Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 128 ms vs 273 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40D:197 lenses
        D5100:205 lenses
        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
        1
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        40D:10.1 MP
        D5100:16.1 MP
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        40D:9
        D5100:11
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        40D:1,600 ISO
        D5100:6,400 ISO
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        40D:0.59x
        D5100:0.51x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 - $629 body only

        $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $650 body only

        $715 - $720 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,689 body only

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Battery life Shorter battery life

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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