Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Nikon D40X

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Nikon D40X

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.6mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 450D

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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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 160 ms vs 243 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Lens 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 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly 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
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
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Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.4 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.4 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 520 shots vs 500 shots
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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 D40X's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Very small Help
        450D:129x98x62 mm
        D40X:124x94x64 mm
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        450D:197 lenses
        D40X:205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Thickness Very thin Help
        450D:2.4"
        D40X:2.5"
        Weight Light weight Help
        450D:524 g
        D40X:522 g
        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
        D40X:3,200 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        450D:12.2 MP
        D40X:10 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        450D:3.5 fps
        D40X:3 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        450D:800 ISO
        D40X:1,600 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        450D:10.8 EV
        D40X:11.4 EV
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        450D:0.54x
        D40X:0.53x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        450D:61.0
        D40X:63.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        450D:692 ISO
        D40X:516 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $435 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $609 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS 1000D

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $836 - $990 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 400D

        Canon EOS 400D

        Entry-level DSLR

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

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 450D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $830 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 500D

        Canon EOS 500D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

        Nikon D40X Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D40

        Nikon D40

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 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

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