Review of Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR - The Pros and the Cons

By: Jean Morgan


The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR offers two configurations: the body only and a kit with a 3.5-5.6, 28mm to 145 mm IS USM lens. The cameraís 1.6x focal-length multiplier adds an angle of view equivalent to that of a 44.8mm- 216 mm lens on a 35 mm camera.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR features a larger LCD monitor at 3inches and the body size of the camera is 4.2x5.7x2.9 inches. The weight of the camera is about 1.8 pounds. The body feels very solid and well made. Dust and weatherproofing technologies are also added to this camera. This camera also features an integrated sensor-cleaning system thatís similar to the Mark III series of cameraís. A Dust Delete Data option enables the camera to fully analyze and remember where the dust is places to algorithmically remove it from each individual picture.

The larger LCD offers a variety of advantages. The Jump, Review, Delete and New Picture Styles buttons are located just below the LCD rather than to the side, making the buttons a bit smaller than with previous models. The only disadvantage to this is that to some, they may be harder to use and press. The Metering/WB, ISO/Flash compensation, AF/Drive and LCD backlight buttons are also a bit difficult to differentiate, due to size.

On the positive side, the 40D has bigger, more tactile dial modes, with three slots for user settings. The grip of the camera has also been redesigned, adding curved indentation, making it easy to touch with your middle finger white shooting. The menu system has also been redesigned, making it much easier to read and navigate.

New features has also been included, like the Live View mode, which features a better, more flexible implementation of functions. With this camera, pictures show excellent dynamic range, with no visible clipping in the highlights or shadows.

The Canon 40D is a great camera overall and will remain an excellent choice compared to other dSLRís in and around itís price class. The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR ultimately delivers better photo quality than itís competitors.

The good: Superior shooting quality and speed amongst other Dslrís, this camera offers first-rate photo quality.

The bad? The spot size for spot meter is rather large and relatively sluggish in low-light focus situations.

Overall, the 40D offers great photo quality and excellent continuous-shooting performance. At 10.1 mega pixels and a price tag of $1,099, this camera is a great value for such a highly advanced professional camera.

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