Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3200 vs 40D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3200
10.0
EOS 40D
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3200
6.4
EOS 40D
8.4
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3200
8.3
EOS 40D
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3200
9.0
EOS 40D
9.3
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 6 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3200
8.9
EOS 40D
9.2

Winner
Canon EOS 40D 

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

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D3200 vs EOS 40D

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

D3200
1,131 ISO
EOS 40D
703 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3200
3,000 LPH
EOS 40D
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
276 ms
EOS 40D
128 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3200
114 ms
EOS 40D
61 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3200
400 ms
EOS 40D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
4 fps
EOS 40D
6.5 fps

Features Key features of the D3200  vs EOS 40D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3200
24.1 MP
EOS 40D
10.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3200
12,800 ISO
EOS 40D
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D3200
11

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

D3200
3"
EOS 40D
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3200
0.52x
EOS 40D
0.59x

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

D3200
14.8 microns
EOS 40D
32.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3200  vs EOS 40D 

8.0
9.0
Shooting into the sun with bright reflections off the sea is an exposure nightmare, but the additional dynamic range of the 14-bit RAW mode has coped admirably.
EOS 40D

7.0
7.8
Canon also added an sRaw format, which shoots small, 2.5-megapixel raw images.
EOS 40D

8.0
8.5
But the 40D is better made, more durable, with more features, much faster continuous shooting and a more 'professional' control layout.
EOS 40D

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3200  vs
EOS 40D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.1 MP 10.1 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4000 3888 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.2 x 15.4 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 9

shutter

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

form factor

Size 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm 146 x 108 x 74 mm
Thickness 76.5 mm 74 mm
Weight 505 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

D3200  vs
EOS 40D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 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 0.8x 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.52x 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 6.5 fps
Battery life 540 1,100
Continuous shooting
6.5 fps, JPEG
4 fps
Focus lag 276 ms 128 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 61 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 400 ms
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