• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 70D advantages over Panasonic ZS40

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.11 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Better color depth
    22.5 vs 19.0 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    926 vs 117 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 920 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.59x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    65 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic ZS40 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $380* vs $939
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

  • Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic ZS40
Nikon D7100
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS40
Pentax K-3
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Canon 70D
Canon SX700 HS
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX700 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 70D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic ZS40
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Canon 70D
Canon SX710 HS
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX710 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter
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