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About Canon

Welcome to the next generation of digital SLR photography-the Canon EOS 40D. The EOS 40D combines Canon's tremendous know-how in both the digital and photographic worlds, creating a camera that not only does everything one would expect of a traditional digital SLR, but one that incorporates staggering leaps forward in technological innovation. With new features like Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a more powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD monitor and more, the EOS 40D elevates digital photography to new heights, enhancing the shooting experience, and delivering images one could only expect from a Canon.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Large clear LCD (53),Easy to use (52),Fast shutter speed (52),Great picture quality (38),Simple controls (35),Strong construction (33),Good image quality (25),Fast / accurate auto-focus (21),Image stabilization (21),High ISO performance (12),Quiet (8),Excellent in low light (3) Great resolution (3),Nice features and settings (3) View All
Heavy (6),Noisy at high ISO (6)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (46),Travel (39),Portraits (29),Sports (25),Sports/action (24),Fun (23),Photojournalism (20),Art (19),Wildlife (19),Weddings (18),Family photos (14),Low light (8) Outdoors (4),Home (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (36),Semi-pro photographer (27),Pro photographer (7),Casual photographer (4)

Canon Features

  • Superb image quality: 10.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, extensive noise reduction technology, and 14-bit conversion for outstanding color tones and gradations
  • Outstanding performance: 6.5 fps, burst rate up to 75 consecutive JPEGs or 17 RAW images and DIGIC III Image Processor
  • Strong, rugged build quality: magnesium-alloy exterior, shutter durability-tested to 100,000 cycles, top speed 1/8000, top x-sync speed 1/250
  • New AF system with 9 cross-type sensors, and world's first diagonal high-precision cross-type AF at center point with f/2.8 and faster lenses
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Picture Style settings, Spot metering, and Highlight Tone Priority for advanced in-camera image control
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor and advanced Live View Function with new options for reduced shutter time lag and quiet operation
  • Wide range of accessories, including interchangeable focusing screens, extensive remote control options, and new battery grip BG-E2N

Canon Specifications

Lens Type
Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium
CF Card Type I and II and external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A)
Image Format
0.87 x 0.58 in./22.2 x 14.8mm (APS-C size sensor)
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF, EF-S, TS-E, and MP-E lenses
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Approx. 10.10 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording Format
DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible. Multiple options for recording images on a memory card.
File Size
1. JPEG/Large: Approx. 3.5MB (3,888 x 2,592)
2. JPEG/Medium: Approx. 2.1MB (2,816 x 1,880)
3. JPEG/Small: Approx. 1.2MB (1,936 x 1,288)
4. RAW: Approx. 12.4MB (3,888 x 2,592)
5. sRAW: Approx. 7.1MB (1,936 x 1,288)
Recording System Folders
Automatically created by camera; can be user-created with "Manual Reset" file naming setting
File Numbering
1.Continuous numbering
2. Auto reset
3. Manual reset (the image numbering is reset to 0001, a new folder is created automatically)
Color Space
Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, mini-B port. NTSC/PAL for video output
White Balance Settings
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom WB setting, user-set Color Temperature (2,500~10,000K)
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance, taken from imaging sensor
Personal White Balance
White balance bracketing: Three consecutive images written to CF card for each firing of shutter; Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-step increments
White balance shift: blue/amber bias and/or magenta/green bias +/- up to 9 levels; manually set by user
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level SLR with solid glass pentaprism
Approx. 95% horizontally and vertically
0.95x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 22mm
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), Flash (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light), Image (monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information)
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button; possible in Live View Function
Eyepiece Shutter
Autofocus Type
TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Point Selection
9 cross-type AF points, including center AF point; fully functional with f/5.6 or faster lenses
Additional high-precision, diagonal cross-type sensor at Center AF point, used with lenses f/2.8 or faster
AF Working Range
EV -0.5 ~18 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C)
Focusing Modes
Autofocus (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF), Manual Focus (MF)
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed red illumination in viewfinder; also visible on top or rear LCD panel when AF point select button is pressed
AF-assist Beam
Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Metering Modes
35-zone TTL full aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Method
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-field AE (non-shiftable), Full auto (non-shiftable), Programmed image control modes, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed Range
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 3200
* Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index
Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation (user-set): +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-half increments
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual (user-set): By AE lock button in all metering modes
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay
Remote Control
Canon N3 type terminal
Built-in Flash Type
Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism
Guide Number
13/43 (ISO 100 in meters/feet)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator
Flash-ready indicator lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
17mm lens focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format)
Flash Metering System
E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3- and 1/2-stop increments;
Can be set on EOS 40D body or with most EX-series speedlites
Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size
3.0 in.
Brightness Control
7 levels provided
Image Display Format
Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Histogram, AF point display, Auto rotate, Rotate
Live View: View image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation of exposure level possible with C.Fn IV-7-1
Highlight Alert
In the single image display and (INFO) display, over-exposed highlight areas will blink
Single image or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection
Erase Modes
Single image, select images, all images in a CF card or unprotected images
Direct Printing from the Camera
Enabled with the Print/Share button
Compatible Printers
CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers (via USB Interface Cable IFC-200U, included with camera kit)
Print quantity, style (image, paper size, paper type, printing effects, layout), trimming, tilt correction (compatibility varies, depending upon printer in use)
Menu Categories
Custom function/My Menu
LCD Monitor Language
18 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
One dedicated Battery Pack BP-511A
AC power can be supplied via the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2
Number of Shots
Normal shooting, at 73°F/23°C:
No flash: approx. 1100 images
50% flash use: approx. 800 images
at 32°F/0°C:
No flash: approx. 950 images
50% flash use: approx. 700 images

