Canon EOS 70D vs Canon Rebel T3

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon Rebel T3

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Weight
Light-weight
459 g

Items often bought with the 70D or T3

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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
75 ms vs 309 ms
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4.1x less delay when taking photos
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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1.2 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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
68.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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 coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
459 g vs 755 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$339.00 vs $798.99
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The best price we've seen is $460 cheaper (2.4x 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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D19
              T39
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              T311 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              T36,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              T362.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              70D3"
              T32.7"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              T321.9 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              T3755 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $818 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $819 body only

              $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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