• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 70D advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Longer battery life
    More info 920 vs 600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    14 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.7 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5300 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $747 vs $1099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,338 vs 926 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 65 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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.

  • Excellent image quality similar to more expensive DSLRs (like the D7100); Great dynamic range; Responsive all-around performer; Excellent Full HD video-shooting quality; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Built-in GPS; Compact and lightweight size; 18-140mm kit lens performs well for its type and has a very versatile focus length range.

  • AA-filterless sensor makes it more prone to moire; Burst speed slows with highest quality 14-bit RAW images; Live View mode not as good as some competitors; No external headphone jack; GPS receiver not very sensitive.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D5200

Canon 70D
Nikon D5200
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $721
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $721
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 70D
Sony A77 II
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $943
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC
Nikon D5300
Sony A77 II
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $943
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC
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