Canon 70D vs Canon t5i

Canon 70D vs T5i : Which Should You Buy?

CanonT5i vs 70D: How Do They Compare?

The Canon 70D and Canon Rebel T5i are both impressive, and relatively inexpensive new SLRs. At a cost of about $1199 for the body, the 70D costs nearly $400 more than the T5i, so it is no surprise that it has some advantages and extra features. But are those features worth the extra cost? The answer depends on what kind of photographer you are; for some, they will be a waste of money, for others, they’ll make a world of difference. Below, I’ll discuss the important differences and explain who will benefit from each.

The Basic Stats

Before we look at the details in depth, here’s a quick overview of the camera’s main stats.

 Canon 70DCanon Rebel T5i
Canon 70DCanon T5i
BODY Price
(Amazon.com)
$999
$1049 on Nov. 20, 2013
$649
18-135mm STM
KIT Price
(Amazon.com)
$1299$849
Body MaterialPolycarbonate and Stainless SteelPolycarbonate and Stainless Steel
LCD Size / Resolution3.0"
1,040,000 pixels
3.0"
1,040,000 pixels
LCD Articulated?YesYes
LCD Touch Screen?YesYes
Sensor Size14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)
Sensor Resolution20.2 Megapixels18 Megapixels
ISO Range100-12800
+25600
100-12800
+25600
Total AF Focus Points199
Cross-Type AF Sensors199
AF Light Level Range-.05 to +18 EV-.05 to +18 EV
Metering System63 Zone Point Linked Evaluative
7.7% Center
3% Spot
63 Zone Point Linked Evaluative
9% Center Weighted
4% Spot
Exposure Compensation1/2 or 1/3 stops via dedicated thumb dial1/2 or 1/3 stops via button + control dial
Max Frame Rate : RAW (14-bit)7 fps5 fps
Max Frame Rate : JPG7 fps5 fps
Max Burst Duration RAW (at highest frame rate)15
(16 w/ UHS-I card)
6
Max Burst Duration JPG (at highest frame rate)40
(65 w/UHS-I card)
22
(30 w/UHS-I card)
Shutter Speed Range1/8000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
1/4000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
Maximum Flash Sync Shutter Speed (standard flash)1/250th sec.1/200th sec.
HD Video Resolutions1080p, 720p1080p, 720p
Available HD Video Frame RatesPAL and NTSC
24/25, 30 fps at 1080p
60/50 fps at 720p
PAL and NTSC
24/25, 30 fps at 1080p
60/50 fps at 720p
Available Codecs / CompressionH.264
IPB & All-I
H.264
Battery TypeLP-E6LP-E8
Battery Life1300 shots (viewfinder)
230 shots (live-view)
550 shots (viewfinder)
200 shots (live-view)
Media TypeSD / SDHC / SDXC
(UHS-I & Eye-Fi compatible)
SD / SDHC / SDXC
(UHS-I & Eye-Fi compatible)
Weight755g (with battery)580g (with battery)
Viewfinder Coverage98% Frame,
.95x magnification
95% Frame,
.85x magnification
Built-In Wireless Strobe ControlYesYes

Canon 70D and T5i with Battery Grip

The New Sensor

Don’t expect a big difference in image quality. Yes, the 70D uses a newer, higher resolution sensor. The increase in resolution from 18 to 20 megapixels will not have much impact on your image quality, though.  If you frequently make large prints, you might be able to squeeze and extra inch or two of width out of the 70D’s files when you’re pushing the upper size-limits, but this is rare for most photographers. Early tests show that the general sensor performance of the 70D is measurably better than that of the T5i, but not enough to really be noticeable without a side-by-side comparison… and frequently not even then, especially if you shoot JPG. So, if you’re thinking about buying the 70D, do it for the camera’s extra features (which will be worth it, for many buyers), not the improvement in image quality.

Canon 70D Sensor
The Canon 70D’s new sensor with phase-detection capabilities.

