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 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
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
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

7D or 70D

Good Afternoon DPReview readers, Canon EOS 7d has recently dropped in price and is available now for a very good price in Japan. My question is would it still be a better buy than the latest 70d? I'm not really into video and I prefer the more rugged and weather sealed body of the 7d. Not a pixel peeper or high MP count fan either as I am upgrading from a 40d( I love the scroll wheel). My photographs are typical for a father with kids(10 and 13) who play sports(badminton, soccer, basketball). I think that the 7d still has a lot to offer even though it's a bit old given the pace of technological advancements in digital photography. not looking to change systems as I am heavily invested in Canon so I would appreciate your thoughts. One thing that's making me hesitate is that the 7d2 might come out and I would prefer to buy the 7d1 already knowing what the 7d2 is. Sorry for the scattered thoughts. thanks in advance for the comments. Pie

pie pineda asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

I have both cameras.  I have not fondled them in a store and made a judgment.  I have really used them both.  I have been shooting Canon since EOS came out.  To me it is a question of adaptation and end product.  I can learn to use almost any camera.  I take both of them with me. I use the 7D for my long lenses mostly and the 70D for mid range and wide lenses.  I shoot very large swim meets with both.  The pictures don't look much different.  Swimming is dynamic and I believe I get more keepers from the 70D so I have come to use it more for this purpose than the 7D.  I usually use single point center focus and have to deal with very poor light in indoor arenas.  They are both quite good.  I like the moving lcd screen and I just habitually fall into using my fingers on the touch screen.  I shot swim meets successfully years before the 70D came out and would happily use the 7D if I didn't have it.  I like to get tight on swimmers faces and being a swimmer myself I like to record the ... Continue Reading

DA photo answered
3 months ago

If anything is bonkers it is your rabid insistence that the 70D is crap for everything, and the the 7D is the best camera for everything. I purchased the Canon 6D with the same 'shoddy' ergonomics and even worse AF system than the 70D, because the 7D just isn't the best choice for indoor sports. Had the 70D been available when I made my purchase I probably would have gone with it instead of the 6D. I'm about as far from a 7D basher as you can get. I still feel the 7D is the best camera for outdoor sports and wildlife photography. But, as a general use camera the 70D beats it hands down. Continue Reading

TTMartin answered
3 months ago

With all due respect Karl your fanboyism for the 7D Is bonkers. The 70D isn't as crippled as you make it out to be. You see, I have and use both and so can speak from experience. Mark Continue Reading

Mark B. answered
3 months ago

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
4 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
4 months ago

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

kayaker353 answered
1 month 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
4 months ago

QUESTION

Usable ASP-C focal range

I hear all the time that a 24-105 or 28-135 isn't a usable focal range for a ASP-C sensor.  I have never understood the logic behind that thinking.  What did people ever do before quality zoom lenses ever became available.  I can remember with the old film P&S you had to zoom with your feet!  I've used a 24-105 on a 70D and loved it.  Worked great for a live ceremony shoot I did.  Never came off the camera. Most of the time I keep the 50mm 1.8 on the camera.  I am wanting to purchase a zoom lens.  I would like to get the 24-105, but I can pick up a 28-105 waaaay cheaper than the L lens right now.  I'm more of the opinion that if I need 18mm then look at getting a 10-20 Sigma.  I've never really used the wide end of kit lenses anyway.  I usually find my self in the 24-30mm range to start anyway.

rweaver85 asked
4 months ago

ANSWERS

Meaning no offense to you, but "zoom with feet" is the most idiotic doctrine I've ever heard. Let's say you stand at the rim of Grand Canyon, and you need to take an isolated picture of "The Temple", do you step closer? Let's say you are in a room to take picture of its interior, you are back to the wall and you need a wider lens, do you step back thru the wall? Let's say you take a picture of the moon and you need a longer lens, do you take a step closer? I can give many examples but you get the idea. Granted, in some circumstances you can move closer/farther to get the desired framing, but even then, the perspective changes. If you need a particular focal length for a specific application, you need that. Continue Reading

Howard answered
4 months ago

24mm - 105mm is a terrific general purpose zoom for full frame bodies, providing an angle of view (diagonal) from wide 84° to short tele 23°.  To have the same utility on Canon's APS-C bodies like the 70D requires a range of 15mm - 65mm.  The EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (and similar from others) are superior APS-C options for general purpose. 24-105 on the 70D gives a range of angle of view of just 60° on the short end.  Its equivalent to 38mm - 168mm on a full frame camera.  Even the earliest zooms for film/full-frame were wider 35 -70/105/135.  It's instructive to note that users didn't want longer, like 35-200, they wanted wider.  Thus the progession to 28 -70/105/135 and 24 -70/105/135. Continue Reading

Lemming51 answered
4 months ago

Well, zooming only changes the angle of view whereas moving changes the perspective, so it is idiotic to say change the framing with your feet if you don't acknowledge the inevitable change in point of view. If people were to say "frame with your feet" there would be (almost) no point of contention. And that is evil how? Okay, so you acknowledge that it has some validity. Good. Not if you prefer to find your point of view first. So you're locked into chosing the frame first and letting the perspective follow. That's not the only way it can be done. Maybe you're misunderstanding that they are chosing their placement first then finding a frame that works? I'd put it the other way around - an artist's focal length suits the framing they need from their placement, whereas a prime-buff's placement is dictated by their focal length. :-) You have my sympathy. You can feel as worthy and superior as you like for how you suffer for your art, but not so much that you need to put down people ... Continue Reading

WilbaW answered
4 months 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

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