Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Canon EOS-7D Mk II vs EOS-70D Comparison
The Canon EOS-7D Mk II and EOS-70D cameras were announced in September (2014) and August (2013) respectively. I have picked the EOS-7D as the best APS-C camera four years in a row and I eagerly waited for the 7D Mk II's arrival. I took the new camera to the sub Arctic for some vigorous field testing last month and wrote an extensive review on it.
While I was on location, I came across some photo enthusiasts who asked me whether they should purchase the Canon EOS-7D Mk II or the EOS-70D. The 70D is a very capable camera with a sensor practically identical to the 7D II. The native ISO range (100-12800 vs 100-16000) and burst rate (7 fps vs 10 fps) are slightly less than the 7D II. Both cameras are equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and can take excellent videos, especially when paired with the STM lenses.
The big difference is the EOS-7D II has a much bigger buffer (31 vs 16 RAW) and better AF system (65 vs 19 AF cross-type points). This will be crucial when one is primarily interested in sports and wildlife action photography. Beyond that, the EOS-70D is an excellent choice and a great value (about half the price) for the average photographer who has outgrown the point-n-shoot cameras and wants to own a DSLR body. You can see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com