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

Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon EOS 40D

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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

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 28 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 40D. Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

differences

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
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
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
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
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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
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D3,200 ISO
              T2i12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              T2i6,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              T2i11.5 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              T2i17.9 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              T2i66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              T2i784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $639 body only

              $799 - $899 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

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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