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New Canon EOS 70D v 7D

Early this morning (July 2) Canon announced a new Canon camera, the EOS 70D. Almost immediately on the photo forums there is a comparison with the EOS 7D.

Follow the discussion here at Photography-on-the.net. Here are some of the comments:

1. “Regarding price comparisons, you cannot reasonably compare prices of a new 7D that is 4 years old to a newly announced camera. When the 7D first came out, it was $1700.

The best thing you can do is just wait out the release of the camera, and watch the reviews and comparisons that come out. My rule of thumb is usually to wait 1-2 months after a new camera has hit the streets before I decide to buy it. This gives time for the “honeymoon” to wear off.” (TeamSpeed)

2. “They’ve still held back on the burst capability (well, until they release a new firmware for the 70D in 2016!)
70D: 16 raw/65 jpg @ 7fps
7D: 25 raw/103 @ 8fps.

The view through the 7D is going to be nicer too:
70D viewfinder. 98% at 0.95x
7D viewfinder: 100% at 1.00x” (myphotographic)

3. “I have a 7D and wouldn’t sell it to go to a 70D however, some people who couldn’t quite justify a 7D may well be tempted with the 70D.” (Paulstw)

4. “Imo no one even Canon expects 7D users to buy this as an upgrade. It’s targeting different audiences.” (kin2son)

5. “The main thing lacking from the 70D as far as I can see is focus point expansion mode, which is a boon when shooting BIF, some features are attractive, but I shan’t be swapping the 7D for one, but I will be looking forward to see what the 7D2 offers.” (artyman)

6. “The 70d is a good upgrade to the 60d. Nothing more. The 7d is a different segment targeting more advanced photographers. It is also 4 years old now. Despite that, the 7d still holds a few trump cards over the new 70d. Most notably the
– AF options (Spot AF, AF expansion)
– Button function reassignments
– multi function top buttons
– CF card (SD is still slowwww)
– Robust body
– 1fps faster
– Deeper burst depth
– AF settings (not sure of the 70d might have this or castrated version)

Used/refurb prices on 7d is insanely good right now making it a better buy on my books.” (delhi)

Also check out this comparison as posted on The-Digital-Picture.com:

  • 20.2 vs. 18.0 megapixel sensor
  • ISO 100-12800, 25600 vs. 100-6400, 12800
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View including Movie Servo AF vs. contrast-only
  • DIGIC 5 vs. Dual DIGIC 4
  • Approx. 98% viewfinder coverage vs. 100%
  • Approx. 0.95x viewfinder magnification vs. 1.00x
  • Touch screen 3.0″ (7.7cm) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots vs. 3.0″ (7.5cm) Clear View II TFT, approx. 920K dots
  • Single Axis Electronic Level in Viewfinder vs. dual
  • 7 fps vs. 8 fps for 40 (JPEG), 15 images (RAW) vs. 130 (JPEG), 25 images (RAW)
  • Shutter Lag of 65ms vs. 59ms
  • Live View coverage of 98% vs. 100%
  • Missing Small RAW
  • SDHC vs. CompactFlash memory cards
  • 23 Custom Functions vs. 27
  • AFMA stored for 40 lenses vs. 20
  • Battery life of approximately 820 vs. 800 pictures
  • aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber vs. Magnesium Alloy body covers
  • Slightly smaller: 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1″ vs. 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9″ (139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5mm vs.148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm)
  • Slightly lighter: 26.7 oz vs. 32.2 oz (755g vs. 914g)
  • Built-in WiFi vs. expensive accessory
  • No PC Terminal Port
  • Has additional shooting modes
  • Not compatible with N3-series Remotes