• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $1332 Average Retail $1699 MSRP
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $1456 Average Retail $1550 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon 7D over Canon 70D

  • Fast startup
    0.40 vs 0.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment

Canon 70D over Canon 7D

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    11 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.075 vs 0.131 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    29 mm vs 45 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 22 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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
  • $1332
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $1456
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Nikon D90

Canon 7D
Nikon D90
  • $1332
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $889
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Nikon D90
  • $1456
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $889
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
  • $1332
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1105
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More AF points
Canon 70D
Nikon D7000
  • $1456
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1105
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More AF points

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon 7D
Canon T3i
  • $1332
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $584
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
Canon 70D
Canon T3i
  • $1456
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
  • $584
  • APS-C

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 7D
Pentax K-3
  • $1332
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1173
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $1456
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1173
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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