Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 70D

68

Canon EOS 40D

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
68.0 vs 64.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
926 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
75 ms vs 128 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 6.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.59x
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 70D's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
755 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 920 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
146×108×74 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              70D75 ms
              40D128 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D19
              40D9
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              40D11.3 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              40D1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              40D64.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              40D22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              40D703 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              70D145×106×79 mm
              40D146×108×74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              70D$798.99
              40D$700.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              70D25,600 ISO
              40D3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              70D98%
              40D95%
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              70D20 MP
              40D10.1 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X8i

              Canon Kiss X8i

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $820 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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