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

Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

84

Nikon D5100

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Phase detection
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
75 ms vs 273 ms
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3.6x less delay when taking photos
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
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
Slightly 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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
560 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$354.09 vs $949.00
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The best price we've seen is $595 cheaper (2.7x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              70D197 lenses
              D5100205 lenses
              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
              70D19
              D510011
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $684 body only

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

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 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
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

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