Canon EOS Rebel T2i vs Nikon D40

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel T2i and Nikon D40. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Nikon D40

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Rebel T2i is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D40 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i were released 2010 and Nikon D40 was released 2006. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS Rebel T2i Canon 2010
Nikon D40 Nikon 2006

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel T2i has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D40 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D40 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS Rebel T2i has a 18,7 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D40 has 6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18,7 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Nikon D40 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000

Canon EOS Rebel T2i has a 198 % larger resolution than Nikon D40. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS Rebel T2i has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D40. Canon EOS Rebel T2i has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D40 has 200 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 100-12800
Nikon D40 200-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel T2i has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D40 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D40 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D40

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel T2i can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds and Nikon D40 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 3,7
Nikon D40 2,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Unfortunately Nikon D40 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D40 weighs 522 gr (equal to 1,15 lb) which is 2% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T2i and its 510 gr (or 1,12 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 510 gr 1,12 lb
Nikon D40 522 gr 1,15 lb