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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Oct 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Usability ability to quickly change shooting style with camera user settings and custom menu page ISO display in viewfinder
Cons:
Have not found any yet too busy shooting

After agonising for a couple of weeks I upgraded from the 20D 6 days ago and have shot 6 gigabytes worth of pictures (RAW). As far as image quality is concerned I do not see much difference, I do not pixel peep, I assess the quality of the photo and there is no discernable difference to my eyes. The major difference is the usability of the camera; it is a huge improvement over the 20D and for that alone the upgrade is worth it. My shooting varies from day night HDRI, panoramas, nature and portraits. If you have used a 20D you will know how awkward it is to switch between the types of shooting. Enter three camera user settings on the mode dial. I can go from shooting HDRI to night shots with mirror lockup-timed exposure and noise reduction in one turn of the dial, or to a plain single nature or portrait shot. That to me makes the camera usable; I can now spend my time shooting instead of wading through menus and custom functions. In addition if you need to access certain menu function you can have 6 customised menu functions on one page. I skipped the upgrade to the 30D because I did not see that much change; the 40D is a major improvement at least for my shooting style. I can now think about the picture composition not what I have to do to take it; it is definitely worth the upgrade for the type of shooting I do and compared to a 20D it is a dream to use.