Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D7100

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Canon EOS 70D

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Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Phase detection video autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
75 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
83.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.

competitors

Canon EOS 70D Competitors

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 - $1,199 body only

$1,249 - $1,349 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Focus points More focus points
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$799 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$876 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Autofocus Slower video autofocus

Nikon D7100 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$876 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$640 - $747 body only

$847 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$495 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

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thanuja (9:07 AM, September 15, 2015)
canon always wins
 
Avatar for NSRajaram NSRajaram (7:00 AM, March 15, 2015)
If you want expand your horizons to eventually include moving objects (sports and wildlife) 70d is the way to go, I feel its dual pixel CMOS makes it the better choice. any camera today can take still pictures. I have used both and 90% of the time people cannot tell the difference. Both take wonderful pictures.
 
Avatar for NSRajaram NSRajaram (6:54 AM, March 15, 2015)
70d offers the best value for money. Better autofocus and video. So for someone looking to expand one's horizons, to go to moving objects like sports and wildlife, 70d is ideal. Image quality etc, all cameras have it. Nothing is special. It is taken for granted.
 
Joell J (11:12 PM, February 18, 2015)
Not just that also Nikon has time lapse built inside and it shoot video a 1080p at 60fps. Touch screen and all are not big deal. Selecting a focus point on Nikon is also easy. The weather sealing is better on Nikon. Canon is old technology's always. Wifi is not a big deal go ahead and buy it. It will be the same price as canon 70d. Nikon d7100 wins. Agree?
 
kishore (4:42 PM, January 24, 2015)
whic is the best camera - Canon 70D or Nikon D7100. Please give me a opinion
 
Avatar for herlucidsky herlucidsky (4:06 PM, November 29, 2014)
Hi Romesh,

Thank you for taking out the time to respond. You are absolutely right. I've been doing a lot of research for some time now and the more information I learn, the more I appreciate what talented photographers do and the more it is clear that the lens and the photographer's skill set are what matters most. It is definitely an art for sure! I have a new found respect for photography. I feel like a child who has just stumbled into this foreign/magical world of photography of some sorts.

I am very serious about learning every and anything about photography. But I'll be honest, I am not looking forward to the tedious task of post-processing. But I understand it is necessary.

So you mentioned the nikon would be best for those who are lazy about post-processing, are you saying that the the nikon is a little better at catching "realness" or better details?

Thanks :)
 
Romesh (10:34 AM, November 27, 2014)
Photography is an art. You are creating photos so post-processing is an essential part of photography. In that sense image quality out of the camera doesn't matter much. If you're shooting RAW, you can dramatically change the look of your photos. Personally for me I don't care what the camera is as long as it can shoot RAW. Having said that I prefer Canon because I'm used to the buttons layout and I have Canon lenses. To answer your question. Unless you're serious about learning photography buying an expensive camera body is pointless. You can start with something like Canon 700D or Nikon D5300. As you learn more about photography you'll realize lenses matters more than camera bodies. And if you're lazy to learn about post-processing I think Nikon will be better for you. :)
 
Avatar for herlucidsky herlucidsky (9:34 PM, November 21, 2014)
Hi there,
From all the reading and reviews I've done thus far, it seems like the Nikon is better for photos and the Canon for videos. Someone mentioned that Canon 70D pictures are only better once you play around with the modes? Then would you suggest this camera for someone who is at the novice stage, interested in both superb photo quality as well as video quality(beauty related)? Is it more about how one uses the camera vs the camera specs that produces the best photos? Is it worth all the hype or should I start out with something like the Canon rebel T3i, T5i etc or the Canon 60D? Or should I just start with Nikon D7100 since I won't have to do much with the modes in order to get good quality photos? I apologize for the million questions. This is all so overwhelming.

 
Avatar for herlucidsky herlucidsky (8:19 PM, November 21, 2014)
Hmmm. So the Canon 70D pictures are only better once you play around with the modes? Then would you suggest this camera for someone who is at the novice stage, interested in both superb photo quality as well as video quality(beauty related)? Is it more about how one uses the camera vs the camera specs that produces the best photos? Is it worth all the hype or should I start out with something like the Canon rebel T3i, T5i etc or the Canon 60D? Or should I just start with Nikon D7100 since I won't have to do much with the modes in order to get good quality photos? I apologize for the million questions. This is all so overwhelming.
 
Avatar for justd80010 justd80010 (11:08 AM, October 20, 2014)
But you max the buffer more quickly on the Nikon than on the Canon when that setting is on and you're in the continuous shooting mode.
 
KP (7:43 AM, October 20, 2014)
"As far as ease of use the 70D trumps the 7100, as it does in the area of continuous shooting in both JPEG and RAW modes"

7100 also shoots in JPEG and RAW simultaneously.
 
