Canon EOS 40D SLR Review

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Canon EOS 40D





Camera Menus


The menu system is called up by depressing the MENU button on the back of the 40D, right below the Mode dial. After the menu comes up on the color LCD you turn the Main dial to a tab then press the Set button to select that tab. The Quick Control dial is used to move vertically through the menus.

The menu categories are Shooting - highlighted in red, Playback - highlighted in blue, Setup - highlighted in yellow, Custom functions - highlighted in orange and My Menu settings - highlighted in green.


Shooting Menu:
  • Quality: Select the image quality setting
  • Large/Fine - 10.1 megapixels - approx. 3.5mb
  • Large/Normal - 10.1 megapixels - approx. 1.8mb
  • Medium/Fine - 5.3 megapixels - approx. 2.1mb
  • Medium/Normal - 5.3 megapixels - approx. 1.1mb
  • Small/Fine - 2.5 megapixels - approx. 2.1mb
  • Small/Normal - 2.5 megapixels - approx. 0.7mb
  • RAW - 10.1 megapixels - approx. 7.1mb
  • sRAW - 2.5- approx. 3.5mb

Also there are 12 settings that combine RAW or sRaw with Large, Medium or Small JPEG image sizes. Please see the "Approximate Storage Capacity" chart on the Features & Controls (cont.) page.

  • Red-eye On/Off - Turn on or off the red eye reduction mode of the built-in flash
  • Beep - Enable/disable sounds
  • Shoot w/out Card - Enable/disable shutter if no CF card present
  • Review Time - Length of time review image is displayed on the LCD
  • AEB - Auto exposure bracketing increment (-2 to +2EV)
  • White balance - Set white balance to auto, one of 6 presets or manually
  • Custom WB - Enables you to set the white balance for a specific light source using a stored image
  • WB SHIFT/BKT - Set the step increment for white balance bracketing
  • Color Space: Select sRGB or Adobe RGB
  • Picture Style: Selects image effects; please see next menu description
  • Dust Delete Data - Data can be used by Digital Photo Professional software


Picture Style Menu

  • Standard: For vivid, sharp and crisp images
  • Portrait: For nice skin tones, slightly sharp and crisp
  • Landscape: For vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp images
  • Neutral: For natural colors and subdued images; no sharpening applied
  • Faithful: For colormetric adjustment of colors of subjects shot under a color temperature of 5200K; no sharpening applied
  • Monochrome: For Black and White images
  • User Def. 1-3: For user-defined Picture Styles
  • Detail set.: For changing parameters of the pre-defined and user-defined Picture Styles

The numeric parameters (or N) shown for each style are from left to right Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Color Tone.




Picture Style Menu - Detail set

Processing parameters for both the pre-defined and user-defined Color Styles are set from the Detail set menu.


  • Sharpness: Adjust from 0 (no sharpening) to 7 (maximum sharpening)
  • Contrast: Adjust from -4 (low contrast) to +4 (high contrast)
  • Saturation: Adjust from -4 (low saturation) to +4 (high saturation)
  • Color tone: Adjust from -4 (reddish skin tone) to +4 (Yellowish skin tone)

The Monochrome Color Style's Sharpness and Contrast can also be adjusted, plus a Filter effect of None, Yellow, Orange, Red or Green, and a Toning effect of None, Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green.




Setup Menu

  • Auto Power Off: Sets the amount of inactivity time before the camera automatically turns itself off. (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 mins or Off)

  • File Numbering - Sequentially number or auto reset when CF card replaced, or manual reset

  • Auto rotate: Enable auto rotation of portrait mode images

  • INFO button - Select function of menu button to Normal, Camera settings or Shooting functions

  • Format - Format data card

  • LCD Brightness: Adjust brightness of color LCD

  • Date/Time: Set the time and date and select the desired display format

  • Language: Select menu language from 18 choices including English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean or Japanese

  • Video system: NTSC or PAL video output format

  • Sensor Cleaning: Sets up the camera for CCD sensor cleaning

  • Live View function settings: Enable/disable Live View on LCD

  • Flash control: Set built-in and external flash functions

  • Camera user settings: Register current setting as C1 - C3 Mode dial settings

  • Clear all camera settings - Resets all camera settings, Custom Functions, or registered camera settings to default

  • Firmware Ver. Used to update the camera's firmware




Custom Functions Menu


C. Fn I

  • 1:Exposure level increments - 0 (1/3 stop), 1 (1/2 stop)
  • 2:ISO speed setting increments - 0 (1/3 stop), 1 (1 stop)
  • 3:ISO expansion - 0 (Off), 1 (On)
  • 4:Bracketing auto cancel - 0 (On), 1 (Off)
  • 5:Bracketing sequence - 0 (- 0, -, +), 1 (- -, 0, +)
  • 6:Safety shift - 0 (Disable), 1 (Enable (Tv/Av))
  • 7:Flash sync speed in Av mode - 0 (Auto), 1 (1/250)

C. Fn II

  • 1:Long exposure noise reduction - 0 (Off), 1 (Auto), 2 (On)
  • 2:High ISO speed noise reduction - 0 (Off), 1 (On)
  • 3:Highlight tone priority - 0 (Disable), 1 (Enable)

C. Fn III

  • 1:Lens drive when AF impossible - 0 (Focus search on), 1 (Focus search off)
  • 2:Lens AF stop button function - 0 (AF stop), 1 (AF start), 2 (AE lock), 3 (AF point: M - Auto/Auto - center), 4 (ONE SHOT - AI SERVO), 5 (IS start)
  • 3:AF point selection method - 0 (Normal), 1 (Multi-controller direct), 2 (Quick Control dial direct)
  • 4:Superimposed display - 0 (On), 1 (Off)
  • 5:AF-assist beam firing - 0 (enable), 1 (Disable), 2 (Only external flash emits)
  • 6:AF during Live View shooting - 0 (Enable), 1 (Disable)
  • 7:Mirror lockup - 0 (Enable), 1 (Disable)

C. Fn IV

  • 1:Shutter button/AF-ON button - 0 (Metering + AF start) ,1 (Metering + AF start/AF stop), 2 (Metering start/Metering + AF start), 3 (AE lock/Metering + AF start), 4 (Metering + AF start/disable)
  • 2:AF-ON/AE lock button switch - 0 (Enable), 1 (Disable)
  • 3:SET button when shooting - 0 (Normal (disabled)), 1 (Change quality), 2 (Change Picture Style), 3 (Menu display), 4 (Image replay)
  • 4:Dial direction during Tv/Av - 0 (Normal), 1 (Reverse direction)
  • 5:Focusing Screen - 0 (Ef-A), 2 (Ef-D), 3 (Ef-S)
  • 6:Add original decision data - 0 (Off), 1 (On)
  • 7:Live View exposure simulation - 0 (Disable (LCD auto adjust)), 1 (Enable (simulates exposure))




My Menu settings

For fast access you can select up to six menus and Custom Functions which you change frequently

  • Sort: You can change the order of the registered items in My Menu

  • Display from My Menu: Sets tab displayed first in My Menu

  • Delete and Delete all items: Deletes the registered items


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