Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 860 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $799 cheaper (5x less)
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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 131 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D:11.5 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D:22.2 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              60D:145x106x79 mm
              7D:148x111x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D:$199.95
              7D:$999.00
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              7D:19
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D:0.59x
              7D:0.62x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 7D.

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              Jack Russo (10:56 AM, January 13, 2014)
              Hell. movie fans these days. smh.
               
              Alan (10:54 AM, January 13, 2014)
              lol the wolf pack is coming to get you!!
               
              MISTA CHOW (10:52 AM, January 13, 2014)
              HEELLLOOOO motherfuckars this is mista chow. i meet yu at 8pm at tha bus stop kay??
               
              Avatar for SelimTheDream SelimTheDream (3:01 AM, January 08, 2014)
              Personal choice really. I had a D7000 and replaced it with a 7D and I was really happy with my decision. P.S.: I have a mirrorless atm and considering getting a 7D again and no chance for Nikon D7000
               
              Avatar for SelimTheDream SelimTheDream (3:00 AM, January 08, 2014)
              You can use magic lantern on the 7D at the moment. Although they are beta builds there have been no complaints against them. I have used both 60D and 7D at different times as well as a D7000 and I have to say I was happiest with the 7D.
               
              Avatar for Ray Gress Ray Gress (10:07 PM, November 22, 2013)
              Entry level? Pretentious, eh? Entry would be the T3.
               
              Avatar for Joe Joe (10:55 AM, October 20, 2013)
              Brilliant site for comparison. I'm an amateur Photographer however I travel a lot, wasn't sure on the 7D or 60D but it sounds like the 60Ds really worth it's money. Might invest the rest of the money in a high quality Prime lens, any suggestions for street photography?
               
              Loki Velez (0:36 PM, September 01, 2013)
              60D and 6D also have similar button layout. Great combo to back and forth between.
               
              Avatar for Gautam Srikantan Gautam Srikantan (1:53 PM, August 22, 2013)
              Canon EOS 60d is awesome.. I Bought it today and it drives me crazy.. Worth buying..
               
              Jacob (6:24 PM, July 24, 2013)
              Hey! I was actually in the same boat as you. I decided to go with the 60D because of its price, and I have seen such a difference. You get very similar images (same sensors/processors) but in terms of how the actual camera funtions and all the features that you get on the 60D as opposed to the 550D makes it totally worth it. Plus for me a big thing is just simply how much better it feels in your hand.
               
              Jacob (6:21 PM, July 24, 2013)
              No, it wouldn't really be a good idea to go from the 60D to the 7D because you're just paying for a fee more features. I would recommend that if you're going to upgrade, go full frame. Not nevessarily the 5D but maybe a 6D. They're both exceptional cameras and are worth the price. (plus you can find great deals online)
               
              Avatar for Shelly Shelly (7:11 PM, July 19, 2013)
              I have the 60D, was thinking about upgrading to the 7D. Now reading all the reviews, I am starting to think that would not be the wise thing to do. Not sure what to upgrade to from here. any suggestions?
               
              Avatar for Rodrigo Morales Rodrigo Morales (3:34 AM, May 18, 2013)
              I currently own a 60d but i use a lot a 7D also and ive been able to test them for long time. I can say there are differences but i wouldnt say theres one better than the other. 7D has an amazing 19 af point af system and the 8fps burst, also its build on magnesium alloy while 60d isnt but 60d has advantages, of course video on 60d is amazing plus u got the screen versatility, also even though the numbers would say the opposite but while working on really dark situations ive found the 60d faster in focus than the 7d, thats weird cuz supposedly 7d has better af system. Image quality, id say better on 7D for pictures and better in 60d for video. Besides that i think there are many other differences but they dont really make it hard to decide, i think the ones ive mentioned are the things where this two cameras can be compared. Personally i love the 60d vs 7d and 5D mark II (not on image quality, i mean on how easy and fast it is to use).
               
              Avatar for Rodrigo Morales Rodrigo Morales (3:29 AM, May 18, 2013)
              60d is better in video than the 7d
               
              Meh (9:01 PM, April 13, 2013)
              I would assume they're relative comparisons and don't use absolutes when making their numerical score. They seem to rate them only against one other camera at a time.
               
              Avatar for NewPendant NewPendant (7:57 PM, April 08, 2013)
              Yes. Thank you for pointing this out. The MFA (micro focus adjust) is very useful. I took 20 pictures with my 100MM F2/8 then realized that my lens is back focusing, and I fixed it in cameras setting with MFA (micro focus adjust).
               
              V.A. (9:36 PM, March 29, 2013)
              I actually had both these cameras before i switched to full frame. For entry level cameras they are almost identical, and can actually go beyond entry level in the right hands. The comparison is as simple as this: If you want to be a filmmaker, get yourself the 60D without a doubt. If you're looking to lean towards photography, the 7D is your best bet. Both cameras are good reminders of why Canon is doing all of the right things.
               
              Keshav (2:18 AM, February 25, 2013)
              Iam so confused to decide which one to upgrade. Iam a serious hobbyist and confused between these 2. I currently own a 550D/ Rebel T1i and want to upgrade, I want to upgrade my camera and any suggestion would be much appreciated. I love shooting people and nature
               
              Avatar for rio rio (3:18 PM, January 29, 2013)
              I'm an entry level photographer but I don't want and entry level camera Because video is a must!!!! I was thinking price with the t3i dropping but I need great NOW!!!
              60d is calling me
               
              JR (1:45 PM, January 23, 2013)
              7d has manual audio adjust with latest firmware update
               
              Avatar for rosie B rosie B (8:27 AM, November 06, 2012)
              i am a film student and i love the quality of the 7D for filming and you can see the difference between a hand held camera to the quality of a 7D. does the 60D film the same quality as the 7D?
               
              Amateur (2:47 PM, November 03, 2012)
              If you already own a lens, go for 7D, it has more fps shooting. cross points, more focus. but if you don't have choose 60D. much cheaper, slightly the sameas for video, 60d plays better for it screen. you can shoot below or above with having trouble for you can flip the screen. I own 60D by the way.
               
              alwyn (5:50 AM, October 03, 2012)
              Had the 60d. You can't compare build quality against the 7d. I wouldn't shoot in drizzle with the 60d. Mind you, I'm very specific with my gear so I probably will pack it in after the first drop has fallen.
               
              Avatar for pashminu pashminu (6:23 AM, July 02, 2012)
              An equally important competitor is Canon 650D with it flip out screen. I have clicked some photographs for pharma industry here http://www.digitalstudio.in 
               
              Austin (2:46 PM, June 18, 2012)
              You can use magic lantern on 60d but not on the 7d... with that in mind, 6od all the way if video is priority! How often will you really need weather sealing? you'll probably cover it with another protective covering even it was weather sealed!