Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D vs Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 7D

67

Canon EOS 40D

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

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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Explore our gallery of 28 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 40D. Explore our gallery of 39 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.

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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
146x108x74 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
822 g vs 860 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 6.5 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 7D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              40D128 ms
              7D131 ms
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              40D822 g
              7D860 g
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D3,200 ISO
              7D12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              7D6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              40D9
              7D19
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              7D17.9 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              7D11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D22.1 bits
              7D22 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              7D66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              7D854 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              40D146x108x74 mm
              7D148x111x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              40D$700.00
              7D$749.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              40D0.59x
              7D0.62x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              40D230k dots
              7D920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 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

              $479 - $649 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 18-200mm 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 EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,616 - $1,999 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $566 - $599 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 Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $349 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $758 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,095 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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