Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Nikon D70

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Nikon D70

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
160 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 50.0
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More than 20% better image quality
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.3 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
230k dots vs 130k dots
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Around 80% higher resolution screen
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
692 ISO vs 529 ISO
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The Rebel XSi has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 140x111x78 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
524 g vs 679 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D70

Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.5mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XSi:197 lenses
              D70:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XSi:12.2 MP
              D70:6 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              Rebel XSi:230k dots
              D70:130k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              D70:3 fps
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
              D70:None
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              D70:10.3 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              D70:1,600 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XSi:0.54x
              D70:0.49x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
              D70:20.4 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Rebel XSi:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              D70:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              D70:50.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO
              D70:529 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              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 Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $790 body only

              $900 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $359 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

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              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

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              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

              Nikon D70 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $452 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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