Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.59x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.5 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
128 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 

differences

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Slightly 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
Significantly 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
Cheaper
$450.00 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $688 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              40D:128 ms
              Rebel XSi:160 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              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
              9
              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
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 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

              $1,649 body only

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 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 Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

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

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

              Advantages

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

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