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

53

Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great battery life
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
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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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
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$699.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              40D:95%
              60D:96%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              60D:12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              60D:17.9 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              60D:11.5 EV
              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              60D:813 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              40D:$999.00
              60D:$699.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $899 - $999 body only

              $1,058 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $587 - $750 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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,041 body only

              $1,099 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,378 - $1,799 body only

              $2,199 - $2,399 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
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 - $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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