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
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 75 ms vs 206 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 $199.95 vs $2,199.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,999 cheaper (11x 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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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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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
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
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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              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
              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

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

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D:19
              5D Mark II:9
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly 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

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $695 - $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 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

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