Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Canon EOS 70D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
83.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

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
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 75 ms vs 251 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $1,096.95
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The best price we've seen is $897 cheaper (5.5x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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 13.7 EV vs 11.6 EV
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2.1 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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,256 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x 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
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              70D:197 lenses
              D7100:205 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              D7100: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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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $915 - $1,299 body only

              $1,284 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

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

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 70D.

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

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              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,549 - $1,600 body only

              $1,997 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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              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 ...
               
              Avatar for Kristian Alekov Kristian Alekov (10:33 PM, May 12, 2014)
              I was screaming while reading your post. Were you yelling while typing it or did your cap lock key get stuck? So the review states 86 vs 85 points and they call it a tie. They should've read your post before the assessment. ;)
               
              Avatar for Abdo Hosny Abdo Hosny (3:17 PM, May 12, 2014)
              Nikon D7100 best photos and Canon best video but on my opinion Nikon D7100 The best .
               
              Avatar for justd80010 justd80010 (2:36 AM, May 12, 2014)
              On the basis of image quality alone the Nikon appears to win. But overall the Canon seems to be the better platform in this price range. The 7100 has better low light focus with the assist light but the Canon performs better at ISO over 6400. The HDR on the 7100 appears hands down superior to that of the 70D and, as always, Nikon renders superior whites, while Canon has warmer, more true to the eye color capture. 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. Side by side I don't think many could discern the difference in image quality between the two platforms, looking beyond that, ease of use, Wi-Fi, usable images at high ISO, buffer performance and usable images in continuous shooting setting the Canon is overall a better dollar for dollar.
               
              Aung Thu Tun (10:34 AM, May 02, 2014)
              Let me know how to use it please! I am now at a loss how to choose between Canon 70d and Nikon d7100.
               
              kaka (11:21 PM, April 06, 2014)
              d7100 WIN absolutely
              but for the best apsc camera i think that goes to pentax k3
               
              Avatar for Blomba Blomba (9:02 AM, April 06, 2014)
              Autofocus is meaningless for videographers. For family use, you might as well have a poorer autofocus, no one really cares. The difference is in Canon having Magic Lantern and (according to most people) better ergonomics. But whether someone installs ML or finds the ergonomics better in Canon is completely subjective.
               
              Avatar for Kalindu Kalahansa Kaluarachchi Kalindu Kalahansa Kaluarachchi (3:58 PM, February 17, 2014)
              Nikon D7100 is the best!The image quality is great…
               
              flo (1:10 AM, February 08, 2014)
              Canon 70d vs. Nikon D7100 .....Hi there reader....I'll just give my opinion in a short term and less technical :)
              ..realistic comparison 70d has a better advantage in video recording..
              on the "still" side they're both amazing... p.s. canon has a better grip..

              my choice? 70D but I am not buying no $1,600 cropped sensor bullshit plus13% tax!!!!! hmmmm for $300 more I could get a full frame... Canon is always over priced and can kiss my ass, in my opinion. lol
               
              Roger (0:46 AM, January 29, 2014)
              Nikon D7100 is the best aps-c camera today.
               
              danmabs (6:41 AM, January 17, 2014)
              yes, how much more if you use very good image quality camera, Nikon D7100 is better for me
               
              ahmed (1:23 PM, January 08, 2014)
              need some help over here guys, canon 70D vs nikon D7100 which one should i buy !!!
               
              True (5:53 PM, December 21, 2013)
              got both, canon wins, no question!
               
              vitalishe (8:46 PM, December 12, 2013)
              "Canon 6d is better than nikon for low noise"
              Which Nikon? There is more than one, you know :)


              The equivalent Nikon would be D600. And NO(!), D600 has better low noise at high ISO (2,980 ISO vs 2,340 ISO). Just fixing inaccuracies ...



              As to Canon going in the wrong direction ... I would not say so. They are going in a different direction, though. With 70D (vs D7100), it seams, they placed an accent on video. And if video was important for me and I was free to move between brands I would go with Canon. With 6D (vs D600) they placed an accent on built in features such as WiFi and GPS. Both companies produce superb products. One or the other can be considered a winner depending on what is important to you.
               
              Avatar for Pembawa Pete Pembawa Pete (8:51 AM, December 03, 2013)
              because it is