Nikon D40 vs Canon EOS 1100D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D40 and Canon EOS 1100D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D40 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1100D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D40 were released 2006 and Canon EOS 1100D was released 2011. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D40 2006
Canon EOS 1100D 2011

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D40 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 1100D has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D40 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 1100D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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


Nikon D40 has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1100D has 12,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D40 6 MP
6016000 pixels
3008 x 2000
Canon EOS 1100D 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Canon EOS 1100D has a 102 % larger resolution than Nikon D40. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1100D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D40. Canon EOS 1100D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Nikon D40 has 200 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D40 200-3200
Canon EOS 1100D 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 1100D 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 work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D40
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1100D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D40 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1100D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D40 2,5
Canon EOS 1100D 3

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS 1100D. Sadly, the Nikon D40 does not support this.


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

Nikon D40 weighs 522 gr (equal to 1,15 lb) which is 5% heavier than Canon EOS 1100D and its 495 gr (or 1,09 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D40 522 gr
1,15 lb
Canon EOS 1100D 495 gr
1,09 lb