EOS 450D vs 40D

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by piterengel, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. piterengel

    piterengel Guest

    Hi everybody. I'm an amatorial photographer that is still going in
    darkroom because I love b/w. Digitally speaking I have a Canon G7
    camera that I use for travelling photos. Now I would like to buy an
    SLR camera, remaining into Canon world. I know there is the new 50D
    but it is "too much" for me... I've compared 450D with 40D:
    performance seem the same, not the price! Obviously materials of 40D
    are better, but if this is the ONLY reason for a higher price I prefer
    450D. And then electroic world is a perverted world, in which any
    decision is wrong because of its fast evolution...Till 2 weeks ago 40D
    was the number one in its category, in few days it seems be a
    rubbish...Can you suggest me anything?
    piterengel, Sep 8, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    Main Differences:
    40D has 6.5 fps burst, 450D has 3.5
    40D has heavier duty, larger, more robust body
    40D has an LCD status screen (uses less power than using the
    main screen like the 450D does)
    40D has a bigger battery.
    40D allows you to change most functions by pressing one
    button then turning a dial. 450D requires you to access the
    menus a bit more. (Personally I find the 450D menus more
    intuitive, but with practice the 40D would be faster to
    change settings).
    40D has 2 setting dials, meaning that changing things like
    shutter and aperture in manual mode are faster.
    450D has slightly higher resolution.
    40D takes CF cards, 450D takes SD/SDHC.
    40D uses '80 series remotes, 450D uses '60 series. The '80
    series allows more functions - eg there is a timer remote
    available for the 40D - the 450D can only use the basic
    manual remotes.

    All in all, there's not a lot to separate them. Speed and
    build are the 2 big ones. They are pretty much identical for
    things like focus areas, focus modes, metering modes, ISO
    ranges, Highlight priority mode etc. I went for the 450D
    since I don't need the high speed, and since I was migrating
    from Pentax, I could use my existing SDHC cards, and same
    Doug Jewell, Sep 8, 2008
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  3. piterengel

    piterengel Guest

    I'm happy to have found at least another person who is thinking
    similar to me! It seems that ONLY the last camera works well, but it
    is not so! Of course, as already said, 40D is better. But differences,
    a part bulid in my opinion, are not critical. One shot pro 450D!
    piterengel, Sep 8, 2008
  4. Hello P.

    Have a look at issues of PhotoPlus. That may have a comparison between the
    450D and 40D.

    Regards, Ian.
    Nottingham UK
    Fred Anonymous, Sep 8, 2008
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    piterengel Guest

    Hi Ian, is PhotoPlus a site or only a software? Thanks

    piterengel, Sep 8, 2008
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    Celcius Guest

    Celcius, Sep 8, 2008
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    Celcius Guest

    Celcius, Sep 8, 2008
  8. The thumbwheel is a dealbreaker if missing ... I have been
    spoiled. :)

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Sep 8, 2008
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    er Guest

    ----good list, but you forgot the pentaprism as opposed to the pentamirror
    viewfinder. Comparing the old 300d to the 5d - night and day difference.
    er, Sep 9, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    I'm not surprised that there is a night and day difference
    between a 300D and 5D - because of the larger sensor size of
    the 5D it can have a larger viewfinder or a brighter
    viewfinder or a combination of the 2. Any 35mm sized SLR
    (including old film cameras) will have a far better
    viewfinder than any of the cropped sensor DSLRs, so there is
    a night and day difference between all my film cameras (some
    with pentamirrors, and some with pentaprisms) compared to my
    digitals (all cropped sensor).
    Although the 450D has pentamirror and the 40D has
    pentaprism, I didn't really notice much difference between
    their viewfinders. For the week prior to buying my own 450D,
    I was borrowing a 40D. I really can't see a significant
    difference between the viewfinders.
    Doug Jewell, Sep 9, 2008
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