The 12.2-megapixel Canon EOS 450D features a 3in LCD screen, live view and a revised 9-point AF system.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 40D

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:90%


  • Build quality, 6.5fps, 3in LCD screen, image detail.


  • Some handling issues, low resolution LCD screen.


Canon EOS 40D Review


Price as reviewed:



This is a proper upgrade to the 20D, whereas the 30D felt more of a stop-gap, and as a result the camera has caught up with the times. It’s very well made, has some interesting and useful new features and should be popular with previous Canon owners and those wishing to upgrade from either the 400D or another entry-level camera. We would have liked to see a higher resolution sensor, but it’s not all about the pixels, especially with the redesign of the sensor to limit the gap between pixels. This leads to sharper images with loads of detail. More importantly, Canon has introduced the 40D at a groundbreaking price for this type of camera, so it represents extremely good value for money.


AF Points:9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
Cable Release:Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5. Remote Capture
PC Socket:Yes
Max Flash Sync:1/250sec
Built-in Flash:Built-in GN 12m, hotshoe
DoF Prview:Yes
Colour Temp Control:2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
White Balance Bracket:+/-3 stops in full stop increments, 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias
Exposure Comp:+/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Focusing Modes:AF/MF, TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
Dust Reduction:High speed vibration of filter
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Power:Lithium ion
Live Mode:3.0" TFT, approx. 230K pixels. Live View Mode with selectable grid. Silent shooting in Live View Mode (2x modes). Coverage Approx. 100%. Adjustable to one of seven levels
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Memory Card:CF Type I/II. External Media (with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3 only).
Dimensions:145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Drive Mode:Single, continuous, 6.5fps over 75 JPEGs or 17 Raw
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Field of View:95%
White Balance:Auto, 7 preset, WB comp and bracketing
Metering System:Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot
File Format:RAW, JPEG, sRAW
Exposure Modes:PASM, Auto, Sc
Compression:Fine, Normal, RAW / sRAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)
Lens Mount:Canon EF-S
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec, Bulb
Focal Length Mag:1.6
LCD:3.0" TFT, approx. 230K pixels. Live View Mode with selectable grid.Silent shooting in Live View Mode (2x modes) 100% coverage
Output Size:(LF) 3888x2592, (LN) 3888x2592, (MF) 2816x1880, (MN) 2816x1880, (SF) 1936x1288, (SN) 1936x1288, (RAW) 3888x2592, (sRAW) 1936x1288
Sensor:22.8 x 14.8mm CMOS, 10.1 MP effective
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features And Handling
  3. 3. Image Quality And Value For Money
  4. 4. Verdict
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