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Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

by Canon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • DIGIC III processor with 10.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6.5fps, 75 JPEG image burst
  • High-precision wide-area AF
  • 3.0 inch LCD with Live View mode
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 10.8 x 7.3 cm ; 739 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 1901B020AA
  • ASIN: B000V9KCEY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Aug 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,039 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

- 10.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. - 6.5fps, 75 JPEG image burst. - High precision wide area AF. - 3.0 LCD with Live View mode. - DIGIC III processor. - EOS Integrated Cleaning System. - Picture Style. - Magnesium alloy body. - Compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlites. 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensorCanonTs CMOS sensor gives the camera a wide dynamic range, retaining subtle details in shadow and highlight areas. An improved pixel design and on-chip noise reduction ensure clean, crisp images throughout the ISO range. Images are converted at 14 bits for finer gradations and superior colour reproduction.6.5 fps shootingThe EOS 40D captures up to 6.5 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 75 large JPEG images 17 in RAW. Wide-area AF with 9 cross type pointsThe high precision AF system employs 9 cross type points for precise focusing on both horizontal and vertical planes. The central AF point offers sensitivity up to f/2.8. Points are spread out across the AF frame to better accommodate off-centre subjects. 3.0 LCD with Live View modeThe bright 3.0 LCD provides pin-sharp definition for checking focus and composition, with 10x magnification for finer details. When shooting from awkward positions, Live View mode gives you the option of framing your image from the LCD. DIGIC III processorFast and highly accurate, DIGIC III processes images at 14 bits for finer colour gradations. DIGIC III minimizes power consumption for prolonged battery life and delivers instant 0.15 second start up time.EOS Integrated Cleaning SystemCanonTs built-in dust prevention and cleaning system works to keep the sensor clean. A combination of technologies reduces, repels and removes dust and includes a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit that shakes dust from the sensor with each power on.Picture StylePicture Style presets provide easy control over image processing parameters. Each style offers a different colour response. Picture Style presets are customizable in-camera or through the supplied

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about a 400D - stump up the extra... 9 Nov 2007
I've been using digital cameras for years right back to an epson model that recorded at 640*480 and looked like a brick and more recently I've worked my way through the SLR type Lumix range. But I have to admit that I've stayed loyal to my film SLR because I didn't want to make an expensive mistake.

However I bought a 400D at the beginning of the year and I is fantastic, so happy with digital I decided I needed a backup. Saw the 40D on Amazon for 730 plus 50 cash back from Canon and it's suddenly only 150ish more than I paid for my 400D.

I was worried that this was just going to be the big brother of the 400D and I wasn't going to get much for the extra money. But no worries here - the 40D is head and shoulders above what now feels like a very consumer orientated 400D.

It's a big camera, no hiding it this won't fit in your pocket, but it is extremely comfortable to hold and much easier to handle than the 400D. The setup is simpler in many ways with two wheels, but if you're a novice and this is your first DSLR you need to spend a day or two with the instruction manual taking so creative shots to see what it can do.

The shutter noise is fairly loud, but it is a muffled loud if that makes sense so it's not too noticeable. Continuous shooting is a dream with 8 shots off in next to no time if you want it, at the slower mode you get about a dozen continuous shots before the camera slows down.

I've only shot RAW and I'm impressed with the quality of the images, excellent colour and very little noise. Note that RAW doesn't work on OS X 10.4.10 yet so you'll have to wait for the 10.4.11 update, use the Canon software (I use Aperture) or upgrade to OS X 10.5.

Overall this is a very solid investment.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giveaway at the price 23 Nov 2008
By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
I bought the 40D as a replacement for my 400d and the difference is unbelievable.

One of the key features I was after was a better handling of high ISO images as my cameras are use a lot for weddings. Dimly lit churches can be very problematic but the high ISO performance of the 40D take them in its stride. One of the other key features I wanted in this camera was its high frame rate of 6.5 fps. This is pretty damn quick and is a huge improvement over the 3fps frame rates of most entry level DSLR's.

