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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Dec 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very Sharp pictures, Solid construction, 8MP takes great pics without filling your hard drive so fast. Still good for fairly big enlargements. Great value if you can find a used one with lower shutter count.
Small lcd screen, lack of features that the new cameras have, higher ISO settings not as good as newer cameras,

This is a great camera, It takes very sharp images with good quality lens. (even the newer 18-55 IS kit lens makes very nice pics with this camera).

This camera would make a great starter camera for someone that wants to explore the DSLR world without spending huge money (lots of great deals on used 20D's right now) get this camera cheap and put some money into nice glass for it. It will amaze you with the pictures it can produce.

That said, this camera is starting to show its age mostly in the features dept and low light ( high ISO settings ) compared to newer cameras. So If you have the money to blow then by all means get the latest and greatest, but if you are on a budget you will be better off with a cheaper body, and put more of the money into the lens, but do your research just because a lens is expensive does not mean its the sharpest there is Smile

Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Dec 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good Megapixel to Sharpness ratio, Dust reduction system, 3" lcd viewer, 6.5 frames per sec. Good sturdy construction-makes the rebels and lower end Nikons feel like toys. the list goes on and on...
lack of micro adjust for lenses, auto ISO is just 400-800 and not customizable, (Not really negatives just lack of features)

This is a very good value camera right now. It takes great sharp pictures and is capable of some fast FPS for action shots. Noise levels at higher ISO are not bad (most newer cameras are better in this area). The camera is very user friendly and the menus are pretty good. I upgraded from 20D (another very good camera) the changes from the 20D to the 40D are fairly significant. Although, the picture quality difference is not much, most of the time. Sharpness per Pixel is easily on par with the 20D which is well know for sharpness. I believe that the per pixel sharpness of the 40D beats that of the 50D. (the 50D does ad some features, if they are important to you I am sure its a fine camera)

Look at the professional reviews of this camera for more details and sample shots. All I can say is I am very happy with this camera and will be keeping it for a while.

It would be nice if canon offered a bit more weather sealing on there "prosumer" cameras. I don't plan on shooting much in rainstorms but the protection would be nice.