I've got a colleague at work who is looking to upgrade from the 550D and the choice is pretty much between the 70D and the 7D. A 7D2 even if released tomorrow appears out of question because going by the current Canon pricing, it is likely to be out of budget.
Her question to me, and I put this question to you guys for help is, whether there is any reason to buy the 7D over the newer 70D?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Cheers ... J.R.
The battery life is slightly better in the 70D and it has the touchscreen interface as well as the normal controls... the ergonomics are fairly compatible between the two cameras, but people seem to prefer the joystick on the 7D.
Live view focus should be better on the 70D, movies will be better on the 70D... Jpegs will be better on the 70D but RAW files should be more or less comparable.
The weather sealing should be better on the 7D, but keep in mind that the 70D is supposed to have comparable sealing to the 60D... which is better than the rebels and allegedly the 6D (can't remember where I read that). However you look at it, without sealed lenses it does not make much difference....
Wifi on the 70D opens up some interesting possibilities for remote shooting...
I prefer the compact flash of the 7D to the SD of the 70D, but if you are not shooting bursts it does not matter.