Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 40D

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Nikon D7000

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
132×105×77 mm vs 146×108×74 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 6 f-stops better
Weight
Slightly lighter
780 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$479.00 vs $700.00
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The best price we've seen is $221 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40D220 lenses
              D7000230 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
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D1,600 ISO
              D70006,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D10.1 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly 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 EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $820 body only

              $960 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 Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

              Advantages

              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 Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

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

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

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