Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 75 ms vs 309 ms
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4.1x less delay when taking photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 11 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 20 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 926 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 920 shots vs 700 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 130x100x78 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 755 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.99 vs $1,099.00
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The best price we've seen is $823 cheaper (4x less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D:11.6 EV
              T3:11 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D:68.0
              T3:62.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D:22.5 bits
              T3:21.9 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              T3:755 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,668 - $1,899 body only

              $2,364 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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