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

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
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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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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
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 Slightly smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 822 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        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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        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        40D:95%
        D90:96%
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        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
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        40D:703 ISO
        D90:977 ISO

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 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

        $392 - $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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        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
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,689 body only

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth

        Canon EOS 40D Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 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 D90 Competitors

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $721 - $840 body only

        $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $650 - $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

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 - $1,470 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

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