You see, the Canon 70D’s sensor IS a major technological development when it comes to autofocus functionality. The new sensor has phase-detection functionality 1 If you’re not sure what phase detection is or why it’s important, I recommend watching my video on the subject, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbXJpVsTwo8 within the normal capture pixels, allowing it to focus quickly and accurately while shooting video, or while using live-mode (viewing the image on the rear LCD). Earlier SLRs such as the Canon 7D and 60D were capable of focusing while using live view, but the process was so painfully slow that most photographers did not use it regularly. The Canon 70D has changed everything: not only is Live-View now a useful tool, the camera can be used as a viable alternative to a video-camera, shooting full HD video with fast, easy to control autofocus.

The T5i, on the other hand, uses an intermediate technology called “Hybrid Autofocus”, which makes use of phase detection sensors built into the center area of the frame, which improves the focus speed over older cameras, but performance is still not as fast as the system in the 70D; in fact, it is significantly slower than many compact, mirrorless cameras made by Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony.

High Speed Performance

The Canon 70D outperforms the T5i in many speed-related categories. The 70D has a faster top shutter speed (1/8000th vs 1/4000th) and shoots more frames per second (7 fps vs. 5fps) than the T5i, and the 70D can sustain those shooting speeds much longer. While the T5i’s buffer will be full after shooting 6 RAW images, the 70D can shoot a full 16 of them in a row (or 65 JPG files). However, if you’re the type of photographer who doesn’t want to deal with RAW files, the T5i can shoot 30 JPGs in a row, which will be sufficient for nearly any amateur, and 5 frames per second is more than adequate for most amateur action photographers. That said, the 70D will feel like a more responsive camera, with a shutter lag of only 75 milliseconds compared to the 264 millisecond lag of the T5i.

Just as important, though, is the 70D’s autofocus system, inherited from the venerable Canon 7D. The 70D’s system contains 19 cross-type autofocus points (if you’re not sure what cross type points are, watch my explanatory video) giving it very solid performance when shooting sports and action. The T5i’s system is significantly improved over the T3i’s system, with all 9 of its autofocus points being cross-type (the T3i only had one cross-type). In fact, T5i’s AF system is now identical to that of the Canon 60D, but despite the improvement, it has significantly fewer focus point available to cover your subject when it is off-center, which can be a little more tricky to handle.  Both systems will work very well when the subject is correctly placed behind a focusing point, but that’s an easier task on the 70D.

Body & Layout

 

Back of Canon 70D and Canon T5i

Personal preference plays a major role in determining which body size and style will be preferable for you. Some people prefer a heavier, larger body, and some people prefer something more lightweight and compact, and there is a significant difference between these two bodies. The T5i is clearly the lighter (about 25%) and smaller of the two. It’s also worth noting that, a result of the compact size and smaller power-source, you should expect to get less than half as many shots from a single battery. That said, if you prefer the T5i but have large hands, you can increase the size by adding a battery-grip such as Canon’s BG-E8 or a much less expensive 3rd party alternative like the Neewer Grip, both of which will double the cameras battery life as well.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Canon 70D features basic dust and weather sealing, while the T5i does not. If you often shoot photos in harsh conditions, this is worth considering.

Many professional sports and action photographers prefer to use a dedicated button on the back of the camera for autofocus rather than using the shutter-button. This makes pre-focusing at a specific place easier, and allows for easier tracking of a subject when there are obstructions, even when shooting pictures the whole time. If this is a technique you’d like to master, you’ll need to get the 70D; the T5i does not have a rear-AF button. [Correction: The T5i does support rear AF as a custom function, switching the AE lock to the shutter button. Thanks, Allen.]

