Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 40D

50

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 165 lenses
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More than 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
146×108×74 mm vs 152×114×75 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$700.00 vs $1,499.99
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The best price we've seen is $800 cheaper (2.1x 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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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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.2 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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
21 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
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 4 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 6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              40D822 g
              5D Mark II850 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              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 Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              40D2.9"
              5D Mark II3"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              40D$700.00
              5D Mark II$1,499.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D3,200 ISO
              5D Mark II25,600 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              40D95%
              5D Mark II98%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              40D9
              5D Mark II1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              40D230k dots
              5D Mark II920k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              5D Mark II79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              5D Mark II1,815 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $820 body only

              $960 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 Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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