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

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.56x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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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        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

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,299 body only

        $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,750 - $1,899 body only

        $2,397 - $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 EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 body only

        $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $599 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 70D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 - $1,470 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 Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

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

        Size Smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $797 body only

        $847 - $897 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 - $1,050 body only

        $930 - $1,198 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 EOS 30D Competitors

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        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 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,116 body only

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $399 - $450 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 XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $765 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
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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