Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D5300

Canon EOS 70D

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

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Nikon D5200

72

Nikon D5200

Runner-up
     
 

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 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
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 
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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 302 ms
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4x 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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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Battery life Longer battery life 920 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
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
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $546.95
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The best price we've seen is $347 cheaper (2.7x less)
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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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2.3 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
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 555 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 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              D5200:205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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 D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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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