Canon EOS 1100D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Nikon D40X

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Nikon D40X

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
100 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
110 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.6mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 516 ISO
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The 1100D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 110 ms vs 243 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 520 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 100 ms vs 400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 1100D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 522 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.4 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.4 EV vs 11 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Much smaller 124x94x64 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        1100D:197 lenses
        D40X:205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        1100D:100 ms
        D40X:400 ms
        Weight Light weight Help
        1100D:459 g
        D40X:522 g
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        1100D:720p @ 30fps
        D40X:None
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        1100D:12.2 MP
        D40X:10 MP
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        1100D:2.7"
        D40X:2.5"
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1100D:6,400 ISO
        D40X:1,600 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        1100D:11 EV
        D40X:11.4 EV
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        1100D:0.54x
        D40X:0.53x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        1100D:62.0
        D40X:63.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        1100D:755 ISO
        D40X:516 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $609 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $449 - $520 body only

        $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 - $1,733 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 1000D

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $836 - $990 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

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        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $515 - $562 body only

        $531 - $703 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $830 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 500D

        Canon EOS 500D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Nikon D40X Competitors

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        Nikon D40

        Nikon D40

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        $840 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $970 body only

        $1,465 with 18-135mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Size Much larger
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

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