Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Nikon D40

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Nikon D40

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Weight
Light-weight
522 g
 
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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 3.0" 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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 128 ms vs 260 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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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0.3 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
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.1 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.53x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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 Smaller 124x94x64 mm vs 146x108x74 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 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.5mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $459.00 vs $1,127.61
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The best price we've seen is $669 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40D:197 lenses
              D40:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Thin Help
              40D:2.9"
              D40:2.5"
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              D40:6 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              40D:9
              D40:3
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              40D:11.3 EV
              D40:11 EV
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              D40:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D:64.0
              D40:56.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              D40:21 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              D40:561 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 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

              $290 - $380 body only

              $399 - $499 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

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 with 18-105mm 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
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              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

              $1,000 body only

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

              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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,099 - $1,545 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D40 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              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 D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Nikon D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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