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Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 40D

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon EOS 50D.

Canon EOS 40D

We've given the EOS 40D a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The 40D is still a great pro-sumer camera, but it's been replaced by the Canon EOS 50D. We recommend buying that one. Here's what we had to say about the 40D when it was released in August 2007:

It's finally here! Canon's much talked about, much rumored 40D has arrived, and it's even better than you might have heard. A fine successor to the well-received 30D and 20D, the 40D brings the Canon EOS SLR line up to ten megapixels, brings the advanced DIGIC III image processor, and gussies itself up with a luxurious 3.0-inch LCD screen. Stay tuned to this page for more information as initial reports and reviews begin to roll in!


  • 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC III Image Processor
  • RAW, JPEG file format
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 100-1600 (3200 Enhanced)
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Compact Flash memory (no memory supplied)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: eos40d
  • UPC: 8714574508740
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2007

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Canon EOS 40D Reviews

Canon EOS 40D Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon 40d (Carol M Snaadt — 06/07/2009)

I like my canon 40d, however sometimes i get dark photos when shooting in low light, using the auto setting. I don't know what to do to get around this and i feel i need to take a class on this camera to learn more about it but really don't have any classes availabe. I shoot weddings and i always use my still camera cuz i'm worried photos will turn out too dark. It is very time consuming to edit each photo. That would have to be one thing that i don't like about this camera, however some of it is probably my own stupidy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
well and amazing camera (Richard Pinales J.R — 06/01/2009)

excellent camera, very understandable with you tube info on settings and manual settings. photos are perfect everytime with tripod as per expert advice. night shots with painting with light come out perfect with various setting on manual program. practice, practice and practice with this camers and the settings will come by even handier with those photos that have that special meaning.

  • 5.0 out of 5
40D (Lisa Seawright — 02/13/2009)

I love this camera. This is my second Canon digital SLR. Went from the original Digital Rebel to this model.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love my Camera (Jason Buck — 02/13/2009)

The Camera is such a huge boost up from my old 20D. I would really enjoy the 50D but that is beyond my means at the moment.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good results (Jim Steeb — 02/11/2009)

It's a great camera. I'm still learnig how to use it but I have had
good results in just about all situations.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome (Rob Lewis — 02/11/2009)

Big, heavy, complicated... what more can ask for? :)
Awesome camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon 40D (Neil Wilkinson — 01/02/2009)

Very good camera,easy to use with satisfactory results.However considering up grading to Canon 5D Mk 2.Does anyone know if the 24/70mm EL and the 70/200mm L series works well with the Canon 40D

  • 4.0 out of 5
very good (sn — 12/28/2008)

it is a very good camera,my first SLR.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Totally Fantastic (M Martin — 12/03/2007)

wow. It is far better than my Canon 20d. It's even better than the 5d. The light sensitivity is amazing. Really brilliant photos. It is heavy. I certainly don't feel that it is cheaply made. It cleans itself every time you turn it off. Love that!
The controls offer more possibilities than the 20d. Shutter feels absolutely fantastic.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon cuts too many corners (Mike Richardson — 10/12/2007)

Let me start by saying the feature set of the 40D is wonderful and for the amateur fair weather photographer it's probably the best available right now. However, it feels cheaply made. No lens hood or even a hotshoe cover is included with a kit that cost almost $2,000 is ludicrous. The rubber covers over the access ports and the PC sync cable are gauche as well. Forget taking the 40D out in foul weather or snow. Even the battery charger is cheaply done.

I really did enjoy the performance of the camera. Maybe it's asking too much for the build quality of my Oly E-1 or my 1DsMKII from a $1,200 body?

  • 5.0 out of 5
WOW (JP — 09/28/2007)

I am professional action / outdoors photographer who jumped on this body when they started hyping it and I have to say, it lives up to the hype, and then some. Very smooth, very light, sharpness and color identity is very nice. May actually get a 2nd one for a staffer.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon 40D great camera (with a little training!) (Martha Ramey — 09/26/2007)

I got the 40D, and I love it, however it had so much to learn about right off the bat, I found it very helpful to get a set of training DVD's (The Canon 40D Made Easy) from Elite Video, and I have learned so much!! If you need to know all the in's & outs, get this video! It's at

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simply Stunning (Chris — 09/11/2007)

Amazing camera. Not for the feint hearted at over almost 1.2kg with the EFS 17-85 IS. Handles superbly, super fast and bags of useful features like Live View and sensor cleaning. Not to mention 6.5 fps upto 75 burst. Check out how much those features cost elsewhere. Nikon D300...add about another $700 and your somewhere close.

Good job canon. the 300D is now well and truly history.