Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 70D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 75 ms vs 206 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 70D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,099.00 vs $3,120.39
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The best price we've seen is $2,021 cheaper (2.8x less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 920 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 145x106x79 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 850 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 68.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 21 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D:11.6 EV
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              70D:145x106x79 mm
              5D Mark II:152x114x75 mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              98%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D:19
              5D Mark II:9
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              70D:920 shots
              5D Mark II:850 shots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D:68.0
              5D Mark II:79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 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 5D Mark II Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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