Canon 70D Touch Screen
Both cameras have a touch screen to make menu navigation easier. (Canon 70D shown above)

Easier to Use? Camera companies have odd ideas about what makes a camera easier to use. On entry-level models like the T5i, Canon has removed buttons and dials for features that many amateurs don’t use, making the layout simpler and potentially less confusing. However, the same features still exist in the camera, and if you want to use them, you have to navigate menus and sub-menus to turn them on, which makes using them much more difficult. Nowhere is this more obvious than when using exposure-compensation (ie, making the exposure brighter or darker than the camera automatically sets it). On the Canon 70D, there’s a big, friendly dial on the back of the camera, and if you want to make the exposure brighter, all you have to do is turn the wheel with your thumb to the + side, which you can easily do while looking through the viewfinder. On the T5i, you need to locate the exposure compensation button on the back of the camera, press it, and then make the adjustment with the main command dial. While not exactly rocket science, it’s not very intuitive, either.

To sum up: if you don’t plan on using advanced features, the T5i may be easier to use, but if you want a camera to grow into, the 70D will be easier to use when it comes time to work with more advanced features.

Conclusions: Which Should You Buy?

The Canon Rebel T5i is a feature-rich SLR that performs as well as mid-range SLRs from just a couple of years ago. If you’re interested in taking better pictures, it may be the safest place to start. However, there are some good reasons to consider the Canon 70D. This is how I’d make the choice:

Buy the Canon T5i if:

  • You want a good, all-around camera that is easy to use right-away
  • You shoot mostly portrait, family, travel and landscape pictures, along with some action
  • Your primary interest is NOT video, or you plan on manual focus some of the time
  • You prefer a compact, lightweight camera

Buy the Canon 70D if:

  • You already have some experience with photography or want a camera to “grow into”; more advanced features are easier to use on the Canon 70D.
  • You are serious about sports and action photography
  • You are interested in using your SLR as a video camera; the Canon 70D is the only SLR on the market that is a viable alternative for the casual user (ie, without using manual focusing rigs, etc)

A Note About Lenses

The lens that you choose to work with is just as important (often more important) than the camera that you choose. However, lens choice is also part of the creative process and is specific to the subject and situation that you’re shooting; you’d use a very different lens for shooting a studio portrait than you’d use for shooting a sporting event at night or for shooting close-ups of insects.

If you’re looking for a good all-around, flexible lens, both cameras are available in a kit with Canon’s 18-135mm STM lens (the Canon 70D here, and the Canon T5i here), and I highly recommend it; the wide-angle end of the zoom is great for those times when you need to capture a larger area from up close or emphasize a foreground object, and the telephoto end is just powerful enough to shoot some sports, and it’s a great length for portraits. If you need a lens that performs well in low-light situations, Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 USM let in much more light (10 or 16 times more than the 135mm f/5.6, respectively), and the f/1.8 version only costs about $100.

Questions?

In this post, I’ve attempted to highlight the most important differences between these two cameras, but there are many more than I can discuss in an article like this. If you still have questions, or would like further guidance, please let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll answer you as quickly as soon as I get a chance!

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Milton

I have read that 70D has an issue with an error that “kills” it -almost- definitely. I have a t5i and I want to improve a little by going on a 70D but I’d not like to have any troubles in the future because of an error that don’t even allows to turn on the camera.

Santiago Román

Hello Matthew!

Thanks for your article. Do you have anything on full frame vs APS-C (SLR?) comparison? Thanks in advance!

Mike

Will lenses from a t5i work with a 70d if I upgrade?
Thanks

Prince Arthur

Thanks a lot for making me known real deference in canon 70d & 700d.
But my question is in terms of the video quality based on picture style, is there any difference?

Natalie

Hi, Matt!

What lense should I buy for the 70D camera for my video makeup tutorials? Thank you!

Regards,
Natalie

Allen

It is possible to use back button focus on the T5i, it is a custom function.

