More Light on the Yet Unannounced Canon D40 DSLR

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Canon's 40D is coming. We've felt it for months, and the latest bit of gasoline on the flames of this burning rumor is a leaked spec sheet, from Darren over at Digital Photography Blog. The upgrades are flat: The sensor moves from 8mp to 10 (the same pixel count as the XTi Rebel) and the body introduces a dust cleaning system.


That's it? We hope there are more upgrades than this. If not we might have to recommend the 30D — on sale, of course — over the newer body. The final answer will come in 2 weeks, at PMA where the news will (might?) officially drop.

The leaked, and unconfirmed specs, below.

Canon EOS 40D DSLR Specifications

* 10.1 MP CMOS sensor

* 5fps, 30 JPEG image burst

* Integrated Cleaning System

* 2.5in LCD with 230K pixels and 160º viewing angle

* Picture Style image processing

* Spot metering & 9-point AF

* DIGIC II processor with 0.2 sec start up

* Digital Photo Professional software

* Magnesium alloy body

* Compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlite flashes

* Including powerpack and accessories

Designed to inspire. Built to last.

CMOS sensor

An 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor provides the sensitivity needed for clean, detailed images with fine colour gradation. Large sensor pixels allow for wide dynamic range and reduced noise at higher ISO speeds. The 22.5 x 15mm sensor size adds an effective 1.6x increase to the focal length of EF lenses, extending reach at the telephoto end.

5 fps shooting

The camera delivers fast 5 fps shooting for continuous bursts of up to 30 large JPEG images (11 in RAW). A new 3 fps shooting mode provides greater control for variable-speed sequences.

Large LCD

Illuminated by 6 LEDs, the bright 2.5 Inch 230K pixel LCD is viewable from 85° in almost all directions.

Picture Style

Picture Style pre-sets provide easy control over image processing parameters. Each style offers a different colour response - similar to the way film types are changed to achieve different effects. Sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation are adjustable within each pre-set.

Spot metering

Spot metering allows you to base the optimal exposure value on a concentrated spot (3.5%) in the scene - useful in high-contrast scenes where precise metering control is required.

High precision 9-point wide-area AF

Select from one of nine fixed focusing points across the scene for fast, accurate focusing even with off-centre subjects and 'rule-of-thirds' compositions.


DIGIC II renders colours with precision and accuracy. Fast and efficient, DIGIC II prolongs battery life* and delivers instant 0.15 second start up time.

Digital Photo Professional software

The Digital Photo Professional software permits high-speed processing of lossless RAW images.

Magnesium alloy body

A compact magnesium alloy body provides durability while keeping the camera's weight down to 700 grams.

EF lenses and accessories

The EOS 40D is compatible with over 60 EF lenses (including the EF-S Series) and all EX Series Speedlite flash units. The E-TTL II flash algorithm passes key shooting data from compatible EF lenses - such as focal length, point of focus and distance information - to the Speedlites for consistently accurate flash exposures. Untethered shooting is possible with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1.


Video Out allows reviewing on a TV screen. Connect with USB 2.0 Hi-speed for fast data transfers


Better Days

Ditto, they need to also include the AF sensor from the 5D (15 points instead of 9) and one Custom mode on the dial (to match the 5D when shooting both) if they want to step on the toes of the D200.

I guess the Nikon D200 has "user presets". The 30D has none. If the 40D wants to avoid the ridicule, they need to lose the A-DEP and add that stupid custom position on the dial. It's damn useful on my 5D.

As it is, the 40D will be too much like the 400D except the grip size, the battery and the status LCD. And of course, much more expensive, which is very dangerous on such a market with Nikon becoming very dangerous again. Plus, a more expensive camera that lacks an IR remote receiver when the beginner 400D has it, is just too much of a disappointment. All DSLRs would benefit from that, even the pro series. Being able to trigger them using a PDA or a cheap remote for those rare occasions you need remote shooting, would be neat. Right now, you need to add a costy remote to an already expensive camera, and it's wired.

I feel we're in for another stop-gap, mild upgrade. Shame on you Canon, for not innovating anymore and not leading the way like you used to do.

(this from a diehard Canon fan)