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Strengths: Live View, 6.5fps, fast focusing, sensor cleaning, custom user settings, histogram.
Weakness: Auto focus on Live View mode is only available with the mirror up. Setting the auto focus mode in LV mode is a custom fn setting and not intuitive at first.
I've been shooting with a 20D for a couple of years now and was impressed with it. The step up to the 40D is a no brainer for me. The LV mode is very handy for macros on a tripod and given it's quiet shutter option, great for situations where noise can post a problem. I wrote a negative about the auto focus in LV mode but the settings can be stored in one of the custom user settings (like I did) making it much easier to work with. The 6.5fps is super fast and the focusing is fast too. The images produced by the Digic III processor are phenomenal with clearer, sharper, images. The 40D has an integrated sensor cleaner which is effective but also integrates with Canon's DPP software that will automatically detect and and remove any left over noise. The histogram and highlight warnings are accurate. The 14bit RAW format is an advantage over the traditional 12 bit format. This histogram is much better than the 20D's too. The buttons and menu is layed out like it's bigger brother 1D Mark III. Having shot the 20D, getting to learn the 40D was a piece of cake but I can see how it could be intimidating at first to the non-experienced. Once you get to know the camera though, you'll definitely enjoy the ride!
By OverExposed - Nov 26, 2007
Canon EOS 40D
Strengths: High picture quality. Wide choice of lens and accessories. Speed and versatility.
Weakness: Me! Can get a little heavy.
A truly wonderful camera and pleasure to use.
I moved from a point-n-shoot camera to a digital SLR and spent many months deciding between Canon, Nikon and others. In the end I went for the Canon EOS 40D for its: Live View mode, 3" screen, positive reviews, wide selection of lens, iso range, image quality, time to first photo speed, body quality and great value. There are many features in this camera so I also bought the book: Canon EOS 40D by David D Busch. You never stop learning.
Next for the real costs - the lens, and there are many to choose from. Being an amateur I bought: EF 17-40MM f/4L, EF 85MM f1.8 and EF-S 55-250mm. For macro work I have the Canon extension tube EF12 II.
Photo quality is superb even when using the built-in flash. It's now up to me to take good pictures and one book I found invaluable is titled: The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman - simply excellent! I purchased many more books as this camera greatly extends your opportunities for phenomenal photo taking.
It all fits nicely in my Lowepro Slingshopt 200AW.
By MilFromOz - May 2, 2008
Excellent replacement for the Canon EOS 20D
Strengths: Live View mode to get focus just right; very low noise at higher ISO; solid construction; 3 inch LCD
Weakness: A bit pricey but on par with "equivalent" DSLRs from other manufacturers
I have had a Canon EOS 20D for just over three years and I did not see much of an improvement in the EOS 30D. The EOS 40D is a gigantic leap in technology and features. The consecutive shots speed is very impressive and it has a very fast startup time so you will not miss a shot.
I use my DSLR for everyday shots as well as astronomical images shot through a telescope. This camera is the best match for both types of shooting environments.
By lmclouth - Dec 19, 2007
Strengths: LCD size and view-ability; User defined menu options for a quick find; Sturdy build; dust eliminator system
Weakness: I wish there was the option to view the "grid" thru the viewfinder.
I went from a 20D to the 40D, so I was already familiar with the basic layout of the camera. I love many of the newer features. I wish the camera came with a LCD protector. Seems a waste to submit it to the elements when it means so much to the use of the camera.
I think the ability to view thru the LCD is neat, but perhaps a bit over-rated. It many assist when shooting macros on a tripod in very odd arrangements, however.
Overall, I think Canon has it's finger on the pulse. It is a great camera for users who want a few more options than the Rebel line-up.
By KSchultz14 - Nov 19, 2007
Strengths: Dynamic range, high-ISO performance, large LCD, live view, live histogram.
Weakness: Bottom buttons activate unintentionally, mildly weather resistant.
The 40D is a worthy upgrade from my 3 year old 20D. I see more details in high-contrast images thanks to the 14-bit converter and highlight tone priority. High-ISO performance is slightly better than the 20D despite a 2MP increase. The much larger LCD is welcome, especially for manual focus using live view. Live histogram helps with proper exposure for high-contrast images. The new ISO button position, coupled with ISO in the viewfinder, makes it a snap to change ISO without taking your eye off the image. There is much praise for Nikon’s ergonomics, but I personally prefer the Canon grip. On the downside, moving buttons to the bottom of the LCD makes them prone to accidental activation by bumping into my body. “Sealing” around the CF and battery doors probably won’t do much for weather resistance, though this has not been a problem for the 20D. Highly recommended.
