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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

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

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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
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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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
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
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
Weight
Lighter
675 g vs 755 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              D7100:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

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

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7100.

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              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 ...
               
              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