Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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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.

Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Features Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
  • 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images)
  • sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
  • Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards
  • Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards
  • sRAW mode , 35-zone metering system , integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images)
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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  1. Jodi-Ann Richards says:
    1,831 of 1,900 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Detailed Review of the 40D – I Love My Canon 40D!!!!!!!!!!!!!, September 6, 2007
    Jodi-Ann Richards (Mia, FLA USA) –

    I have divided this review into two sections. The first is a brief summary of how I feel about the camera. The second is a detailed comparison of the 30D and 40D based on my experiences with both cameras. After reading this section you will see why I gave this camera a 5 star rating. I loved my 30D but the 40D simply blows it away.

    Update: 1/6/2008
    I have added a third section to discuss general guidelines for determining if this is the right camera for you.

    Update: 2/2/2008
    In this section I discuss my thoughts about how the new Canon Rebel XSi might impact your buy/upgrade decision.

    In less than a couple of months I have gone from a S3 to a S5 to a 30D and I just got my 40D earlier on today. Wow! What a fantastic camera! The pictures that this camera takes are just amazing. I thought it could not get any better than the 30D but Canon has really taken it a notch or two up with the 40D. I want anyone considering buying this camera to know to get it right away. Trust me. It is worth every penny.

    -The Outside
    The first thing that stood out is the larger, 3 inch, LCD screen. This makes reading the menus and changing settings a lot easier. Canon did not stop there. When I used the 30D I really wished reading the LCD screen was a lot easier when I was shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. When I did a shot I would sometimes have to quickly find a shaded area to view the screen. I am happy to say that Canon did address this issue as well. It is now a lot easier to read the screen in bright sunlight.

    There are 2 new buttons on the outside that you can use to quickly access settings rather than wasting time going through the menu.
    - Info
    This allows you to quickly review your shooting information for an image – ISO speed, Picture Style and Metering Mode etc. There are two things that I really like here:

    1. Highlight Alerts
    When this feature is enabled, if there any overexposed areas in the image they will blink when the shooting information is displayed.

    2. AF Point Display
    When this feature is enabled, you will see the AF point(s) that achieved focus displayed in red.

    There is another use of the Info button that I really like. It can be used to set the shooting information right there on the LCD screen. I prefer this option of setting shooting information as the names of the various icons are also displayed along with the icons. I remember when I just started using my 30D that I would sometimes forget which icon was for Tungsten Light vs. White Fluorescent Light when I was setting the White Balance using the control panel. Now the name of each icon is clearly displayed as I scroll through them on the LCD screen.

    - Picture Style
    I really love this feature. There are times when I make a standard shot and then need to make a landscape shot. Then I would need to switch back to a standard shot. I can now do this really quickly without having to wade through the menu.

    There is a new Auto Focus (AF-ON) button. Assuming that you hold the camera in a conventional way, this new button will be just below your thumb. It allows you to auto focus independently of pressing the shutter button. I found this feature really useful when making continuous shots of a trainer riding on the belly of Lolita the killer whale at Miami Seaquarium. I was able to maintain continuous focus right throughout the shots.

    There are 3 new positions on the mode dial – C1, C2 and C3. You can register most of the current camera settings under them. Believe it or not but this includes not just the current shooting mode but even the menus and custom function settings. I cannot express enough what a time saver these new positions are to me. I find that I have to do different types of shots frequently so with my 30D I had to really change settings frequently. I can now save 3 of the settings that I use most often and have instant access to them. I also like the fact that I still have the option of making changes even after selecting one of these positions. For example, if my C1 was saved with an ISO speed of 400 I am not restricted to that ISO when I select C1. If I find that I only need an ISO speed of 320 I can make that change just as normal.

    One feature that has been removed is the ability to use the Delete button to delete all images. I really liked this feature as there were times I wanted to delete all the images and it was more convenient to use the Delete button rather than having to go through the menu. However, I think it might have been removed because it was rather easy for someone to inadvertently erase all the images when they really wanted to erase the currently selected image.