By KPBara - Oct 5, 2007
Strengths: Pretty much everything. Easy button opperation, and great controls. Clairety and picture are great.
Weakness: Takes a good bit of reading to know how to work everything. Some simple things take a while to figure out. Like pop up flash and manual modes, but that is expected.
Its brand new and it is leaps and bounds over the 30d. It is similar to the XTi but still better. More weather durable and more pro-type handling. Shutter speed is amazing, and has many many modes. I like shooting black and white and sepia and it is great with them. It is a little pricey but if you plan on using it not just buying it to look at and let collect dust I'd say go for it. Watch out buying the cheapest one online because its a non-us version, it will have a plastic frame and has no warrantee.
By pro303 - Sep 16, 2007
Lives up to the hype.
Strengths: 6.5fps, live view, 3inch LCD, sensor cleaner
Weakness: none found yet
I came from a digital rebel and this is leaps and bounds better. The high speed shooting is phenomenal and would be perfect for sports or other face paced action shots. When i first took it out of the box my initial thoughts were.. this is heavy its built solid and does not have a cheap feel. It contours the hand nice and its easy to grip with the rubber in just the right spots. The camera leaves nothing to be desired for the price its a no brainier.
By carsrfun - Oct 12, 2007
CANON EOS 40D
Strengths: Versatility, value for the dollar, professional results.
Weakness: Can't think of any.
I have been using the 10D since the beginning and finally decided to upgrade to the 40D. I paid less for the 40D and now have so many enhancements that I can't even begin to list. I have been 110% happy with the results, and can't wait to pick up the camera and just start snapping away. Whether I am point and shooting or digging into some of the more advanced controls...it's a blast. Everything on this camera is better, faster, easier, more intuitive,
By Anonymous - Feb 26, 2008
Strengths: 9 cross-type AF sensors all sensitive to f/5.6; faster and deeper buffer; EF-S and EF lense compatibility; great looking ISO1600 shots; 6.5fps; instant-on; large playback LCD; liveview; custom dials
Weakness: Comparing it to higher priced cameras, several. Comparing it to lower priced cameras, none. I wish this had 8fps or 15AF points, but you can't have your cake and eat it, too.
I just purchased this camera after deciding it was time to move up from a 10D. I can say that the 3" screen, while nothing special at first, is truly something to behold. Live view was neat, and I could see situations where that would come in handy. Overall, people need to determine what the features they need are, and purchase what accomodates those needs. This camera satisfied my needs, and I am glad I got it.
By ztross - Sep 11, 2007
What a step up from the 30D
Strengths: Sensor cleaning 10.1MP 3" LCD
Weakness: Pricey Small upgrades compared to the 1D or 5D
I'm one of those guys that has to have the latest and greatest technology. So, when Canon introduced the 40D upgrade from the 30D, I jumped right on it.
I really enjoy the fact that the 40D has built-in sensor cleaning versus the 30D (something I definately could have used).
I'm not sure how much I'll use the LiveView feature, but the bigger LCD is a plus.
By rhammer45 - Nov 12, 2007
Strengths: Speed! For a pro-sumer grade camera, this thing is fast. I had a 30D and upgraded to the 40D. Custom User Settings.
Weakness: Since I have only recently switched to SLR camera's, I am still a big fan of the live view...I am not impressed with this function!! Can't use it with Auto-Focus, so pretty much USELESS!!
I absolutely love the Canon EOS series camera's. If you are considering a Canon XTI Rebel...don't! The mode wheel alone is worth the extra money, the mode wheel makes changing camera settings easy--no need to look at the menu to change the settings...you can change them on the fly. Dust reduction system should be useful, but I haven't had time to verify that the camera is better because of it. I take a lot of pictures of my son's ballgames and this camera is awesome for that! Would have been PERFECT if the live view mode worked in auto focus mode---some people would say it doesn't matter, but for those of us that grew up on point and shoot...IT DOES! I guess that is the sacrifice you make for image quality and the creative ability you gain by going to a SLR. All in all, image quality, speed and ergonomics of this camera make it a great camera...even though I have a few minor complaints--mostly live view, I still give this camera 5 stars!
