Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
Weight
Light-weight
556 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.

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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
700 ms vs 2500 ms
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3.6x less delay when turning on
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 11 EV
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1.2 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
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 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
68.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
75 ms vs 200 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.49x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
926 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
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)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Size
Significantly smaller
127×94×65 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
556 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              Rebel XTi11 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              Rebel XTi1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              Rebel XTi62.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              70D3"
              Rebel XTi2.5"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              Rebel XTi22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              Rebel XTi664 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $582 - $699 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

              $550 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 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

              $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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $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 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 - $897 body only

              $985 - $1,197 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 Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 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 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 Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Live view Has live view
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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