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

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  • 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
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Technical Details

Style: 40D Body Only
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 40D Body
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 1 x
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Product Details

Style: 40D Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 2.9 x 4.2 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000V5P90K
  • Item model number: 40D Body
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2007

Product Description

Style: 40D 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.

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.

Canon EOS 40D DSLR highlights
The 40D is capable of shooting 6.5 frames per second
Indeed, at 6.5 fps, no digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class and price category has so high a continuous shooting capability, making it ideal for shooting--and actually capturing--speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots as well as a wide variety of action and sports scenes. The speed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canon's balanced combination of its latest processor, DIGIC IIII, DDR SDRAM high-speed memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two separate motors for shutter and mirror operation.

Canon EOS 40D Highlights

Canon EOS 40D DSLR highlights
Display's the Thing The most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital SLR is the camera's larger 3.0-inch LCD screen (compared with the EOS 30D's 2.5-inch monitor). Still, size is only the beginning of the difference between these two cameras' displays. In order to increase viewing ease in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, Canon raised the brightness level of the EOS 40D camera's 230,000-pixel LCD screen, broadened the color gamut, and narrowed the viewing angle from 170 degrees to a still wide 140-degree perspective in all directions. An added advantage of the larger-sized display is the ability to use a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen. The camera's menu is organized in the same tabbed format as the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR.

Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the EOS 40D SLR's viewfinder as well. The upgraded viewfinder increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.

Canon EOS 40D DSLR highlights
A rugged magnesium alloy exterior delivers enhanced durability
Enhanced Durability Recognizing the often rigorous shooting conditions encountered by professional and advanced amateur photographers, Canon design engineers made the EOS 40D SLR's magnesium alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its predecessors with upgraded dust- and weather-resistant construction, particularly around the camera's connection ports, battery compartment, and single-slot compact flash (CF) memory card door. Should the user inadvertently open the compact flash card door while the camera is writing to the card, a warning will pop up on the LCD screen and an open door "alarm" will sound, but the image(s) will continue writing to the memory card without interruption. The EOS 40D SLR also retains many of the outstanding features of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast 0.15-second initial start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up to 100,000 cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000 second, and 1/250 maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.

Improved Image Quality Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLR's 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200. The EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera's 1.6x focal length conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) and is compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company's expanding selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors.

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLR's 12-bit conversion capability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.

DIGIC III DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canon's proprietary image processing engine. DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is also responsible for the EOS 40D SLR's high-speed performance, faster signal processing, and even its efficient energy consumption.

sRAW In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more manageable "sRAW" recording format. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.

Canon EOS 40D DSLR highlights
9-point AF ensures precise focusing
Improved Autofocus and Exposure Control While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon has made significant improvements to its speed, precision, and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problems in the process. The EOS 40D camera's completely redesigned nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to f5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point offers enhanced precision for both vertical and horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures of f2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than the EOS 30D model.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor. Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering, and Spot metering, covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at center, respectively. The camera's E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS 30D SLR model. However, as a result of consumer input, Canon has added three Custom exposure modes. As an added convenience, particularly for wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the Canon Speedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.

The Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments. Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or shaky shooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISO speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the top LCD data panel.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeable focusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen. Users can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining image composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that makes it easier to grasp the "sweet spot" of manual focusing when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8 or faster.

Canon EOS 40D DSLR highlights
Enhanced Live View with grid
Enhanced Live View Previously the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one of Canon's top-tier professional cameras), the Live View function now gives EOS 40D camera users an expanded and exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of shooting options. By permitting the framing and capturing of subjects using the camera's LCD screen instead of the viewfinder, the shooter gains a 100 percent field view to more easily achieve the desired composition. A new Custom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus during Live View by pressing the camera's AF-ON button. At that point, the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out in the normal way. Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes Live View functions. Also, in the Live View shooting mode the user can magnify the image by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused. Live View is at its best during tripod shooting--particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. A new electronic 1st-curtain shutter function in Live View mode reduces release time lag and operational noise even further to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is now becoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The camera's Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. Users also have the option of engaging the "clean now" function at will or bypassing it altogether. Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR's manual sensor cleaning function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that has stuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesive at the base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing with a compatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Improved Software Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters can actually design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color, and tone curves. The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing, viewing, printing, and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Accessories (Not Included--Must be Purchased Separately) New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken, compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to better resist water and dust. The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D, and 40D models.

Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body.

What's in the box: EOS 40D digital SLR body, eyecup Eb, wide neck strap EW-100DGR, video cable VC-100, USB interface cable IFC-200U, battery pack BP-511A, battery charger CG-580, "Great Photography is Easy" booklet and "Do More with Macro" booklet, EOS Digital Solution Disc, software instruction manual

Product Description

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera, with the software that allows you to focus each part of the photo on your computer monitor, is extraordinary and I've produced some excellent photos that are… Read more ›
I've seen reviews talk about this camer's poor IQ, reliability, how it's outdated, etc....…The key to great photography is good glass and whomever is behind the camera. Read more ›
It takes amazing images, is extremely fast (it has a slow burst mode that slows it down from the max burst rate of 6.5 fps, I'm assuming because it's so ridiculously fast),… Read more ›
It has more capabilities than I ever expected. The photo quality is exceptional. By far the best DLSR I have ever owned. Read more ›
The included lens produces great results; the images are crisp and wonderfully accurate in terms of color and contrast. I don't generally rely on the screen on the back but… Read more ›
She is a photography major in college and has already taken over 400 pictures with it in the week that she has had it. Pictures are very clear and camera has been great. Read more ›
Even though I have only used it for a few shots they turned out wonderful. All features are in intuitive areas. I must thanks the seller for sending the camera in spotless… Read more ›
The camera also has automatic modes available that produce…The quality is always there and options are easy to set - at least the ones a novice such as myself really needs. Read more ›
The camera allows you to customize your settings and gives you 3 different selections on the mode dial just for those custom user…Menus are easy to use and understand. I… Read more ›
I'm using the same lenses as I did with the XTi and when I…The colors are truer, and shooting at low light with a higher ISO setting is also clearly enhanced using the 40D. Read more ›
This is my first DSLR after upgrading from a 35mm SLR it is a little complicated at first…The picture quality is excellent, and the camera functions are very easy to use. Read more ›
2) The new picture style function is very nice, but not easy to use if you want to make your own settings. Read more ›
Camera and Lens, and I am glad I did. The value added by the lens is great. The lens has a great range from 28-135mm and I have it on the camera all the time. Read more ›
Sure the D300 might be a little…The 40D, with the rebate is less than $[...] WITH the kit lens, which is decent--it ain't no L--but for a kit lens it's pretty darn good! Read more ›
The camera and lens work wonderfully and I can recommend it to anyone who wants an entry level dSLR, but can't grip the smallish XSi. Read more ›
I hope Canon reads this. My XTi and the Canon lenses have been flawless, and every picture I took that was less than great was my error. But the 40D is now down two strikes. Read more ›
It also takes much better pictures as far as people's skin…The IS 28-135mm lens is great and I'm glad I purchased the kit instead of just the body as I saved about $300. Read more ›
The vertical and horizontal lines help you keep the camera lined up with the opjects or horizon. The canon high end lenses are absolutely fantastic. I took a hand held… Read more ›
It is built well. The LCD is nice, but not too impressive. The continuous shooting rate is nice. Read more ›
Canon 40D has two LCD screens, the main / back…The top LCD screen is clear in the dim light condition such as indoor or evening, but not clear in the bright daylight. T… Read more ›
3 inch screen is excellent. I've used live view many times to compose my landscapes and still lifes when angles were difficult. Read more ›
With the introduction of the 50D, prices on this model came down. the bigger LCD is great and so it the option to magnify an image before moving on. I would highly… Read more ›
- LCD. While the LCD is bright and easy to see, the 40D is well behind competing brands in the number of pixels in the display. More pixels could help the photographer… Read more ›
The Nikon d300 is a generally better camera, but it's almost twice the cost after you get a VR lens (the smaller kit lens has no image…The LCD is beautiful and sharp. F… Read more ›
But, because of the negative reviews on the 50D, the 40D price jumped back up, to about $1100. I'm glad I got it, while the price was good. Honestly, think that 10… Read more ›
The Nikons were comparable in build quality and functionality (and lens quality) to the Canons but the pricing clearly was not - so the value proposition is clearly with… Read more ›
It is still so new for me that I am still finding out things that it can do. The price was great and the quality is amazing. Read more ›
I'd recommend this camera to anyone looking for an SLR that's probably a step-up from the Rebels, but not full-blown pro. Price was nice too. Read more ›
I bought this camera as a backup to my main camera. It was used and came at a great price. It was described as "like new" and when I received the camera it met my… Read more ›
Not perfect. The LCD could be a little bit brighter, and the limited Live View could be a little less cumbersome, but all in all it's a great value. Read more ›
The 40D is an excellent camera. Focusing is very fast, dynamic range very wide, and ISO noise is very controlled and useable to ISO 3200. ISO range that is extended and… Read more ›
Controls are easy to navigate because of the extra "click-wheel". Auto-focus is incredible... I'm finally getting those USM motors to work in near-dark conditions. I'm able… Read more ›
Upgraded to the 40d from a Rebel XT and couldn't be happier. The focusing is fast and accurate, the viewfinder is big and bright, and it ISO performance is excellent. The… Read more ›
Try shooting in very low light condition and you will find out what I am talking about. Its Auto-Focus system is very good in dim light. Read more ›
