Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D40 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D40

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Nikon D40

26

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Weight
Light-weight
522 g

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Size
Much smaller
124x94x64 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Much lighter
522 g vs 780 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$429.99 vs $629.95
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The D7000 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D40
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution 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
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 2.5x more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.53x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
238 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D406 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D401,600 ISO
              D70006,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D40None
              D70001080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $723 body only

              $945 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              $543 with 18-70mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Larger

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $639 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,009 - $1,197 body only

              $1,274 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Size Larger

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