PaYMaN

hello dear MATHEW
im very confused about selling my 700d and buy a 70d to take it over

Actually i want a camera delivering nice and detailed photos plus impressing video quality since im crazy about video recording

But it doesnt mean that im not satisfied with my 700d

My object is to get a camera surpassing highly 700d in video recording
Does it make a great difference for me to substitute it with 70d or not?
The other question is that what canon lenses do you offer for videos
I will be so glad and thankfull for your help mathew

subhadra

Hi Matthew,

I have a good budget , but I am a beginner. Shall I buy canon 70D ? what is you opinion , please let me know your suggestions.

Thank you.

subhadra

Thank you , I appreciate your valuable time and advise.

subhadra

Hi Matthew,

I need your advise again , I am thinking to buy canon 70D body + Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 lens ? Do you think it is better than buying Canon 70D + 18-135mm lens ? Please share your thoughts .

Thank you,
Subhadra

subhadra

Hi Matthew ,

Just wanted to let you know that I bought refurb 70D with 18-135mm stm lens, 50mm STM prime lens , 55-250mm STM lens . thank you for the advise :)

Subhadra

Mike

Thanks in advance for you advice!!! My son is a Photography student in college, and does work on the side in anything from weddings (indoors and outdoors), to portraits (indoors and outdoors), to sports (baseball and basketball action shots, indoors and outdoors).

He has a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and the Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II and EF-S 55-250 IS II lenses. He feels he needs another camera because the first one is a few years old, used a lot, and doing a wedding while not having a backup camera means he has to borrow one for the “just in case” situation.

I was thinking of buying him one for his birthday and was looking at either the 70D or the T5i. Which would you recommend?

Also, maybe for his next birthday or Christmas, what would be a good next lens?

We cannot afford top-of-the-line $3000 cameras or lenses, so we look for the best we can afford. I appreciate your advice.

sepideh

i like your article ..i have one question
i have online store .. i sell scarf.. i need dslr for site…
Which is better & enough for me (70d or 700d)? i need sharp and good photo for site.
And what lens you recommend to me?
I’m going to take shot scarf and modeling (A woman wearing a scarf) in outdoor؟

sepideh

thanks Matthew …
I have a few more questions
Can i send you email??

What do you think about 50mm f1.8 ?
canon 700d and this lens is suitable for taking pictures of product (scarf) in the home?

Diego

Thanks Matt, i´ve noted that over-exposing 1 EV, gains better middle tones, with better noise, waiting for t6s…Thinking about it, the Pentax K5 II is the choice, if i weren´t Canon invested. Our sensors are bad recovering middle tones, the same happens with 70d.

Diego Zambrano

Hi Matt, thanks for your clear apreciations. Great and informative articles. I´m upgrading Canon XS (love it), looking for more dinamic range and 2-3 ISO steps (I´m amateur, polivalent type of photography), not looking for fast focus or more MPX, MFA, video, etc. My question is:Is it really worth it, to me, to switch to 70D in IQ and DR basis ?, (I´m not very sure !, same sensors to all cameras, slow evolution)…. I agree with you about getting best lenses and technique (Mine are 18-55 USM, 50m 1.8, 55-250 USM), but they serve me very well. And not switching to full frame. Thanks for your response

elmer molina

Hi Matt,
I’m an hobbies/ amatuer photographer and i want to explore more in the field of photography I have a rebel XSI and some lenses, just want to ask which one is better upgrading the body or the lense and im thinking of 60D and 70d thanks

sidek

hi Matthew

I’am a amateur photographer with a limited budged. I’m planning to upgrade my camera to the canon 70d together with tamron 70-300 vc usd. The only reason i choose the tammy is that i love how it is look like (look cool to me). So, please advice me further in this matter.

tqvm

Pete

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for putting together an informative article.
I’m looking into my first DSLR camera, upgrading from the Sony rx100ii. The intended use is outdoor car photography at car shows, rallies, and other events. I’ll also be track side at racing events which would require a capable lens with IS. Some images I’d like to be able to create is to stand about 30′-40′ away from the car and zoom in with the depth of field only having the car in focus. Video capability would also be great for short artistic films.

