Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 128 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6.5 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1100 shots vs 1050 shots
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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 1,167 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000'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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Size Smaller 132x105x77 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Weight Slightly lighter 780 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40D:197 lenses
        D7000:205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        40D:10.1 MP
        D7000:16.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        40D:1,600 ISO
        D7000:6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,799 body only

        $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $835 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $433 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Weight Is significantly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        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 Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $500 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 Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

        Nikon D7000 Competitors

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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 - $1,097 body only

        $1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $600 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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