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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1100 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Significantly 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
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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
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        40D:10.1 MP
        D40:6 MP
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        40D:64.0
        D40:56.0
        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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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $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

        $339 - $567 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $790 - $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

        $595 with 18-55mm 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

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

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 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 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 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm 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
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,799 body only

        $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm 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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        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Size Slightly larger
        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
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 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 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

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