Given the information provided in both your article and others I’ve read I’ve narrowed down the decision from Nikon D5300 & D7100 to the Canon 70D and T5i (I understand these Canons are good starters). But between the Canons I’m having difficultly making a decision. Can you provide a recommendation for the camera and lens combo I should purchase?

Thank you for any advice you can provide.
Best,
Pete

Kay

I still am unsure what to choose as I’m coming from owning Nikons. I currently use a Nikon D7000 for my photos and have been wanting a canon for its video capabilities. The T5i suits my budget but I’m wondering if I should save up a little more and buy the 70D. I’d have to sacrifice in getting some lenses though if I get the 70D. I’ll be using it on a glidecam and shooting short film/documentary style videos.

Jason

I have recently bought a t5i i wanted to shoot some video with it. I wanted to know what are some of the top lens i should look at.

Anze Novak

hi, came across your page while searching reviews on 70d and 700d. great page with lots of useful information.

now to my question.

If you had around 1400$ to spend which camera(70d or 700d) and lenses would you buy?
And you would be doing mainly food and fitness/weightlifting photography.

note: this will be my first DSLR camera. and I’m very enthusiastic.

Thanks very much for your answer

Charlie Hawkins

Matthew – thanks for the informative article. I have a Canon Rebel Xt, and want to upgrade for a better sensor, video capability and more options overall. I travel a lot, also shoot candid and posed portraits, some wildlife and landscapes. My lenses are all Canon kit, with a 75-300 (4.0-4.5), 28-80, and 18-55 IS. I’ve had my eye on the 70D kit at Sam’s with an 18-55 IS STM and a 55-250 (4-5.6). I was planning on keeping the newer kit lenses, and selling the others to a friend, along with the Xt body. I would then get a Canon 50m/1.4 to start building my new set. I’ve looked at the T5i, and it might be a way to go, but the differences you point out in your article have swayed me to the 70D. Thoughts?

Nadeem

Hi, I bought canon 70D 4 days before and returned it because Dial setting button was not showing any setting on screen/LCD then i got an other one brand new its has the same issue now i am confused that am i missing some thing or should i enable it before using. When ever pressed the info button it shows the C settings. Please help me so i exchange or return it.

Kourosh

Hi Matthew,

Great informative article, I’m going to upgrade from Canon Powershot-SX220 HS to a DSLR camera. Is Canon T5i (700D) good choice? and also my friend has recommended to replace the kit lens (18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM) with a better lens in quality such as Canon EFS 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM, Sigma 15-70mm F2.8 OS HSM or Tamron 15-70mm F2.8 XR Di-II LD, Should I? and what’s your advice?

Highly appreciated.

Chris

Great article, and as much as I enjoyed it I think it has added confusion to my decision lol.
I am actually looking into getting one of these two cameras. I currently have a T3, it serves me very well but after 2 years of use I am ready to take the next step in my photographic life.

I shoot primarily landscape and city scapes and have been able to get by with the T3. I also do a little bit of portrait photography on the side, but I am really trying to break out into the land and city scape world.
I currently have the canon 18-55 and canon 70-300 kit lenses which have served me well enough for now. Depending on which camera I purchase will determine if i can afford to purchase canons new EF-S 10-18 f/4.5 along with it or have to wait. However that wouldn’t be a problem as my 18-55 is serviceable if I opt for the 70D.
Is the T5i enough for what I am trying to accomplish? Or should I go for the 70D and have more option then I might ever need?
Thanks for your input and article.
Chris

Lori

Hi Matthew,

I really enjoyed your informative article. I’m upgrading from an older Canon Rebel XS and would like a camera that I could grow in to. I primarily shoot landscapes, action and people. I have several lenses: Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5 – 5.6, Canon EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6, Canon EF 50 mm 1:1.8. I have a couple of questions:

1.) I’m leaning towards the 70D for several reasons. Should I also upgrade the lenses as well? Or will my existing lenses work OK? Like you said, I don’t want to have a decent camera body and it not make a difference because of the lenses I’m using.

