Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Canon Rebel T4i

Canon EOS 70D vs Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

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Canon Rebel T3i

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
75 ms vs 283 ms
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3.8x less delay when taking photos
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.53x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
68.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
926 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 70D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
570 g vs 755 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$478.99 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $370 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D19
              T3i9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              T3i6,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              T3i11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              T3i65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              T3i22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              T3i793 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $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 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 - $850 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $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 T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

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