Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
 

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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
128 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
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 T2i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Size
Significantly 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$855.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (more than 10% 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
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              T2i:17.9 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              T2i:11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D:64.0
              T2i:66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              T2i:784 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $559 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $399 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $672 - $799 body only

              $949 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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 Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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