Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 7D






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
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag


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.


Canon EOS 70D Competitors


Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 body only

$1,249 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Focus points More focus points

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

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $997 body only

$1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 7D Competitors


Canon EOS 6D


$1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Lens availability Fewer lenses available

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,499 - $1,799 body only

$1,849 - $1,949 with 18-135mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 body only

$1,249 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder



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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 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.