Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D500

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Canon EOS 70D
Nikon D500

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
16% smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a maximum aperture of 38, however the Nikon D500 is only a 32 maximum aperture digital camera (6 bigger).
Bigger eye relief Edit
Canon EOS 70D is 22mmmm Eye relief. That's 6mm bigger than the Nikon D500 (16mmmm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

1% lighter Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a 755gg digital camera. That's 5g lighter than the Nikon D500 (760gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

2x lighter lens weight Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a 205gg lens weight digital camera. That's 275g lighter than the Nikon D500 (480gg).
14% shorter lens length Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a lens length of 75.2mmmm, however the Nikon D500 is an 85.5mmmm lens length digital camera (10.3mm longer).
Smaller lens diameter Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a 69mmmm lens diameter digital camera. That's 11mm smaller than the Nikon D500 (80mmmm).
Nine hundred and nineteen more shots per battery charge Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a digital camera that takes 920 shots shots per battery charge, whereas the Nikon D500 only takes 1,240 shots shot per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

$825 cheaper
The Canon EOS 70D costs $764.99, whereas the Nikon D500 is $1,589.99.
User reviews are better
Based on 796 user reviews, the Canon EOS 70D has an average review score of 94%, but the Nikon D500 has an average rating of 87% (based on 3 reviews).
10 Reasons For
0.7MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D500 has a megapixel count of 20.9MPMP, however the Canon EOS 70D is only a 20.2MPMP digital camera (0.7MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

0.66MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D500 has a total megapixel count of 21.56MPMP, whereas the Canon EOS 70D is only a 20.9MPMP digital camera (0.66MP less).
Seven times smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 19.2 smaller than the Canon EOS 70D (2.8).
One hundred and thirty-four more auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D500 has 153 auto focus points, however the Canon EOS 70D only has 19 auto focus points.
26 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D500 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, but the Canon EOS 70D is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (26 lower).
One more memory slot Edit
The Nikon D500 has two memory slots, however the Canon EOS 70D only has one memory slot.
Marginally larger screen size Edit
The Nikon D500 has a screen size of 3.2"", however the Canon EOS 70D is only a 3"" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

1 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D500 has a display resolution of 2,359,000 pixels pixels, whereas the Canon EOS 70D is only a 1,040,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (1 pixels lower).
Moderately higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D500 has a lens magnification ratio of 1xx, but the Canon EOS 70D is only a 0.95xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.05x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Available from 12 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
0.7MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a megapixel count of 20.2MPMP, however the Nikon D500 is a 20.9MPMP digital camera (0.7MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

0.66MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a total megapixel count of 20.9MPMP, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 21.56MPMP digital camera (0.66MP more).
Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a 22 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 19.2 larger than the Nikon D500 (2.8).
One hundred and thirty-four less auto focus points Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has 19 auto focus points, however the Nikon D500 only has 153 auto focus points.
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, but the Nikon D500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (26 higher).
One less memory slot Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has one memory slot, however the Nikon D500 only has two memory slots.
A little smaller screen size Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a screen size of 3"", however the Nikon D500 is a 3.2"" screen digital camera (0.2" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

1 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a display resolution of 1,040,000 pixels pixels, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 2,359,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (1 pixels higher).
Slightly lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a lens magnification ratio of 0.95xx, but the Nikon D500 is a 1xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.05x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Not as many stockists
Only 20 stores sells the Canon EOS 70D, however 32 stores sell the Nikon D500. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over two years older
The Canon EOS 70D is older than the Nikon D500 by three years.
9 Reasons Against
19% bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D500 has a maximum aperture of 32, however the Canon EOS 70D is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera (6 smaller).
Smaller eye relief Edit
Nikon D500 is only 16mmmm Eye relief. That's 6mm smaller than the Canon EOS 70D (16mmmm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

1% heavier Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 760gg digital camera. That's 5g heavier than the Canon EOS 70D (760gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

58% heavier lens weight Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 480gg lens weight digital camera. That's 275g heavier than the Canon EOS 70D (480gg).
13% longer lens length Edit
The Nikon D500 has a lens length of 85.5mmmm, however the Canon EOS 70D is a 75.2mmmm lens length digital camera (10.3mm shorter).
Bigger lens diameter Edit
The Nikon D500 is an 80mmmm lens diameter digital camera. That's 11mm bigger than the Canon EOS 70D (80mmmm).
Nine hundred and nineteen less shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon D500 is a digital camera that takes 1,240 shots shot per battery charge, whereas the Canon EOS 70D only takes 920 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

$825 more expensive
The Nikon D500 is more expensive than the Canon EOS 70D by $825.
Lower user review Score
The Nikon D500 has an average user rating of 87%, but the Canon EOS 70D has an average user rating of 94% (based on 796 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
20.2MP 20.9MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2736 x 1824
 1920 x 1280
 1696 x 1280
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 1280
 720 x 480
 640 x 480
 480 x 480
 2784 x 1856
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2736 x 1824
 1920 x 1280
 1696 x 1280
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 1280
 720 x 480
 640 x 480
 480 x 480
 2784 x 1856
Maximum Image Resolution
 5568 x 3712
 5568 x 3712
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
Full-Frame Sensor Size
22.5 x 15 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
20.9MP 21.56MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Unknown - Click to provide data
Body Material
 Aluminium
 Polycarbonate
 Carbon
 Aluminium
 Polycarbonate
 Carbon
Protection Feature
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 5x
BEST
Digital Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
38
BEST
32
Minimum Aperture
22 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
88mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3.5 - 5.6 16 - 80
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
13/11 17/13
Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Nikon F
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Nikon F
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 continuous
 servo
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 single
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 continuous
 servo
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.39 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
19 153
BEST
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25600
 25
 51200
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25600
 25
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Highlight-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Highlight-weighted
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Manual
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Manual
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Guide
12m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
Flash Recharging Time
3s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 H.264
BEST
 MOV
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Resolution and Capture Speed
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Memory Slot
1 2
BEST

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
98% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
1,040,000 pixels 2,359,000 pixels
BEST
Display Diagonal (metric)
7.7 Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.95x 1x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent L
 Incandescent
 Direct sunlight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent L
 Incandescent
 Direct sunlight
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Auto
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Neutral
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10,20
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 5+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-3 - 1 -2 - 1
Eye Relief
22mm
BEST
16mm
Scene Mode
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BUL
 SER
 RUM
 BEN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BUL
 SER
 RUM
 BEN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
755g
BEST
760g
Height
104.3mm 115mm
Depth
78.5mm 81mm
Width
139mm 147mm
Lens Weight
205g
BEST
480g
Lens Length
75.2mm
BEST
85.5mm
Lens Diameter
69mm
BEST
80mm
Weight Including Battery
755g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
LP-E6 EN-EL15
Battery Capacity
1,800mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
920 shots
BEST
1,240 shots
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX,Digital Photo Professional,PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB

Other Features

Interface
Hi-Speed USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
30 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 5+
 DIGIC 5+
Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Housing Material
 Thermoplastic urethane (TPU)
 Aluminium
 Plastic
 Thermoplastic
 Thermoplastic urethane (TPU)
 Aluminium
 Plastic
 Thermoplastic
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