The camera is essentially from Canon's mid or 'prosumer' range and as such is chunkier than entry level cameras and is better built. The shutter is also rated for 100,000 actuations, twice that of entry level models. The camera is made to be a dependable workhorse. The features list is extensive; 10.1 million pixels, 6.5 fps, EF-S mount, Self cleaning sensor and live view being the key ones. Custom functions abound and the camera features three custom settings on the mode dial which is pretty handy for oft-used settings.

The image quality of this camera is astounding for the price. I think it rivals my 5D in quality and frankly eliminates my 400D. At high ISO's such as 1600 the camera produces very usable shots. Only at the expanded ISO setting of 3200 does grain and noise become a little distracting and even then, at smaller sizes the photos would still be usable.

Possibly some folks reading this are thinking about the 50D as indeed I was. Here's how I made my choice: High ISO performance was critical and after reading some of the reviews on respected sites it appeared that the 50D was marginally worse at high ISO's than the 40D due to higher pixel density on the sensor.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the upgrade 15 Oct 2007
A sudden rush of blood to the head last Friday found me parting company with 1k to become the owner of the EOS 40d + 17-85 lens. Stupid really considering I had only wanted to get a new point and shoot.

I already own a 20d which has performed admirably well over the years. As you can imagine, the buyers remorse hit soon after I left the store and I wondered if I had made the right decision...

Two outings at the weekend have answered the question...MOST DEFINATELY YES!

This camera has to be the most intuitive, easy to use SLR I have owned.

It is simple things that make this a joy to use.

The viewfinder is much bigger and brighter. The LCD screen is a lot bigger than the 20d and provides you with a much better image to analyse post shot...unlike the 20d, you can see if you have suffered from camera shake or you are out of focus.

My favourite new feature is the 'picture style' setting, which is really just the old preferences setting but a hell of a lot easier to find and use. Press the button, dial in the setting and the camera will adjust contrast, sharpness, saturation etc to provide excellent results. I set the camera to landscape and the resultant shots were superb, with the blues and greens nicely saturated but not to the point of looking like a comic.

The picture style also allows you to set the camera to black & white a lot quicker than it did on the old 20d.

Maybe my old 20d had metering issues but the results on the 40d are noticably more colourful and with greater detail. I also don't seem to be suffering with the wonky horizons that plagued my 20d shots.

I also like the added sensor cleaning feature but it is too early to say whether that really works or it is a gimic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EOS 40D
The camera was very clean and in very good condition. All the relevant pieces of equipment were present and every thing was delivered promptly as promised. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julia Barton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Camera
When I received this camera I was a bit shocked to find it was all wrapped up proper in a box with no cap over the front of it so any dust off the packaging could of gone inside... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera
I purchased this camera as a backup for my 50D. The two cameras are almost identical with a great feel of quality build. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ian Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars 40d
yes it did thanks, it actualy looks better than i expected in good working order, and good condition thank you very much,
Published 15 months ago by francisco leal
5.0 out of 5 stars My Camera of choice since 2007
I now have 2 bodies and although there are more recent models that I may covert in a quiet moment, this camera is still an excellent workhorse producing consistently good images... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Steve Bosley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not without issues
The camera was chosen because it was (a) better than my old 300D and (B) compatible with the old lenses, batteries, CF card etc. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr G P Stainburn
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT camera for fast stills
It's a really great camera!
It's slightly outdated (slightly less resolution in the screen, etc) but overall a really powerful tool that shoot's faster than I want to... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Nitsan
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera body review
The camera was in very good condition, as advertised. I have been using it for a couple of weeks without any problem. Very satisfied with this seller
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Jose Paz
4.0 out of 5 stars The 40D from the perspective of the fourth year of ownership
I bought a Canon 40D in October 2007 when it was still a pretty new model. It was my first 'large Canon' since I purchased a Canon A1 35mm camera in about 1975 (I still have that... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by Trevor Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon 40D The Best APS-C Digital EOS to date.
I bought a 50D with an 18-200 kit lens and quickly got a full refund. I have now bought a brand new 40D and it's brilliant. WHY? Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2009 by A. Bayley
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