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

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 40D

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Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 40D

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

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 273 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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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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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
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
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
560 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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
$334.09 vs $700.00
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The best price we've seen is $366 cheaper (2.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $579 - $599 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

              $233 body only

              $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 body only

              $900 with 55-300mm 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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