The EOS 40D (which supercedes the 30D model) is aimed at delivering professional-level functionality to the high-end consumer market. The impressive shooting speed is made possible by a shutter speed of up to 1/8000 second and high-speed flash synchronisation of 1/250 second and the 10.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and DiG!C III Image Processor delivers improved highlight and shadow detail, natural colour reproduction as well as high-speed image processing. The camera performs analogue-to-digital conversion in 14-bit processing, dramatically expanding the colour range from billions to trillions of possible colours.
The EOS 40D also includes nine cross-type auto focus (AF) points, with the centre AF point sensitive to both vertical and horizontal lines at f/2.8. This feature, previously found only in Canon’s professional EOS models, ensures consistent, reliable auto focus and higher sensitivity when using wide aperture lenses. In addition, the EOS 40D has a selectable ISO from 100-1600 with ISO expansion of 3200 via a Custom Function setting.
The EOS 40D provides Picture Style settings including Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome, along with three user-defined settings for colour control and consistency. Additionally, with 24 Custom Function options available, camera operation can be tailored to the suit the photographer’s individual preference. The addition of Live View Mode with Auto Focus capabilities allows photographers to preview images in real time on the 3.0 inch fine-detail LCD monitor for greater flexibility and creative composition. Live View Mode also features a Silent Mode capability for quiet operation in discreet situations.
Built into a tough magnesium body, the EOS 40D has enhanced durability and has a professional-quality feel. The EOS 40D features the EOS Integrated Cleaning System – a big plus as anyone who has ever been faced with a dusty sensor will appreciate – that provides total protection when shooting in adverse conditions and environments.
Canon has also introduced two new optional accessories. A Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3 which enables high-speed wireless file transfer to a computer for added flexibility and a battery Grip BG-E2N which accommodates an additional BP-511A battery pack for extended shooting time without re-charging. The BG-E2N also has increased dust and water-resistance on the battery compartment’s cover for added durability.
The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is scheduled for early September delivery and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of US$1,299.00. A kit version with Canon's EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of US$1,499.00i.
The Canon EOS 40D is expected to hit Australian stroes at around the same time priced at AUD$1,999 (body only) and AUD$2,799 (kit with EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens).