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

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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
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.99 vs $1,099.19
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The best price we've seen is $823 cheaper (4x 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
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 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
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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 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
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              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
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              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              40D:11.3 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              40D:None
              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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              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

              $392 - $430 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 - $580 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

              $575 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

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $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 - $1,052 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

              $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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $816 - $848 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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