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

Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 40D

57

Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 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 Slightly 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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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 Much less shutter lag 128 ms vs 269 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Battery life 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
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
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
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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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              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
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              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,042 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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 much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $822 body only

              $861 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $500 - $697 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

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              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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