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

Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1100 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6.5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 90% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 128 ms vs 159 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 64.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
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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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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 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
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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        40D:128 ms
        500D:159 ms
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        40D:400 ms
        500D:300 ms
        Thickness Thin Help
        40D:2.9"
        500D:2.4"
        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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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        40D:10.1 MP
        500D:15.1 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        40D:3,200 ISO
        500D:12,800 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        40D:11.3 EV
        500D:11.5 EV
        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
        40D:64.0
        500D:63.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        40D:22.1 bits
        500D:21.7 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        40D:703 ISO
        500D:663 ISO

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        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 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 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,264 body only

        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 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 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

        $1,299 body only

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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

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