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
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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"
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        40D:11.3 EV
        Rebel:10.8 EV
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        Rebel:APS-C 22.7x15.1mm
        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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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 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

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 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 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 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 Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $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 EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 30D

        Canon EOS 30D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Weight Is slightly heavier

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        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
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

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

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