Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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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
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Significantly lighter 459 g vs 822 g
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More than 40% lighter
Size Smaller 130x100x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 128 ms vs 309 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 64.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 700 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        T3:300 ms
        40D:400 ms
        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
        1
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T3:12.2 MP
        40D:10.1 MP
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3:11 EV
        40D:11.3 EV
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3:6,400 ISO
        40D:1,600 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3:62.0
        40D:64.0
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        T3:21.9 bits
        40D:22.1 bits
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3:720p @ 30fps
        40D:None
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3:755 ISO
        40D:703 ISO

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        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        $400 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Battery life Shorter battery life

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        Canon EOS 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,689 body only

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

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