Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

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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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Overall image quality
Great image quality
83.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 
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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
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 75 ms vs 200 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 920 shots vs 600 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
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 $746.95
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The best price we've seen is $547 cheaper (3.7x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 83.0 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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,338 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 124x99x76 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 479 g vs 755 g
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Around 40% 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 Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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
              D5300:205 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
              D5300: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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5300.

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              Avatar for Mehdi R Mehdi R (10:44 AM, July 08, 2014)
              I've used some DSLR's like D3100, EOS 100D, EOS 650D and EOS 5D M3 and some Bridge and P&S's like Powershot SX40, SX50, SX260 and Coolpix L820.
              I would say I choose Canon for point and shoot, Nikon for bridge camera, Nikon for APS DSLR's, Canon for Full Frame DSLR.
              Nikon's APS DSLR's has larger sensor than Canon's, I prefer D5300 over ANY other canon APS DSLR's right now (70D, 7D, 700D..). Light weight, bigger lcd and WiFi (Remote smartphone control) and most important advantage is D5300's new image sensor which has no low-pass sensor filter means superb image quality in this category(same sensor of D7100)..
               
              Avatar for Syed Zillay Ali Syed Zillay Ali (0:21 PM, December 29, 2013)
              well summarized!
               
              eliedata (8:26 PM, November 13, 2013)
              The Canon 70D is certainly a more heavy duty camera with faster performance and longer battery life. The most important feature is the dual pixel autofocus system in live view and when shooting video. However, for my personal use, I prefer the Nikon D5300 because it delivers high quality pictures in a small body and has built in GPS unit, although it doesn't have a similar autofocus system in live view and video shooting.