Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
524 g
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.
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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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
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 61.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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 significantly faster
7 fps vs 3.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
75 ms vs 160 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
926 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 70D's boost ISO is 8 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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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
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
524 g vs 755 g
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More than 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              70D75 ms
              Rebel XSi160 ms
              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
              Rebel XSi9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              Rebel XSi800 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              Rebel XSi10.8 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              Rebel XSi61.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              Rebel XSi21.9 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              Rebel XSi692 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 - $850 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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