Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS M

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS M

48

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Phase detection
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
75 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact (109×66×32 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
298 g
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
75 ms vs 742 ms
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9.9x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
700 ms vs 2700 ms
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3.9x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 13 lenses
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Around 17x more lenses available
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Much longer battery life
920 shots vs 230 shots
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4x more shots per battery charge
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
68.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 4.3 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
926 ISO vs 827 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Size
Much smaller
109×66×32 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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5.3x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
298 g vs 755 g
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2.5x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.5x thinner
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
31 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$239.99 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $609 cheaper (3.5x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              70D1/8000s
              EOS M1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              EOS M11.2 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $475 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $834 body only

              $1,099 - $1,200 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              GPS Has a GPS
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 - $499 body only

              $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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