Canon 70D Review

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The Canon EOS 70D is a mid-range SLR for enthusiast photographers that is the upgrade to the Canon EOS 60D. It features many of the best bits from Canon’s existing DSLRs, including the autofocus sensor from the EOS 7D (WIN), the fully articulated touchscreen from the EOS 700D (WIN), and built-in Wi-Fi from the EOS 6D (WIN).

On the inside it has an entirely new sensor that is is amazing. At 20.2MP resolution, it uses a ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ design in which every single pixel is split into two separately-readable photodiodes. Nerd talk aside it has a really great autofocus system!

It uses the same 19-point AF sensor as the EOS 7D for viewfinder shooting and it can fire shots off at 7 – 65 frames per second in JPEG (Yeehaw) or 16 in Raw, and its standard ISO range is amazing and ranges from 100-12800, with ISO 25600 as an expanded option! Image processing is via the DIGIC 5+ processor first seen in the EOS 5D Mark III. There will be the full spec list at the bottom.

We used this camera over the past few weeks and have to say that we love it. The interface is great and easy to use, picture quality is amazing and the auto-focus is amazing!

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Canon EOS 70D Specs

Image Sensor: 20.2 million effective pixels.
Metering: 63 zone, centre-weighted, spot, partial.
Lens Mount: Canon EF/EF-S.
Exposure Modes: Program AE, shutter and aperture priority, manual.
Effective Sensor Size: APS-C 22.3x15mm CMOS.
35 SLR Lens Factor: 1.6x.
Shutter Speed (stills): 30 to 1/8000 second and Bulb; X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Continuous Shooting: 7 fps.
Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): Stills: 5472×3648 to 480×480.
Movies: 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p), 1280×720 (60p/50p), 640×480 (30p/25p).
Viewfinder: Optical plus 7.7cm LCD screen (1,040,000 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, 14-bit RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
Colour Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 12800, 25,600 (expanded).
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, WiFi, mic, remote.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 139x104x79 WHDmm.
Weight: 855 g (inc battery).

Canon engineers spent months ensuring that the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the EOS 70D is compatible with over 100Canon EF lenses, greatly expanding creative possibilities. Built-in wireless technology and the EOS Remote app* further enhance shooting versatility, as well as enable easy sharing. Brilliant image quality is provided by the EOS 70D’s 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, a first for an EOS camera with an APS-C sized sensor. A powerful DIGIC 5+ Image Processor supports continuous shooting up to 7.0 frames per second, as well as an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (H: 25600) that allows shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Stunning photos can be accomplished using the remarkable 19-point all cross-type AF system with a high precision dual cross f/2.8 center point, and advanced display options available on the Intelligent Viewfinder supply exceptional control. In-camera imaging features like HDR, HDR Backlight Control, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene, and Creative Filters available in real time help turn even simple images into spectacular photos. Elevating the possibilities of creative expression to extraordinary new heights, the powerful EOS 70D with Dual Pixel CMOS AF places the ability to capture both amazing stills and video right in your hands.

 

 

Good Things

  • Great image quality.
  • High resolution and low noise.
  • Best continuous AF for movies on the market.
  • Excellent colour.
  • Excellent vari-angle 3inch touch screen.
  • Excellent battery life (when not using live view)
  • Playback image star ratings
  • Q. button gives quick access to settings

Bad Things

  • Live View AF only suitable for slow moving subjects.
  • Slow shot-to-shot times in Live View.
  • No AF light - AF-assist uses flash.