Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 40D

Winner
Nikon D90

117

Canon EOS 40D

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 40D.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,275 with 18-200mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$450 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$749 - $797 body only

$1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS 40D Competitors

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$487 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
True resolution Higher true resolution
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$946 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$472 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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Nikon D90
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