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

Canon EOS 60D vs Olympus E-30

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

65

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
  1. 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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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus E-30.

differences

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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.4 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 34 lenses
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Around 6.5x more lenses available
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 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.3 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$724.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $875 cheaper (2.2x 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
  1. 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
142×108×75 mm vs 145×106×79 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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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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"
              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 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $672 body only

              $967 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
              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 significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 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

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

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

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Olympus E-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Olympus E-520

              Olympus E-520

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $739 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $320 body only

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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