Summary Canon 40D

Prices Price
Body only
With 28-135mm lens
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Within its price range
#n/a of 1
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 6
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 10.1 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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reviewsWhat are people saying about the 40D

"This is a 'well sorted camera'. It feels well rounded - the result of years of evolutionary improvement, it delivers in almost every area, and it inspires confidence." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"Low noise and a complete lack of unnatural artifacts." | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"In your hand the EOS 40D feels almost exactly the same as the EOS 30D, except for the subtle new finger hook moulded into the front of the hand grip which I'm sure will be noticed by some but didn't really have a significant effect for me" | talking about the camera's feel


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The Canon 40D vs other recent DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Lens availability More lenses available Help
220 lenses
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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The Canon 40D vs other recent pro DSLRs

Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
128 ms shutter lag
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Size Quite small Help
Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
Thickness Thin Help


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The Canon 40D vs other recent DSLRs

Movie format No movies Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
August 2007
Weight Heavy Help
822 g
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The Canon 40D vs other recent pro DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
703 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
22.1 bits
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.3 EV
Screen size Small screen Help
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10.1 MP
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help




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Yamazaru (3:07 AM, March 17, 2012)
I'm planning to get eos 40d. But i worry it cant used with lens with white dot.
Gquinn (6:14 PM, December 16, 2011)
What have you decided to buy?  I am evaluating as well...I am leaning towards the d3100.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:24 AM, December 07, 2011)
Have you seen our comparison of the Canon 40D vs the Nikon D3100?
Ikazanne (3:22 AM, December 07, 2011)
Erm i would to ask for an opinion....i hope someone can help me!!
Is canon 40d the best or nikon d3100???? Which one should i get????
Anossovs (6:16 PM, July 29, 2011)
A golden camera, don't loose this one.
Avatar for brad oliveira brad oliveira (5:52 AM, March 29, 2011)
This happen to me with my laptop. Lucky for me I used to work for Best Buy and I knew they were scamming me. Those warranties become as good as gold when they give you this option, but you need to know how not to get scammed. The first thing Best Buy does is find something comparable to your item. When they find this item, they give you the option of taking that camera OR taking the value of that camera that THEY choose. Here is the catch. THEY NEED TO MATCH EVERY feature on your camera or give you something better. If they cant match all the features of your broken item, then you are supposed to get the full amount of what you paid for the camera. That amount then can go towards any SLR camera sku. This does not include bundles they may be offering with additional lens. The lens that comes with the camera is the lens you get. If you can find one feature on your D40 that the t2i doesn’t have, I would go down to best buy and let them know you didn’t know any better. If you cant get anywhere , call the cooperate office and explain to them you were screwed over with a camera that is not comparable and you feel that you should’ve been given the option of a better camera. IE. d60. It may be too late at this point, but at least next time you know. Im surprised they haven’t been sued for this. Sorry angel but they shouldve given you the value of the d60. Those warranties make them a fortune.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:32 PM, January 16, 2011)
I'm sorry to hear about that frustrating experience! Presumably the Canon 60D is the closest thing to the 40D these days?
Angel (9:11 PM, January 16, 2011)
I just recently took my canon 40D in to bestbuy to be repaired (had warranty) they said it couldn't be fixed or rather cost more to fix so they (what I thought was exchange with another 40D or gift card for same amount) told me they would give me what they say is compariable to the 40D which was in the amount of 900.00 for a rebel t2i to which I was not very happy after spending $1800.00 for the 40D and don't believe the 2 are even closely compariable yes the rebel has a higher megapixal but loses out on shutter speed and alot of other factors. Can someone who knows more then the people that work at bestbuy tell me what is a compariable slr camera to the one I had. And for people shopping at bestbuy I'd beware they lie about their warranties and seem to know very little about any of their products or warranties or are just flat out telling customers the wrong info to get them to buy and it might just be this one on so beware if you live in Florida stay clear of Bestbuy in Gainesville florida off Archer rd
PhotographerOfKilkenny (2:04 AM, January 14, 2011)
+Amazingly the 40D is , by default, still the best performer today at the start of 2011 amongst the Canon crop frame DSLRs.
It was always better than its successor the 50D, Canon has made a hash of both the 60D and 7D by piling too many pixels onto their sensors.