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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Canon EOS-70D vs. Nikon D7100

Canon EOS-70D APS-C camera is here

* * * Canon EOS-70D is out. Click here to see the Reviews and Sample Photos * * *

Nikon announced their D7100 camera a few days ago. A mid range, cropped frame camera for 'advanced enthusiasts' and is the flagship of their DX format DSLR lineup. The list price is $1,200 for the body and $1,600 when bundled with a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. The camera will be available for sale some time by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Nikon D7100 key features :

  • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, with no OLPF
  • EXPEED 3 processing
  • ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
  • Max 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7 fps in 1.3X crop mode
  • 51 point AF system, 15 sensors cross type
  • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Two SD memory card slots
  • Spot white balance in live view mode
  • 1080 60i/30p video recording, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and audio monitoring jack
  • Pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.94X magnification
  • 3.2", 1.2m-dot LCD screen (640 x 480 X RGBW)
  • Front and rear IR receivers
  • Equivalent water and dust resistance to D800/D300S

On paper, this looks like an impressive camera and a very good value. It will put pressure on Canon to announce its EOS-70D sooner rather than later, perhaps about the same time when the D7100 hits the retail market.

I believe Canon has been pressured by Nikon in the last few years on the price-to-performance benchmark. Most people like to get the most bang for their buck, especially when the camera specs look good on paper and comes with a 'lower' price. This may explain why Canon has been 'lowering' the price of their full frame cameras while loading them with advanced features. The EOS-5D Mk III is the perfect example of a higher price-to-performance ratio and is my pick for the best value in full frame DSLR cameras today.

Please read my earlier post and the latest post on the Canon EOS-70D. My guess is Canon will have to equip the upcoming 70D with at least the following features : 20+ MP sensor,  an all-cross type 19-points AF system, 6 fps, ISO 25600 expanded, powered by the Digic 5 processor and a list price of between $1,300 to $1,500. I think we will get some leaks soon and should know more in about a month or two.

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