- 10MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 3200)
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- No Video
- Canon EF/EF-S Mount
- 822g - 146 x 108 x 74mm
- Launched October 2007
- Earlier Model is Canon 30D
- Later Model is Canon 50D
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon 40D overview
Canon 40D is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera initially released on October of 2007. The camera comes with a 10MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3888 x 2592.
Canon launched this camera as a way to improve the older Canon 30D (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the more recent Canon 50D (Read Full Comparison) to improve this camera.
The 40D is ranked #62 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all-around #446 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized requirements.
The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon 40D family
The Canon 40D is part of a family of products. You can see the full range below.
40D vs 90D33MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
40D vs 80D24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2016
40D vs 70D20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
40D vs 60D18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
40D vs 50D15MPAPS-C6.3 fps2008
40D vs 30D8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
40D vs 20D8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
40D vs 10D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003
Canon 40D Gallery
You can see the 40D from various angles in the gallery below.
Canon 40D Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon 40D based on factors that are typically viewed as essential in a camera.
Canon 40D Sensor details
The sensor dimension on the Canon 40D is 22.2mm x 14.8mm (APS-C). The 329 mm² sensor can resolve 3888 x 2592 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor has 10MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. This ISO can be extended digitally to a high of 3200. RAW files are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.
The image below displays the 40D's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 40D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is displayed in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon 40D dimensions
Canon 40D is 1.81 lb (822g / 29.00 oz) & has external proportions of 146mm x 108mm x 74mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.9"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776g and the Canon 40D is on par as compared to various competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The following is a photo of the Canon 40D with a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the 40D.
Canon 40D Lens specs
The 40D fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses available. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the 40D.
Canon 40D Connectivity
The 40D has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy photos and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Canon 40D Video specs
Canon 40D doesn't take video. If you are shopping for a camera to take only photos, this is not an issue.
Canon 40D Weather Sealing
Canon 40D features environment sealing which makes it a good option for use in tough places. This can be especially handy whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may face in outdoor photography.
Canon 40D Display and Viewfinder
The Canon 40D comes with a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen. The 40D also has a Top LCD display so that you can quickly see the camera's settings.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder details for Canon 40D are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.6x
Viewfinders are really useful in bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Canon 40D Shutter specs
Canon 40D can shoot continuously at 6.5 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.
Canon 40D Flash and Hot shoe specs
Canon 40D has both built in flash together with external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.
Canon 40D Autofocus specs
Canon 40D has both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to pick from. Canon 40D has got manual focusing when required in low light or you want more accurate focusing control.
Canon 40D Battery life
The battery for the Canon 40D is fashioned to last for 800 clicks with respect to the CIPA measurements which is lower as compared with it's rivals. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the highest possible (2260) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Following is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Canon 40D for different categories of photography
The following diagram provides a overview of the Canon 40D for different categories of photography. To read more, check out the specific section below.
Canon 40D Portrait photography info
The Canon 40D gets a rating of 59 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat suited for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support and option to work with external lighting.
Canon 40D as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a decent rating of 56, the Canon 40D is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Canon 40D
A average sports photography rating of 53 means the Canon 40D is somewhat appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon 40D Travel photography information
Weight is really critical in selecting a travel camera. In general, the Canon 40D gets a reasonable 48 for a travel camera which makes it relatively adequate for your trips.
Canon 40D Landscape photography highlights
When you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 40D with it's moderate score of 58 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate amongst it's competitors.
Canon 40D Vlogging info
A vlogging camera should come with a moving display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon 40D is simply not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 9.
Canon 40D Alternatives
If you need replacements to the 40D, here is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Advanced DSLR.
The line graph followed below shows you an overview of the 40D vs it's highest scoring competitors listed previously.
Here are a few more cameras you may regard as alternate options. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.