(tests comply with CIPA industry test standards)

The above figures apply when one fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A is used
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.
Back-up Battery
One CR2016 coin-type lithium battery. Battery life approx. 5 years
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm (W x H x D)
26.1 oz./740g
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Most Liked Positive Review


Canon refurb is a winner!

Purchased the refurb'd 40D and it is spotless and functions flawlessly. For my hard-earned money this was most definitely the way to go. The camera arrived well-packaged with everything inside as brand-new. I would buy again with great confidence!


Most Liked Negative Review


dont buy refurbished from Canon

have now returned my 3rd copy. It simply is not worth the gamble. Others got lucky but I have suffered 3 failures! [...]

Reviewed by 75 customers


Pop up flash does not work


from Rancho Cucamonga  -  Photo Enthusiast

First time I used the camera the flash doesn't work and I get an error message on LCD screen. Very disappointing.


"I would buy this product again


from Orange ca. NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

good old camera :)great backup camera


Amazing deal


from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Coming from the Rebel t4i, I really appreciate the rear command dial and the sturdy build. The rapid frame rate is also fun to use on fast-moving subjects. I understand that at the time it first came out, the LCD screen was a huge improvement. However, by today's standards, it is really quite below par. You can't really review your image like you can with the latest cameras. However, all-in-all, I am enjoying my 40D more than my far more up-to-date t4i, if only for the more solid feel and the mechanically satisfying dials as opposed to more plastic buttons.


Good value A+++


from NE PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great value for the money . Nice IQ and good all arounder


Canon 40D used


from Dallas, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Semi Professional use. Having been paid for some work but mostly a hobby for over 40 years now. 90 percent of my shooting is wildlife with some scenic. Pros: One of my favorite features of the 40D is the high ISO (3200) with 1/3 step increments for finer tuning to get clear shots with less noise. Solid construction in a Pro Entry level body at a price that can't be beat. Cons: The very small top LCD screen. You need cheaters to read it. But you can use the 'Info' button to get the same read out on the view screen. I own 2 40D's and throttle them both pretty good while trying to shoot birds in flight. As usual Adorama is always true to there 'condition ratings'and delivery times are quicker than posted. I'll always be a customer.


Camera was good but not much else


from Beaufort, SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The camera was great...clean and functioned perfectly. But the charger was aftermarket, not Canon. And the battery is shot. It will hold a charge but is dead after less than 100 photos. Like I said, the camera was GREAT and I'd buy it again even knowing about the battery and charger but I would have liked to have known about that in advance.


ADORAMA does it again!


from Fort Lauderdale, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my 2nd used DSLR that I've purchased from Frank at Adorama. My first, a Canon 20D is still in perfect working condition and took a beating with a non-stop marathon season - in stride. I just now upgraded to a Canon 40D and have had the same experience. Great customer service! I tend towards the E+ items and haven't been disappointed. The 40D was a perfect choice for me. I was considering spending all my lunch money on a 7D but I didn't. I mean, who wouldn't want a late model top of the line camera? I certainly did - but in truth, it won't make me a better photographer. I invested heavily in Canon L lenses a few years back and I make an effort to go on photo shoots of all kinds - as often as possible. Next I'd like to pick up a used E+ 5D for full frame landscape photography. Then I'll take the money I've saved and go to a fabulous location and get swept off my feet. That sounds much more interesting and adventurous - to me. As for the 40D - I love it. Any google search will tell of how great this camera is and with good reason!


Good used camera.


from Brooklyn, NY  -  Pro Photographer

it was a good use camera body for a good price, needed some, but over all a good purchase for a good price :)


"Very pleased"


from GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a good step-up from my Canon 20D.


Amazing camera at an even better price


from Fort Worth, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a well-established camera with scores of reviews, so I am only going to comment on this used model. Even with the included used battery, the battery life is astounding. I can get 1000 shots off (without using high-speed continuous shutter). When Adorama rates the condition of a camera, they do so very conservatively (it was nicer than I expected). They also did an amazing packaging job - I have bought more expensive things online before, but never anything packaged better.

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