 20D and 30D have what I consider to be the best low light AF system on the market for the price, focusing on a person lit only by a television screen, so I can’t wait to test the new system.”

ePhotozine has a preview of the Canon EOS 40D and writes;
“The camera is easy to grip and feels sturdy and well-built, if slightly on the heavy side, and when carrying out test shots it was quick to start up. The focusing was fast enough, though the 9-point focusing system could pick up things nearest the camera, rather than in the centre of the image.”

Canon EOS 40D Samples

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Canon EOS 40D Astro-photography video demo by CameraLabs

Canon EOS 40D silent shooting video demo by CameraLabs

Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System 2

Video interview with Canon by ShinyMedia

Video tour by T3TV

Canon EOS 40D User Manuals & White Paper (PDF)

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– Download Canon EOS 40D White Paper
– Download Canon EOS 40D VS Nikon D300 Specifications

Canon EOS 40D Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – Following months of intense anticipation by Digital SLR enthusiasts worldwide, the EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to begin sailing into stores in early September. Building on the success of Canon’s perennially popular “prosumer” EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range Digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR’s “prosumer” appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity and resolution of the images it creates.

From the camera’s newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.

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9 Responses to “Canon EOS 40D”

  1. Scott says:

    Sample photos look good! Now I’m just waiting the sample photos from the Nikon D300

  2. James says:

    I’m sure in term of image noise the 40D will beat the D300 easily…

  3. brad says:

    This is a more accurate flickr link that searches for the actual camera model, rather than just the “40 D” tag:

  4. Thanks for the note Brad, the link to samples at flickr above was added before flickr has the official page for the camera. Anywhoo, we’ve just updated the link..


  5. Charles says:

    yeah sure, keep dreaming…

  6. steve says:

    No doubt, 40D is just above the Nikin D300, a friend here saw mine and was amazed to , he was blown!

  7. James Smith says:

    Thanks for the blog post

  8. Jareth D says:

    this is a nice template.. :>

  9. Vincent Tassy says:

    A very good camera with excellent price/performance ratio !
    It handles noise decently, much better than the xxxD line.
    Solid and fast, I like using this camera. Viewfinder is a pleasure compared to my other 400D.

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