Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7D vs 70D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 7D
9.7
EOS 70D
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 7D
6.6
EOS 70D
6.6
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 7D
10.0
EOS 70D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 7D
9.5
EOS 70D
9.5
Reviews from canonwatch.com, imaging-resource.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com and 5 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 7D
9.3
EOS 70D
9.3

Winner
Canon EOS 70D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 70D  based on its image quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 7D vs 70D

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

EOS 7D
854 ISO
EOS 70D
926 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 7D
131 ms
EOS 70D
75 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 7D
61 ms
EOS 70D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 7D
400 ms
EOS 70D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 7D
8 fps
EOS 70D
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 7D
800 photos
EOS 70D
920 photos

Features Key features of the EOS 7D  vs 70D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 7D
17.9 MP
EOS 70D
20 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 7D
12,800 ISO
EOS 70D
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

EOS 7D
19
EOS 70D
19

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

EOS 7D
3"
EOS 70D
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 7D
0.62x
EOS 70D
0.59x

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

EOS 7D
18.5 microns
EOS 70D
16.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 7D  vs 70D 

8.2
8.3

8.5
8.3
The higher-resolution sensor necessarily has extremely small pixels, which never bodes well for image quality.
EOS 7D

9.0
10.0

Overall

8.9 Out of 10
9.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 7D  vs
70D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP 20 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.5 x 15 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 16.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
CR2
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 98%
Magnification 1x 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps 7 fps
Battery life 800 920
Continuous shooting
8 fps, RAW
7 fps
Focus lag 131 ms 75 ms
Shutter lag 61 ms 59 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 700 ms

video

EOS 7D  vs
70D 
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 Manual Phase detection
Autofocus type N/A Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous N/A Yes

display

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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 148 x 111 x 74 mm 145 x 106 x 79 mm
Thickness 74 mm 79 mm
Weight 860 g 755 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
WiFi None 802.11 b/g/n
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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Comments

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Thanks, we've updated them based on http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_70d#Specifications
Your 70D video stats are wrong.
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