Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Olympus E-30

Canon EOS 60D vs Olympus E-30

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

66

Olympus E-30

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
98%
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.2 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 5x more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 55.0
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20% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
813 ISO vs 530 ISO
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The 60D has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.3 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$579.00 vs $1,499.99
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The best price we've seen is $921 cheaper (2.6x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 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 Olympus E-30

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
142x108x75 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
665 g vs 755 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              60D12,800 ISO
              E-30None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              E-303,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D11.5 EV
              E-3010.4 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              E-3012.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D22.2 bits
              E-3021.3 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              E-3055.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              60D3.0"
              E-302.7"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              E-30530 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $707 body only

              $1,017 with 55-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

              Olympus E-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Olympus E-5

              Olympus E-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,680 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Weight Heavier
              Size Larger
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $769 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,936 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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