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

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Differences

Canon SL1 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $897
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lighter weight
    623g vs 1233g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 65 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 70D advantages over Canon SL1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 920 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 88 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.59x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    19 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.7 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.7 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    14 vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

  • 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 SL1
Nikon D7100
  • $509
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $717
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $973
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $717
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A58

Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $509
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon 70D
Sony A58
  • $973
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon T5

Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $509
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $422
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 70D
Canon T5
  • $973
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $422
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon SL1
Sony A77 II
  • $509
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon 70D
Sony A77 II
  • $973
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Canon SL1
Pentax K-S1
  • $509
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon 70D
Pentax K-S1
  • $973
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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