How does the Canon T5i stack up against the 60D and 70D?

Pros of the 60D and 70D bodies

  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Bigger slightly more robust body
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter/larger
  • Longer battery life

Additionally the 70D offers (70D Pros)

  • A newly designed sensor – 22MP and better low light capabilities.
  • Camcorder like auto focus when used with any Canon lens – Silent AF during video if using 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens
  • WiFI for streaming live view or sharing images to smartphone/tablet
  • Micro focus adjustment – pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness
  • Multiple compression levels for H.264 video
  • Touchscreen

Canon T5i Pros

-Over the 60D

  • Continuous Auto focus during video (silent when paired with new STM lenses 40mm or 18-135)
  • On board Stereo Mic
  • Newer Digic Processor = higher ISO capabilities & in camera HDR
  • Touch screen
  • Smaller – more easily portable

-Over the 70D

  • Smaller – more easily portable
  • Cheaper with 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens

 

70D 70D Pro

  • A newly designed sensor – 22MP and better low light capabilities.
  • Camcorder like auto focus when used with any Canon lens – Silent AF during video if using 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens
  • WiFI for streaming live view or sharing images to smartphone/tablet
  • Micro focus adjustment – pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness
  • Multiple compression levels for H.264 video
  • Touchscreen
  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter
  • Longer battery life

Price- Body Only $1199 | with 18-55 Lens | with 18-135 Lens $1549

60D Pro

  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter
  • Longer battery life

Price- Body Only $599 | with 18-135 Lens 

T5i Pro

  • Continuous Auto focus during video (silent when paired with new STM lenses 40mm or 18-135)
  • On board Stereo Mic
  • Newer Digic Processor = higher ISO capabilities & in camera HDR
  • Touch screen
  • Smaller – more easily portable

Canon T5i (Best Prices on Amazon)

 

The 60D has been out for almost four years, announced August 2010. The 70D began shipping at the beginning of September 2013. The T5i and 60D share the same sensor.  At low ISOs the image quality and noise levels should be virtually identical.  The 70D has a new 22MP sensor with improved low light capabilities. All cameras have articulated LCD screens of the same size but the T5i and 70D have touchscreens with the 70D being slightly improved, very little real world difference there.   Looking through the viewfinder the 60D/70D has pentaprism which means a brighter viewfinder, The 60D/70D also uses the larger LP-E6 batteries which effectively doubles battery life, 60D/70D gets nearly 1100 shots per battery, the T5i is around 500.  You also get higher FPS and shutter speed with the 60D/70D, 6fps/7fps and 1/8000 second versus 5.3 with the T5i and a larger buffer on the 60D/70D gives you a few more shots at those higher speeds. 60D/70D is a bit bigger and a bit more rugged with a top LCD screen. The 70D allows for micro focus adjustment – a pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness. 70D also has new dual pixel focus for camcorder like focus with any canon lens during video.  Silent focus if you use one of the STM lenses. 70D also has Wifi for connecting to live view via smartphone or tablet and accessing images for sharing.

Summary – If you are getting paid to shoot you should consider the 60D or 70D, longer battery life, slightly more ergonomic design and button layout plus the top screen LCD allow you to shoot more efficiently.  The 70D is expensive but provides some of the best crop sensor images possible at this time and if you want camcorder like focus with the quality of a DSLR there is no better option than the 70D.  If you are a parent or amateur the smaller size of the T5i is a bonus, best camera is the one you will have with you most of the time and the STM lenses paired with the T5i do a decent job of auto focusing, just not quite as good as the new 70D.

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Toby,
    Thank you very much for your very helpful reviews and videos. I am new to photography; this will be my first DSLR. I plan on using for casual photography, mostly indoors, and some video. I have narrowed down my options to T5i with 18-155 STM or D60 with 18-135. Although budget isn’t the primary concern D60 bundle is $150 cheaper. (Either way I’ll be buying via one of your links) Do you think T5i bundle is a better kit for a starter? I just wasn’t sure investing $1000 on a 3 year old camera with D60.
    Thank you very much!

    • Hi Engin,

      I am not a fan of the older 18-135 that comes with the 60D. It just isn’t a great lens. The 18-55 while not as convenient does provide sharper image quality and smoother auto focus. I also think that for a beginner the T5i with it’s touchscreen is a better option. Hope that helps and feel free to ask more questions.

      • Toby,
        Thank you very much again for your very insightful recommendations. (I have asked the previous question in one of your other videos again, sorry about that)

        How do you like pairing the D60 with 70-300 vs the T5i with 18-135 USM then? With the $300 off the lens at Amazon promotion it will still be cheaper than T5i bundle ($1050). I am also picking up a prime 50/1.8 as well thanks to your tutorials. As I understand the image quality will be comparable between the 2 bodies, however I am still fuzzy about the video shooting capabilities. You mentioned the Auto focus of the 18-135 nice but not as fast yet in video. You have also pointed out 70-300 does not have full time manual focus. Is that statement applicable to the video as well? Can I manual focus with either of the lenses on video? Is 70-300 noisy on manual focus?

        Thank you!

        • I actually spoke too soon regarding my decision about the 50/1.8 lens. It seems that you like the 40/2.4 better for its wider field. Is it worth losing almost a full f stop for STM AF and wider focal length?
          I am planning on using this prime lens for low light portraits as well as video.
          Thank you!

  2. Toby, I love your videos and they’re very insightful. I’m on the verge of getting a new DSLR, and I’ve always been a fan of Canon, and I actually still own a film Canon SLR! Years ago I didn’t have much faith DSLRs and got a P&S with a massive zoom lens, but now it seems to be time to finally invest in a DSLR, I’m favoring the 70D but I for what I’m going to be doing is mainly food photography for my blog and the occasion shooting of events and festivals around town, and because of this I’m leaning towards the T5i. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Malcom, I think you will be just fine with the T5i and spend the savings on a nice prime lens like the 40mm f/2.8 – near perfect food photography lens as it makes the T5i smaller and you can take it along more easily. I’d only recommend the 70D if you really were going to be doing lots of video work and wanted easy auto focus or lots of low light photography. Otherwise as I said I think T5i is your best bet. Pick it up with 18-135 STM for fun walk around range. Best prices plus bundled freebies are listed out on this page. DSLR pricing and recommended accessories. Happy to answer more questions.

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