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Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70s

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Screen size Much larger screen 2.5" vs 2.0"
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Around 30% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 21 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 50.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.3 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 230k dots vs 130k dots
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Around 80% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 124x94x64 mm vs 140x111x78 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Weight Lighter 522 g vs 679 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $250.00 vs $999.99
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The best price we've seen is $750 cheaper (4x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D70s

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              6 MP
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D40:2.5"
              D70s:2.0"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D40:21 bits
              D70s:20.4 bits
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D40:230k dots
              D70s:130k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D40:3,200 ISO
              D70s:None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D40:2.5 fps
              D70s:3 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D40:11 EV
              D70s:10.3 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D40:0.53x
              D70s:0.49x
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D40:56.0
              D70s:50.0
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D40:561 ISO
              D70s:529 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $350 - $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D40 Competitors

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              Nikon D40X

              Nikon D40X

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D70s Competitors

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