Canon 60d vs 70d

Front view comparison of Canon 60D vs 70D cameras

The Canon 60D vs 70D comparison reveals a few important differences at first glance. Superior focusing, better image quality particularly at higher ISO settings, and a responsive touch screen LCD.

Canon 60D vs 70D Sensor

photo of Canon 70D sensor

The quick comparison of 17.9 megapixels for the 60D and 20 megapixels for the 70D is not a game breaker. It's only a 10% difference.  

The more important difference is better image quality which is the bottom line for most photographers.

The newer 70D's CMOS sensor has two photodiodes for each pixel and the result is lower noise than its predecessor.  The quality of the images are better too. That's a big difference and definitely a game changer.


 60D video vs 70D Video

There is a significant difference in the video capabilities of these two cameras.  The 70D has auto-focus while shooting video.  The 60D does not.  

Shooting video can be challenging enough as it is and having a camera take care of focus while you concentrate of framing, composition, and lighting is a big bonus in my book.


Canon 60D vs 70D Focus

Not only does the 19-point focusing system of the 70D outshine the 60D's 9-point focusing, but the dual pixel system is a real break through in camera design.

Focusing tests both in the studio as well as in the "real"world of shooting situations have revealed that the system works better in both live-view and movie mode.

The Price Comparision

Here is the big Kahuna.  The 60D is quite a bit more affordable.  Depending on where you shop, the can save about $400 is you get yourself a 60D instead of a 70D.  If you are on a strict budget then the choice is obvious.

The $400 you save by buying a good 60D camera may make it an affordable purchase for you or may give you the option of getting an extra specialty lens or perhaps other valuable accessories that would not be affordable it you went with the higher priced 70D.

On the other hand if you can swing the extra investment, the 70D is clearly a superior camera.

Other Differences in These Cameras

SPECs

Frames per second

Maximum ISO

Shutter lag

In-camera HDR

Silent Shutter

Built-in Wifi + GPS

70D

7.0

25,600

75 ms

Yes

Yes

Yes

60D

5.3

12,800

253 ms

No

No

No

Here is the difference in the grip between these two cameras.  If you have particularly big hands, you might find the 60D to be a better fit.

Comparison of Canon 60D Grip and 70D shows a difference is size that might matter to someone with big hands

If you've got time to watch this video, you can get the opinion of another reviewer on the differences between these two Canon DSLR cameras. 



Both the Canon EOS 60D and the Canon EOS 70D have a huge array of choices for lenses and other accessories.  You can learn a lot of valuable information by reading the reviews of other buyers of the Canon 70D on Amazon:

Buyer's opinions of the 70D on Amazon

I chose the 70D more than 5 years ago as a backup camera to my full frame 5D Mark III. Shoot more photos. Watch less TV. Have a blast!

Author Bruce Lovelace
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