By cheryld3 - Sep 19, 2007
Strengths: Nice upgrade from the 20D. Large lcd screen, faster, live view
I love this camera and am very happy that I upgraded from my 20D. It is a pleasure to use. I am still learning the new features but I like what I know already.
By mfasy - Jan 6, 2008
My First Digital SLR camera and I love it!!
Strengths: Starts up, shoots, & shuts down quickly; creates clear & consistent photos;hugely flexible. Can't feel the camera vibrate or hear it working. Starts up, shoots, & shuts down quickly, hugely flexible.
Weakness: I am so much used to view pictures in viewfinder, and hence its little annoying. This camera body is much heavier than my old digital sony one, for petite size woman like me, it is sometime heavy.
First off, I'm no camera pro - very amateur. I moved from Sony digital one to this. I feel the body of the 40D is solid as a rock. This camera body exceeds my present digital photo experience. I always like this one over Canon because of inclusion of the creative zone and basic zone features even on their advanced cameras. Battery is also long lasting.Powerful flash, fast, accurate focusting, great looks, this camera is a winner!!
By ashwini_mm - Dec 27, 2007
Strengths: auto focus fast in low light, large lcd
This camera has taken over the lead in Canon's prosumer/high end line and will provide many great memories for years to come! It even has auto-cleaning which is really a nice feature too.
By hipster148 - Oct 26, 2007
Strengths: It is like owning a mini Canon 1d.
Weakness: The 1.6 factor
great camera but if the 1.6 factor can be reduce to 1.3. It will be so much better. Of course, i am not expecting a full frame with the price i am paying for but 1.6 factor is really a lot if you take lots of wide angle picture. On the other hand, if you like to zoom in your subject, it will defintely be a great camera to own. Overall, this is a fair camera with above average performance.
By mike9898 - Oct 21, 2007
Canon 40D SLR Digital Camera
Strengths: Large LCD Screen, Two Control Dials, and Seems to Focus Faster
Weakness: Can't find any
I was so excited to hear Canon was releasing the 40D. Prior to purchasing the 40D, I owned a Canon Rebel. I must say I have no regrets in purchasing the new 40D. It is a bit larger than the Rebel which makes it more comfortable to hold. It is very responsive, which I need in order to capture my sports photos. It seems to focus faster. I just love the size of the LCD. It makes reading the all the options so easy. To sum it up this camera takes great pictures.
By smjzjones - Jan 24, 2008
Canon D 40
Weakness: when shot in 40 d the picture seems to be blur when you preview the image and its got a warmer tone
Hi there ,I am professional photographer for 10 years ,I own a 30d and a new 40d Canon 2 nos. there seems to be some manufacturing problem ,when shot in 40d the picture seems to be slight blur when you preview the image (maximum image enlarging ),tried all the adjustment in AF and MF mode ,tried changing lens ,compared shot with 30 d Canon, in 30 d its clear but 40d both the new camera has a problem . And one more problem its gives a warmers tone .I would request someone could give me solution reply to firstname.lastname@example.org -Anand
By Bhaskaranand - Dec 17, 2007
not bad, not great
Strengths: decent price for the pro subframe line, has a good feature set
Weakness: ...just isn't outstanding in any way. "competent".
I've shot most of the Canon subframes and the 5D pretty hard over the past year and thought I'd give this one a try for a day or two. It's an improvement over the 30d...but barely. I really don't have a use for liveview, sorry, if I'm going to use the LCD screen to set up a shot I might as well just use my G9. Much smaller, cheaper and it's 12MP too. The whole point of a DSLR is to use the viewfinder to take good high-resolution low-noise shots shooting handheld. At this the 40d is adequate but not outstanding...a natural evolution that may have gone too far in terms of the LCD size...I much prefer to have all the buttons on the left of the LCD and if that 3" screen means giving up the button position? Let's just stay at 2.5". The viewfinder is adequate, I've heard more than enough horror stories about the AF accuracy on the 40d (and that would have been my primary concern when upgrading it over the 30d) but I didn't have any real problems with it. It has the same old "streak noise" problem that the 30d and 5D have when shot at high ISO in continuous drive, at low eV. The D300 just does not have this problem. I like the auto ISO mode but I didn't play with it long enough to see how well it works. I would really love to have some of the Pentax K20 features on the Canon DSLRs. In terms of features Canon is really slipping, and I'm sorry but to me LV on a DSLR is about as useful as training-wheels on a bicycle. It does help I suppose when shooting off a tripod but I didn't buy a DSLR to shoot off a tripod. If you're going to do that, just use a powershot better yet an A-series PS with a flip&twist LCD.
