Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera

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83% Gold Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 19
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 98%
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
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)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and Dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS Optional

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
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Low light / high ISO performance
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Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
83 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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.

User Reviews

4.27381 out of 5 stars
  • valenterio, Sep 8, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • fototakerSF, Oct 11, 2013 GMT:
    Renaming Filenames

    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.

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  • cpchi, Oct 15, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • Wm. L., Dec 21, 2013 GMT:
    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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Breaktrough in technology: Nikon's First Touchscreen Camera is here V3

If I am not mistaken, V3 is the first Nikon camera sporting a touchscreen, and immediately a tilting touchscreen (hooray). I know, micro 4/3 cameras have them for "decades", but I am talking about Nikon. I hope this is the first big step to eventually get a full-frame (Nikon) interchangeable camera with articulated or tilting touchscreen. I know, if tilting touchscreen was so important to me, I could have bought an m4/3 or 70D, but I am talking about Nikon, and at that time I was not aware that tilting/articulated touchscreen were that important to the fisheye and stealth street style of photography I love so much. I have an A7, full-frame, tilting screen, awesome camera; but the maker omitted the touch-sensitiveness :-( . If only the V3 were not that expensive, I'd upgrade from V1 (the V3 costs nearly four times more than the amount I paid for my V1) immediately. I am again on the market for a new camera (since my daughter definitively has grabbed my A7, too). This time I am for a ...

Miki Nemeth asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS

I wish you luck and hope Nikon bring something out to suit. Bare in mind the V3 still doesn't have focus peaking, such an intelligent and usefull thing for manual focus not to mention creative photography. Personally I sometimes use my screen to focus with a Hoodman dioptre on my D800E and I don't know that I want to have to wipe finger marks off it all the time like I do on my tablet. I would rather have external knobs and buttons, so I can keep heads up on the scene and not push through menus to adjust things. Continue Reading

VertigonA380 answered
7 months ago

How well does the touchscreen work in the winter when wearing gloves? Continue Reading

kayaker353 answered
4 months ago

Thank You for the wishes, and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate a lot. You are right with focus peaking; I absolutely love it (my daughter even more); it's shame V3 has no state-of-the-art focus peaking in a huge high quality EVF :-( in 2014. I love external knobs too (A7 is brilliantly equipped with external knobs and dials) along with a touch screen. For menus I do not mind touch screen; it's touch magnification, touch focus-rack, touch autofocus, touch shooting that I'd love from a camera of 2014 or '15. I am not in a rush at all, I am deprived of my A7, but still have a decent V1 with bunch of gorgeous lenses. My next camera must be a perfect one and must meet my minimal requirements: full-frame, touch-sensitive tilting/articulated screen, enough external knobs and dials, focus peaking, touch magnification, touch focusing, touch shooting, smooth focus rack in video, 1080/60p video, GPS, tethered or wifi shooting (video included), time-lapse, mic-in, headset out, and so on and ... Continue Reading

Miki Nemeth answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

Canon 70d or Nikon D5300

Hello I'm buying a new digital camera but i don´t know which one. I am not totally new on photography i have been working with an analog camera, but i have never used a digital one. I am between these two cameras, i like them both but i can´t decide. I've seen many reviews  and the most of them say D5300 is better in many aspects except for video where the  70d is better. Another think that i dond understand is the fact that the canon 70d is more expensive than the nikon, thats weird for me  if the nikon is supposed to be better So i need you to tell me what do you think about them. Thank you guys.

Jimmyconnect asked
14 days ago

ANSWERS

Hi welcome to the forum. You may be looking for an experienced opinion regarding the choice between these two cameras... You are free to purchase whatever you want, both of these are great cameras with families of lenses to match. Pick the one that you like the feel of in your hands best at a weight you are willing to carry. BUT let's have a reality check first, you say above that you are just now making the transition to digital from analog, which I take you mean film. This is 2014, waiting this long before your interest in digital photography has motivated you to get ANY type of digital camera might be a sign to pay attention to. Both of these cameras are so far above your experience level that I feel they are total overkill based on your "thirst level" for digital imaging. How are your computer skills, do you have a good grasp on file storage and organization? Is your computer up to the task of handling files this large? what software app will you use to view your images? Even if ... Continue Reading

FrankieJ answered
13 days ago

What type of photography are you interested in most? Did you have a look at Sony Alpha 77 2? It is an excellent camera and for what you get a bargain. The lens Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM is in same category. Look for reviews in the web, as dpreview did not review it. This Sony plays in same league as the Canon 7D Mark 2, just cheaper. Here is the first impression by dpreview: http://m.dpreview.com/previews/sony-alpha-slt-a77-ii Continue Reading

AlphaTikal answered
13 days ago

My husband and I owned the Canon 70D briefly and returned it.  We now own Sony A77ii with 16-50mm/2.8 lens and are very happy. On the other hand, if you must have the OVF, then go with Canon or Nikon.  The EVF in the Sony A77ii is absolutely amazing, but it's a personal preference. Continue Reading

Roses answered
13 days ago

QUESTION

New Lens for Canon 70D

I recently purchased the Canon 70D and am in love with the camera, unfortunately I'm not a fan of my current lense. (EF-S 18-135) I was just wanting some input on my next lens purchase. For a little background I shoot adult work, mostly portrait and video. I'm looking for something that can really show off detail.

MrOrion asked
25 days ago

ANSWERS

For video youll still want to have an STM lens for the sake of quiet AF 10-18mm STM? Should allow you to get nice and close. Theres also a 10-22 USM the new 24mm 2.8 STM Pancake being released soon (if you dont mind no IS) What do you not like about the 18-135 STM? Continue Reading

scotty42 answered
3 days ago

Correct me I'm wrong, please, but I would think that a UWA would be a terrible choice for portraiture because of the inherent distortion you get when shooting anything close at those focal lengths.  I would think you'd want to be more around 50mm or so, but certainly nothing below 35mm. Optically, the 18-135 is supposed to be pretty good, particularly in the middle of its FL range.  Curious what the OP is seeing in his images that suggests that some IQ improvement is required. Continue Reading

Jerry-astro answered
3 days ago

It's not the sharpest lens, with even the new STM cheapo (not anymore really) kit 18-55 besting it. If you are doing portraits I assume you want big aperatures. You didn't mention a budget but if a 70D is your main camera I don't think something like the 24-70 2.8 is practical. I would think about the 50mm 1.4 for portraits. What are your wants besides more detail? Is a big aperature important? What about a budget? Continue Reading

Joe52985 answered
2 days ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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

Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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