Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 30D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 30D

36

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 30D

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

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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" 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
68.0 vs 59.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
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 6 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 6 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
144×106×74 mm vs 145×106×79 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
              220 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
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D19
              30D9
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              30D10.8 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              30D1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              30D59.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              70D3"
              30D2.5"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              30D21.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              30D736 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

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

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 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

              $1,399 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $819 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

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

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              Disadvantages

              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 D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $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 Kiss X8i

              Canon Kiss X8i

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              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 30D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $942 body only

              $1,499 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

              $339 body only

              $399 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 Kiss X2

              Canon EOS Kiss X2

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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