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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
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
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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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
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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        Rebel XSi:197 lenses
        D70:205 lenses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        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
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
        D70:None
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
        D70:3 fps
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
        D70:10.3 EV
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XSi:800 ISO
        D70:1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        Rebel XSi:0.54x
        D70:0.49x
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        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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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $285 body only

        $427 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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 XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        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

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 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

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D70 Competitors

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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon D50

        Nikon D50

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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

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