Canon EOS 40D

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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1100 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 64.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
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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Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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
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
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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
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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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        40D:64.0
        Rebel XSi:61.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        40D:22.1 bits
        Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        40D:0.59x
        Rebel XSi:0.54x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        40D:703 ISO
        Rebel XSi:692 ISO

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $399 body only

        $580 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 body only

        $549 - $579 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 body only

        $999 - $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 Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $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 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,299 body only

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $640 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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

        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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