Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D40X

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Nikon D40X

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Color depth
Great color depth
22.4 bits
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1100D. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D40X.

differences

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
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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
100 ms vs 400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$381.15 vs $798.90
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The best price we've seen is $418 cheaper (2.1x less)
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
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
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 522 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D40X

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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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1100D100 ms
              D40X400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1100D197 lenses
              D40X205 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              1100D459 g
              D40X522 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              1100D720p @ 30fps
              D40XNone
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D12.2 MP
              D40X10 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              1100D2.7"
              D40X2.5"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D6,400 ISO
              D40X1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D11 EV
              D40X11.4 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1100D62.0
              D40X63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              1100D0.54x
              D40X0.53x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D755 ISO
              D40X516 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1100D21.9 bits
              D40X22.4 bits

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 - $663 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 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
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $716 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $645 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $430 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

              $500 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 body only

              $923 with 55-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,568 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth

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