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Old 29-08-2007, 13:24   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 40D first review

A guy called Roland Lim has had a 40D since Sunday. Here are his initial impressions.

"I have played with my new 40D for a few days now since I bought it on Sunday, so itís time to write about some of my initial impression on this new camera.

1. The viewfinder view is bright and is much bigger than the 20D/30D. Definitely a nice upgrade. Itís great to finally have ISO visible in the viewfinder at all times.

2. The Canon 20D makes a really loud shutter/mirror noise. The 40D is much quieter, the sound is very muted. If the 20D sounds like a gun, the 40D sounds like a 20D with a silencer on.

3. Autofocus seemed faster especially under low light situation. Probably because all the 9 focus points are now cross-type, all the focus sensors are much more sensitive than on the Canon 20D/30D. Previously, on the 20D, the peripheral sensors hunt a lot under low light situation, sometimes it was almost impossible to lock on a focus. On the 40D now, the peripheral sensors all locked focus instantly just like the centre focus point.
4. The 3″ LCD is positively a huge improvement over the tiny 1.8″ LCD on the 20D. It is probably not such a big improvement over the 2.5″ LCD on the 30D though. Without comparing the high resolution 3″ LCD on Nikon D3 and D300, which I have not seen and are not on sale yet, I would just say the 3″ LCD on the 40D is bright and clear with good viewing angle.

5. The menu structure has changed a lot compared to the 20D/30D, but is easy to use nevertheless.

6. Liveview and autofocus with Liveview is easy to use, once you have made the correct settings in the custom menu.

To switch between Liveview and normal shooting (provided you have enabled Liveview in the custom menu), all you need to do is press the ďSETĒ button and the mirror would be raised instantly and youíll get a Liveview on the LCD.

For autofocus in Liveview, there is a small rectangle in the LCD which is the focus area, you can move this rectangle freely to the point where you want to focus with the multi-controller. To autofocus, press the AF ON button once and the mirror will raise up for a second or so. To shoot, just press the shutter release button as usual and it will shoot instantly.
To get out of Liveview mode, all you need to do is to press the SET button again.

7. Image quality with the 40D is very similar to the 20D/30D. At high ISO setting of 1600, my impression is that, their noise level are very similar. However, the 40D sensor has 2MP more photocells than the sensor in the 20D. So the size of the photocells in the 40D sensor would be smaller than on the 20D. Theoretically, if all other things being equal, you would expect that the 40D will be noisier than the 20D at high ISO, but since they essentially showed the same level of noise, Canon has actually improved the noise profile on the 40D.

Personally, I have never had any complaints with the high ISO performance with the 20D, so I am happy with the high ISO performance of the 40D also. Of course it would be nice if Canon was able to achieve some major breakthrough in technology and achieve ultra low high ISO noise in the 40D, but my personal view is that the 40D high ISO performance is already very good and certainly good enough for the majority of user."

You can see some of his sample shots at his website here.
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Re: Canon 40D first review

Sounds good, but perhaps not sufficient to justify an upgrade from the 30D. I hope.

One thought on the Live View mode - since the mirror is up and the shutter open to expose the sensor whenever this mode is activated, there is far more chance of dust getting onto the sensor.
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Ah yes....but the super-duper vibrator should solve that I still don't think that any electronic/mechanical means of dust removal will beat a good manual clean
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You wouldn't be linking to an off site review would you?
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The review is only a personal observation. If it was on a commercial site then there would be no link. We will have our own reviews in due course
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Re: Canon 40D first review

I have ordered a 40D from Onestop Digital today so as soon as it arrives I'll start playing and will do a full review as soon as I feel I know enough about it. I don't want to review it in a couple of days as that would be unfair. You need to get to use facilities a few times before you can really say how good they are.

Suffice to say i am very hopeful :o)

I still think this is a big enough upgrade to warrant going from a 30D but then I only have a 20D anyway so it is most definitely a good upgrade for me! I'll offer more in the next couple of weeks.

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Re: Canon 40D first review

I am sooo excited to get my hands on this! BestBuy had three in on Sat and sold out before I was able to grab one! I have held out for almost 8mos now to buy this thing and the suspense is killing me! The store here in Anchorage has no idea when or how many they will get in so I have been ringing them daily after the trucks come in to see if they have received any. Ritz Camera store is only taking special orders and aren't expecting theirs in until Oct! Oh the anticipation! It is a hot item up here. I just can't control my excitement though. I go to Best Buy just to play with their display...which they wouldn't sell...I asked.
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Re: Canon 40D first review

Had a play with one in Jacobs in Leicester on Saturday and it was lovely. Had my credit card in hand, but they only had stock with the kit lens & I only want a body. It's now down at £799 on the internet, so I've decided to watch for the next few weeks to see if if drops any more & then I will get one. I also had a look in Jessops & the salesman was recommending a customer in front of me to wait as the prices were coming down. I've also decided not to sell the 20D, but to keep it as a backup camera.
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Ok, update, I just couldn't wait and got one from Jessops today Not out of the box yet as I've got things to do, but am going to spend the whole evening with my new baby and his instruction book. Jessops price matched to web in uk. not big difference, but helped.
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Re: Canon 40D first review

Meant to say I have added a review in the appropriate section. Hope you find it helpful if you are considering this lovely camera.

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