Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Color depth
Great color depth
22.1 bits
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon EOS Digital Rebel over the Canon EOS 40D.
 
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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality Better image quality 64.0 vs 55.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.50x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 230k dots vs 118k dots
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More than 90% higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.1 MP vs 6.3 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 703 ISO vs 544 ISO
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The 40D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel

Size Smaller 142x99x72 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 645 g vs 822 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $530.00 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $608 cheaper (2.1x less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Thickness Thin Help
              40D:2.9"
              Rebel:2.8"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              Rebel:6.3 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              40D:230k dots
              Rebel:118k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              Rebel:None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              Rebel:10.8 EV
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              Rebel:APS-C 22.7x15.1mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D:64.0
              Rebel:55.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              Rebel:21 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              40D:0.59x
              Rebel:0.50x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              Rebel:544 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 30D

              Canon EOS 30D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

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              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,400 body only

              $1,849 with 18-200mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

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