Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 

differences

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
Weight
Significantly lighter
459 g vs 822 g
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More than 40% lighter
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
Size
Smaller
130x100x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$379.95 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $758 cheaper (3x less)
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 700 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3:300 ms
              40D:400 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              40D:10.1 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              40D:None
              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
              T3:11 EV
              40D:11.3 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3:6,400 ISO
              40D:1,600 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              40D:64.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3:21.9 bits
              40D:22.1 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              40D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              40D:703 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3.

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth

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