• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

Advantages

Canon 70D over Nikon D5200

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    920 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    13 months vs 20 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Less shutter lag
    0.075 vs 0.302 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 2.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5200 over Canon 70D

  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 0.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    827g vs 1233g
    Lighter weight

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.

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack
Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony A77

Canon 70D
Sony A77
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $1438
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5200
Sony A77
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1438
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A58

Canon 70D
Sony A58
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T5i

Canon 70D
Canon T5i
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5200
Pentax K-3
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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