Nikon D40 (with 18-55mm lens) comparison

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Nikon D3100 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Nikon D3100 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)
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Nikon D7000 (Body Only)

Nikon D7000 (Body Only)
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Price $399 at 1 store $389 to $405 at 2 stores $569 to $1,596 at 6 stores $499 to $925 at 12 stores $599 to $999 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 84 reviews 4.0 stars out of 26 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.5 stars out of 16 reviews 4.0 stars out of 39 reviews
Release date December 01, 2006 September 01, 2010 November 06, 2012 March 07, 2011 October 15, 2010
The Bottom Line The Nikon D40 is a great transition camera for going from point-and-shoot to your first dSLR. A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it nevertheless lags behind the competition. The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers. For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up. An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts, including the company's best shooting design to date.

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
Dimensions (W x D x H) 5 in x 2.5 in x 3.7 in
4.9 in x 3 in x 3.8 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
5.2 in x 3 in x 4.1 in
Lens System 3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S
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Optical sensor type CCD
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 200-1600
ISO 6400
ISO 12800
ISO 100-3200
ISO auto
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO auto
ISO 100-25600
Video capture Info unavailable MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
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MOV - 640 x 424 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
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H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
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Weight 16.8 oz
16 oz
17.8 oz
18.2 oz
1.5 lbs
Product Type Digital camera - SLR
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
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