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

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Differences

Canon 70D advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $879 vs $1849
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 920 vs 670 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Canon 70D

  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,082 vs 926 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    65 vs 19
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    65 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    103 vs 65 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.5 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 70D
Canon 7D
  • $794
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 70D
Canon 6D
  • $794
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $794
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 7D Mark II
Nikon D7100
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon 70D
Canon T4i
  • $794
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon T4i
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $794
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 7D Mark II
Pentax K-3
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in GPS
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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