Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Canon EOS 40D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 40D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
128 ms shutter lag
Badge
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
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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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 10.1 MP
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Capture around 2x 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 64.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 926 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 75 ms vs 128 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 6.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 920 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 146x108x74 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              70D:75 ms
              40D:128 ms
              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
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              40D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D:11.6 EV
              40D:11.3 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
              40D:64.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D:22.5 bits
              40D:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              40D:703 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              70D:145x106x79 mm
              40D:146x108x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              70D:$1,099.00
              40D:$1,099.19
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              70D:25,600 ISO
              40D:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              70D:98%
              40D:95%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D:19
              40D:9
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

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

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              $715 - $1,044 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,400 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 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

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $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

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 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 40D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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