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
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

  • 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

Canon 70D with 18-55 IS STM and EF 70-300 IS USM

Hi, I am planning to buy Canon 70D Please let me know which of the below combination would be more useful- 1. 18-55 IS STM and EF 70-300 IS USM . 2. 18-200 IS 3. Downgrade to Canon 60D and have better lens options Side question: Can 70 mm on a APS-C be used for normal photography like functions and celebrations while using 18-55 only for wide angle landscapes/full family portraits/close macro?

7 days ago

ANSWERS

The 70-300 is a very old lens with very compromised optical qualities eg, its not particularly sharp. The 70D is also available with a twins lens pack/bundle consisting of both the 18-55 STM & the 55-250 STM for a very good price. The 18-200 is also a very old lens with compromised optical qualities. These days it has been sort of replaced by the EF-S 18-135 STM. The 18-135 has a long 7.5x zoom range. The 15-85 also has a very very long zoom range & is also designed to be a "one lens" solution, however the 15-85 is more designed for shorter focal lengths for a wider angle of view. Any lens with a very long zoom range is very convenient, but has compromised optical qualities. Hence a "prime" lens has only the one focal length, not so convenient, but has the sharpest & brightest optical qualities. A zoom lens with a moderate zoom range is the typical compromise between a prime & a zoom with a very very long zoom range. The STM are the latest features in their lens range featuring a ... Continue Reading

peterharvey answered
7 days ago

Actually the 75-300 is the lens that should be ignored and the 70-300 is a very good lens for its price range and intended target, albeit full frame and thus slightly off range compared to the 55-250. Continue Reading

NetMage answered
6 days ago

NetMage is correct.  There was an old non-IS version of the 70-300mm which, like the 75-300mm, had a bad reputation.  The 70-300mm IS is an excellent lens although on APS-C the 55-250mm is better value for money. Continue Reading

Chris R-UK answered
6 days ago

QUESTION

Encouraging? Use of Sony 1" BSI in G7 suggests Canon willing/able to use best-of-breed Sony sensors.

If the sensor in the just announced G7 1" sensor is the same as the start-of-the-art 1" BSI in the RX100-3, I feel that increased the odds for Canon using a variant of the stellar Exmor 36 mpix full-frame in the 5d4 or 6d2. Or not? Caveat: it is still speculation that Sony 1" BSI being used in G7. Am I the only one who really, really hopes Canon takes the same "swallow their pride and losing face" attitude to help speed a competitive 5d4 & 6d2 to market? FWIW: I wasn't surprised that Sony sold their Exmor sensors to Nikon for the impressive D7000 and D800 family, as the ff and APS-C Exmor hadn't yet earned its best-of-breed reputation, and Sony was hurting financially (and still is?) I'm a bit surprised that Sony would sell their latest/greatest 1" BSI sensor to Canon. Pleasantly surprised !!! In addition to this purchasing agreement with Sony, this suggests that Canon may have a cross-licensing agreement with Sony, if that matters. OT? I wish Canon had used a variant of the Exmor ...

l_d_allan asked
16 days ago

ANSWERS

Not hard to buy a Sony Exmor sensor. Sony 24MP APS-C sensors are not better at high ISO when you take into account thermal noise and shooting a single studio shot at 1/4k, vs 10fps and real-world low-light shutter speeds. Why would Sony not sell their sensors? They barely sell any SLTs... None of this photokina stuff is particularly exciting. Perhaps only the Samsung which is flexing its muscles...they are probably the most well-funded of brands. It is just like Hyundai/Kia...they only need to revamp styling and keep at reliability to become a major force. Also people keep forgetting that the 70D sensor is practically a 40MP APS-C sensor in terms of counting up photodiodes.  Decision to sum up light probably has to do with processing (perhaps awkward horizontal vs vertical resolution to deal with) and really not a significant payoff in the real world except more blurry shots at 100% view. Continue Reading

Timbukto answered
16 days ago

Canon has used Sony sensors in their compact lines for years, so this new G7X is not a surprised move to me. Canon theoretically also can buy FF Exmor sensors from Sony. I don't know why Sony will refuse to sell FF sensors to Canon but to Nikon? I also have a wild idea that why Canon doesn't want to team with Samsung together? They complement each other very well and don't compete directly in their camera lines. If Canon doesn't want to replace their fab line that is very costly, Canon can design a brand new FF sensor and give Samsung to manufacture by leveraging its newer and more advanced fab line. Samsung is just another Sony that manufactures not only camera sensors but sensors for other electronic devices such as cellphones. For Samsung, Canon would be their one of the largest customers. BTW, it's not a speculation but Canon indeed uses the same 1" Sony Exmor senor as in RX100III in its new G7X. Continue Reading

qianp2k answered
14 days ago

Here's another perspective: would you rather have a company that controls all major aspects of its product, like Apple, or a brand that depends on others like Windows PCs? One is reliable (if expensive), the other brands however much they cram in design (like Sony used to with their Vaios) or hardware are by nature unreliable, and it goes way beyond virus and such, down to things like the basic component drivers. Which would you rather take on a business trip or photo opp to the other side of the world? In the photo world Sony keeps churning out cameras but are stuck at single digit market share, and Nikon has abandoned an entire segment, "Pro DX". Canon covers all segments with great cameras and keeps generating great lenses. I am no Canon apologist but that requires a hell of a lot of work. If anyone thinks photography is 100% about a sensor please jut buy another brand and move along. Continue Reading

photosen answered
14 days 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

kayaker353 answered
2 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
5 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

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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