Canon EOS 450D vs Nikon D40

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Canon EOS 450D

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Nikon D40

26

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
160 ms shutter lag
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 450D.
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Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
692 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The 450D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 56.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$459.00 vs $700.11
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The best price we've seen is $241 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 129×98×62 mm
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              450D129×98×62 mm
              D40124×94×64 mm
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Very thin Help
              450D2.4"
              D402.5"
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D220 lenses
              D40230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D12.2 MP
              D406 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D1,600 ISO
              D403,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D3.5 fps
              D402.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D800 ISO
              D401,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D10.8 EV
              D4011 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D9
              D403
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              450D500 shots
              D40470 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D21.9 bits
              D4021 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D61.0
              D4056.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D0.54x
              D400.53x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D692 ISO
              D40561 ISO

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