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
        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

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,299 body only

        $1,599 - $1,799 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 EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $3,120 body only

        $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon EOS 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,689 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 - $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
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $783 body only

        $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
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $721 - $840 body only

        $930 - $990 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

        $385 - $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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