Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 500D vs 40D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 500D
8.3
EOS 40D
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 500D
7.3
EOS 40D
8.4
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 500D
9.1
EOS 40D
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 500D
9.2
EOS 40D
9.3
Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 500D
8.7
EOS 40D
9.0

Winner
Canon EOS 40D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 40D  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 500D vs 40D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 500D
663 ISO
EOS 40D
703 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 500D
2,000 LPH
EOS 40D
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 500D
159 ms
EOS 40D
128 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 500D
89 ms
EOS 40D
61 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 500D
300 ms
EOS 40D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 500D
3.4 fps
EOS 40D
6.5 fps

Features Key features of the EOS 500D  vs 40D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 500D
15.1 MP
EOS 40D
10.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 500D
12,800 ISO
EOS 40D
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 500D
0.54x
EOS 40D
0.59x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 500D
22.1 microns
EOS 40D
32.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 500D  vs 40D 

9.0
9.0
The image quality is quite printable at 1600 ISO, which is about what you need for good indoor no-flash photography.
EOS 500D

7.8
7.8
Photos remain sharp with few artifacts as high as ISO 1,600-by the numbers as high as ISO 3,200-though sharp-eyed photographers will probably want to max out at ISO 400 for the cleanest photos.
EOS 500D

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 500D  vs
40D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 15.1 MP 10.1 MP
Resolution 4752 x 3168 3888 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 22.1 microns 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 9 9
Cross type focus points 1 9

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 62 mm 146 x 108 x 74 mm
Thickness 62 mm 74 mm
Weight 520 g 822 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

EOS 500D  vs
40D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 20 fps None
Shoots video in 24p No N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack None N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Manual N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentaprism
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.87x 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.54x 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.4 fps 6.5 fps
Battery life 400 1,100
Continuous shooting
6.5 fps, JPEG
3.4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 159 ms 128 ms
Shutter lag 89 ms 61 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 400 ms
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