Nikon D7100 vs. Canon 70D

Nikon D7100 vs. Canon 70D

Both cameras use APS-C sensors and are aimed squarely at enthusiasts with better build quality and more features than entry-level models. Let's take a look at how the two cameras stack up against each other.

Nikon D7100

Megapixel Count

With 24.1 megapixels, the Nikon D7100 has the advantage over the Canon 70D. However, its 20.2 megapixel count is more than enough for most photographers, unless they are planning on printing their images very large or cropping heavily.

Size / Weight

Both cameras are exactly what you'd expect for enthusiast-focused DSLRs, they'll be a lot more comfortable to carry around than professional models. 

There's so little to call between the two in terms of size or weight, that it's going to be more about how they feel in your hands.

FPS Burst Rate

Both cameras are capable of more than respectable continuous burst rates. The Canon is the slightly quicker of the two with its seven frames per second, but the Nikon isn't far behind with six frames per second.


ISO Range

The Canon 70D has the wider ISO range, covering 100-12,800 to the Nikon's 100-6,400. Yes it can be handy to know you can get a shot in dark conditions, but once you get past a certain ISO level, images are always going to suffer from noise levels and loss of colors.

Storage Media / File Types

Both cameras shoot both JPEG and RAW stills, but the Canon 70D has the option of shooting different size RAW files which could be useful if you want to reduce storage size and don't mind giving up a little in image quality.
The Nikon has the ability to take two cards while the Canon only has one slot. This can be useful not just to know you've got extra storage at your disposal, but to backup shots on the second card, or to shoot RAW files on one and JPEG on the other, or even stills to one and video to the other.


The Nikon features magnesium alloy covers while the Canon opts for aluminum and polycarbonate.Both cameras are well constructed and feel a lot more sturdy than entry-level DSLRs in your hands.
Nikon says the D7100 offers a level of weather and dust sealing equivalent to that of the professional Nikon D800, which means it can be safely used in a range of weather conditions. Canon is typically a little more coy about the weather sealing of the 70D.

Video Modes

Wireless Options

More and more cameras are gaining wireless capabilities, for things like copying images to smartphones or tablets and remote shooting, and this pair are no exception. Where they differ is that the Canon has all of this wireless goodness built-in, while the Nikon requires an optional WU-1a wireless adapter. In addition to the extra cost, this also means you have to plug in the adapter whenever you want to use the wireless functions.

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Write by: RC - Friday, August 9, 2013

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