As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 40D is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs 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

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and 40D

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and 40D

  • None found

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
1 year older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the 40D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the 40D)

  • None found

common strengths of the D200 and 40D

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 6D and 40D

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and 40D

  • None found

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the S5 Pro and 40D

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 40D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 40D)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and 40D

  • None found

Canon Rebel SL1

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

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the 40D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the 40D)

  • None found

common strengths of the SL1 and 40D

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 40D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 40D)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and 40D

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A58 and 40D

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 40D

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 40D

  • None found

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
  • 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
  • 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"