Chris R/T wrote in post #17400535
So, I've got a T1i that suits me well, but it's getting a bit long in the tooth I feel. I'd like to upgrade the body and was considering going with the 60D as it's available from Canon Refurb/Loyalty for about $460.
However, a friend recently turned me onto the 70D and the tremendous amount of upgrades it has over even the 60D. Mainly the sensor (20MP), and the autofocus system.
He pointed out that going to a 60D might be a bit of a waste of money, as it uses the same sensor as the T2i, T3i, T4i, and T5i, is this true? Is he also correct about the superior autofocus system of the 70D vs. the 60D?
Should I just hold onto my T1i a bit longer and wait for the 70D to drop in price?
Depend what you want to upgrade.
The 60D is not a far cry different from the T1i, other than a few features, but IQ wise and ISO performance wise, not that different.
The 70D brings a lot of features to the table. At it's heart, it's a better sensor with higher resolution, and it has a good increase in ISO performance over the T1i. 20MP doesn't matter. That's not helping anything. Unless you're printing 30x20 prints, having more MP doesn't help much. As for "you can crop more" well, that doesn't help much either (if you're cropping down to 25% of the original image, even at high MP, it's not enough pixels on target at this point in time). So consider what medium you're putting your images into. If it's just web sharing, then again, MP is pointless. If you're printing large print, then it will matter. But don't let MP be a factor here.
The 70D brings one critical feature that you will not find in rebels and most APS-C bodies up until now, and that's MFA. The ability to fine tune a lens is a big deal. Really makes a difference on telephotos. This is it's shining feature in my opinion.
Other than that, yes, it has a better autofocus system, especially if video is involved, better LCD, but it's not a 7D or 7D2's autofocus.
You can usually get one around $800 refurb/second hand.
The real question is... what are you looking to actually upgrade? If you don't know concrete answers to what you find lacking in the T1i, then I suggest you hang on to the T1i for a while longer. Seeing as you almost were going to buy a 60D, tells us that you probably don't know what you even want to upgrade, and you really are just looking for something new (this happens when you look at the internet too much or hang around people who buy new gear too often heh heh).
So seriously think about what you need from a camera body. That should guide your purchase.
The 7D can be had for a low price these days and gives you access to an AF system that is only normally found on the 1D series, 5D3, etc (in a flavor, not exactly the same). Beyond it's AF system, it's not much different, if at all, from a T3i/60D in it's other attributes. The 70D does not share that AF system. It has it's own system that is more dedicated to video. It's a good AF system, better than a Rebel, but not a huge step compared to the 7D/7D2/5D3/1D series.
To give you an idea, I have several cameras, APS-C, APS-H, full frame, mirrorless, etc. I wanted an "action" camera. I'm not printing my wildlife/sports/action stuff. It's mostly for fun sharing in digital medium/media. I do however print my portrait work and travel stuff and walk around stuff (all of which I basically manual focus, I manual focus my portraits and most of my walk around, travel is often manual focus too for me; point being, I have zero need for AF systems, just a big sensor and a good viewfinder), so I use my full frame and higher MP APS-C's for a lot of that, for large print. My wildlife camera, I just wanted something that had good autofocus that could lock and track very fast, and fire a high FPS shutter to capture a ton. I didn't want or need the higher MP count of the 7D or anything newer than that, and I also didn't want to spend a ton of cash so that took out the 1D3/1D4/7D2, so I bought an old second hand 1D MK II for $280. It's only 8MP. But you can't tell since it's still 3 times the resolution of anyone's monitor and for anyone running 4k it more than fills those pixels too. I can print smaller stuff, up to 8x10 without too much fear. The only thing that the lower MP count does is effect how much I can crop the photo and retain a high pixel count on target. But I alleviate that by using a 600mm lens.
Again, what you need from your camera should dictate the body you buy. Focus more on what you need or will need, and less about the what-if's.