The camera benefits from the new EOS technology platform
introduced earlier this year with the professional EOS 1D Mark III.
Canon’s DIGIC III processor delivers responsive operation, improved
colour rendering and near-instant start-up time. The EOS Integrated
Cleaning System1 combats sensor dust, while a strong magnesium
alloy body with weather resistance ensures lasting durability.
“The EOS 40D represents an important step in the development of
EOS for the advanced amateur market. It incorporates many of the
technologies pioneered in our latest EOS-1 series cameras,” said
Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “For digital
photographers, the benefits of upgrading to the EOS 40D are real
and significant. For analogue SLR users, there’s never been a more
compelling reason to make the switch.”
Pricing and availability
The EOS 40D will be available from September 2007 priced
EOS 40D body only:
£899.99 RRP inc. VAT / €1329.99 RRP inc. VAT
EOS 40D plus EF-S 17-85 IS USM: £1199.99 RRP inc. VAT /
€1779.99 RRP inc. VAT.
- 10.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- 6.5 fps continuous shooting, max. burst 75 JPEGs
- New AF system with 9 cross-type sensors
- DIGIC III processor
- 3.0” LCD with Live View mode
- EOS Integrated Cleaning System
- Clear and bright viewfinder
- Customisable Picture Style processing parameters
Speed and image quality
Canon’s third generation CMOS sensor improves on its
predecessor with redesigned pixels that keep noise to a minimum.
The EOS 40D maintains high image quality up to ISO 1600, expandable
to H:3200 for situations where flash use is not permitted or
desired. Highlight Tone Priority mode gives wedding and landscape
photographers the option to boost dynamic range for highlights when
shooting above ISO 200 – reproducing more tonal detail from wedding
dresses, clouds and other light coloured objects.
The DIGIC III processor powers a burst rate of 6.5 fps, working
with the image buffer to handle up to 75 Large JPEGs (17 in RAW)
without pause. Images are processed at 14-bits for a greatly
expanded colour depth, providing smoother gradations and
exceptionally accurate colour reproduction.
New cross-type AF system
A key advancement of the EOS 40D is its new 9-point
cross-type AF system. All nine AF points can achieve focus on both
horizontal and vertical planes. A central AF point is capable of
accurate focusing up to aperture f/2.8, with eight outer points
working up to f/5.6. In response to requests, the dedicated AF
Start (AF-ON) button allows photographers to execute auto focus
with their thumb.
LCD with Live View mode
The Live View mode simplifies shooting from awkward angles such as
ground-level macro or mounted tripod shots. The 3.0” LCD displays a
real-time image in Live View mode, including a selectable grid
overlay and a live histogram that simulates image exposure. The
AF-ON button can be configured to flip the camera mirror
momentarily and engage auto focusing. For the studio environment,
remote Live View lets the photographer compose, adjust settings and
capture the shot from a PC using the supplied EOS utility
The EOS 40D is fully customisable to the photographer’s
shooting preferences. The mode dial contains space for three sets
of user-defined settings, allowing the photographer to switch
instantly between several shooting setups. A new My Menu tab
provides quick access to frequently used settings, while 24 custom
functions allow photographers to fine-tune camera operation and
controls. The ability to change the focusing screen – with two
additional screens available – adds further versatility.
For easier operation of system accessories, settings for the
Speedlite 580EX II and new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3 can be
controlled directly from the LCD.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3
Also launched today is the Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E3. Built to work with the EOS 40D, the WFT-E3 enables rapid
wireless image transfer to remote FTP servers, along with two-way
communication through PTP and HTTP. In HTTP mode, remote users can
trigger the shutter button or download images from the camera via
an internet browser window. PTP mode is used for wireless remote
shooting with the EOS 40D and supplied EOS Utility software.
For longer shoots, the WFT-E3 can connect directly to external
hard disk drives (HDDs). And if connected to a portable GPS device,
the location and time of capture is automatically added to each
image as EXIF data. A convenient grip design features a main dial
and shutter controls for vertical shooting, while weather resistant
seals protect the unit.
Two new EF-S lenses are launched today in conjunction with the
- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS – a high quality, affordable standard
zoom lens incorporating a 4-stop Image Stabilizer
- EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS – a versatile telephoto zoom offering
the longest focal range in the EF-S range to date as well as a
4-stop Image Stabilizer
The EOS 40D is supplied with a comprehensive software
suite to streamline the photographer’s workflow. This
includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter
that provides complete RAW image processing control.
DPP integrates with cameras features such as Dust Delete Data and
Picture Styles. Users can now also create their own custom Picture
Styles with the supplied Picture Style Editor software. The camera
also comes with EOS Utility, ImageBrowser/ZoomBrowser and