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Canon EOS 40D - Test shots - Detail and lens perfomance

By Cliff Smith



  • Recommended by TR
Canon EOS 40D


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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


I thought it would be interesting to show what a DSLR makes of my usual compact camera comparison shot. This was shot in 14-bit RAW mode, the exposure was adjusted and the image converted to JPEG in Adobe Photoshop. Click to download the full-sized image or see below for a crop.


The level of fine detail and the overall image quality is very impressive.


This is my usual DSLR comparison shot, of Sidmouth seafront. Compare this with other DSLR reviews.


This was shot in 14-bit RAW mode and converted in Adobe Photoshop.


Shooting into the sun with bright reflections off the sea is an exposure nightmare, but the additional dynamic range of the 14-bit RAW mode has coped admirably.



March 18, 2010, 5:38 pm

Page 3, 1st part is clearly taken from a Nikon review; Canon doesn't slow down while shooting 14 bit RAW, 40D shoots ONLY 14 bit RAW, @6.5 fps as it does in jpeg.

Canon cameras shoots always in 14bit, or always in 12bit mode, depending on the series, you can't switch between them.

At the moment the only Canon camera slowing while shooting in RAW is the 1000D, 1.5fps instead of 3.

My best regards ;-)

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