Focusing is lightning fast when compared to the 400D, but again it is to be expected with this mid-range D-SLR. Read more ›
3) Focus is much improved over the Rebel. Out of 500+ shots, I only had a handful where the focus did not hit. Read more ›
I have taken probably 5000 or more exposures with this since I got it, and the quality is just fantastic. It is simple to use, but has a ton of options for manual settings. T… Read more ›
I just completed a 365 project using it, and even after daily use for a year, I have had no issues so far. It is easy to use and has a lot of great features. I would… Read more ›
Perfect results when used manually, and better quality when using the Canon Speedlite 580ex II. Lens and flash might make it a heavy camera, but it's really fun to use. Read more ›
It is a very good buy, if your looking for a…Gets easier to use the longer you play with it and you know you have the potential to get any shot you are looking for. Read more ›
It is a very capable DSLR with excellent image quality (I use the 24-105 L zoom). It is relatively easy to use, especially using the custom menus. The biggest improvement… Read more ›
I use religiously my 5D's and the ever sturdy, ole' pal-o-mine, 20D (which I may never get rid of.) I wanted a camera that was worth it's value and easy to use. (I use this… Read more ›
It captures incredible images. The colors are vivid and professional-looking. Much better than my Canon A620 point-and-shoot. Read more ›
Was starting to do weddings. Stunning color. Well as progress would have it, she may have sold it and not told me but is using her iphone now. Read more ›
You'll be able to use for virtually all sporting events. But it also has good depth & coloration for landscapes, portraits, etc. AND don't let the ONLY 10 megapixel issue… Read more ›
Canon DSLRs have always been excellent cameras, but this…It's lightning fast, has great color (especially skin tones), and in kit form comes with an image stabilizing lens. Read more ›
I didn't think that my photography would change too much but it certainly has. Everything is very clear and the colors are so much better. Read more ›
One or two were slightly soft on the subject's focus (my fault). Incredible color! Read more ›
The focus seems to be faster/better and the huge LCD is a blessing. ~5% extra in the viewfinder is very nice as well. Read more ›
- Viewfinder is brighter and bigger, great! I can actually do some MF indoor with very little light! Read more ›
So far, I've just been shooting on manual mode, and I agree with some reviews that I read that having the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed visable in the view finder is… Read more ›
Now the Rebel XTi seems: Very…That makes the 40D a little heavier, faster, fast to respond fast to play back and the viewfinder is wide, bright and sharp by comparison. Read more ›
- The viewfinder: The size and brightness are noticeably & dramatically better. The look through the viewfinder is so improved over my old 20D, they almost can't be compared. Read more ›
-The viewfinder is nice, and gives you all the details you could want regarding your picture. Read more ›
I upgraded from an xti, so all around was impressed. a ton of new features and the shutter speed is awesome. there is no waiting to take a shot. Read more ›
In JPEG, the buffer shows 99. High speed burst is a good option to use, and I used it for 3 shot bursts. Read more ›
Pictures are usually a bit on the soft side but not a problem if you use Post Processing. Hi Speed shooting works well and I captured some great shots with it. Overall I… Read more ›
I am completely satisfied with this camera. The speed is great (especially the 6.5 frames per second), features are great, the screen is large and easy to see in sunlight. Read more ›
pictuer quality is perfect speed is excellent 14 bit converting is really good Read more ›
As far as physical build quality, it's very nice; much better than the lower end SLRs that Canon produces. The shooting speed is wonderful when trying to capture fast action. Read more ›
It was a choice between this and the Rebel and I went with the 40D because of its more robust body than the Rebel. Battery life is outstanding. You can take hundreds of… Read more ›
I just returned from a Southern Caribbean cruise where the camera got quite a workout. The battery life was excellent. The picture quality was excellent. Read more ›
It fits the hand well, and…Battery life is very good, even with AF/IS lenses; I burned through a 8G card while shooting action sports, but never needed to change batteries. Read more ›
Battery life is great, and when it's time to recharge... it charges up pretty quick. Read more ›
Display is big and bright even in bright sunlight. Battery life is great. So far, I see no need to get an additional battery. Read more ›
Battery life is excellent. The viewfinder is quite good - even with glasses I can see edge to edge without mashing my face against the camera back. Read more ›
The camera body is great and I enjoy it. But the EF28-135 IS USM zoom died after only six weeks. Read more ›
I've had this combo for about three months and have almost 7,000 captures. The body is fantastic! I love the features, ease of use and quality. Read more ›
The pictures created using this body were exceptional, and would be a solid option for anyone on the advanced amateur level to entry-level professional. I was enthralled… Read more ›
Until now i would say it is the best Canon ever produced for a low price. First of all the body design is more unique than in other cameras and especially the 30D. The part… Read more ›
I wore out the shutter on my Rebel and the well worn body (I actually worn off the grip holding it!)and I decided not to repar but upgrade. I went with a 40D and I really… Read more ›
This is an excellent camera body especially when using L series lenses. I paired this with Cannon's 24-70mm L glass and the images are amazing. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,843 of 1,912 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Ann Richards on September 6, 2007
Style Name: 40D Body w/ 28-135mm Lens
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.

