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Wait is Over: CANON U.S.A.'S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EOS 40D
DIGITAL SLR DELIVERS HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE QUALITY, HIGH-SPEED
SHOOTING AND HIGH-END FUNCTIONALITY
in Class 6.5 FPS Shooting Speed, New Autofocus Sensor
and Newly Enhanced 10.1 Megapixel CMOS Imaging Sensor
Combine to Boost the EOS 40D's Appeal While Maintaining
its Accessible Mid-Market Pricing
SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – Following months
of intense anticipation by Digital SLR enthusiasts worldwide,
the EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc.
is scheduled to begin sailing into stores in early September.
Building on the success of Canon's perennially popular
"prosumer" EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D
advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range Digital SLR
cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced
amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and
an ideal second body for more established photo pros.
given the level of feature upgrades and improvements,
technological wizardry and user-requested creative controls,
the Canon EOS 40D SLR's "prosumer" appellation
may refer more to its accessible price point than to the
exceptional quality, clarity and resolution of the images
the camera's newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging
sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary
and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its
completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second
(fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up
to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D
SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo
business a positive pleasure.
at 6.5 fps, no Digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class
and price category has so high a continuous shooting capability1,
making it ideal for shooting – and actually capturing
– speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots
as well as a wide variety of action and sports scenes.
speed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canon's balanced combination
of its latest processor, DIGIC III, DDR SDRAM high-speed
memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two
separate motors for shutter and mirror operation.
newest member of Canon's Digital SLR family takes mid-range
Digital SLRs to exciting new heights with enhanced resolution
and image quality, faster shooting and processing speeds
and better overall functionality than ever before,"
stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general
manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "The
EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera incorporates many Canon innovations
and advancements that differentiate our products from
the competition, while respecting and reinforcing our
long-standing traditions of providing superior value and
innovative imaging technology."
the Thing in Canon EOS 40D SLR
The most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital
SLR is the camera's larger three-inch LCD screen (compared
with the EOS 30D's 2.5-inch monitor). Still, size is only
the beginning of the difference between these two cameras'
displays. In order to increase viewing ease in outdoor
conditions such as bright sunlight, Canon raised the brightness
level of the EOS 40D camera's 230,000-pixel LCD screen,
broadened the color gamut and narrowed the viewing angle
from 170 degrees to a still wide 140-degree perspective
in all directions.
added advantage of the larger-sized display is the ability
to use a larger font size for text, making it easier to
read setting and menu options on the screen. The camera's
menu is organized in the same tabbed format as the EOS-1D
Mark III Digital SLR.
extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the
EOS 40D SLR's viewfinder as well. The upgraded viewfinder
increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands
the viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and
raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.
Durability in Canon EOS 40D SLR
Recognizing the often rigorous shooting conditions
encountered by professional and advanced amateur photographers,
Canon design engineers made the EOS 40D SLR's magnesium
alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its
predecessors with upgraded dust and weather resistant
construction, particularly around the camera's connection
ports, battery compartment and single-slot compact flash
memory card door.
the user inadvertently open the compact flash card door
while the camera is writing to the card, a warning will
pop up on the LCD screen and an open door "alarm"
will sound, but the image(s) will continue writing to
the memory card without interruption.
EOS 40D SLR also retains many of the outstanding features
of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast 0.15-second initial
start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up to 100,000
cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec and 1/250
maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.
Image Quality in Canon EOS 40D SLR
Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS
Digital Rebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLR's 10.1-megapixel
CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been significantly improved
thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel
to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200.
EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera's 1.6x focal length
conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image
sensors or 35mm film) and is compatible with the full
line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company's expanding
selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created
specifically for Canon Digital SLRs with APS-C size image
to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the
EOS 40D SLR is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D)
conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per
channel (four times the number of colors recognized by
the EOS 30D SLR's 12-bit conversion capability), the EOS
40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more
accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also
incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and
High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier
this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital
III in Canon EOS 40D SLR
DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canon's proprietary
image processing engine. DIGIC III technology ensures
that the fine details and natural colors of the images
are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is also
responsible for the EOS 40D SLR's high-speed performance,
faster signal processing and even its efficient energy
in Canon EOS 40D SLR
In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities
of its predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more
manageable "sRAW" recording format. In sRAW
mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that
of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half,
while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities
associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.
Autofocus and Exposure Control in EOS 40D
While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area
AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon
has made significant improvements to its speed, precision
and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problems
in the process. The EOS 40D camera's completely redesigned
nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF measurement
at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to
f/5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central
AF point offers enhanced precision for both vertical and
horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses
featuring maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. AF calculation
speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than
the EOS 30D model.
