Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D70s

Canon Rebel T2i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
22.1 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70s

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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 T2i

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 130k dots
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8x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
66.0 vs 50.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 529 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.99 vs $1,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,395 cheaper (3.3x less)
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 679 g
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More than 20% lighter
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 Nikon D70s

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 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i:197 lenses
              D70s: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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i:3.7 fps
              D70s:3 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              D70s:None
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i:0.54x
              D70s:0.49x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              D70s:1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T2i:11.5 EV
              D70s:10.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i:17.9 MP
              D70s:6 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T2i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D70s:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T2i:22.1 bits
              D70s:20.4 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T2i:66.0
              D70s:50.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i:784 ISO
              D70s:529 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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 XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

              Nikon D70s Competitors

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              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 D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $545 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Weight Significantly heavier
              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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