Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 40D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 40D

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Nikon D90

70

Canon EOS 40D

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.5 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

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Advantages of the Canon 40D

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Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
128 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 64.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.59x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
703 g vs 822 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40D:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              40D:400 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              40D:95%
              D90:96%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              40D:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              40D:9
              D90:11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              D90:22.7 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D:64.0
              D90:73.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              D90:977 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $560 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $237 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,211 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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