The EOS 70D is Canon's mid-range SLR aimed squarely at enthusiast photographers. On the outside it looks little different to its predecessor the 60D, but on the inside it's a completely different camera. It has an innovative 20.2MP 'Dual Pixel CMOS AF' sensor, promising hugely improved autofocus in live view and during movie recording. It's also packed full of Canon's latest technology, including full touchscreen control, built-in Wi-Fi for image sharing and remote camera control from your smartphone , 7 fps continuous shooting, and an ISO range of 100-12800 (25600 expanded). For shooting with the optical viewfinder it has a 19-point AF module borrowed from the EOS 7D.
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
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“ The 70D is an excellent blend of control and quality in a tight, reasonably affordable package. Anyone looking for better autofocus in video mode need look no further, as the 70D's Dual Pixel AF offers the most advanced phase-detect autofocus on the market.”
- 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
- 19 point cross-type AF System
- Up to 7 fps shooting
- ISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast focus in live view and video
- 3" articulating touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
- Built-in flash with integrated speedlite transmitter and hot shoe
- Intelligent viewfinder with electronic overlay
- 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (H.264/MPEG-4/MOV)
- Instant sharing and remote control with built-in Wi-Fi and EOS Remote app
- GPS compatible (sold separately)
- Full manual mode in video
- Built-in stereo or external microphone terminal
- SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||3468x2432, 2736x1824, 1920x1280, 720x480, 4864x3648, 3248x2432, 2432x1824, 1696x1280, 640x480,5472x3072, 3468x2048, 2736x1536, 1920x1080, 720x408, 3648x3648, 2432x2432, 1824x1824, 1280x1280, 480x480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||19|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||Clear View II TFT color LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m|
|External flash||Yes (Built-in flash works as wireless commander)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye|
|Continuous drive||7 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI mini)|
|Remote control||Yes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Water and Dust resistant)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||920|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (by USB cable and PC)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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Offering most of what an enthusiast looks for in a digital SLR, the Canon 70D takes it a step further with excellent live view and movie mode autofocus. Good continuous shooting performance and Wi-Fi simply serve to sweeten the deal.
Almost any semi-pro shooting situation, from sports action to portraits, as well as video.
Not So Good For
Casual snapshooters on a budget; those who shoot neither live view nor video; photographers looking to travel light.
After a week of using....
So many things to like about this camera as well as dislikes. LIKE: 1) articulating LCD 2) brackets 7 shots up to +/- 3EV 3) lightweight vs my Mark III 4) Relatively inexpensive 5) Live screen focus - but... sometimes hit and miss 6) great looking jpegs - after tweaking tweaking tweaking (using a Canon 10-22 lens) 7) timer automatically brackets the 7 shots eliminating the need for a remote cable NOW THE DISLIKES: 1) no dedicated WB button 2) can't go more than 800 ISO without some noise ...
an option to rename the standard IMG_xxxx.jpg in the 7D, i am surprised that this newer camera with massive menu items would not allow this feature too. It was particularly useful while I was shooting the recently-ended America's Cup, and made finding and archiving the resulting images much easier and easily located on searches.
Canon 70D user review
I just owned one Canon 70D ,let me decribe the disavantages of this camera. I dislike this camera's autofocus point indication by black square those are block the vision of view finder instead of conventional one those small dot and light up with red ,its very sharp, more comfortable during focusing. The camera didn't show full display for remaining shots which is only 3 digit shown , a large capacity SD card had only show (999) all the while and the remaining video recording time also not ...
Very happy so far.
I'm very pleased to have so much packed into one package. The camera is not too big or heavy yet shots sports like a heavier camera. Live view auto focus, the articulating touch screen and video performance from 18-135 STM lens are more appreciated than I expected them to be. I considered other systems, selling my EOS system gear for a new or different system, but an very pleased with sticking with conventional SLR system and all the great lens and flash options. Even a new buyer should ...
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is canon 70d better than sony a57?
i ve been using the sony slt a57 for a few months now..was all excited when i gt it..i ve used canon s earlier..i some how feel im nt very satisfied with the a57's low light capabilities, i find the images are a lot yellowish or nt so bright ..(manual mode ofcourse) thou i find the video capabilities are very gud on the a57..i do take lotsa video aswell..im nw in sort of a double mind if to keep it or exchange it for a canon 70d..kindly give ur valuable suggestions over it..
Before we consider ditching the a57, a few thoughts; My photo shooting friend also uses an a57 which does seem to produce yellowish photos if he fails to white balance them. Put the time in to learn how to correct for the default yellow cast using your favorite post processing workflow and it won't be a big deal. Even the Canon 70D can produce unnatural color if you rely upon AWB (auto white balance) although IMO Canon usually does provide a good starting point. Maybe read a few comments about the a57 white balance from the Sony forum. Images come out not so bright? I don't know anything about the metering mode in the a57 but typically there is a learning curve as to how accurate the metering is. A quick search pulls up this link. Sony A57 Exposure Problems Ditching the a57 for the 70D is always a possibility that has both pros and cons. The SLT and EVF both give you functional capability not found on the 70D. There is also arguably a better image sensor in the a57 for dynamic ... Continue Reading
I don't think I mixed the brand names up. Both are fine cameras. If you can live with the Live View concept of the Canon 70D, it is an amazing camera. I am enjoying mine very much. If you like the view through the EVF to be what you will see in the final picture, the Sony is probably a better choice. If, like me, you are used to taking video with your eye to the EVF, the Canon will take some getting used to. I'm working on that. Canon lenses are stabilized in the lens. Sony has in camera stabilization. I prefer in lens stabilization since it makes the view smoother. Not everyone will care. If you are presently using a Sony, I strongly recommend that you try a Canon before buying one, especially try the live view. If you are presently using a Canon, you will love the 70D. Both Sony and Canon make great cameras, but there are differences to consider. Jack Continue Reading
Canon 70D versus Nikon D5200 Image Quality
I'm considering these two cameras for purchase to take and print (24 by 36 inches) landscape photos with ultra wide lens (20 mm or less 35 mm equivalent). Would the raw and jpeg out of each camera give me roughly equal image quality?
I would imagine it's because the differences you're referring to will be unnoticeable in the printed product. Like most such differences between current cameras, they are only relevant to the numbers-obsessed on these forums, and make no difference to the actual images these cameras produce. Continue Reading
I have found that 2 extra stops DR can come in quite handy for landscape work.....not just the numbers obsessed. Continue Reading
Difficult Decision to purchase Sony A7
Hi, I have done a lot of research on and found A7 seems best choice but something is preventing me from purchase for some reason. I have seen youtube video of AF in low light test between Sony A7 and Canon 70D. Sony A7 missed focus 8 out of 21 while Canon 70D seems to focus fine most of time. Im having difficult to understand why Sony does have issue problem with low light focus in A7 when it has both Phase and Contrast detection AF included while Canon is the same but with exception of that Canon has on sensor phase detection in CMOS sensor compare to Sony is not. Will Sony firmware update make any difference to fix the AF issue problem in low light? Nathan.
If it is such a terribly difficult decision then don't. As the guy on the counter would say "stand aside sir, you are holding up the queue". Continue Reading
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- EOS 70D Body
- Lens kit includes EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens OR EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
- Eyecup Eb
- Battery Pack LP-E6
- Battery Charger LC-E6
- Wide Strap EW-EOS 70D
- USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
- EOS Digital Solution Disk
- Software Instruction Manual CD
- Camera Instruction Manual
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