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 D5600
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 39
Cross-type AF Points 19 9
Continuous Mode 7fps 5fps
LCD 3.0" - Fully Articulated 3.2" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 1,036,800 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking No No
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 98% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95x 0.82x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (30/25/24p) 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
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 Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/200
Startup Time 0.7s 0.4s
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 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes No
Battery Life (CIPA) 920 shots 820 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E6) Yes (EN-EL14a)
Weight 26.7 oz (755g) 16.4 oz (465g)
Size 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1" 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2017
Canon 70D Advantages:
- Cross-type AF Points – 19 vs 9
- Continuous mode – 7fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
- LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
- Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
- Viewfinder Coverage – 98% vs 95%.
- Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
- Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
- RAW Buffer Size – 14 vs 12.
- Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
- Environmentally Sealed – The Canon 70D is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
- Battery Life – 920 vs 820.
The Canon 70D gives you 10 more cross-type points (more accurate in low light), 2 extra fps in burst mode, a top LCD display, 1 stop faster max shutter speed and environmental sealing so you can shoot in all sorts of weather and worry less about damaging your camera (it’s still not water-proof or anything like that, just more resistant to rain, snow, dust etc.).
Nikon D5600 Advantages:
- Megapixels – 4 more megapixels. It’s a small difference and you won’t notice it unless printing really big.
- AA Filter – The Nikon D5600 has no AA filter.
- AF Points – 39 vs 19.
- LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
- JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 65. Useful for long bursts.
- Built-in NFC
- Bluetooth Support
- Weight – The Nikon D5600 weighs 290g less.
- Size – The Nikon D5600 is noticeably smaller.
The D5600 has more AF points so you have more freedom over where to focus (although 19 is quite enough, a few years ago entry level DSLRs had only 9 or 11 points). The LCD and JPEG buffer sizes are bigger and it’s also got a Time-Lapse feature. If you don’t find the 70D advantages worth it, the D5600 is a great camera for the money, but you should also check out the D5500 which is nearly identical.