Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 7D

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less 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

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Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D. Explore our gallery of 39 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.

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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
75 ms vs 131 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
68.0 vs 66.0
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Almost the same
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
920 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
755 g vs 860 g
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More than 10% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 70D's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$749.00 vs $949.00
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              70D75 ms
              7D131 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              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
              19
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              7D11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              7D66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              7D22 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              7D854 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              70D145x106x79 mm
              7D148x111x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              70D$949.00
              7D$749.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              70D25,600 ISO
              7D12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              70D20 MP
              7D17.9 MP
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              70D0.59x
              7D0.62x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 70D.

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 7D.

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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.