2.) If my lenses should be upgraded, can you give me suggestions on a couple decent lenses for landscape, people and sports?

Thanks so much!

Kemper

OK … I’m looking to get back into photography after a long break … my last real photography was with an old Canon TLB amybe 30+ years ago

I read some of your earlier advises and I like the “least expensive camera body and more expensive lenses” approach … I want to shoot landscapes, people, travel, and eventually wildlife …

I’m looking at the Canon t5i …. so what lenses?
– kit 18-55 STM? and 75 – 300 III?
– kit 18 – 135 STM?

What about the Tamrom vs Canon lenses?

thanks for your insights!

Bill

Thanks for the article. I returned to photography is June of 2013 after more than a decade away and had to begin learning digital. I opted for a T3i because it left room in my budget for lenses. I have accumulated a Tamron 18-270, a Tamron 10-22, a Tamron 60mm macro, and a Sigma 150-500. I am interested in many kinds of photography, but specialize in abstracts (close-up or macro most often). I have recently begun spending a bit more time on wildlife. My experience with my camera has produced good results, but I want less noise and better focus. Because of awkward set up positions for macro, I often use the articulated screen. Wildlife shooters have been urging me to consider the new FD MKii because of its great focus, shot speed, and so forth, but has a fixed screen. But wildlife and action photography are not my primary interests even though I do those. The 70D has the screen that I feel that I need and costs at street value about $800 less that the 7D MKii. I regularly print and compete in local competitions with the photo club and local museums’ juried shows with some success. Will the 70D give me a substantial gain in focus and reduction in noise without having to go to the 7D MKii?

Thanks,

Bill

Blake C

Great article! Maybe this has already been answered, but… I have a T3 right now and use the Sigma 17-50 2.8 most of the time, the Canon 50 1.8 for portraits, and the Canon 55-250 STM for nature. I have been doing a lot of Family, Senior, Engagement, etc photos and have finally been talked into doing a few weddings next year by some of my clients. I know I can get great shots with the T3 and my mounted flash but I am thinking a step up might be in order here. I was debating between the 70D and the T5i. It’s an investment and I would like something very fast in low light, fast AF, and I do like the video options of the 70D but the t5i does have a slightly better price point.

Which would you suggest?

Thanks in advance!

Blake C

Thanks for the quick response!
I do want to provide the best images possible and capture the moments. This started as a hobby and is turning into a second job (which I like). I think I will go for the 70D as it sounds like that will meet my needs better. As for lenses, I agree 100%. My plan (and how I’ve been growing) is: Make money from shoots THEN buy gear, not the other way around. It keeps the wife happy as well as my bank account! So, I will start with the 70D then look at a faster tele-zoom lens. I’m a Sigma fan so I will probably check out their 70-200. :)

Thanks again!

MaryAnn Barry

I loved the article. I currently have a Canon T3i with a Canon 50 mm macro lens, canon 18mm – 135mm and a tamron 75mm to 300 mm. I am considering upgrading to the Canon 70D and my question is will the lenses I currently have fit the 70D?

MaryAnn Barry

Thanks for your quick reply. I purchased a refurbished canon 70D with a 18-135mm IS STM lens from Canon at $799.99 on Black Friday I am excited to start using it!

Reggie Andaya

Hi Matt,
Nice article. I currently have a T2i but looking to upgrade to the 70D. I started learning to shoot in manual mode and felt as I learn I wanted to also move into something I can grow into with a bit more options. I also like the fact that the 70D shoots superb video which will allow me to leave the camcorder at home. I shoot mainly family vacations, portraits, my kids action activities, family parties, some scenic stuff. Now my question is should I go with the 18-135mm kit or save a little and just get the 18-55mm kit? The only other lenses that I have is the EF55-200mm kit I hardly use with my T2i. I almost always use the 18-55mm with the T2i.

trixie

maybe i’m out of it but isn’t the 60d (not 70d) and the t5i with the 18 – 120 mm lens comparable in price right now? and if they are, the 60d would be a better deal, wouldn’t it?

