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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS 70D

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Canon EOS 70D

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 2 f-stops 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
$849.00 vs $2,175.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,326 cheaper (2.6x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
145×106×79 mm vs 152×114×75 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
920 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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-stops) 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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.6 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
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
21 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              70D19
              5D Mark II9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              98%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              70D20 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              5D Mark II79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              5D Mark II1,815 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $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

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 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
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 - $850 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,500 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,897 body only

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

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