Canon EOS 40D vs Nikon D40

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Canon EOS 40D

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Nikon D40

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.5 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 40D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Better image quality
64.0 vs 56.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
128 ms vs 260 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.53x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
703 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The 40D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution
Higher true resolution
10.1 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
9 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 Nikon D40

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Size
Significantly smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.5" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
522 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$459.00 vs $700.00
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The best price we've seen is $241 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40D220 lenses
              D40230 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
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              D406 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              40D9
              D403
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D11.3 EV
              D4011 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D22.1 bits
              D4021 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D64.0
              D4056.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              40D3"
              D402.5"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D703 ISO
              D40561 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $974 with 55-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

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              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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

              Nikon D40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Thickness Much thicker
              Size Larger
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              $546 with 18-70mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D40X

              Nikon D40X

              Entry-level DSLR

              $851 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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