Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D500

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Canon EOS 70D
Nikon D500

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger eye relief Edit
Canon EOS 70D is 22mm Eye relief. That's 6mm bigger than the Nikon D500 (16mm). 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 755g digital camera. That's 5g lighter than the Nikon D500 (760g). 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 205g lens weight digital camera. That's 275g lighter than the Nikon D500 (480g).
14% shorter lens length Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a lens length of 75.2mm, however the Nikon D500 is an 85.5mm lens length digital camera (10.3mm longer).
Smaller lens diameter Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a 69mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 11mm smaller than the Nikon D500 (80mm).
$621 cheaper
The Canon EOS 70D costs $999.00, whereas the Nikon D500 is $1,619.95.
User reviews are moderately better
Based on 119 user reviews, the Canon EOS 70D has an average review score of 94%, but the Nikon D500 has an average rating of 92% (based on 20 reviews).
12 Reasons For
0.7MP higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon D500 has a megapixel of 20.9MP, however the Canon EOS 70D is only a 20.2MP 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 megapixels Edit
The Nikon D500 has a total megapixels of 21.56MP, whereas the Canon EOS 70D is only a 20.9MP digital camera (0.66MP less).
10 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon D500 has a maximum aperture number of 32, however the Canon EOS 70D is only a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (10 bigger).
Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Nikon D500 is 2.8 minimum aperture. That's 0.7 smaller than the Canon EOS 70D (2.8).
One hundred and thirty-four more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Nikon D500 has 153.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Canon EOS 70D only has 19.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
38,400 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Nikon D500 is 51,200 maximum ISO speed, but the Canon EOS 70D is only a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (38,400 lower).
One more memory slots Edit
The Nikon D500 has two memory slotss, however the Canon EOS 70D only has one memory slots.
Marginally larger display diagonal Edit
The Nikon D500 has a display diagonal 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.

1,319,000 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 2,359,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Canon EOS 70D is only a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,319,000 pixels lower).
Moderately higher magnification Edit
Nikon D500 is 1x lens magnification ratio, but the Canon EOS 70D is only a 0.95x 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.

Three hundred and twenty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon D500 is a digital camera that takes 1240.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Canon EOS 70D only takes 920.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Available from 14 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

13 Reasons Against
0.7MP lower megapixel Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a megapixel of 20.2MP, however the Nikon D500 is a 20.9MP 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 megapixels Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a total megapixels of 20.9MP, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 21.56MP digital camera (0.66MP more).
10 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a maximum aperture number of 22, however the Nikon D500 is a 32 maximum aperture digital camera (10 smaller).
Larger minimum aperture number Edit
Canon EOS 70D is 3.5 minimum aperture. That's 0.7 larger than the Nikon D500 (2.8).
One hundred and thirty-four less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has 19.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Nikon D500 only has 153.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Canon EOS 70D is only 12,800 maximum ISO speed, but the Nikon D500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (38,400 higher).
One less memory slots Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has one memory slots, however the Nikon D500 only has two memory slotss.
A little smaller display diagonal Edit
The Canon EOS 70D has a display diagonal 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.

2x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 2,359,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,319,000 pixels higher).
Slightly lower magnification Edit
Canon EOS 70D is only 0.95x lens magnification ratio, but the Nikon D500 is a 1x 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.

Three hundred and twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon EOS 70D is a digital camera that takes 920.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Nikon D500 only takes 1240.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Not as many stockists
Only 3 retailers sells the Canon EOS 70D, however 17 sellers 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 two years.
7 Reasons Against
Smaller eye relief Edit
Nikon D500 is only 16mm Eye relief. That's 6mm smaller than the Canon EOS 70D (16mm). 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 760g digital camera. That's 5g heavier than the Canon EOS 70D (760g). 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 480g lens weight digital camera. That's 275g heavier than the Canon EOS 70D (480g).
13% longer lens length Edit
The Nikon D500 has a lens length of 85.5mm, however the Canon EOS 70D is a 75.2mm lens length digital camera (10.3mm shorter).
Bigger lens diameter Edit
The Nikon D500 is an 80mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 11mm bigger than the Canon EOS 70D (80mm).
$621 more expensive
The Nikon D500 is more expensive than the Canon EOS 70D by $620.95.
A little Lower user review Score
The Nikon D500 has an average user rating of 92%, but the Canon EOS 70D has an average user rating of 94% (based on 119 reviews).

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
20.2MP 20.9MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
22.5 x 15 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
20.9MP 21.56MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
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Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Aluminium
 Polycarbonate
 Carbon
 Aluminium
 Polycarbonate
 Carbon
Dustproof
 Dustproof
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Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 5x
Maximum Aperture Number
22 32
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 2.8
BEST
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 200 16 - 80
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
18/14 17/13
Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Nikon F
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Nikon F
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
62mm 72mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.45m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
19 153
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
12,800 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Guide Number
12m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Recharging Time
3s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
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
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 H.264
BEST
 MOV
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Memory Slots
1 2
BEST

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels 2,359,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display
Display Diagonal (metric)
7.7 Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.95x 1x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Incandescent
 Direct sunlight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Incandescent
 Direct sunlight
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10,20
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
 Direct printing
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 5+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-3 - 1 -2 - 1
Eye Relief
22mm
BEST
16mm
Scene Modes
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
Languages Support
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BEN
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 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 Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
LP-E6 EN-EL15
Battery Capacity
1,800mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
920 shots 1,240 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX,Digital Photo Professional,PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 5+
 DIGIC 5+
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Feedback