Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D silent shooting video demonstration


Canon’s EOS 40D has quite a unique shutter sound thanks to a dual motor design with one dedicated to the mirror and the other to cocking the shutter. But put the camera into Live View mode and it sounds quite different still, and there’s even a silent option for discreet operation. In this video we’ll demonstrate all three for comparison.

As always, there’s no need to download any new software – just press the play button in the middle of the screen below and wait for the video to start; you may need to press the button twice. The quality and any delay before playing may vary depending on your internet connection. And don’t forget to check out our main Canon EOS 40D video tour which demonstrates the highlights of this DSLR.

Good points

Superb handling and 6.5fps shooting.
Great build & improved weatherproofing.
Live View and PC remote control.
Effective anti-dust during our test period.

Bad points
Resolution not a big step-up.
Default settings benefit from sharpening.
Screen doesn’t have VGA resolution.
No HDMI port and tough rivals.


(compared to 2007 mid-range DSLRs)

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