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

Canon EOS 40D

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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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
 
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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
True resolution Significantly 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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0.2 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 Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 146x108x74 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 2 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 530 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 550D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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similarities

Compared to recent DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lens availability Many lenses available Help
197 lenses
Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Thickness Thin Help
40D:2.9"
550D:2.4"
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
40D:3,200 ISO
550D:12,800 ISO
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Few focus points Help
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Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
40D:1,600 ISO
550D:6,400 ISO
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
550D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
40D:11.3 EV
550D:11.5 EV
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
40D:10.1 MP
550D:17.9 MP
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Color depth Poor color depth Help
22.1 bits
Overall image quality Low image quality Help
40D:64.0
550D:66.0
Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
40D:703 ISO
550D:784 ISO

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competitors

Shared Competitors

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Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$550 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 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$699 - $700 body only

$450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$339 - $567 body only

$444 - $477 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 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$652 body only

$698 with 5mm lens

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
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

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 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,099 - $1,155 body only

$450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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