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"
 
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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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Focus points 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 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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        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
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        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
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        D40:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        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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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 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

        $389 - $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 D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 - $680 body only

        $816 - $830 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
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 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 D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 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

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        Canon EOS 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,689 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 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 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 Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,231 body only

        $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

        Nikon D40 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $249 - $300 body only

        $350 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Nikon D70

        Nikon D70

        Pro DSLR

        Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        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 D50

        Nikon D50

        Entry-level DSLR

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

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