Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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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        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        40D:11.3 EV
        50D:11.4 EV
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        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
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.59x
        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
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        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

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 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 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 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

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 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 EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 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 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

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

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $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 EOS 5D

        Canon EOS 5D

        Pro DSLR

        $4,000 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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

        Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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

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