Canon have long produced industry-leading DSLRs. Their range is almost as extensive as their pedigree. However, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between the various names and specifications to determine which camera you should buy. This article looks at two popular DSLRs from Canon, the 70D and 700D. Although there’s a fairly big price gap between the two, each has their merits and will appeal to different users. We’ll take a look at the Canon 70D vs 700D, their similarities and differences, and which one is right for you.
A good place to start when comparing to cameras is to check the specifications of each. This way you can see side-by-side where the differences and similarities are. In the table below, we’ve laid out some of the most important technical specs of both cameras:
|Canon 70D||Canon 700D|
|Price||$970 (body only)||$530 (body only)|
|Sensor size||14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)||14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)|
|LCD Screen||3-inch articulated touchscreen||3-inch articulated touchscreen|
|Maximum frame rate||7fps||5fps|
As you can see, there are both a number of similarities and differences between the two. We’ll take a closer look at some of the key ones below.
The most noticeable difference is in the price of the two. This difference is very much reflective of the features the two have. If you’re shopping on a budget and looking at a good entry-level DSLR then the 700D is a decent choice. However, if you’re a more experienced photographer and have the budget to spare, the 70D offers a better option.
Sensor and Megapixels
Although both cameras use the same size APS-C sensor, there is a difference in the megapixel resolution. The 70D has a larger 20.2-megapixel resolution, compared to 18-megapixels on the 700D. Although the difference won’t be noticeable to any but the most trained eye, the 70D still has the edge. Megapixels aren’t the be all and end all when it comes to quality, but it may matter to some.
Here’s one of the big differences between the two cameras, one that really sets the two apart. The Canon 700D has a 9-cross-point autofocus sensor, whilst the 70D has a 19-cross-point one. The view on the 700D is fixed, whilst on the 70D it can be configured using the touchscreen. This increased number of points is beneficial for a number of reasons. Firstly, it means you can focus with more precision when shooting stills; you can configure the focus point where you need without having to adjust your frame or settings. It’s also beneficial when shooting video. The Dual Pixel autofocus used in the 70D means you can track a subject in live view or when shooting video and it will automatically keep focused.
Overall, the autofocus is much better on the 70D. It will be of particular use to those who will use their DSLR for shooting video.
One of the useful additions to the 70D is lens micro-adjustment. This helps with precision shooting by allowing the user to calibrate the lens to focus more accurately. It’s a feature that is often seen on professional-level Canon cameras. Users who often shoot with a prime lens at wider apertures will particularly benefit from this feature. The 700D does not have this technology.
Quick Control Dial
The quick control dial found on the 70D is a feature that makes the camera fantastically convenient. The dial, which the 700D does not have, allows a variety of functions to be performed without having to take your eye away from the camera. It’s located on the back of the camera’s body and can be accessed with the thumb whilst shooting, making sure you don’t miss any shots whilst adjusting settings. It allows the user to access exposure compensation and focus point selection selections whilst still looking through the cameras viewfinder.
The inclusion of the quick control dial makes the 70D a much quicker and more professional-feeling camera. It may seem like a simple addition, but if you’re serious about photography you’ll appreciate the difference those few seconds make.
Size and Weight
In terms of size, the two cameras are comparable and they both have sturdy polycarbonate and stainless steel bodies. However, the 70D is a good 175g heavier (755g as opposed to 580g of the 700D). If you’re looking for a camera that is lightweight and suitable for travelling, the Canon 700D may be an appealing choice. We suggest holding both to compare, to see if the size and weight is an influence on your decision.
Built in Wi-Fi
Many recent cameras have built-in Wi-Fi as standard. The 70D does have this feature, whilst the 700D does not. It’s a convenience that is becoming ever more useful. Some of the benefits include:
- Operating the camera and viewing taken photos via a smartphone, using the free EOS remote app.
- Printing pictures directly to a Wi-Fi enabled printer.
- Uploading photos directly to Canon’s iMage Gateway, a free online service for photo sharing.
- Viewing photos you’ve taken on a TV screen if you use a media player supporting Digital Living Network Alliance.
If you take photos regularly and enjoy sharing and printing them, or use your smartphone a lot, the built-in Wi-Fi of the 70D is a big selling point.
Another feature that stands out on the Canon 70D vs 700D is the inclusion of an electronic level. This technology tells the user whether they have the camera aligned to the straight line of the horizon. It’s a useful addition that will help photographers take well-angled photos, particularly landscapes. Although the 700D does not have this feature, buying a spirit level that fits the hotshoe is not expensive.
The difference between the continuous shooting speeds may not seem too great, 5fps on the 700D and 7fps on the 70D, but in reality it makes a big difference. If you’re a sports or nature lover, the extra frames per second could mean the difference between getting the shot and missing it. The difference is also seen in the number of continuous shots each camera is able to take. In RAW format the 70D can take 15 continuous shots and 40 in JPEG. The 700D by comparison can only take 6 in raw and 22 in JPEG. If you do a lot of burst shooting, the difference is huge.
There are a few other minor differences between the two cameras, as listed here:
- Battery life: The 70D has a battery life of around 1300 shots using the viewfinder and 230 shots using live-view. Compare this to the 550 and 200 respectively of the 700D.
- Video compression: Once again the 70D has the edge, using more advanced IPB & All-I compression for video capture.
- Viewfinder coverage: Whilst both have the same 98% frame coverage, the 70D has slightly better magnification (.95x) than the 700D (.85x).
Canon 70D VS 700D (T5i): Which One Should You Buy?
Each of these cameras has their merits. Which one you buy will depend on your budget and what level of photography you’re familiar with. The 700D performs almost as well as an older mid-range DSLR, whilst the older 70D is still a very good camera if you know what you’re doing with it.
Buy the Canon 70D if…
You already have some experience using a DSLR and want to advance your abilities and the level of your photography. The features are more advanced, so you’ll either have to be familiar with them or be willing to learn about them. If you’re interested in sports, nature, or video, this camera performs far better than the cheaper 700D.
Buy the Canon 700D if…
You’re an inexperienced but enthusiastic photographer who wants to take the step up to a DSLR. The features are simple enough to use and the quality is more than satisfactory. If you’re on a budget and looking to make a small upgrade, this is the camera for you. If you’re not interested in video or sports photography, you’ll find that this camera performs well. The fact it is lightweight means it’s a good travel companion.
Buy the Right Lens
Once you’ve made your choice of Camera, you’ll need at least one lens to go with it (and likely more than one.) The lens is as important as the camera itself as it will determine what kind of photographs you’ll be able to capture. Most cameras will come with a fairly versatile kit lens (often around 18-55mm) but if you’re looking at a specific kind of photography you’ll want to think about upgrading from that. For example, if you want to shoot a lot of landscapes, a wide-angle lens is ideal, whilst if you want to shoot a lot of close up shots you’ll want a macro lens. Be sure to do your research and make sure you have enough budget to cover a camera and lens.