Will (4:34 PM, October 07, 2014)
I want to say something to all those people who say Nikon's image quality blows Canon out of the water. And... when they put down so-called entry level cameras. First (out of the box) my D5200 takes awesome pics, while my Canon 70D pics are kinda washed out..well.. then you go into the shooting modes and play with the contrast and the sharpness and poof... now my Canon 70D pics are as good if not better than the D5200. When people talk about quality chances are they have never learned the real power of these cameras... just my opinon.. I could be wrong.
 
Cas Sit (6:31 AM, September 30, 2014)
nikon is better in image quality so i will upgrade my nikon d60 to nikon d7100......
 
Avatar for SelimTheDream SelimTheDream (10:23 AM, August 21, 2014)
I was having a similar debate between Nikon D7000 and Canon 7D in the past when I decided to upgrade my Canon 60D. I went for Nikon because of all the reviews and snapshot scores etc. Everywhere I would see D7000 had better image quality blah blah blah. After using the D7000 for a few months I always had my mind on my old 60D and wished I had it several times. In the end I sold the D7000 for quite a substantial loss on my part and bought a Canon 7D. I was so happy with it in every aspect and NEVER and I mean NEVER thought "I wish I had the D7000 now". Reviews, online scores, comments etc could be misleading. If you have the possibility try both cameras and decide for yourself or if you don't have that chance check on youtube for side by side reviews, image samples etc. There are better ways of comparing cameras then looking at online scores.

As to my two cents about these cameras: D7000 for indoor photography Canon for outdoor and for videos Canon all the way. This is from my experience with both brands with several different cameras.
 
WMS (10:05 PM, July 22, 2014)
most people don't even print, the just post on social network sites or email pictures!
 
WMS (9:53 PM, July 22, 2014)
Same here, I am torn between the Canon 70D & Nikon D7100!
 
Avatar for heisenberg heisenberg (11:34 AM, July 21, 2014)
Shutter lag for the D7100 is incorrect. This reference states 55ms: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d7100/nikon-d7100A6.HTM. 251ms is the lag doing full focus w/18-105mm lens.
Canon 70D price is $999 not $199.
 
Avatar for pfahli pfahli (9:27 PM, July 14, 2014)
Since the 70D and the STM-Lenses, autofocus is as good as focusing manually. It doesn't make any noise and focuses way more exact than a normal person can focus. And with the adjusting of the focus speed you can get cinema-like effects without having to buy expensive equipment. I only focused manually with my old lenses, as the focus was bad (pumping) and the noise distracted the microphone, but since those new two technologies this has gone completely obsolete.
I couldn't imagine, that the camera was so perfectly quiet and it really blew my mind when I tried it the first time!
 
Avatar for Piotrek Ka Piotrek Ka (8:38 PM, June 28, 2014)
I have a 70d so I may be biased. If u want to shoot both pic and video go for Canon. If u care more about just pics, take nikon. I got canon coz I alredy have much canon stuff (lenses, flash lamp etc)
 
Avatar for peter zhou peter zhou (5:20 PM, June 25, 2014)
70D price is incorrect, $199.95 should be $999
 
rama (7:32 AM, June 05, 2014)
Go back to the drawing board?? While incorporating a trend-setter (better technology for autofocus), Canon has already gone to the drawing board! Both these Canon & Nikon models are equally good. But ultimately, the marketing approach by a Company (e.g., availability at the sales counters, technical support, price of the lenses etc) that decides the sales & profitability! Both models started with (almost) same price. But today, Nikon is costlier by USD 100-150.
 
Avatar for AVINASH BALAKRISHNAN AVINASH BALAKRISHNAN (1:36 PM, June 01, 2014)
Except on wedding where you might need high ISO, The Canon 70D is the best general purpose camera (outdoor and all). The D7100 if you shoot in low-light like weddings (indoor lightings not good enough).
 
Avatar for AVINASH BALAKRISHNAN AVINASH BALAKRISHNAN (1:34 PM, June 01, 2014)
If its and overall camera and value for money go for Canon 70D. Or rather, go for Nikon D7100, if you want more dynamic range in your photos(nature) , if your always zooming about 400%(which most people don't need and you need high ISO (which most people probably won't shoot). For everything else, go for the Canon EOS 70D.
 
jack (7:13 AM, June 01, 2014)
shud i go 4 Canon 70d or Nikon D7100 pliz help me I m confuse
 
Avatar for Rishabh Sharma Rishabh Sharma (3:48 PM, May 20, 2014)
If u want good image quality ....go with Nikon d7100 ..
In video department ..canon kills ...