Canon EOS 40D Fires 6.5 Frames Per Second at 10.1MP

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Just as Amazon did/didn't announce yesterday, Canon has also released the ultra-fast, 6.5 frames-per-second—on 75 JPEG/17 RAW bursts—10.1 megapixel model, the Canon EOS 40D. With new, faster autofocus and its latest CMOS sensor, the 40D also adds live framing using its full 3-inch LCD screen, something which previously was only available on the EOS-1D Mk III. Picture of its back controls, price and full official specs after the jump.

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The Canon EOS 40D will start shipping in September with a $1,299.00 pricetag for the body and $1,499 for the version with Canon's EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens.


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.




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


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 System

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.

Image Format

JPEG, RAW (Canon CR2)

File Size

JPEG/Large: Approx. 3.5MB (3,888 x 2,592)

JPEG/Medium: Approx. 2.1MB (2,816 x 1,880)

JPEG/Small: Approx. 1.2MB (1,936 x 1,288)

RAW: Approx. 12.4MB (3,888 x 2,592)

sRAW: Approx. 7.1MB (1,936 x 1,288)


Automatically created by camera; can be user-created with "Manual Reset" file naming setting

File Numbering

Continuous numbering

Auto reset

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


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



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




TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor

AF Points

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)

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection, Manual AF point selection

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

Exposure Control

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 Systems

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



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


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

LCD Monitor


TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor

Screen Monitor size

3.0 in.


Approx. 230,000 pixels


Approx. 100%

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

Image Protection and Erase


Single image or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection


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)

Power Source


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

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm


26.1 oz./740g

Operating Environment

Operating Temperature Range

32-104 F/0-40 C

Operating Humidity Range

85% or less




What the hell is with people thinking that live view is the deciding factor on these cameras? DSLRs are pretty heavy on batteries as it is. I can't imagine how much shorter the battery life will be with a 3" screen powered up all the time (you know whoever buys one of these just for the live view will constantly use the LCD). I can't wait until I see the first person out in public with one of these held at arm's length in front of them to take a picture. At that time, I will have a good hearty point 'n laugh and hopefully they see me.

Otherwise it looks like a decent camera. I like the frame rate and bugger. That white balance is interesting as well.