The overall shape of the 20D/30D is retained, slight adjustment has been made to the AF buttons and the grip has been somewhat re-designed.
The other change is the larger 3.0″ LCD screen that replaces the 2.5″ one. The buttons that used to flank the left of the LCD have been shifted to the bottom.
The mode dial is now slightly bigger and is easier to turn.
Standard ports found on the camera. We have connectors for a remote control, video out and a USB port also for communication with a PC, or a PictBridge-compatible printer that can be used to print photos directly.
The presentation of information on the top panel LCD has been re-arranged. The bits found on the EOS 30D are also present on the EOS 40D’s screen. What’s new here is the inclusion of an ISO display.
The CompactFlash card slot is now weather-sealed.
Canon has listened to feedback from users and in this EOS 40D, if you were to open the card slot cover while the camera is still recording images, it will simply display a warning message on the LCD screen until all images have been saved before powering off. Before the EOS 40D, the moment the card slot cover is opened, the camera will power down immediately. If you are unlucky enough to have images still being written to the CompactFlash card, you could bid farewell to all of the unrecorded images.
The battery compartment is also weather-sealed. Upon opening the cap, you are able to see the slot which contains the CR2016 battery which keeps the clock running. Lifespan of this battery is about five years.
A simple plastic catch holds the main camera battery firmly in place.
If you buy a vertical grip, the battery compartment cap has to be detacted and can be kept in a compartment in the grip module itself before installing it.
The charger remains the same. The battery included is the Canon BP-514 (1390mAh) battery pack. It packs the same power capacity as the BP-511A used for the EOS 30D.
The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens is one of the two kit packages offered by Canon. The other kit contains a budget lens – the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, but obviously price is much lower. Cost for the 17-85mm alone would hit S$ 900.
The lens is pretty good, colours and sharpness are not bad either. You cannot expect too much because it is not an L-grade lens. You could probably end up spending S$ 2000 if Canon were to come out with an L-grade unit of this focal length. Good part is, the 17-85mm comes with a 3-stop Image Stabilizer to prevent blurred images caused by camera shake. This is especially handy when shooting long range where camera shake is easily pronounced if you do not have hands that are as steady as rock.
The 17-85mm sports an EF-S mount. EF-S mount lenses can only be used with bodies housing cropped sensors – 40D and earlier/below, with the exception of EOS 10D, which can only accept EF lenses. The EOS 40D does support EF lenses too. All L-grade lenses are built on the EF mount.
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System in the camera removes sensor dust by vibrating the front low-pass filter every time the camera is switched on or off. It can be bypassed by tapping on the shutter release button.