Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
 

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
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 128 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size Smaller 146x108x74 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 822 g vs 850 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the 40D
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 79.0 vs 64.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
True resolution Much higher true resolution 21 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        40D:822 g
        5D Mark II:850 g
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        40D:1,600 ISO
        5D Mark II:6,400 ISO
        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
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        40D:11.3 EV
        5D Mark II:11.9 EV

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Thickness Thin Help
        40D:2.9"
        5D Mark II:3"
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        40D:3,200 ISO
        5D Mark II:25,600 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        40D:95%
        5D Mark II:98%
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        40D:9
        5D Mark II:1
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        40D:230k dots
        5D Mark II:920k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        40D:64.0
        5D Mark II:79.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        40D:703 ISO
        5D Mark II:1,815 ISO

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        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,199 - $3,399 body only

        $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,799 body only

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

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

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

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

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

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        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

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        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

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Movie format Does not take movies
        True resolution Much lower true resolution

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