Canon EOS 50D vs Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps
 

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
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 640 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$700.00 vs $1,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $799 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
11.4 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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 50D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              40D128 ms
              50D131 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              40D400 ms
              50D300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              822 g
              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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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D3,200 ISO
              50D12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              50D3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              50D15.1 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              50D11.4 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D22.1 bits
              50D21.8 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              50D63.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              50D696 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              40D$700.00
              50D$1,499.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              40D230k dots
              50D920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              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 T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 50D.

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