Nikon D70s vs Canon EOS 70D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D70s and Canon EOS 70D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D70s is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 70D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D70s were released 2005 and Canon EOS 70D was released 2013. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D70s 2005
Canon EOS 70D 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D70s has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 70D has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D70s 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 70D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Nikon D70s has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 70D has 20,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D70s 6 MP
6016000 pixels
3008 x 2000
Canon EOS 70D 20,2 MP
19961856 pixels
5472 x 3648

Canon EOS 70D has a 232 % larger resolution than Nikon D70s. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 70D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D70s. Canon EOS 70D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D70s has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D70s 200-1600
Canon EOS 70D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D70s
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 70D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D70s can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 70D can shoot up to 7 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D70s 3
Canon EOS 70D 7

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS 70D. Sadly, the Nikon D70s does not support this.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 70D weighs 755 gr (equal to 1,66 lb) which is 11% heavier than Nikon D70s and its 679 gr (or 1,5 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D70s 679 gr
1,5 lb
Canon EOS 70D 755 gr
1,66 lb