Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi vs Nikon D70

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

49

Nikon D70

23

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi.
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1 f-stop 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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 140×111×78 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$554.53 vs $725.00
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The best price we've seen is $170 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XSi197 lenses
              D70205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              Rebel XSi230k dots
              D70130k dots
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XSi1,600 ISO
              D70None
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XSi800 ISO
              D701,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XSi12.2 MP
              D706 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XSi3.5 fps
              D703 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XSi10.8 EV
              D7010.3 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XSi0.54x
              D700.49x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XSi21.9 bits
              D7020.4 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XSi61.0
              D7050.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Rebel XSi3"
              D701.8"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XSi692 ISO
              D70529 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              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

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 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

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              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

              $950 body only

              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

              $705 body only

              $1,014 with 55-300mm 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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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 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

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $300 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

              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
              Nikon D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $993 with 28-80mm lens

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

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