Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
524 g
 

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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your 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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
75 ms vs 160 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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 4 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
129x98x62 mm vs 145x106x79 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
Significantly lighter
524 g vs 755 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$748.89 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              70D:75 ms
              Rebel XSi:160 ms
              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
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              Rebel XSi:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D:11.6 EV
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D:68.0
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D:22.5 bits
              Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

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

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $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

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

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $649 body only

              $549 - $550 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

              $310 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

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              Advantages

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

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

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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 Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 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

              $715 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Viewfinder size Smaller 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
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 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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