Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
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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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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 64.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
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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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0.1 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 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 50D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              40D:128 ms
              50D:131 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              40D:400 ms
              50D:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Weight Heavy Help
              822 g
              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
              50D:15.1 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              50D:12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              50D: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
              50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              50D:11.4 EV
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              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
              40D:64.0
              50D:63.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              50D:21.8 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              50D:696 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              Professional size 146x108x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              40D:$1,127.61
              50D:$1,299.00
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              40D:230k dots
              50D:920k dots

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              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 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
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $929 body only

              $833 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $415 body only

              $399 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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