Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 30D

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Canon EOS 30D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 30D

Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 59.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 20 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 926 ISO vs 736 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.56x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 70D's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Weight Slightly lighter 755 g vs 784 g
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Almost the same
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Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 144x106x74 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        70D:11.6 EV
        30D:10.8 EV
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        70D:68.0
        30D:59.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        70D:22.5 bits
        30D:21.5 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        70D:926 ISO
        30D:736 ISO

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        competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 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
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $669 - $700 body only

        $200 - $725 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 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
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $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
        Canon EOS 7D Mark II

        Canon EOS 7D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,799 body only

        $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        GPS Has a GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Canon EOS 30D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Color depth Better color depth
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS 20D

        Canon EOS 20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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