Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Better image quality 64.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 128 ms vs 160 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
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 XSi

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True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 524 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $695.00 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $443 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              40D:128 ms
              Rebel XSi:160 ms
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Thin Help
              40D:2.9"
              Rebel XSi:2.4"
              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
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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 XSi:12.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D:64.0
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 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 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 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 XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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 EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $800 body only

              $756 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
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi.

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