• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon 70D advantages over Pentax K-3

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    More info 920 vs 560 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance

Pentax K-3 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $920 vs $1099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,216 vs 926 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.4 vs 11.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 19
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.4 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    27 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    24 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
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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.

  • Top-notch image quality; Great ergonomics in a compact body; Unique on-demand low-pass filtering; Broad sensitivity range; Large and bright viewfinder for an APS-C camera; Dual card slots; Optional Wi-Fi remote control

  • AE Lock button is poorly located; Below-average battery life for a DSLR; Rather dated-looking menu system; Requires a different battery grip accessory than its predecessors; Less third-party support than some rivals

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D5300

Canon 70D
Nikon D5300
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer battery life
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-3
Nikon D5300
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 70D
Sony A77 II
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $942
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC
Pentax K-3
Sony A77 II
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $942
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 70D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1490
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Pentax K-3
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1490
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon D7200

Canon 70D
Nikon D7200
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-3
Nikon D7200
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Fast startup
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