Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Nikon D40

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Nikon D40

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
160 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 56.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$423.19 vs $452.00
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.5mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
124x94x64 mm vs 129x98x62 mm
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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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D40's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D:197 lenses
              D40:205 lenses
              Size Very small Help
              450D:129x98x62 mm
              D40:124x94x64 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              450D:2.4"
              D40:2.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              450D:524 g
              D40:522 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D:1,600 ISO
              D40:3,200 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D:12.2 MP
              D40:6 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D:3.5 fps
              D40:2.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              D40:1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D:10.8 EV
              D40:11 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D:9
              D40:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D:0.54x
              D40:0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D:61.0
              D40:56.0
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              450D:500 shots
              D40:470 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D:21.9 bits
              D40:21 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D:692 ISO
              D40:561 ISO

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