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Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (discontinued by manufacturer)

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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: 25,490 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov 2008
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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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By fireblue on 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N Stephens on 8 Jun 2009
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After owning a 400D for a couple of years i was wanting to upgrade to a more 'capable' SLR. There really are only two(2) front runners in the Pro-Am area, namely Canon and Nikon, so who to choose?

After much investigation and getting advice from some local professionals, Namely London Camera Exchange in Cheltenham, i was left with three choices. the Canon 50D, Canon 40D and the new Nikon D300. Again i looked very closely at what the marketplace was saying, plus a few more professional comments i decided on the 40D.

I know what your thinking, why on earth would you spend all that money on a camera that has the same 10.1 megapixel capablity as the 400D, and seems to have only a few extra functions? Well i can tell you that they are 'MILES' apart in performance. The picture quality with the exact same lenses that were used on my 400D is just amazing especially in low light conditions. The 400D always seemed to produce 'DULL' images that always had to be pepped up in Photoshop or Paint shop pro. But the 40D produces images that are much crisper and much brighter, sometimes not needing any adjustment at all, which is pretty damn good at this price level.

Just before you ask, but why not have the latest version the 50D? the answer is simple. The more megapixels you squeeze onto a small sensor, the more picture degradation you will suffer. Even though you get 15 megapixels, you also get more picture 'Noise' especially when taking pictures in low light situations, so in actual fact the extra money spent is not getting you the 'X' factor....

Buy this camera whilst you can, soon it wont be available at all because of the 50D, but this is definately a better camera.
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