It is true that Canon 6D and Canon 70D look pretty similar at the first look. Both of them are DSLR cameras, each boasting with a 20MP sensor resolution that guarantees amazing photographs.
Surely, that’s not a spec that YouTubers should worry about too much. After all, if you’re a vlogger, you’re looking for a cam that will make great videos, not selfies!
Specs that should really interest you are those that can make a big difference when it comes to video shooting. For instance, you need to take a look at the sensor size, the battery, connectivity, but also the weight and size of these cameras.
Size & Weight
The dimensions of the cam are very important to vloggers, especially those who focus their vlog on making outdoor videos. Holding the cam with one hand might not be convenient if its size is too large. The same goes if the cam is too heavy.
The good news is that both Canon 6D and Canon 70D are pretty lightweight, with the latter one being 15 grams lighter. Their design is also very similar – both Cams were made to fit nicely in the hand, so you shouldn’t worry too much about your comfort.
When it comes to the construction of these cameras, the body of 6D is made of highly-durable materials, such as magnesium alloy and polycarbonate. On top of that, top-quality plastic is used for some parts of this camera, mainly its bottom plates.
It’s a similar case with Canon 70D, which is made mostly of aluminum and plastic. As both of these materials are known for being very lightweight, it’s not a surprise that this camera weights a bit less than its rival.
When it comes to the sensors of these cameras, the resolution is not the only thing that matters. In fact, for vloggers, this spec is not of a big importance. What matters more is the size of the sensor, which is an aspect in which Canon 6D is superior to Canon 70D.
Canon 6D comes with a full-frame sensor, which has the dimensions of 36 x 24 mm. Its rival, 70D has an APS-C sensor, which is 22.5 x 15 mm large. What this means, in laymen’s terms, is that 6D does a much better job collecting light than 70D.
The reason is simple – the cameras have the same resolution, while 6D has a larger sensor area. The result is that the videos made with this camera should not have blurry backgrounds and poor depth of field.
When it comes to the resolution of the LCD screen, both 6D and 70D feature displays that should do the job well. The fact is that most vloggers use camera’s displays just to make changes in the settings, rather than video editing. Because of that, the quality of the screen doesn’t matter too much. What matters more is their design!
You might think that the screen is a feature that the vloggers don’t need much. However, what if we told you that some cams have a flip-out swivel screen, which allows you to watch yourself while making a vlog? One of those cameras is Canon 70D!
Basically, this type of screen lets you stay in a total control of the video-making process, even when the camera is not connected to the computer. It allows you find the right angles, checks whether brightness settings need to be changed, and so on.
Unfortunately, the same is not the case with Canon 6D, which has a built-in LCD screen. This means that in order to watch yourself in real-time while making a vlog, you would need to connect the cam to your PC or a laptop. Of course, that seems very impractical when you’re making videos outside.
6D vs 70D Video Test
6D Video Sample
70D Video Sample
Both cameras come with integrated Wi-Fi features, meaning that transferring videos to the computer can be done wirelessly. The same goes for sending files from the cam to a smartphone or even to another camera.
However, not everything is so great about this feature. Wireless data transfer is usually much slower than when it’s done through a wired connection. So, if you’re planning to transfer large video files, our advice is to use the cable, which is included in the package.
Most mid-range cameras released in the last couple of years come with multiple memory card slots. Unfortunately, that is not the case with these two cams. The good news is that both D6 and 70D have no maximum SD card capacity limit.
This means that you can compensate for the lack of multiple card slots by using a high-capacity SD card. However, there’s one thing we need to warn you about! Rather than using large-capacity cards manufactured by not-too-reliable companies, it’s better to stick to those made by Canon.
Not only are Canon-made cards known for their quality and reliability, but you can also be sure they’re compatible with these cameras!
Both 6D and 70D feature a built-in microphone, which we advise using only for emergencies. Basically, these mics are just not good enough for vlogging, especially if the videos are made outdoors.
Winds, traffic, and other noises can ruin the whole experience, which is why a much better option is to plug in an external mic. Luckily, both cameras feature jacks that are compatible with external microphones.
The fact is that both 6D and 70D are cameras designed for professional photography, rather than video shooting. This is why the battery life of these devices is not too impressive. Photographers should have no complaints about the battery capacity, but those who want to make outdoor videos will have to bring an extra battery.
The battery life of 6D when recording a video is just over half an hour, after which you would either have to recharge the battery or put a new one in. It’s a similar case with 70D, which can record maybe only a few minutes more than 6D.
Quality & Durability
Founded eight decades ago, Canon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronics on the planet. Although this Japanese company makes all kinds of devices, including laser printers, copy machines, and so on, they’re most famous for making high-quality cameras.
Apart from being capable of shooting videos of impressive quality, Canon cameras are also known for their quality and durability. In fact, buying a Canon camera means that you won’t get in a need of getting another one for quite some time.
As both 6D and 70D are made by the same company, you have nothing to worry about their quality. Both cameras come with the same type of warranty (1-year), so if something goes wrong during that period, it’s up to the manufacturer to deal with it.
70D vs 6D Verdict
To be perfectly honest, the two cameras are pretty similar. They’re both easy to handle, thanks to their ergonomic design. They also both come with features like Wi-Fi, built-in mic, and so on. Canon 6D and 70D also have a similar battery life, as well as the same warranty period.
Advantages of 70D
The main advantage of 70D, from a vlogger’s point of view, is that this camera features a flip-out LCD display. Basically, this allows the vlogging advantage of Canon 6D is that it makes videos of better quality than its counterpart. It‘s not only about their sharpness but also about the colors and depth. This is all thanks to the fact that 6D has a significantly larger sensor than 70D.
However, the difference in video quality is something that you might not be able to notice easily. The quality of the videos made by DSLR cameras depends on many other things, not only on the specs of the cam. For instance, if you do a proper job in terms of lighting, you should have no worries that the videos are going to turn out bad.
When it comes to other specs, there to watch themselves while making the video and spot if there’s something that requires an adjustment.
Another advantage of this camera is its price. At the moment, 70D is a few hundred dollars cheaper than 6D. This is something that can be the decisive factor for many vloggers, especially those who are not making a living out of this business.
70D as a Vlogger’s Choice
We have no doubt that the vloggers would be satisfied with the video quality of both these cameras. This is why it’s better to focus on other specs in order to decide which one is better.
One of the main advantages of 70D is that it features a flip-out swivel screen, while 6D has an integrated LCD display. This makes 70D a much better choice for vloggers.
Another thing that makes Canon 70D a much better option is its price. This camera costs several hundred dollars less and given the fact that 6D has no major advantages, our recommendation is to go with the cheaper one.