Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
128 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 550D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 550D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D3,200 ISO
              550D12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              550D6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              550D17.9 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              550D11.5 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              550D66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              550D784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $775 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $444 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

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