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

Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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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
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 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $799 cheaper (5x less)
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              70D:75 ms
              7D:131 ms
              Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
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              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D:11.6 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D:68.0
              7D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D:22.5 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              70D:145x106x79 mm
              7D:148x111x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              70D:$199.95
              7D:$999.00
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              70D:25,600 ISO
              7D:12,800 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              70D:0.59x
              7D:0.62x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 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

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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 Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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

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              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 Rich Dawson Rich Dawson (3:51 AM, October 01, 2013)
              Unlike what others are saying, the creative filter issue is actually not a problem. You don't need it when you shoot RAW. What impresses me most about the 70D is its new auto-focus and its wireless capabilities. Got a great deal at http://hub.me/afLAa
               
              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).
               
              Avatar for Jennah Barnes Jennah Barnes (4:57 AM, September 10, 2013)
              I already got my 70D..I was also confused between these two impressive cameras but decided on the 70D because it is the latest from Canon and it has an innovative AF system. Got convinced after reading this comparison review http://topcamerareviews.hubpages.com/hub/Canon-EOS-70D-Vs-7D
               
              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.