As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 40D is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, boutiques and super zooms. The Canon EOS 40D's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS 7D) and Nikon (such as the D5000 and the D200)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 40D compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), has much less shutter lag (128 ms vs 270 ms) and has a slightly longer battery life (1100 shots vs 640 shots).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (10.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and is older (august 2007 vs september 2009).

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the 40D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and 40D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
5 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 40D)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 70D and 40D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the 40D)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 6D and 40D

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.9"

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
1 year older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the 40D)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the 40D)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1100 shots

common strengths of the D200 and 40D

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
1 year newer
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 10.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the 40D)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 640 shots vs 1100 shots

common strengths of the 50D and 40D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
10 months older

Significant advantages of the S5 Pro (vs the 40D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S5 Pro (vs the 40D)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the S5 Pro and 40D

  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"
  • Built-in flashes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 40D compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.54x), shoots faster continuously (6.5 fps vs 4 fps), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has much less shutter lag (128 ms vs 283 ms).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (10.1 MP vs 20.1 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 40D)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.59x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the T3i and 40D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
5 years newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the 40D)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 380 shots vs 1100 shots

common strengths of the SL1 and 40D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 40D)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1100 shots

common strengths of the T2i and 40D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
8 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 40D)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 40D

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
5 years newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the 40D)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 126 lenses vs 220 lenses

common strengths of the SLT A58 and 40D

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
8 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 40D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 40D)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 6.5 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.59x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 40D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 40D compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (1100 shots vs 250 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 2,100k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (10.1 MP vs 46.7 MP) and significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO).

Canon EOS RP

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11 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the 40D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 9

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the 40D)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the EOS RP and 40D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R

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11 years newer
$3,698

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-S1R (vs the 40D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-S1R (vs the 40D)

  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Lumix DC-S1R and 40D

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 40D compared to super zoom competitors include: it much larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.26x), has a much longer battery life (1100 shots vs 360 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (2.9" vs 5.1") and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10.1 MP vs 20.9 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6.5 fps vs 12 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
2 years newer
$496 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the 40D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 10.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the 40D)

  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and 40D

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/16000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the 40D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the 40D)

  • Much shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and 40D

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 410 shots vs 1100 shots
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.9"