Summary: The Canon EOS 40D is another great SLR camera made by this manufacturer. The 10.1 Megapixel sensor is the hallmark of this model, therefore, allows to obtain even better than the already excellent Canon Eos 30d. For the rest, good magnesium alloy body, wide choice of goals, long-life battery. There are absolutely no downsides, if not the price which, for obvious reasons, is very high, and weight.
Summary: The EOS 40D is the perfect solution for those who dreamed of a 1D Mark III but couldn’t afford it. It can also be used as an excellent secondary solution for professional photographers. It’s impressive to see all the things that Canon managed to put inside this new EOS. With a price tag of less than 800€ here in Japan, the price/quality ratio is simply unbeatable!
Pros: The style, Image quality in ISO 1600., Live View., Very quick Auto Focus., Settings possibilities,, … and more.
Cons: I don’t want to give it back!, No AF in LiveView., Buttons under the screen are too sensitive.
Summary: Canon’s EOS 40D is a camera that boasts some neat technology, so much there’s not room to do it all justice here, suffice to say, barring the metering anomaly (which a firmware upgrade is likely to sort easily), this is a great camera with a massive potential and worth a closer look.
Pros: Handling, image quality, ease of use, good dust removal system and prevention, AF, great colour and white balance, low noise, Good software.
Cons: Over crowded buttons, fussy button/dial combinations, metering foibles.
Conclusion: The fastest ISO setting is 1600 (or 3200 if the flash is not required). The 40D also has ‘Highlight Tone Priority’ which boosts the dynamic range for lighter areas of the image so that greater tonal detail can be obtained from lighter garments and other light coloured objects.
Conclusion: Seven years since the EOS D30, the sixth incarnation of that camera displays all of the advantages of a progressive evolution in both features and quality. With each step up the evolutionary ladder to the EOS 40D Canon has demonstrated improvements in image quality, performance, usability and features.
Pros: Excellent resolution, good per-pixel sharpness, Good tonal response, dynamic range extended compared to competition, EOS 30D, Highlight tone priority option delivers even more dynamic range with very little downside, Trademark Canon CMOS noise free images, remain detailed even at high sensitivities, New 'High ISO speed noise reduction' option removes any trace of chroma noise, film grain like, Confidence to use camera at high sensitivities (ISO 1600, 3200), A/D conver...
Cons: Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, Picture Style tone curve not indicated in camera menu (contrast is an offset, not absolute), Continuous shooting rate slower than specified, 6 fps @ 1/500 sec, 6.3 fps @ 1/4000 sec, No contrast detect AF in Live View, Flash must be up for AF assist lamp (although AF is good even in low light), Virtually pointless print button, should be customizable 'FUNC' button, No mass storage US...
Excerpt: We'll admit it. It took us some time to warm up to the idea of "Live View" functions on DSLRs. No more! Now that we've spent some time in the studio with the Canon EOS 40D and its Live View capabilities, we're sold on its uses in the studio and other controlled situations. Sure, there are times in the field when Live View on the camera's LCD may come in handy for low or high-angle framing, but the real strength of Live View is in the studio, when the 40D is tethered to a...
Excerpt: Don't think for a minute that the new Canon EOS 40D is simply an incremental upgrade to the 30D. Although the 10.1-megapixel EOS 40D has a virtually identical hand-feel to the 8.2 megapixel EOS 30D it replaces, it shows improvements over its predecessor in several ways.