So in any case ok but not outstanding.
By touristguy87 - Jul 12, 2008
Strengths: simple to understand, full auto available, excellent build quality, not overly bulky. Good alue.
Weakness: none so far.
I use this mostly with my canon 24-70 2.8, and canon 70-200 2.8 IS. Takes great photos. the grip handle feels more snug than the 450d. Nice 6.5 frames per sec function and good size screen.
By anonymous; - May 22, 2008
Canon 40D simplistically elegant
Strengths: Amazingly fast and accurate focusing with perfect exposure
I have been using the digital Canon EOS since the inception of the 10D . The progression to this newest version has been seamless . The continued ease of usage and tech advancements makes the 40D a pleasure for any advanced amateur or pro.
By martinsherling - Nov 20, 2007
Strengths: If you have already had a digital camera as I have, it becomes very easy to use. It a top of the line camera for a real great price. Yes it has a lot of controls but in 10 minutes I was ready to go.
Weakness: I have been using it for 2 months and I have not found any weaknesses yet!
I am a professional photographer and it is a very good camera. I had a Canon D60 and a Canon 30D. I was going to use the 40D for a backup camera but since using it I have moved it to the top spot in my camera bag.
By anonymous; - Nov 20, 2007
Canon EOS 40D (body only)
THE GOOD: Generally superior shooting speed among dSLRs; first-rate photo quality. THE BAD: Large spot size for spot meter; relatively sluggish low-light focus. THE BOTTOM LINE: Great photo quality and excellent continuous-shooting performance are just two of the Canon EOS 40Ds many attractions in the digital camera marketplace.
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By cnet.com - Sep 20, 2007
Best Canon Digital Camera For Kids
Image is Good according to 53 Digital Camera experts. -- "Excellent colour rendition"-tech.co.uk -- "first-rate photo quality"-review.zdnet.com -- "The 40Ds image quality is excellent."-macworld.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Video, Optics, Interface, Battery, etc.
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By reviewgist.com - Jan 24, 2010
Canon EOS 40D
TestSeek.com has collected 90 expert reviews for Canon EOS 40D and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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By testseek.com - Jul 27, 2008
canon eos 40d (body only)
Canon Eos 40d (body Only) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.58 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #76 Professional DSLR digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market...
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By TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008
Canon EOS 40D Digital Camera Review
A year and a half in the making, Canon’s EOS 40D modifies the foundation set by the EOS 30D and 20D, while incorporating elements from the manufacturer’s 1D line. The camera is centered on a 10.1-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, paired with a newly developed DIGIC III image processor, which boosts the continuous burst speed up to 6.5 frames per second. Mechanical improvements include a...
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By Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 21, 2007
DCRP Review: Canon EOS-40D
It's hard not to like the Canon EOS-40D. It's a digital SLR that does just about everything you could possibly want -- and it does them all well. While it remains to be seen how it will compare to new offerings from the competition, the 40D is still good enough to recommend without the slightest hesitation. <p>
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By DCResource - Oct 25, 2007
Canon EOS 40D
In many ways the Canon EOS 40D seems a bit behind the market, coming late to the 10-megapixel game. But the image quality speaks for itself: Canon was right to wait until they could do it very well. Images captured from ISO 100 to 800 are essentially no-compromise when printed at 13x19 inches. Canon added a lot of new technology along the way, making the Canon 40D's spec sheet seem pretty flashy....
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By Imaging Resource - Oct 24, 2007
Canon EOS 40D Review
The Canon EOS 40D is a new mid-range digital SLR camera aimed firmly at the keen enthusiast photographer. Successor to the 18-month old 30D model, the Canon 40D offers a large number of significant features that make it an enticing proposition for both current 30D owners and those interested in a more advanced DSLR. There's a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 6.5fps continuous shooting mode for up to...
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By photographyblog.com - Sep 22, 2007
Camera Labs – Canon EOS 40D review
Canon had to come back fighting with the EOS 40D, and it’s certainly delivered the goods. The new DSLR may resemble its predecessor from the outside, but features worthy upgrades in almost every department. The key specifications of resolution, continuous shooting, autofocus, weatherproofing, screen and viewfinder have all been improved, and there’s now also the addition of Live View,...
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By cameralabs.com - Sep 12, 2007