Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D5200

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Canon EOS 70D

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Nikon D5200

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
75 ms vs 302 ms
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4x 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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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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 2 f-stops 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 D5200

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
84.0 vs 68.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
129×98×78 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
555 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$405.00 vs $798.99
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The best price we've seen is $394 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              70D220 lenses
              D5200230 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              70D12,800 ISO
              D52006,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 8000D

              Canon EOS 8000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Kiss X8i

              Canon Kiss X8i

              Entry-level DSLR

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $849 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

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              yno (6:25 PM, June 15, 2014)
              when comparing D5200 to Canon EOS M the site says the D5200 have a phase detection AF over the M witch have contrast detection.
              and here in this comparison the site says the 70D have phase detection over the D5200 which have contrast detection !!!!!!!!!

              http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-EOS-M-vs-Nikon-D5200

              what the hell !?!?!
               
              Avatar for Rob Ruiz Rob Ruiz (9:51 PM, March 19, 2014)
              Why is FPS not even brought up at all in this comparison? I would think that the D5200 being able to do 1080P at 60FPS is a pretty significant edge, especially for people who might be wanting to do slow-motion stuff.
               
              Avatar for Jennah Barnes Jennah Barnes (5:11 AM, September 10, 2013)
              How is this a tie? I've seen a lot of camera comparisons here that end up as a tie even when clearly its not. The D5200 is way better when it comes to image quality but what's holding people back is its price. Found a review article on this at http://topcamerareviews.hubpages.com/hub/Canon-EOS-70D-Vs-Nikon-D5200