Canon EOS 40D: Amazon spills the beans

Canon EOS 40D sur AmazonAfter months of intense speculation and many rumours, Canon is finally ready to disclose all the details about its long-expected Canon EOS 40D (the sequel to the successful 20D/30D Digital Single Lens Reflex – SLR).

Details published by Canon nearly simultaneously: Canon EOS 40D

But it’s Amazon which has shown all the details by starting a page to take pre-orders: Canon EOS 40D on Amazon. It will be a great camera to cover all needs of the most enthusiastic consumers.

Note: The delivery will only happen after 20th of Spetember 2007.

Sensor 10.1MP CMOS sensor (1.6 factor)
ISO 100-1600 + 3200h
  Integrated cleaning system (similar to the 400D/Xti)
Autofocus Using a 9 zone detection (cross-shaped)
Metering 35 zones, spot, perosnalized and many modes (incl. Picture Styles)
Brains Improved DIGIC 2 circuitry for 14-bit conversion (for deeper color details)
Speed 30 seconds to 1/8000s (with 1/250s flash synch)
6.5 frames / second, continuous burst of up to 75 JPEG images/17 Raw images
Display 3″ LCD (230k-pixels) with wide viewing angle (140°) and LiveView (operation with image displayed on rear LCD display like for compact point-and-shoot cameras)
Mechanics Magnesium allow body and heavy duty construction, with relatively light weight (700g)
Compatibility with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX SpeedLite flashes
CompactFlash memory cards in FAT-32 (more than 2GB)
WiFi 802.11b or 802.11g transmission with WFT-E3A
Ethernet 100Base-TX
Same batteries as Canon EOS 30D
Price 1299€ (body only)

Canon EOS 40DMost of the admirers of Canon will say that it was worth waiting. The others will notice that -once again- Canon did not create a revolution in this technical segment, but ensures that the pace of evolution is very steady: This is a nearly pro camera with its impressive connectivity, and its consumer-like price.

Nikon and their D200 (soon a D300?), Pentax and their K10D (much cheaper and possibly more interesting) or Sony (and their future high-end camera) should take notice and prepare to fight for the customers that the EOS 40D may quickly attract.

2 comments

  1. Yes. This improved circuit appears to be named Digic 3. However, this is more marketing than facts. We’ll have to wait for the first real tests to see what real-life improvements are there.

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