• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon 70D advantages over Sony A3000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 920 vs 470 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 83 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Higher-res screen
    347k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.28 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.59x vs 0.47x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.7 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    65 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A3000 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $348 vs $919
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,068 vs 926 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.8 vs 11.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Lighter weight
    616g vs 1233g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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.

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life.

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res EVF and LCD monitor; Can't review images using EVF; No video output; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A3000
Nikon D7100
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-01

Canon 70D
Pentax K-01
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A3000
Pentax K-01
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A3000
Pentax K-3
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 70D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1232
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A3000
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1232
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Canon 70D
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $732
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Newer
Sony A3000
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $732
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
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