• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 7D advantages over Canon 70D

  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment

Canon 70D advantages over Canon 7D

  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    65 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    29.0 mm vs 45.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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

  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail; Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor; Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing; Fast autofocus and fast burst rate of 8 fps; Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720.

  • No dedicated AF-assist lamp (flash is used), and AF-assist adjustment is buried in the Flash Settings menu; Kit lens (28-135mm) isn't quite up to the resolving power of the 18-megapixel sensor, odd focal length for subframe DSLR; No continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 7D
Nikon D7100
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $992
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1489
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
Canon 70D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $992
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1489
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 60D

Canon 7D
Canon 60D
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Longer battery life
Canon 70D
Canon 60D
  • $992
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 70D
Nikon D7000
  • $992
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A77

Canon 7D
Sony A77
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $713
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon 70D
Sony A77
  • $992
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $713
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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