Canon EOS 450D vs Nikon D40X

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Canon EOS 450D

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Nikon D40X

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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
Phase detection autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
692 ISO vs 516 ISO
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The 450D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 243 ms
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More than 30% 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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$697.76 vs $850.99
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The best price we've seen is $153 cheaper (around 20% less)
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D40X

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.4 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              450D129×98×62 mm
              D40X124×94×64 mm
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Very thin Help
              450D2.4"
              D40X2.5"
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D220 lenses
              D40X230 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              450D$697.76
              D40X$850.99
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D12.2 MP
              D40X10 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D1,600 ISO
              D40X3,200 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
              D40X3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D800 ISO
              D40X1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D10.8 EV
              D40X11.4 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D0.54x
              D40X0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D61.0
              D40X63.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D692 ISO
              D40X516 ISO

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              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Entry-level DSLR

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon D40X Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $459 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $775 body only

              $775 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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