I think the D50 would be a better buy...
But between the two, I say the Canon, not because I like Canon (I am not biased one way or the other), but because the D40 lacks a aufofocus drive.
Also, the D40X is overpriced and not any better than the D40 anyway...
If you said you were shooting sports or a lot of action shots, I'd lean towards Canon. For photojournalist type stuff, Nikon. It all depends on what your needs are.
a hundred bucks more?
Not for a stripped down D80, but for a riced out D40.
The only real difference is more resolution...and it adds noise.
Canon sports advantages:Very interesting. I have never really heard this. Would you care to elaborate on this and explain your reasoning? I'm not flaming you, but merely asking out of curiosity as I am going to be taking the plunge soon. I like to have a multitude of peoples opinions on things.