Both Canon and Nikon now have their new Prosumer cameras on the market now, but which one takes the cake? The Nikon D7100 is Nikon’s top of the line crop sensor body boasting many pro features and a partial magnesium alloy body. The Canon 70D is Canon’s latest crop sensor body (the rumored and expected 7D Mark II would be the top of their line crop body). Both cameras are popular choices for semi-pro and advanced amateurs looking for pro features at a consumer price.

Nikon D7100 vs Canon 70D Video Breakdown

DigitalRev recently took both models out for a showdown to try and get down to the bottom of which one is the better option for those of us who are int he market for a new prosumer DSLR. As usual the team at DigitalRev bring their own unique flavor to this camera showdown making it both interesting and enlightening. Check it out below.

Nikon D7100 Key Specs

Announcement Date: 2013-04-25
24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
No Anti-aliasing (AA) filter
ISO 100 – 6400 ( expands to 25600)
Nikon F Mount
3.20″ Fixed Type Screen
Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder
6.0fps continuous shooting
Full HD – 1920 x 1080 video resolution
765g. 136 x 107 x 76 mm
Weather Sealed Body

Canon 70D Key Specs

Announcement Date: 2013-10-31
20MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
ISO 100 – 12800 ( expands to 25600)
Canon EF/EF-S Mount
3.00″ Fully Articulated Screen
Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder
7.0fps continuous shooting
Full HD – 1920 x 1080 video resolution
Built-in Wireless
755g. 139 x 104 x 79 mm
Weather Sealed Body

Design and Build Quality

The Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D are both mid-range cameras that feature a rugged and durable build. The D7100 is built with a magnesium alloy body, which makes it strong and resistant to damage. It also features weather sealing, which makes it resistant to dust, moisture, and other environmental elements. The Canon 70D, on the other hand, is built with a polycarbonate body, which makes it slightly lighter than the D7100. It also features weather sealing, but it’s not as robust as the D7100’s.

Both cameras feature a comfortable grip and a well-placed control layout that makes it easy to adjust settings on the fly. The D7100 has a slightly larger and more comfortable grip, while the Canon 70D has a more modern-looking design with a top-mounted LCD screen.

Image Quality

Both the Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D feature APS-C sensors that produce high-quality images with excellent detail and color accuracy. The D7100 has a 24-megapixel sensor that produces images with excellent dynamic range and low noise levels, even at high ISO settings. The Canon 70D has a 20.2-megapixel sensor that produces images with excellent color accuracy and low noise levels.

In terms of image quality, both cameras perform well in low-light situations. The D7100 has a higher native ISO range (100-6400) than the 70D (100-12800), but both cameras can be expanded to higher ISO levels for shooting in extremely low-light conditions.

Autofocus Performance

The Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D both feature advanced autofocus systems that are fast and accurate. The D7100 has a 51-point AF system that covers a wide area of the frame, making it ideal for tracking moving subjects. The Canon 70D has a 19-point AF system with all cross-type points, making it highly accurate and reliable.

Both cameras also feature advanced autofocus modes, such as continuous AF and face detection. The D7100 has a 3D-tracking mode that uses color information to track moving subjects, while the Canon 70D has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that provides fast and accurate focusing during live view and video shooting.

Video Performance

The Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D are both capable of shooting high-quality video. The D7100 can shoot full HD video at 60 frames per second, while the Canon 70D can shoot full HD video at 30 frames per second. The D7100 also features a headphone jack for monitoring audio during recording, while the 70D has a microphone jack and built-in stereo microphones.

Both cameras also feature advanced video modes, such as time-lapse recording and slow-motion recording. The 70D has a built-in HDR video mode that combines multiple exposures for increased dynamic range, while the D7100 has a flat picture control mode that allows for more flexibility during post-processing.


Both the Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D are excellent mid-range cameras that offer advanced features and high-quality image and video performance. The D7100 excels in autofocus performance and dynamic range, while the 70D offers a more modern design and advanced video features. Ultimately, the choice between these two cameras will come down to personal preference and specific needs.