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 significantly 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
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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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              similarities

              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"
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              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
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,400 body only

              $1,849 with 18-200mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly 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 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 Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

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