Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 70D vs 5D Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 70D vs 5D Mark II

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 70D
926 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 70D
75 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 70D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 70D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 70D
7 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 70D
920 photos
EOS 5D Mark II
850 photos

Features Key features of the EOS 70D  vs 5D Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 70D
20 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 70D
25,600 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 70D
0.59x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 70D
16.9 microns
EOS 5D Mark II
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 70D  vs 5D Mark II 

8.3
7.9

8.3
8.2
The LCD is really nice, with a responsive touch screen and good visibility in most conditions.
EOS 70D

Overall

9.0 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 70D  vs
5D Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 20 MP 21 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648 5616 x 3744
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 22.5 x 15 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.0x
Pixel size 16.9 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 19 9
Cross type focus points 19 1
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 98% 98%
Magnification 0.95x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.59x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps 3.9 fps
Battery life 920 850
Continuous shooting
3.9 fps, JPEG
7 fps
Focus lag 75 ms 206 ms
Shutter lag 59 ms 82 ms
Startup delay 700 ms 400 ms

video

EOS 70D  vs
5D Mark II 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection Manual
Autofocus type Phase detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 145 x 106 x 79 mm 152 x 114 x 75 mm
Thickness 79 mm 75 mm
Weight 755 g 850 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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