Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D5300

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Canon EOS 70D

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Nikon D5300

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Phase detection video autofocus
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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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differences

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
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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
75 ms vs 200 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
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
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
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
83.0 vs 68.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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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
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
124×99×76 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 755 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$479.99 vs $798.99
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The best price we've seen is $319 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              D5300230 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
              12,800 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thinner
              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 resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $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 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

              Advantages

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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.