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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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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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 128 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,138.00 vs $2,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,361 cheaper (2.2x less)
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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              similarities

              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

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

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm 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

              $641 - $699 body only

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

              $200 - $570 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 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              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

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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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