Canon EOS 40D Review Round-Up

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Imaging Resource

The new Canon 40D offers a very mature set of features in a camera that’s priced lower than its predecessors. It also offers as much value and image quality as competing designs that are hundreds of dollars more. Canon’s pro SLR designs have always been conservative, and they didn’t try to leap-frog the market with a higher resolution sensor; instead they stuck to a 10-megapixel sensor size that would deliver the quality that Canon fans are used to. Live View is the most significant advancement in technological terms in the Canon 40D, offering a true 100% view of the image, as well as the ability to zoom in either five or ten times to focus manually, or verify focus. The Canon EOS 40D is an excellent photographic tool, slightly evolved to take advantage of recent technological advances. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon EOS 40D Reviews

Camera Labs

Canon’s EOS 40D was launched as a semi-pro model, but steady discounting and the launch of the 50D has seen it fall to the mid-range category where it offers terrific value. The 40D features 10.1 Megapixel resolution, tough build quality with weather-sealing, fast 6.5fps continuous shooting, anti-dust facilities, a PC Sync port for studio lighting, and Live View with full remote control from your PC or Mac using supplied software. This all adds up to a camera which handles with supreme confidence. It may not feature the higher resolution, VGA screen or HDMI port of the semi-pro models like the Nikon D300, Sony A700, or Canon’s own EOS 50D, but remains a highly capable DSLR we can whole-heartedly recommend. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Photography Review

The EOS D40 displays all of the advantages of a progressive evolution in both features and quality. …We’re always more critical of cameras such as the EOS 40D, which come with such a strong heritage, but even with that in mind it’s truly difficult to find any serious issues. When I first started using the EOS 40D a simple description came to mind: that this is a ‘well sorted camera’. It feels well rounded – the result of years of evolutionary improvement, it delivers in almost every area, and it inspires confidence. From a usability point of view the viewfinder feels larger, ergonomics are good, the user interface is clear and easy to learn, there are no in-use performance issues, metering and auto-focus show good consistency and the results speak for themselves; colorful (yet accurate) detailed images with low noise even at high sensitivities. READ FULL REVIEW

Steve’s Digicam

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. Certainly, the 40D is the best performance-cost value that Canon has ever offered. While the 40D is perfect for advanced amateurs, it will appeal to entry-level professional photographers too. The large LCD and improved menu structure make this camera a breeze to use. Canon fans will find the EOS 40D to be a wonderful camera and an excellent choice compared to most of the dSLRs in its price class. READ FULL REVIEW


The Canon EOS 40D features a redesigned body and menu system, introduces some long-requested features, integrates some of the new technology from the EOS 1D Mark III and delivers a nice bump in resolution and performance. All of that, plus a solid overall increase in speed over its predecessor, make it a no-brainer upgrade from previous models, a substantially better option than its down-the-line sibling, the EOS Rebel XSi and a nice complement for the EOS-1D Mark III. … Despite its many attractions, the Canon EOS 40D doesn’t clearly outshine its closest competitor, the Nikon D90. Though the 40D has the obvious advantage for action shooting–almost double the burst rate and a higher top shutter speed–the D90 generally feels a bit faster and more responsive for single-shot photography, and offers video capture … and a higher resolution. I think the 40D ultimately does deliver better photo quality, but some people might find the differences more subtle. READ FULL REVIEW

The Canon 40D gives you the same 10-megapixel resolution as the Rebel XTi for nearly double the price, double the size, and double the weight. Why would anyone want to buy the Canon 40D? … 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 who don’t want to buy the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. 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. People who are interested in low-light and wide-angle photography should consider a full-frame body such as the Canon EOS 5D. READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

A look at the specs shows that the first noticeable difference is the chip resolution. The 40D is 10 MP while the 30D and 20D before it were 8 MP. At least the 40D now has the same resolution as the lower-end 400D (XTi). The new 3 inch screen is bright and as easy to read in bright daylight as any I’ve seen. The extra real estate is put to good use, with the camera now able to display an RGB histogram as well as a luminance histogram simultaneously. The image quality of the 40D is excellent. I didn’t see any breakthrough in low noise at the highest ISOs, but ISO 400 is essentially noiseless and can be used as an everyday speed. … The bottom line is that the Canon 40D is the most DSLR for the money that Canon has ever offered. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

The Canon 40D is exactly as we guessed: it’s a 10 MP, 6.5 FPS, 3″ LCD update of the Canon 20D and Canon 30D. The 40D is a no-brainer today for anyone shooting sports and action. For $1,299, nothing on earth goes 6.5 FPS with this level of quality. I own a Nikon D200, but if sports were my thing, I’d rather have a Canon 40D. For sports, if you don’t have $4,500 for the 1D MK III, get a 40D. For portraits and landscapes, I’m intrigued by the highlight processing of the 40D, but if you’re serious, I love the concrete image quality advantages of my full-frame 5D. In a lab, I’ll bet you that the image quality of the Rebel XTi is about the same as the 40D. The difference is that the 40D works faster, is built tougher, and the AF of the 40D ought to be more accurate and faster. Better AF can mean sharper pictures. READ FULL REVIEW


Canon’s EOS 30D was the DSLR middleweight contender to beat for most of 2007, thanks to its tough body, great image quality, fast autofocus, and semi-pro controls. So it’s no surprise that the new 10.1MP EOS 40D ($1,300, street, body only; $1,500, street, with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens) holds fast to the 30D’s overall body design and exposure controls. In fact, from the front it’s hard to tell them apart. Inside, though, Canon’s engineers found ways to raise the 40D’s image quality, boost its burst rate, speed up the AF system, and improve the viewfinder. Around back, they even squeezed in a 3-inch LCD with live preview mode. Excellent image quality in the lab translates to excellent image quality in the field if a camera’s autofocus, exposure and metering systems, and viewfinder are all top notch. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

…the unveiling of the 10.1-megapixel EOS 40D at the end of August was no surprise. Nor was the inclusion of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System…However, the Live View function that lets users compose shots with the LCD monitor as they can with a digicam, was a real surprise – and the 3.0-inch display was a genuine bonus. Resolution-wise, the EOS 40D is not a huge upgrade on the EOS 30D but in many other ways the differences between the two cameras represent significant value for some photographers. The huge LCD screen and improved control layout are prime examples. … Attractively priced … the EOS 40D would be a great buy for enthusiast photographers who want a higher-featured, more ruggedly build camera then the entry-level models or for professional wedding and event photographers looking for a second camera body. READ FULL REVIEW

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