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Camera Menus

With the introduction of the EOS 40D Canon has moved away from the 'one long scrolling page' layout seen on previous EOS x0D series, isntead we now have a tabbed multi-page layout which is consistent with their EOS-1D professional cameras. You navigate pages using the multi-selector or main dial and use the quick control dial or multi-selector to move up and down options, press SET to change. Colors (red for shooting, blue for play etc.) are used to distinguish the different categories of options. In Auto and scene modes the options available in the menus are limited.

Full menu (P, Tv, Av, M, A-DEP, C1-3) Limited menu (Auto, scene modes)

Shooting section (red)

Values / Actions
Quality [clip]  • Large / Fine
 • Large / Normal
 • Medium / Fine
 • Medium / Normal
 • Small / Fine
 • Small / Normal
 • RAW + Large / Fine
 • RAW + Large / Normal
 • RAW + Medium / Fine
 • RAW + Medium / Normal
 • RAW + Small / Fine
 • RAW + Small / Normal
 • sRAW + Large / Fine
 • sRAW + Large / Normal
 • sRAW + Medium / Fine
 • sRAW + Medium / Normal
 • sRAW + Small / Fine
 • sRAW + Small / Normal
 • RAW
 • sRAW

- 3888 x 2592 JPEG Fine
- 3888 x 2592 JPEG Normal
- 2816 x 1880 JPEG Fine
- 2816 x 1880 JPEG Normal
- 1936 x 1288 JPEG Fine
- 1936 x 1288 JPEG Normal
- 3888 RAW + 3888 JPEG Fine
- 3888 RAW + 3888 JPEG Normal
- 3888 RAW + 2816 JPEG Fine
- 3888 RAW + 2816 JPEG Normal
- 3888 RAW + 1936 JPEG Fine
- 3888 RAW + 1936 JPEG Normal
- 1936 RAW + 3888 JPEG Fine
- 1936 RAW + 3888 JPEG Normal
- 1936 RAW + 2816 JPEG Fine
- 1936 RAW + 2816 JPEG Normal
- 1936 RAW + 1936 JPEG Fine
- 1936 RAW + 1936 JPEG Normal
- 3888 x 2592 RAW
- 1936 x 1288 RAW

Red-eye on/off  • Off
 • On
Enables the use of the AF / red-eye lamp just before a flash shot.
Beep  • On
 • Off
Enables auto focus confirmation beep. Also used for self timer.
Shoot w/o card  • On
 • Off
Allow shot to be taken without CF card inserted.
Review time  • Off
 • 2 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 8 sec
 • Hold
AEB  • +/-2 EV
 • 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps (C.Fn I-1)
Configures auto exposure bracketing.
White balance [clip]  • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Shade
 • Cloudy
 • Tungsten light
 • White fluorescent light
 • Flash
 • Custom
 • Color temp. (Kelvin)
Custom WB  • Set custom WB Select image for custom WB.
WB Shift / BKT [clip]  • Shift: B9-A9, M9-G9
 • Bracket: BA+/-3, MG+/-3
Configures WB shift and WB bracketing.
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Picture Style  • Standard
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Neutral
 • Faithful
 • Monochrome
 • User Def. 1
 • User Def. 2
 • USer Def. 3

Picture Style

Now standard across Canon's DSLR range the Picture Styles are a range of pre-programmed image parameter sets intended to deliver the best results in different situations. Each Picture Style has its own preset mapping for tone and color response as well as providing the ability to tune sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone for each. For instance the default sharpening for the Standard Picture Style is level 3, if you prefer less strong you can just adjust it downwards. Sharpness has 8 levels, contrast, saturation and color tone all have have 9 levels.

Playback Section (Blue)

Protect images
Protect mode, allows you to browse images either in a single image or thumbnail view and mark each image as protected (or un-protect). This simply sets the read-only flag on the CF card file system.
Rotate mode, again, this can be performed in either single image or thumbnail index view. This option allows you to rotate an image on-screen by 90 or 270 degrees. Doesn't actually rotate the JPEG file, but marks its orientation.
Erase images
 • Select and erase images
 • All images on card
Print order Allows you to create a DPOF print order file, for use with compatible printers or photo finishers.

 • Select images
 • All images
 • Set up
Print type
File no.
Transfer order Allows you to create a transfer order file, for use with automatic image transfer software.

 • Select images
 • All images
Mark all on card
Clear all on card
Highlight alert  • Disable
 • Enable
AF point disp.  • Disable
 • Enable
Histogram  • Brightness
 • RGB
Auto Play Start an automated slideshow of images on the CF card, delay between each image is preset at four seconds.

Setup Section (Yellow)

Values / Actions
Auto power off  • 1 min
 • 2 min
 • 4 min
 • 8 min
 • 15 min
 • 30 min
 • Off
Sets camera power off time, this is the amount of "idle time" before the camera powers itself off. In the power off state the camera can be woken by half or fully depressing the shutter release (or turning the power switch to Off and back to On).
File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
 • Manual reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
Auto rotate  • On (play mode and EXIF)
 • On (EXIF)
 • Off
Chooses whether orientation information is recorded and if the camera should rotate in play mode.
INFO button
 • Normal display
 • Camera setting
 • Shooting function
Selects the function of the INFO button in shooting mode
Format  • Cancel
 • OK
Format the CF card
LCD Brightness  • 1 to 7  
Date/Time  • Set Date & Time
 • Set Date format

 • English
 • German
 • French
 • Dutch
 • Danish
 • Portuguese
 • Finnish
 • Italian
 • Norwegian
 • Swedish
 • Spanish
 • Greek
 • Russian
 • Polish
 • Simplified Chinese
 • Traditional Chinese
 • Korean
 • Japanese

Select menu language.
Video system  • NTSC
 • PAL
Select video system for video out connector.
Sensor cleaning
 • Auto cleaning
 • Clean now
 • Clean manually

Defines the settings for the built-in cleaning system, by default the system is enabled and cleans at startup and shutdown (although can be interrupted).

The 'clean manually' option locks the mirror and shutter up.

Live View function settings
 • Live View shooting
 • Grid display
 • Silent shooting
Mode 1
Mode 2
 • Metering timer
4 sec
16 sec
30 sec
1 min
10 min
30 min
Defines parameters for Live View.
Flash control
 • Flash firing
 • Built-in flash function setting
Flash mode: E-TTL II
Shutter sync
1st curtain
2nd curtain
Flash exp. comp
-2 to +2 EV
 • External flash function setting
 • External flash C.Fn setting
 • Clear external flash C.Fn setting
Camera user setting  • Register
Mode dial: C1
Mode dial: C2
Mode dial: C3
 • Clear settings
Mode dial: C1
Mode dial: C2
Mode dial: C3
- Records current camera settings to a mode dial 'C' user setting for easy recall.
Clear all camera settings  • Cancel
 • OK
Firmware Select to load new firmware from CF card Also shows current version, on our n camera; 1.0.3
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The EOS 40D’s kit options vary depending on your region. Europe and Australasia have the sensible choice of either the new EF-S 18-55mm IS or the popular EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, while America has the somewhat curious option of the EF 28-135mm IS USM.

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Very very sad because though the 40D isn't missing any feature in particular--though I could make a case for mechanical image stabilization--one feature I'd really like to see trickle down from the 1D series, and which I think makes a lot of sense in a camera of this class, is the ability to define acceptable ranges for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity when shooting in one of the exposure-priority modes.


the new version looks better in the statistics but for my needs the EOS 30D is sufficient. Regards

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Same here i have a 20d and 30d they do just fine.

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