SUMMARY:
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.

DETAILED REVIEW OF THE CANON EOS 40D:
-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.
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328 of 351 people found the following review helpful By A. Parcher on September 3, 2007
Style Name: 40D Body Only
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.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By The Camera Eye on September 17, 2007
Style Name: 40D Body Only
The Canon 40D is the most camera for the money that Canon has ever provided. The highlights:

- The new improvded Autofocus: Yes, it's still 9 point, and I was skeptical about how improved it would actually be, but having used in the field on several photo shoots, I was able to compare it directly to my Canon 5D, and the AF on the 40D was noticeably more accurate & sensitive to subtle differences within the Depth of Field. The new system performs especially well with my 135mm 2.0L, and my 70-200mm 2.8L IS. But this is what is advertised about it (i.e. better performance with lens w/ Maximum apertures of 2.8 and greater).

- The 3.0" LCD: Once again, comparing this to my 5D, which has a 2.5" display, the color reproduction is noticeably more accurate. Initially I thought that the colors were being captured differently by the camera, but when I realized they were very similar once I looked at them on the computer, it became apparent the difference was in the display on the camera. Also, the display on the 40D is brighter. I have not yet noticed as dramatic a difference as Canon has made it seem in their product detail when viewed in sunlight, but especially in darker settings, it is noticeable that there's a difference.

- The frame rate & buffer size: The increased buffer is very apparent, in particular at the low speed continuous setting (3 fps), where the speed at 3fps seems faster than the 3fps on the 5D simply because it can continue shooting (seemingly endlessly). In the high speed continuous mode (6.5fps), the speed is mind-boggling. I have not had a chance to fully test this out yet (look for a future edit to this).

- The viewfinder: The size and brightness are noticeably & dramatically better.
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The EOS 40D becomes the sixth Canon "prosumer" digital SLR, a line which started back in 2000 with the EOS D30, and how far we've come. It's been eighteen months since the EOS 30D, and although on the surface the 40D looks like a fairly subtle upgrade, there's a lot that makes this an even better camera. Read the full Canon EOS 40D preview at dpreview.com.