Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 70D

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

71

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

68

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
Focus points
Many focus points
45
 
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Size Much smaller 145x106x79 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
True resolution Higher true resolution 20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Much lighter 755 g vs 1,230 g
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Around 40% lighter
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 75 ms vs 104 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 39 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 68.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,320 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points Significantly more focus points 45 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 920 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-H 27.9x18.6mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
        70D:75 ms
        EOS-1D Mark IV:104 ms
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        70D:19
        EOS-1D Mark IV:39
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        70D:68.0
        EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.59x
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
        EOS-1D Mark IV:APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        70D:22.5 bits
        EOS-1D Mark IV:22.8 bits
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        70D:11.6 EV
        EOS-1D Mark IV:12 EV
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        70D:926 ISO
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1,320 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

        Thickness Is thinner
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 7D Mark II

        Canon EOS 7D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,799 body only

        $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

        Focus points Has slightly more focus points
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing

        Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Pro DSLR

        $6,799 body only

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

        Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $6,000 body only

        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Canon EOS-1D Mark III

        Canon EOS-1D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $4,599 body only

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Movie format Does not take movies

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