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Canon T5i vs 70D

 
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Jan 01, 2015 21:26 |  #1

I just recently purchased a t5i but I'm thinking I should return it to get the 70D. My main purpose is video recording. Is there a major difference in quality between the two, or is the t5i's quality just as good when it comes to video. Should I sell my t5i to get a 70d or just keep the t5i and maybe buy better lenses




  
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Jan 01, 2015 22:39 |  #2

The 70d has dual pixel AF. Much better than the previous cameras. It's actually the best video AF on a DSLR like this.



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Jan 02, 2015 03:45 |  #3

If the focus is video then the 70D wins hands down. Video quality is likely to be very similar, but the AF system on the 70D makes things that much easier.


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Jan 02, 2015 04:38 |  #4

Why not buy a camcorder for video recording? They are less expensive than 70D




  
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Jan 02, 2015 10:50 |  #5

Same question as OP, but as it pertains to stills instead of video. I like my t4i, but feel it leaves something to be desired. Will there be a significant jump in sharpness or AF speed that would warrant the step up to a 70D, or is jumping to full frame the only way to achieve that?


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Jan 02, 2015 11:49 |  #6

jhayesvw wrote in post #17361464 (external link)
The 70d has dual pixel AF. Much better than the previous cameras. It's actually the best video AF on a DSLR like this.

certainly useful if you shoot a lot of video




  
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Jan 02, 2015 12:53 |  #7

My 70D was quite an upgrade from my 60D..... mainly the two auto focus systems, i.e., the viewfinder AF and the Live View. The changes to the Live View, even for still photographs, aren't subtle. I didn't use it much on the 60D because it was a bit cumbersome..... but when setting up a shot with the focal point off center, the Live View on the 70D is amazing. Add to that the much faster frames per second and better viewfinder AF, the 70D is a very nice camera. I haven't used the T5i, so I can't speak directly to that camera.

I have never tried video on any of my DSLRs. I guess I should. We have a Sony video camera and that's what my wife uses for videos. They are more her thing than mine.


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Jan 05, 2015 17:11 as a reply to  @ Phoenixkh's post |  #8

Thanks for the reply. Good to know I may be able to stick with APS-C if I wanted a noticeable upgrade in IQ and functionality. The AF is good on the t4i, not great. I do love the articulating screen though. I would definitely use live view more often if the AF wasn't so bad on the t4i's live view mode.


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Jan 05, 2015 19:15 |  #9

Phoenixkh wrote in post #17362333 (external link)
My 70D was quite an upgrade from my 60D..... mainly the two auto focus systems, i.e., the viewfinder AF and the Live View. The changes to the Live View, even for still photographs, aren't subtle. I didn't use it much on the 60D because it was a bit cumbersome..... but when setting up a shot with the focal point off center, the Live View on the 70D is amazing. Add to that the much faster frames per second and better viewfinder AF, the 70D is a very nice camera. I haven't used the T5i, so I can't speak directly to that camera.

I have never tried video on any of my DSLRs. I guess I should. We have a Sony video camera and that's what my wife uses for videos. They are more her thing than mine.

I have both a T5i and 70D in house (T5i is wifes and 70D is mines... well until I get the funds together for full frame jump...)

The 70D was an eye opener for me when I used it after having used the T5i for months prior. they viewfinder, teh button placement, the feel of the camera was just so much nicer for me... the video and live view is better than the T5i as well imo. And when paired with a fast lens (for what I used video for aka indoors bad lighting of my kids being fools) the 70D autofocus in video is amazing!


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Jan 05, 2015 19:48 |  #10

I was thinking about making a similar switch from a T1i that I have had for a few years to a 70D. I don't typically do any video other than my dogs.

Nearly all my pictures are motorsports stills, so I need something suited to that specific genre. While I realize that a 7Dii would be a better choice, the cost is substantially more than a 70D. Not sure if I should hold off for the 7Dii or go with the 70D much sooner.

My current lens are a 24-70 f4L is and 70-200 f4L (non is)

Any thoughts?


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Jan 05, 2015 20:07 |  #11

LevelPebble wrote in post #17368058 (external link)
I was thinking about making a similar switch from a T1i that I have had for a few years to a 70D. I don't typically do any video other than my dogs.

Nearly all my pictures are motorsports stills, so I need something suited to that specific genre. While I realize that a 7Dii would be a better choice, the cost is substantially more than a 70D. Not sure if I should hold off for the 7Dii or go with the 70D much sooner.

Any thoughts?

I bought my 70D back in March though my original plan was to wait until the 7D2 came out. I got a lot of great photographs with the 70D so I don't regret buying it.

That said, I bought the 7D2 at the beginning of November. I can't tell you how much better the AF is even over the very find AF of the 70D. The learning curve is a bit more steep with the 7D2 but I'm getting bird in flight shots that alluded me before.

The only thing negative is how much I've lost on the purchase price of the 70D, should I decide to sell it. In your case, that means you can pick up a used 70D in pristine condition. They are showing up frequently now, including here on POTN. I don't know how tough it is to photograph motorsports and if you could be as successful with the 70D as you would be with the 7D2. You would know a lot more about that than I would.


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Jan 06, 2015 13:16 as a reply to  @ Phoenixkh's post |  #12

After reading a few of these replies, I think I am going to try and sell my t4i and look for a used 70D. It seems a significant enough improvement over the t4i to at least pursue this. The 7D ii looks fantastic, but it is both cost-prohibitive and not really suited to what I enjoy shooting at the moment or, in other words, it is overqualified.


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