    - Start Up and Power Off
    When you turn the camera on or off you can’t help noticing the “Sensor Cleaning” message. This was…

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  2. A. Parcher "aparcher" says:
    327 of 349 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Canon 40D — What I like… What I don’t like, September 3, 2007
    A. Parcher “aparcher” (seattle, wa) –

    This review is from: Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)

    I was a long time owner of the Canon 10D which I quickly outgrew. Then, I upgraded to the 20D and have been using it for the past few years. I didn’t think the 30D was a big enough step forward to warrant the upgrade. Going from the 20D to the 40D is a big leap forward.

    Unboxing the 40D is about the same as the other two DSLRs I’ve owned. Manuals in both spanish and english, plus software for MAC and PC. I got the “body only” package as I already own the 28-135mm lens. That lens is just **ok.** and I really didn’t want a 2nd copy. The battery is the bp511A so I can use the already charged one from my 20D. The strap is the same as the 20D. The compact flash memory is the same as well, so I didn’t need to buy any new accessories to upgrade.

    The first thing you will notice is the big display on the back. It’s very nice compared to the one on the 20D. Although, I’m constantly afraid that my titanium rimmed glasses will scratch the screen. The screen is so much closer to the viewfinder compared to the little one on my 20D. I think I’ll look for a clear film cover that will shield it.

    The controls are very similar to the 20D/30D. However, they are moved around a bit. The menu structure is very different and it will take some getting used to. The first thing I thought of was my old 10D… and how simple it was just due to the sheer lack of features. The 40D has so many that it would be tough for a beginner to get used to them all. It might be good for beginners who are a bit techno challenged to buy a cheaper, used DSLR to get used to using a simple model… then sell it and upgrade.

    The camera feels so much more solid than my 20D. The little motor that pops up the flash sounds really solid compared to the old 20D. Even the shutter sounds terrific. Very quick and quiet. The old 10D had a nice shutter sound as well. the 20D always sounded like thrashing metal to me. To contrast, the Nikon DSLRs have a slow sounding swish to them… this one is tight and quick. The camera feels about the same in my hand. Although the lines are smoothed out a bit compared to the 20D.

    I tried out the live preview feature and found it annoying since I’m used to looking through the viewfinder. I think I would like it much more if this was my first DSLR as a conversion from a point and shoot where you typically only use a “live view.” The LCD is viewable at a strong angle so the live view may be usable for when the camera must be held at odd angles away from the body… like over a stream or something. This camera is heavier than a point-and-shoot and you need your face to help you hold it steady. I found myself a bit wobbly when I was holding it out using the live-view feature. You’ll need a high shutter speed to keep from getting shaky looking pictures.

    So, what about picture quality?? It’s a 10mp camera so the pictures are big. I have a workhorse MacPro tower and it has no problem working on the 10-12MB pictures that this camera produces (.jpg processing for now). I’m happy to say that the focus is spot on in all of my sample pictures from 4 different lenses (17-40 f/4L, 28-135 IS zoom, 50mm f/1.4, 100mm macro). The DPP software can be used to edit raw files if you choose to use it. It works pretty well and it was very speedy on my MacPro. You also get direct access to picture styles from within the computer software so you don’t have to worry about setting it in camera. The pictures look very nice. The colors are very accurate. at iso100 the pictures are so nice and smooth. My 50 and 100mm lenses make the most buttery out of focus areas on this camera.

    as of this writing(9-2-2007), Aperture, Finder, Preview, Photoshop CS3 (ACR4.1), and iPhoto do not support raw image files from the 40D. This was the case with the 10D when I first purchased it and it took a few months for APPLE and Adobe to deliver updates. I’m sure Canon are working hard with vendors to get their updates in the works. The good news is that there are settings for RAW+.jpg so you can have both files when the software updates come through. If you don’t like being on the “bleeding” edge of technology, then wait a few months before you plunk down the cash for the 40D.

    ***** ALERT UPDATE *****
    As of 9-13-07, Adobe has released Camera Raw updated 4.2 which now supports the Canon 40D.
    As of 10-26-07, Apple’s Aperture and Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) support Canon 40D raw files.

    Picture styles are easily accessed from a dedicated button on the camera. They allow you to make quick sets for defining different picture taking scenarios. It basically does some basic post-processing work in-camera to save time later. It worked really well. I found that pictures even up at 1600iso looked usable for every day stuff (e.g. not blown up too big.). ISO can be set in 1/3 stop increments which is new for me. having…

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