Canon EOS 40D Review

Review Date: September 22nd 2007

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

 
Type 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.1M
Total Pixels Approx. 10.5M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

 
Type DIGIC III

LENS

 
Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length 1.6x Multiplication with EF lens fitted

FOCUSING

 
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points 9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
AF Working Range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
Predictive AF Yes
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode

EXPOSURE CONTROL

 
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering:
Center spot metering (approx. 3.8% viewfinder at center)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AEB +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent Auto (100-800), 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to H: 3200 (selected in Custom Function)
ISO 200-1600 in Highlight Tone Priority (C.Fn II -3)

SHUTTER

 
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb.
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release

WHITE BALANCE

 
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Personal White Balance 1 personal WB setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 stops in full stop increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

COLOUR MATRIX

 
Type Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.

VIEWFINDER

 
Viewfinder Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 95%
Magnification 0.95x
Eyepoint 22mm
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (3 types). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Ef-A
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light), white balance correction, CF card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst
Depth of Field Preview Yes

LCD MONITOR

 
Monitor 3.0" TFT, approx. 230K pixels
Live View Mode with selectable grid.
Silent shooting in Live View Mode (2x modes)
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of seven levels

FLASH

 
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction
HotShoe / PC terminal Yes/ Yes
X-sync 1/250sec
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range Coverage up to 17mm focal length (27mm equivalent)
Guide Number (ISO 100, metres) 13
External Flash E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites,
wireless multi-flash support

SHOOTING

 
Modes Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP, Custom (x3)
Photo Effects Monochrome (selected from the "Picture Style" menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects.
Drive Modes Single / Continuous L / Continuous H
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 6.5fps. (speed maintained for up to 75 images (JPEG), 17 images (RAW))

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

 
Image Size (LF) 3888x2592, (LN) 3888x2592, (MF) 2816x1880, (MN) 2816x1880, (SF) 1936x1288, (SN) 1936x1288, (RAW) 3888x2592, (sRAW) 1936x1288
Compression Fine, Normal, RAW / sRAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)

FILE LENGTH

 
Still Image Format JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

DIRECT PRINT

 
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

 
Custom Functions 24 Custom Functions with 62 settings
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination Yes
Water / Dust Resistance Yes
Sound Memo No
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase Single image, All images on card, Checkmarked images
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec.
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Setup menu
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

 
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Extension System Terminal

MEMORY CARD

 
Type CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible), External Media (with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3 only).

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

 
PC Macintosh Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2) / Vista (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.3-10.4

SOFTWARE

 
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*, Original Data Security Tools*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
Drivers PTP TWAIN Driver (Windows 2000 )
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional (RAW Image Processing)

POWER SOURCE

 
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511/BP-511A or BP-512/BP-514 (BP-511A battery supplied), 1xCR2016 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 800 (at 23C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 700 (at 0C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Batter Check Automatic
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
AC Power Supply Optional, Power adapter ACK-E2

ACCESSORIES

 
General Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3, Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3, Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15, Focusing Screens Ef (with Grid Ef-D, Super Precision Matte Ef-S), Angle Finder C, Semi-Hard case EH17-L
Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E2N, BG-E2
Remote Controller / Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, Compact power adapter CA-PS400, Battery charger CB-5L, Battery charger CG-570, Car Battery Cable Kit CB-570, Compact Power Adapter CA-570, Battery Pack BP-511A

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 
Body Materials Magnesium Alloy body covers
Operating Environment 0 40 C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions 145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 740g
   
Magnification with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dpt
Continuous Shooting Large/Fine resolution
Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Water / Dust Resistance Memory card and battery door only
Type Compatible with large memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB and more
Battery Life Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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