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
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
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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