Canon 70D vs Canon 7D Mark II Comparison

In this essay, I’ll compare the Canon EOS 70D and Canon EOS 7D Mark II, released in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Both cameras use an APS-C sensor, therefore the introduction date, internal components, and overall capabilities are similar.

At a look, I couldn’t determine the winner with a few phrases, so I’d propose getting down to business and revealing them thoroughly, then describing how they’d improve your user and shooting experience.

Canon 70D vs Canon 7D Mark II Feature Comparison

Canon 70D Canon 7D Mark II
Camera Type
DSLR
DSLR
Megapixels
20.2
20.2
ISO Range
100-12,800;25,600
100-16,000;51,200
Flip-Out Screen
Yes
No
AF Points
19 AF Points
65 AF Points
Viewfinder
Yes
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
No
Video Recording
Yes
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
APS-C

Head To Head Comparison

Canon 70D

The Canon EOS 70D boasts a beautiful, matte-black design that feels sturdy and smooth in your hands. Canon employed aluminum, polycarbonate resin, glass, and conductive fiber to make this camera durable enough for years of usage. Canon wasn’t done. The weather-sealing improves the camera’s capacity to endure moisture and dust, allowing you to shoot in varied environments quickly and effectively.

The EOS 70D has several controls, which is expected for a DSLR. If “too many” seems harsh, don’t worry. The controls are well-arranged.

On the top-left is a Mode dial with an On/Off switch, and Information LCD screen on the right, and 5 specialized buttons for setting Drive mode, ISO, Autofocus mode, Metering, and the Information LCD panel’s illumination. On the grip, there’s a shutter release button, and above it, you may modify the active focus points and shutter.

Flipping the camera over reveals Menu and Info buttons on the left of the viewfinder, and several controls with a directional pad and SET label to the right.

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The 70D’s viewfinder boasts a glass pentaprism design that covers up to 98 percent of the field, has 0.95x magnification, is bright enough to enable you to shoot easily through it, and covers enough area so you never miss what you want to capture.

In the center, there’s a fully-articulated 3″ touchscreen with 1,040k-dots, which is quite excellent because you can move the screen to your tastes, whether you want it set upwards, downwards, or to snap self-portraits! You can fold the screen inwards when you don’t need it, which adds protection.

USB connector, HDMI port, built-in stereo mic, hot shoe, single memory card slot that accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and integrated Wi-Fi are also provided. You can transfer material to compatible devices, but you can’t record movies with Wi-Fi enabled. Awkward, yes.

The EOS 70D has a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5+ image processor, a 19-point cross-type AF system, 7 fps burst shooting, and an ISO range of 100-12,800, extendable to 25,600.

This camera’s great graphics and detail are its best features.

The EOS 70D shoots JPG and RAW format images, and if you shoot JPGs, you’ll get the greatest quality if you stay below ISO 6400. Images are sharp, colors are accurate, and details are crisp.

As you increase the ISO, the in-camera noise reduction reduces detail and increases noise. Avoid the upper ISO border wherever feasible.

RAW photographs shot at high ISO settings seem better than JPGs because details are kept properly, making the images useful.

The EOS 70D captures 1080p films at 30/24 fps, 720p videos at 60fps in QuickTime format. I enjoy the footage, but Canon should have allowed 60fps. If you prefer taking photographs to record movies, you won’t be frustrated by the absence of 1080p at 60fps.

Canon 7D Mark II

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has a robust, black body composed of magnesium and weather-sealed to resist water and dust. Canon did a great job with both cameras’ bodies, so for now it’s a tie.

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The EOS 7D Mark II is identical to the EOS 70D in terms of its grip, which is coated in a textured pattern for a solid and easy grasp during picture sessions.

In terms of controls, this model has a standard mode to the left of the viewfinder on the top plate, a hot shoe in the middle, and an Information LCD screen with 4 buttons labeled WB, Drive*AF, ISO, and a lightbulb that activates the LCD screen’s backlight on the right. On top, there’s an M-Fn button and a shutter release button. The top of both cameras is practically identical, so you can alter the picture quickly.

On the rear, there is an array of buttons sitting on the left side and all of the stretch from the top to the bottom, on the top-center there’s a viewfinder, an LCD screen that sits slightly below, and on the right, there are a couple of buttons, the most notable being the sprung selection lever that sits around the mini-joystick control.

In comparison to the EOS 70D, the viewfinder of this camera offers a superior shooting experience. The EOS 7D Mark II’s 3″ 1,040k-dot LCD display is fixed, which limits shooting angles.

This camera has a USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, stereo mic socket, PC studio flash, N3-type remote control connector, and twin SD/SDHC/SDXC/CF card slots. This camera lacks built-in Wi-Fi, however, Canon manufactures a Wi-Fi adaptor (W-E1) to transfer photographs and movies. Canon might have included built-in Wi-Fi given the camera’s pricing.

The EOS 7D Mark II includes a 20.2MP sensor, 10 fps burst shooting speed, 65-point all cross-type AF system, native ISO range of 100-16,000 which can be increased to 51,200, and Dual Digic 6 image processors which assure quick processing speeds and superior noise management.

This camera also captures JPG and RAW images, so let’s see how it feels to use.

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JPGs are largely noise-free up to ISO 6400, but as you go higher, the noise gets worse, and you don’t want that. Once you reach ISO 12,800, noise becomes noticeable, but ISO 16,000 photographs are still Web-ready. Avoid ISO 25,600-51,200 as much as possible since photographs get fuzzy and details are lost.

RAW format photographs look great up to ISO 25,600, despite the noise, which is far better than JPGs. Once you reach the highest level, details become scratchy, but they still look better than JPGs.

In comparison to the EOS 70D, the EOS 7D Mark II captures 1080p videos at 24/30/60 fps and 720p films at 60 fps, therefore I can claim that this camera exceeds the EOS 70D at this time since the footage is breath-taking.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and learned more about both cameras; now it’s time to compare them so you can decide which one to buy.

If you want to take portraits, both cameras provide average quality, but for street photography, the 70D’s fully-articulated LCD screen is superior and more convenient.

In Sports photography, the EOS 7D Mark II has a faster continuous shooting speed and more cross-type points (65 vs 19), while in Daily and Landscape photography, the 70D is easier to operate because it weighs less.

The EOS 70D has built-in Wi-Fi, an articulating touchscreen, and longer battery life (920 vs. 678 shots), while the EOS 7D Mark II is GPS-enabled, has a higher Max iso (16,000 vs. 12,800), 45 more focus/cross-type points, a more accurate viewfinder, records 1080p videos at 60 fps, and has a faster continuous speed ( 10 vs 7 fps).

Overall, I’d go for the EOS 7D Mark II if you love capturing fast-moving things or recording movies at 60fps, but if you don’t want to spend much money, the EOS 70D is a better alternative.

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