Epic

Mhm Canon is kinda out of the game….
d5300 is way better than 60d for the same price IQ wise ,70d is a bit better than d5300 like 7fps and weather sealed and touch screen but has less MP and so on.. but price of the 70d is higher,d5300 is way better than 5ti lol but 5ti has touch screen but in terms of IQ for pictures d5300 combined with sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM puts out 18MP-x thats 3MP-x more than the same lens on Canon 70D 15MP …….
Canon for Video and Nikon for pictures.

Epic

What about
Nikon D5300 body + sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM or Tamron SP 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD?

Thats the best beng for the buck i think… ?

i know that D5300 is good to about 135mm lens after that is bad…but on Cannon its sharp..
so for more than family staff p/p is what i typed up there…?

-Thanks

Alan Rook

So, I purchased a T5i from Costco for the display model for a great price! We recently took it to SeaWorld for our vacation and there were things that were great, and not so great. Matthew mentioned the video aspects, and the camera certainly had a hard time with focusing on different subjects, especially moving. The issue was compounded when using a lens with more zoom on it. I also got very frustrated when using the auto modes that I could not adjust the focus field that I wanted to use. It would not allow for that function in the auto modes. I do not know if this is allowed on the 70D or not? My son and I had a great time playing with the camera while at the beach, but I can tell already that there are features that I want that the T5i does not have. Most people that I have talked to about their purchase of a Rebel of any line, is that they “outgrow” the camera very quickly, depending on what you are intending to get out of it. Personally, I think I may even take the T5i back, to get the upgrade, if the wife will let me spend the extra money! I may also just keep the T5 for when we go camping and hiking, since the 70D is noticeably heavier.

Thanks again for the site Matthew!

Paul T

Thanks very much Matthew for your great advice! I want a camera that can do good quality videos for my youtube channel and also take great nature pics and some sports like running events etc. I think the T5i would be great for me, would you agree? And what lenses would you recommend I get for my camera. As I said I do videos where I stand or sit in front of the camera and take nature pics, including animals and some sports like running. Currently I have a Panasonic FZ150 and I want to upgrade to a much better camera which I can use for a good few years to come and take nice pics of my new born daughter!

Great website by the way!

Mike

I’m in need of a great video taken piece of equipment. 70D or 7D? All I do is video moving targets. I film
My outdoor hunts and my movements in the woods. Video is what I do 90 percent of time. DSLR is the way to go from what I’m told. I don’t like to manual focus. Auto focus is what I like best. Thoughts?

Gayal Chamin

Dear MATTHEW GORE,

Im really interesting to do Wedding video and music video with Dslr .
can you tell me which one is good for that ? 700d(t5i) or 70d ?.
i really like t5i . can i get good video quality form that? . really i dont have big bujet.
thank you.

Gayal Chamin

Dear Matthew,

Thank you very much for the quick reply.. really appreciate your opinion,
starting with low budget its time to move for 700d/t5i.

thank you again, best wishes for your lovely web site.

Alan Rook

Matthew, first off thank you for your thorough article and the time you take to respond! I am looking at the T5i or the 70D. I use the camera mostly for nature, outdoor portrait, macro, and family videos. I have been using a powershot for years and appreciate the swivel screen, so I was excited to see this feature implemented on the DSLRs. You mentioned that the 70D is MUCH better for video over the T5i, but could not fully understand the reasoning. I like the fact that the T5i is so much lighter, because when we are hiking, camping, boating it makes a difference in AZ in the heat. I think that I am sold on the T5i, but again the video aspects of your comment concern me. I do not want to purchase a separate camcorder, but am tired of low quality video that my Powershot provides.

