Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

80

Canon EOS 7D

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.
Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.

competitors

Canon EOS 70D Competitors

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 - $1,199 body only

$1,249 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Focus points More focus points
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$799 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,100 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Autofocus Slower video autofocus

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,248 - $1,499 body only

$1,699 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,263 - $1,499 body only

$1,571 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$825 body only

$1,150 with 18-135mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Better color depth
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

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Avatar for Mike T. Mike T. (10:58 PM, May 23, 2015)
I'm not sure where you are seeing this, my screen clearly says the 70D is the winner and the 7D is the runner-up.
 
Avatar for NSRajaram NSRajaram (3:35 PM, April 25, 2015)
Canon has come out with 7D Mark II, which should make many of these comments irrelevant.
 
Avatar for Adam Howden Adam Howden (6:08 AM, October 29, 2014)
Two things are wrong with these comparisons, the 7D has a way less shudder buffer than the 70D. Also the 70D is not $199, it is around 950-1200
 
Avatar for Piotrek Ka Piotrek Ka (8:27 PM, June 28, 2014)
Hi, you can set it with custom functions. I have "set" button assigned to it. Single press and than use dials to select jpg/raw and their quality.
 
Avatar for Ali Farhat Ali Farhat (2:19 PM, May 25, 2014)
i got really impressed with the canon 70d auto focus and wireless feature as well i have compared both cameras at night and the 70d got the lead , comparing the prices are very close i was glad to get my 70d from http://www.osfoura.com/ and i will be selling my 7D as its out of date !
 
Avatar for B.Vijaya Kumar B.Vijaya Kumar (2:49 PM, May 19, 2014)
I like canon 70D DSLR camera, It's a touch screen, Screen flipout & Auto focucing video recording,
Thank U CANON. Vijay Fine Arts Studio,Gopalapatnam,VSP-27
 
Avatar for Tony Crispino Tony Crispino (2:03 AM, February 07, 2014)
Agreed. I compared the 7D this last weekend with the 70D my wife bought me for Xmas. Image quality was the same and the 70D has better and newer features. The wireless functionality is a game changer as well. The 70D is a great Mid Range camera and will work well for the semi pro and professional photographers will enjoy having this camera in the bag with a quality full frame.. My hope next year is to add the Mark III to my collection but for now the 70D is getting the job done.
 
Avatar for Craig234 Craig234 (7:28 PM, December 07, 2013)
So, you don't have one reason for your opinion?
 
Avatar for Vivek Raut Vivek Raut (2:56 PM, October 13, 2013)
Canon should give single switch selection of raw or jpeg image selection. May be dof switch. Hope they give in next firmware update.
 
Marc Bangera (3:09 PM, October 01, 2013)
The 7D beats the 70D any day! I dont know why the results are tied. :/ i have the 60D and the 7D. The 60D at least can be tied (which is a tie).
 
Avatar for Vivek Raut Vivek Raut (11:33 AM, September 23, 2013)
Again canon has missed AF expansion function in eos70d . Canon should always try to give complete AF system.
 
Avatar for Shawn M. Knox Shawn M. Knox (1:28 AM, September 17, 2013)
I agree. This is a silly comparison. I have seen high ISO test files from the 70D and they are considerably better than the 7D. Canon didn't have much of a challenge to improve noise with the 70D since the 7D's noisy files are really terrible. The 7D is an ancient camera, technologically speaking, as it just about to turn 4 years old. As mentioned, the differences in favor of the 7D are so trivial that they should even be highlighted. If you shoot in the daytime and need a weather sealed camera then maybe consider the 7D but for everything else I just can't accept that the 7D can possibly be the equal of this camera. If it is, then I would suggest bypassing both cameras and waiting to see if Canon is able to improve on the 7D with the7D MKII (if they ever make one, that is).
 
Double00Pho (2:37 PM, September 05, 2013)
I don't understand how this conclusion was reached. The 70 beats or equals the 7 on almost all things that matter (except speed and sometimes viewfinder SIZE) yet the overall conclusion is a tie? the dynamic range difference is really not worth mentioning and I doubt that anyone would miss more than 0.5% of their shots due the 98% viewfinder coverage. It amuses me that often comparisons between these two cameras note the lighter weight as an advantage of the 70 but the 'plastic' body as a disadvantage. it's lighter BECAUSE of the so-called plastic body.
I think the issue is that with the 70, the 2 digit category of Canon is rapidly catching up with the single digit category (save the sensor size) and sense the 7 is not a full frame, it actually loses. There's just no two ways about it.