Let’s compare the Canon 70D vs Nikon D3400. Both cameras are great if you want something affordable and good for all-around photography, but the D3400 costs a lot less so let’s see which one is worth it.
Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.
Canon 70D Nikon D3400
Megapixels 20.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C (DX)
Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No No
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon FX/DX
ISO 100 - 12,800 100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO 25,600 No
AF Points 19 11
Cross-type AF Points 19 1
Continuous Mode 7fps 5fps
LCD 3.0" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Fixed
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking No No
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 98% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95x 0.85x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (30/25/24p) 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 65 100
RAW Buffer Size 14 12
Time Lapse No No
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/200
Startup Time 0.7s 0.5s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No
Built-in GPS No No
Built- in NFC No No
Bluetooth No Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes No
Battery Life (CIPA) 920 shots 1200 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E6) Yes (EN-EL14a)
Weight 26.7 oz (755g) 15.17 oz (430g)
Size 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1" 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2016
Canon 70D Advantages:
- AF Points – 19 vs 11
- Cross-type AF Points – 19 vs 1
- Continuous mode – 7fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
- LCD – It’s fully articulated.
- LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
- Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
- Touchscreen Support
- Viewfinder Coverage – 98% vs 95%.
- Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
- Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
- Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
- RAW Buffer Size – 14 vs 12.
- Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Environmentally Sealed – The Canon 70D is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
Even though the Canon 70D is older, it’s more expensive hence the number of advantages. It’s got a better AF system with a lot more cross-type points, a fully articulated LCD screen with touchscreen support, 1 stop faster max shutter speed, 7 vs 5fps, environmental sealing and built-in Wi-Fi. If you find the advantages useful for your type of photography, the 70D is a great camera that you can also use in bad weather.
Nikon D3400 Advantages:
- Megapixels – 4 more megapixels. It’s a small difference and you won’t notice it unless printing really big.
- AA Filter – The Nikon D3400 has no AA filter.
- JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 65. Useful for long bursts.
- Bluetooth Support
- Battery Life – 1200 vs 920.
- Weight – The Nikon D3400 weighs 325g less.
- Size – The Nikon D3400 is noticeably smaller.
- Less Expensive – The D3400 with the kit lens costs around $400 less
The D3400’s biggest advantage is its compact size. 4 more megapixel won’t make a big difference, the buffer is bigger but even 65 is more than enough and Bluetooth isn’t a deal breaker for most. However, once you see it costs around $500, the D3400 is an excellent DSLR and beats anything from Canon at this price.