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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 40D

57

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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Shutter lag Much 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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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 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
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $352.00 vs $1,138.00
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The best price we've seen is $786 cheaper (3.2x less)
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              similarities

              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
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              40D:9
              D5100:11
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 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

              $249 body only

              $375 - $430 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

              $689 - $929 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 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

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $756 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $500 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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