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

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

65

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Olympus E-30

39

Olympus E-30

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
98%
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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Around 40% larger sensor
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $699.00 vs $1,499.99
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The best price we've seen is $801 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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
Weight Lighter 665 g vs 755 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 142x108x75 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              60D:12,800 ISO
              E-30:None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D:6,400 ISO
              E-30:3,200 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              E-30:Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D:11.5 EV
              E-30:10.4 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              E-30:12.2 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              E-30:5 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D:66.0
              E-30:55.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D:22.2 bits
              E-30:21.3 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D:0.59x
              E-30:0.51x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              E-30:530 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $650 - $1,025 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,079 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              $988 with 18-105mm 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 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

              $674 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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Olympus E-30 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

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

              Olympus E-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,761 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Larger
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 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

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus E-600

              Olympus E-600

              Entry-level DSLR

              $895 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Size Significantly smaller
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

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