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering
sensor as its predecessor. Available patterns include
Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points
and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted
average metering, Partial metering and Spot metering,
covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the
viewfinder at center, respectively.
camera's E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes
(11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the
EOS 30D SLR model. However, as a result of consumer input,
Canon has added three Custom exposure modes. As an added
convenience, particularly for wireless flash operations,
users can adjust the flash settings of the Canon Speedlite
580EX II directly from the camera.
Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to
ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments. Users can also opt for
a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in
any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability
in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature
adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on
low light or shaky shooting conditions. Additionally,
the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISO
speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the
top LCD data panel.
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in
its class to offer two interchangeable focusing screens
in addition to the standard precision matte screen. Users
can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier
to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining
image composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte
focusing screen that makes it easier to grasp the "sweet
spot" of manual focusing when using a lens with a
maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster.
Live View in Canon EOS 40D SLR
Previously the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one
of Canon's top-tier professional cameras), the Live View
function now gives EOS 40D camera users an expanded and
exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of shooting
options. By permitting the framing and capturing of subjects
using the camera's LCD screen instead of the viewfinder,
the shooter gains a 100 percent field view to more easily
achieve the desired composition.
new Custom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus during
Live View by pressing the camera's AF-ON button. At that
point, the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out
in the normal way. Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes
Live View functions. Also, in the Live View shooting mode
the user can magnify the image by five or ten times in
order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused. Live
View is at its best during tripod shooting – particularly
for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative.
a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce
vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical
path well in advance of the exposure, improving image
quality at slow shutter speeds. A new electronic 1st-curtain
shutter function in Live View mode reduces release time
lag and operational noise even further to avoid spooking
wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera
sounds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule,
even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight
can be readily captured.
Integrated Cleaning System in Canon EOS 40D SLR
First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera,
the EOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example
of trickle-up technology and is now becoming a standard
feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The camera's Self-Cleaning
Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake
dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of
the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut
down. Users also have the option of engaging the "clean
now" function at will or bypassing it altogether.
Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR's manual sensor cleaning
function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust
that has stuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been
shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesive at the
base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic
particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when
the camera moves.
second part of the cleaning system is a software solution
that maps the location of any spots that may remain on
the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete
Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the
offending dust information is subtracted from the final
image during post processing with a compatible personal
computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional
Software in Canon EOS 40D SLR
Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D
Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's Picture
Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters can
actually design the look of their photographs by inputting
their own preferred style, color and tone curves.
EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions
of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital
Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now
support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete
Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range
of additional improvements designed to improve image quality
and speed up workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX
5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing, viewing, printing
and archiving with compatible computer operating systems,
including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well
as Mac OS X.
to EOS 40D SLR
New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the
redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates
high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible
with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size
batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the
number of shots that can be taken, compared with the battery
power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N grip features
new sealing material around the battery compartment to
better resist water and dust. The new model replaces the
original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D,
30D and 40D models.
exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File
Transmitter WFT-E3A*/** permits wireless transfer and
back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live
View mode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers
or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient
flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger
storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for
instant back-up as images are captured.
and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also
doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A
battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Developed in response to consumer demand for a high-quality
yet affordable optically image stabilized lens, the Canon
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens adds a phenomenally
flexible lens to the EOS 40D SLR shooter's imaging arsenal.
it features the wide-angle to mid-range zoom flexibility
of its non-IS predecessor, this new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
IS lens offers the significant advantage of a true lens-shift
image stabilization system that yields up to a full four
stops of image-shake correction.
higher performance provided by Canon's lens shift IS system
(compared with the in-camera sensor shift type offered
in some competitive SLRs) includes the ability to optimize
the lens performance for specific shooting situations
such as low-light, long-zoom or movement while shooting
(or virtually any combination of the three).
What's more, the shooter can see the image stabilization
effect in the viewfinder. As the image already appears
steady, more accurate framing and composition is possible,
the AF point can be placed more precisely, and the photographer
can concentrate on the optimal shot more comfortably.
and lightweight, the optional EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
zoom lens is manufactured by Canon specifically for the
EOS 40D SLR and any other EOS SLR that takes EF-S lenses
including the EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, EOS Digital
Rebel XTi, EOS Digital Rebel XT and the original EOS Digital
Rebel camera. An ideal complement to the EOS 40D SLR,
the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be
in stores in October at an estimated selling price of
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 $1,299.00i. It will additionally
be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of $1,499.00i.
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Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera got a 'highly
in Digital Photo Review and I think this
is justified with all the real improvements compared to
earlier Canon EOS cameras of similar price level - and
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