Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D5200

Canon EOS 70D

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

82

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Nikon D5100

68

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 75 ms vs 273 ms
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3.6x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 4 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
True resolution Higher true resolution 20 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 920 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 68.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $378.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $621 cheaper (2.6x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              70D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,079 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 - $1,800 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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