Canon 20D vs Nikon D40

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  1. thps1086

    thps1086 TPF Noob!

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    Hey whats up..im in a debate whether which of these cameras i should get...yeh i know its personal preference but i wont to know what the pros and cons of these cameras before i make the decision..
     
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    20D is the better of these two.

    20D=8mp v D40=6mp
    20D=9point AF v D40's 3 point AF
    20D=5fps v D40's 2.5fps
    20D has a DOF preview button the D40 does not
    Pptional Battery grip available for 20D but not D40
    20D controls noise better at higher ISO than D40
    20D= ISO range of 100-3200 v the D40's 200-3200
    Bracketing availbele on 20D not D40
    20D allows RAW+ Large JPG v D40's RAW+ Basic JPG
    D40 has spot metering which is a good thing.
    1.8" screen v D40's 2.5" screen
    20D is about 215g heavier than the D40

    The 20D is also much easier to use with many functions quick and easy to access by way of buttons on the top of the camera. The D40 has some of these functions buried in the menu system.
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Why these two cameras? They are nowhere close to each other. One is an introductory DSLR and the other is a semi-pro.

    mike
     
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    If you are going to compare these two cameras the most important factor becomes how much spare money do you have and where do you feel you are currently with your photography?

    The Canon 20D has a lot of fancy features which make it look great on paper, but if you are asking this question I guess it is kind of superficial to look at them. It may take some sharper and larger pictures but it won't make you any better at photography than the D40 will either.

    Canon 20D Pros: All of them. Cons: Triple the price? It is here in Australia anyway.

    If you are prepared to shell out for a 20D I wouldn't even look at the D40. However I would glance at either an EOS400D or a Nikon D80, and spend the spare money on a good lens to go with it.
     
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    I am about as Nikon as it gets I have only ever shot Nikon but in this comparison there is no contest the 20D wins hands down. It reallt is kind of dumb to even compare these 2 as has been said one is an advanced amatuer camera and the other is a total entry-level.
     
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    I'm a big Nikon guy and I would still go with the 20D between the two. Also, I would never buy a D40 so that makes it easier.

    Why not compare the Nikon D80 to the Canon 20D? Those two are in the same class (or atleast more so than D40/20D).
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I don't know even here I think I would go with the 20D. And again this is coming from a big Nikon user. I think you are more in the D200 range then here I would go Nikon.
     
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    i have a price diference between these two cameras ( nikon D40 and the Canon 20D )and i am trying to figureout witch camera to buy...i can get the body of the canon for $250 and a standard lense for $50-$100, the nikon i can just get for $449.00

    i am guessing i should get the canon.. what do you think?
     
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    I'd get the Canon 20D. The Nikon D40 is actually more of a beginners DSLR (comparable to the old Canon XT) but the 20D is an intermediate/prosumer DSLR and a lot more robust.

    I was wondering why someone dug up a 2 year old thread.
     
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    The only thing that really sucks about the 20D is the LCD screen.
     
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    really? is the screen a pain? i have a friend who paid the same price and she loves the camera... does the size of the screen matter?
     
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    The D40 is a non-starter.

    I am a total Nikon guy, but if I had these two as options I would take the Canon without hesitation.
     

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