Today’s article compares the Canon EOS 6D vs Canon EOS 70D. if you’re in the market for a full-frame budget DSLR then you’ve probably heard these two names being mentioned. On first glance, both cameras seem very similar but on looking closer you’ll notice that these are two vastly different cameras.
If you’re serious about choosing you’re first full-frame camera then it really does come down to one of these models. They really are that good. Read on to see how they compare and which is better.
Canon EOS 6D: Advantages
- Built-in GPS
- Higher ISO
- Higher color depth
- Higher dynamic range
- Larger sensor
- Higher viewfinder magnification
Before getting into the advantages and disadvantages of one camera against the other it’s important to know where they share similarities. Both DSLR’s share relatively the same size and form factor with the 6D being just a little bit more on the heavier side. The color scheme for both cameras is virtually identical, as is the LCD screens resolution. They also both feature Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to fully control the camera from your smartphone.
Although the 6D has the same 20.2MP resolution at the 70D you get a full-frame CMOS sensor rather than an APS-C size sensor, this means larger pixels which translate to better performance in low light conditions.
For the image processor, the 6D has the same DIGIC 5+ processor as the 70D, giving both cameras the same processing speed but it also features an updated NR algorithm to help the camera take highly smooth and clean images at high ISO speeds. Larger pixels also mean a higher dynamic range, color depth and less noise at high ISO.
With the 6D, you get a wide range of features that will be difficult to find on similarly priced cameras. Multiple exposure shooting mode, in-camera HDR, in-camera RAW image processing, environmental sealing and a built-in GPS for geo-tagging your photos.
Canon EOS 6D: Disadvantages
- No tilt-swivel screen
- No touchscreen
- No internal flash
- Less cross-type AF points
- Basic 11-point AF system
The 6D has a lot going for it but as with any camera, there will also be downsides and tradeoffs. A bone of contention for many photographers will be the rather basic 11-point AF system, only one of which (the center) is a cross type. In comparison, the 70D has 19, all of which are cross-type. Less AF points makes it more difficult to get an accurate focus in low light or when using a fast lens (anything below F2.8). This is certainly one reason why sports photographers may want to seek something else.
An odd choice in design is the lack of a dedicated button for changing the white balance. Instead you have to access it through the ‘Q’ menu on the rear of the camera.
Video quality could also be much better. Although you can record Full HD videos at 30p and 24P and it gives you two options for video compression (IPB or ALL-I), moire is rampant. This makes it less than suitable for shooting video.
Other downsides when comparing it with the 70D is the lack of extra features. It has no tilt-swivel screen which can be a pain when you want to shoot low angle. No touchscreen, while far from being essential, is still a nice feature, one the 6D lacks. There’s also no built-in flash, again, not an issue if you prefer to use an external flashgun mounted on the hotshoe, but for beginners the lack of a built-in flash can make things troublesome.
Canon EOS 70D: Advantages
- Tilt-swivel LCD screen
- Built-in flash
- More focus points (19 vs 11)
- More cross-type AF points (19 vs 1)
- More accurate viewfinder
- Faster shutter speed
- Lighter weight
Both camera sensors may be 20.2MP but if you’ve learned anything by now it should be that mega pixel count is not everything. What really matters is the size of the sensor. The 70D uses APS-C while the 6D uses the full-frame 35mm format, significantly bigger than the 6D.
However, it’s worth pointing out some of the advantages the APS-C sensor has. Some photographers actually prefer shooting on it. For starters, you’ll have to pay more for lenses with the 6D as it needs EF lenses which are typically more expensive. With an APS-C sensor you also get lenses with a closer focusing distance, AF assistance while using the built-in flash, deeper DOF (Depth-of-Field) for a given focal length and a larger selection of stabilized travel zoom lenses.
The higher number of AF points on the 70D (19 compared to 11) is also a big advantage, allowing you to more easily focus where you want and as you please. All 19 AF points are also cross-type, meaning it’s easier to focus in low light conditions or when using a fast lens. All very important if you tend to shoot a lot in low light or already have a collection of fast lenses.
The 70D also has a much higher shutter speed then the 6D (1/8000s vs 1/4000s), again, making it much better for capture fast moving objects while in bright daylight (such as found in sports photography).
Lastly, the 70D is 15g lighter than the 6D, features a tilt-swivel screen for easy low angle shots or selfies and has built-in flash and touchscreen. The 70D is also much cheaper than the 6D, leaving more money over to spend on a good lens.
Canon EOS 70D: Disadvantages
- Smaller sensor
- Lower ISO range
- No built-in GPS
Both camera share a lot of common advantages such as Wi-Fi connectivity, a high LCD screen resolution of 1,040K dots, environmental sealing and a microphone port. They also share one disadvantage which is no built-in image stabilization.
How you measure whether one is better than the other really depends on your shooting style. At first glance the 6D looks far better with its Full-Frame camera but that won’t be the case for everyone as mentioned above. The smaller APS-C sensor means a lower ISO range and higher noise levels, less dynamic range and color saturation. All of this puts you at a disadvantage in low light conditions.
The lack of any built-in GPS will also be an issue for some people, especially if you do a lot of landscape shots or like to directly upload your photos. An external add-on can be purchased but this is usually not a popular option for most photographers.
When it comes to making a final decision on the 6D or 70D is should be a relatively easy one, based on what your shooting style and needs are. If you’d like to try a Full-Frame camera then the 6D is one of the most affordable DSLR on the market and provides some great benefits with its large sensor.
If though the extra features of the 70D, such as tilt-swivel screen, built-in flash and extra focus points appeal to your style then it’s a great buy for a beginner-advanced camera. By focusing on the finer details the Canon 6D vs 70D debate becomes much easier.Back to Top