Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 500D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
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
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 90% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
128 ms vs 159 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
520 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$683.52 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $454 cheaper (around 40% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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
              40D:400 ms
              500D:300 ms
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              40D:128 ms
              500D:159 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
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              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
              40D:10.1 MP
              500D:15.1 MP
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              500D:12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              500D:3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              500D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              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
              40D:64.0
              500D:63.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              500D:21.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              40D:0.59x
              500D:0.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              500D:663 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $913 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              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

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 40D.

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 500D.

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