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
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 30D

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
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
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 faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
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
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
              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
              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
              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
              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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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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 30D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,831 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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