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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 640 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$525.31 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,074 cheaper (3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Excellent dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              50D11.4 EV
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              40D128 ms
              50D131 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              40D400 ms
              50D300 ms
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D22.1 bits
              50D21.8 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              50D15.1 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              50D63.0
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              50D696 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              50D3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              40D230k dots
              50D920k dots

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              40D$1,599.00
              50D$525.31
              Weight Light weight Help
              822 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              40D6.5 fps
              50D6.3 fps

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