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

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 40D

57

Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
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Built-in focus motor
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
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 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 822 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $575.00 vs $872.68
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The best price we've seen is $298 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              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%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              40D:10.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              40D:3,200 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              40D:1,600 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              40D:9
              D90:11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              40D:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              40D:64.0
              D90:73.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              40D:22.1 bits
              D90:22.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              40D:703 ISO
              D90:977 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 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
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $625 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $893 body only

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

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 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

              $390 - $427 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
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              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

              Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 30D

              Canon EOS 30D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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