• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $1600 MSRP
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $1463 Average Retail $1550 MSRP

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The Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D are neck and neck in price, but they cater to different users. This is a case where specs don't get to the heart of the matter: these are very different beasts.

The 70D comes out swinging with dramatically superior video autofocus performance; its "Dual Pixel CMOS AF" hybrid autofocus system really is a game changer. Video AF is buttery smooth and precise on the 70D, with virtually none of the focushunting present on other DSLRs. If you're looking primarily for a video shooting tool, you can stop reading now: go to one of our affiliates and purchase the 70D immediately. The 70D also offers some additional amenities you won't find on the D7100: a touchscreen, builtin wifi and an articulating screen.

Whereas the 70D brings revolutionary new technology to the table, the D7100 offers a solid upgrade to the D7000, with more traditional amenities such as dual card slots and vastly more focus points for nonlive view still shooting.

The D7100 really sets itself apart from the 70D in image quality, providing more ISO headroom and dynamic range. You'll also enjoy better fine detail from the D7100, thanks to its lack of a low-pass filter. However, this means you may see some moiré, so steer clear if you often photograph repeating patterns like fabrics.

If video isn't the be-all-end-all of your craft, your decision comes down to balancing the amenities offered by the 70D with the superior image quality and more traditional approach of the D7100. Fortunately, you'll be thrilled with either option.

Advantages

Nikon D7100 over Canon 70D

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    51 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus

Canon 70D over Nikon D7100

  • 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
  • Less shutter lag
    0.075 vs 0.251 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 5.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D7100
Nikon D7000
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1137
  • APS-C
Canon 70D
Nikon D7000
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1137
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More AF points

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D7100
Nikon D5200
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
Canon 70D
Nikon D5200
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D7100
Canon T5i
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $778
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon 70D
Canon T5i
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $778
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D7100
Pentax K-3
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $1176
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1176
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5300

Nikon D7100
Nikon D5300
  • $1600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Canon 70D
Nikon D5300
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • GPS

Review Excerpt

  • Solid, ergonomic body design; Stunning, highly detailed photos, thanks to 24.1MP sensor upgrade and removal of optical low-pass filter; Cool 1.3x crop mode extends reach to nearly 2x the full-frame equivalent; Records Full 1080p HD video at up to 30fps with full-time AF; Many pro-level features packed into a consumer-friendly body at reasonable price.

  • Shallow buffer that hampers continuous burst shooting; AF slightly slower than average for its class; No real-time aperture control while in Movie mode (among other quirks); More noticeable moire patterns and aliasing artifacts (but only found when shooting fabrics with strong, distinct patterns).

  • 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.

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