Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 700D vs Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 650D

Winner
Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
575 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size
Smaller
133x99x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 650D's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$719.99 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $418 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
128 ms vs 269 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.53x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6.5 fps vs 5 fps
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30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
64.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D:11.2 EV
              40D:11.3 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              650D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              650D:17.9 MP
              40D:10.1 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D:62.0
              40D:64.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              650D:21.7 bits
              40D:22.1 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D:0.53x
              40D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D:722 ISO
              40D:703 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 40D.

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