Thank you!

Alan Rook

Ok, so I have another question for you on these cameras. I just read that they do not have a GPS feature? I utilize this feature a lot on my phone when taking pictures. It helps for uploading to Google Earth, as well as organizing my photos by location. Is this a feature I should really be concerned with and if so, is there another manufacturer that implements this feature well?

-Alan

Barry Henry

I have a Canon t1i with stock 18-55 and 75-300 lens. I mainly use the camera for vacations, family pics, and sports for my son’s baseball and basketball games. I have been looking to upgrade either to the t5i or 70d and wanted to know if paying the additional $400 for the 70d is worth it based on my usage. I like the articulating screen which allows me to use the camera in places I couldn’t with the t1i. Would the better option be to get a better lens for the t1i? There are some good bundle deals going on now with the t5i and 70d currently which makes it worthwhile to consider a move to a new camera. I would then sale my t1i on ebay.

Thanks

trixie

question about the video capability with these cameras: are these better than camcorders or do they offer better resolution and sharpness over a camcorder? or is this just a convenience feature so you don’t need to carry your camcorder around?

Jeri

Hi! I am planning to get a dslr for landscape, portrait and for traveling. Can you recommend me what camera to get and lens to use?

amy

Matt,

I am upgrading from the Rebel XT and I keep cameras for at least a decade, if not longer. Money is tight right now. I am leaning towards the T5i for the sake of price, but (especially with children) focus speed is pretty important. Am I being shortsighted by not figuring out how to round up an extra $400 for the new autofocus, especially since I likely won’t purchase another camera for many years? I plan to use the EFS 18-135 lens I already own.

Will the jump from Rebel XT to T5i be so wonderful that nothing else matters? A pet peeve of mine is missing the shot while waiting for the camera to focus. Thank you!!!!!!

amy

Thank you, I appreciate the clarifications. The biggest focusing issue seems to be in low light.

What is your opinion on simply upgrading the camera body to capture the 18 megapixels instead of 8? How great is that difference in photo quality?

Much appreciated!

Lisa

Hi Mat I have ready some articles about the canon 70d, t5i,60d, Nikon D5300, D7100, d7000 i am still a little bit confused about which one i should buy, of course the Canon 70d and the Nikon d7100 are the two best chooses, but they are quite expensive when you also consider buying the lens for photograph beginners. Most of the time that I use the camera is for Landscap, portraits, some outdoor photography and low light pictures.. image quality is my main concernt. the 60d and the d7000 are the mid-range camera when they were released, but when they compare to the t5i and the D5300 which are entry level camera, they seem not have that much advantage in term of the image quality, they only have better body frame, am I right? I saw some of yours comments about the choose a camera, get the least affordable body and buy a most affordable lens, also you said that use a kit lens with the d7100 is a waste of the body. so would you mind to give me suggestion about choosing a right camera among these cameras? Maybe also the lens.thx

barb

I have bought a canon 70d and sigma 18-250 macro lens but are want to buy another lens mainly for use taking pics of my children aged 0-8years. Have been looking at canon 50mm 1.8 or 85mm 1.8 which would you recommend or is there others I should be looking at

satish kr singh

dear sir,
i wanted to buy a enthusiastic/semi pro camera, for which i had narrow down my research to 2 cams first is nikon d7100 and canon 70d, dont know which one to buy pl suggest. basically i shoot mostly landscapes, portraits and casual outdoor photography.
thanks in advance.

satish kr singh

thanks sir, for taking ur valuable time to reply my query. right now i am having an old 18-55mm VR , and i am planning to buy nikon 50mm 1.8G AF-S and later on a better wide angle lens.
sir, any lens recommendation for Nikon D7100.

Frank

What lens would you recommend for the 70, if I’m planning on shooting inside rooms for real estate shots?