Canon EOS 40D
|Canon 40D with 28-135mm IS Lens|
image by Martin Taylor (Image rights)
The best thing about this camera is the huge LCD monitor, at 3” it is half an inch bigger than the one on its predecessor. This massive screen dominates the back of the camera, and makes reviewing images a joy.
The camera uses a 35-zone metering system to measure exposures, but early tests show that the camera, like its predecessor, tends to err on the side of under exposure. This is not too alarming, and is much better than over exposure, as images can still be rescued in the post capture stage, but it does mean that photographs printed straight out of the camera lack a bit of contrast.
The body is quite heavy, and it feels like a sturdy camera. The interior shell is made of a magnesium alloy and the camera features enhanced weather and splash resistance.
The camera can shoot at 6.5 frames per second and the buffer can hold an adequate 75 jpeg images, though this drops down to 17 in RAW mode.
The EOS 40D has learned a lot from its bigger brothers and now employs the Digic III processor. It also borrows the Live View feature, which means that the photographer can use the LCD screen on the back of the camera to compose images instead of using the view finder. This is a nifty feature, especially if you are trying to get pictures with odd points of view, such as with the camera held above your head or at floor level.
image by the other Bailey (Image rights)
- Canon press release (archived)
- EOS 40D review by Phil Askey at Digital Photography Review
- 65 experts from magazines have given it 88% in average score
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