Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 128 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 146x108x74 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 813 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The 60D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 60D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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        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
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        1100 shots
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        40D:95%
        60D:96%
        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
        60D:12,800 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        40D:1,600 ISO
        60D:6,400 ISO
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        40D:11.3 EV
        60D:11.5 EV
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        40D:10.1 MP
        60D: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
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        40D:64.0
        60D:66.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        40D:22.1 bits
        60D:22.2 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        40D:703 ISO
        60D:813 ISO

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        40D:146x108x74 mm
        60D:145x106x79 mm
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.59x
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"

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        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
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        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
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,642 - $1,899 body only

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

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $790 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $389 - $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
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

        Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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

        Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,300 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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