• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 70D advantages over Sony RX100 III

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.11 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    926 vs 495 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 920 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony RX100 III advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $648* vs $959
    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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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

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.

  • Pocket-friendly design; Popup electronic viewfinder; Bright lens across the zoom range; Great performance with very fast autofocus; Very high resolution gives lots of detail in good light; High ISO noise levels much better than most pocket camera rivals; Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Feels a little unbalanced without an accessory grip; Not as much telephoto reach as its siblings; Noise processing is heavier-handed than in earlier models; Quite pricey for a fixed-lens camera

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Canon 70D
Sony RX100
  • $917
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $917
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony RX100 III
Nikon D7100
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Canon 70D
Sony RX100 II
  • $917
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $594
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 II
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $594
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon G7X

Canon 70D
Canon G7X
  • $917
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony RX100 III
Canon G7X
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Canon 70D
Panasonic LX100
  • $917
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony RX100 III
Panasonic LX100
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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