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 D500
Megapixels 20.2 20.9
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 5568 x 3712
Body Image Stabilization No No
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon FX/DX
ISO 100 - 12,800 100 - 51,200
Expanded ISO 25,600 50 - 1,638,400
AF Points 19 153
Cross-type AF Points 19 99
Continuous Mode 7fps 10fps
LCD 3.0" - Fully Articulated 3.2" - Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 2,359,000 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking No No
Top LCD Display Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 98% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95x 1.00x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (30/25/24p) 3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No Yes
Memory Card Type SD SD + XQD
Dual Card Slots No Yes
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 65 200
RAW Buffer Size 14 200
Time Lapse No Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/250
Startup Time 0.7s 0.3s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built- in NFC No Yes
Bluetooth No Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 920 shots 1240 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E6) Yes (EN-EL15)
Weight 26.7 oz (755g) 30.2 oz (856g)
Size 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1" 5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2016
Canon 70D Advantages:
- LCD – It’s fully articulated.
- Built-in Flash
- Weight – The Canon 70D weighs 101g less.
- Size – The Canon 70D is noticeably smaller.
- Less Expensive – The 70D body costs around $1000 less
It’s no surprise that the older and cheaper 70D doesn’t offer any advantages. The LCD is fully articulated though (which means you can use it to record videos while seeing yourself in it).
Nikon D500 Advantages:
- AA Filter – The Nikon D500 has no AA filter.
- ISO – 1,638,400 vs 25,600 – Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
- AF Points – 153 vs 19.
- Cross-type AF Points – 99 vs 19.
- Continuous mode – 10fps vs 7fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
- LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
- LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
- Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 98%.
- Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
- Video Resolution – 4K video available.
- Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
- Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
- UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
- JPEG Buffer Size – 200 vs 65. Useful for long bursts.
- RAW Buffer Size – 200 vs 14.
- Built-in NFC
- Bluetooth Support
- USB 3.0 – Faster file transferring out the camera.
- Battery Life – 1240 shots vs 920 shots.
The Nikon D500 runs laps around most cameras, including the 70D. It’s got no AA filter, way higher maximum ISO, far more sophisticated AF system with 80 more cross-type points, 10 vs 7fps and 2 memory card slots. On top of that, it records 4K videos, has a headphone jack, UHS-II (and XQD memory slot), way bigger JPEG and RAW buffer sizes, USB 3.0 and even longer battery life.
It’s more expensive, but if you want something great for sports, action and wildlife (as well as weddings, traveling etc.), the D500 is your best APS-C DSLR.