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.


Body type
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
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
  • 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 types SD/SDHC/SDXC
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)
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


DPReview Conclusion

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

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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

4.39683 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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New Dual Pixel CMOS AF in the EOS 70D by Canon

Questions & Answers


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
10 days 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
10 days ago

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
9 days 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
5 days ago


ef-s 15-85 usm is or ef-s 18-135 is stm // ef 70-200 f4L or ef 70-300 is usm?

I currently have a Canon EOS Rebel T1i with an ef 85mm f2.8 usm, ef 50mm f1.8, and 2 kit lenses (55-250mm is and 18-55mm is). I like to shoot landscapes, portraits, animals, sports, and family events. I plan on buying the Canon 70D this year and can't decide whether or not to get the 18-135mm as a bundle with the 70D or to buy the 15-85mm separately. I'd like to replace my T1i kit lens with a new daily use lens like one of these two. Would like to be able to utilize the video recording features on the 70D down the line also. To replace my kit telephoto lens, I wasn't sure whether or not to upgrade to the ef 70-200f4L USM or the ef 70-300 IS USM. This would mainly be used for landscapes, outdoors (hiking, etc) and prob some sports or kids running around. Budget wise right most I could pay for a lens is probably the ef 70-200 f4L USM or 15-85mm IS USM.

tubuochen asked
1 month ago


The focus ring is at the back, which is opposite to the 70-200Ls for example. But who is to say which is the 'right' way? It's in the same place as the 15-85 for example, which you also seem to have an irrational dislike of. Using AF, as most people do almost all the time with this type of lens, it's more practical to have the zoom ring at the front where your hand naturally falls. That's the one you need quick access to in practice. Heavy? Well, yes, glass is heavy stuff, but it's only 2/3 of the weight of the 70-200/2.8. And size is at least as important as weight - the 70-300L is shorter when packed than any of the 70-200s. Fluorite? As somebody who owns and uses these things rather than just talking about them, I care about the results I get, not what material is used to make them. The image quality of the 70-300L is impeccable - easily equal to the 70-200/4L IS. I have no axe to grind here, I own both of them. Continue Reading

Steve Balcombe answered
1 month ago

The closest competitor to the 2009 15-85 6x zoom is the 2013 18-55 3x zoom STM. The 2006 17-55 3x zoom f2.8 is very similar in focal length to the 18-55 STM, but stands out from the three because it has a bigger aperture of f/2.8 ; so only go for the 17-55 f2.8 if you want: constant zoom for video [rather than something that gets darker as you zoom in], a bigger aperture for low light photography, or a narrower depth of field to deliberately blur the background. To be picky, the 17-55 is a touch sharper than the 15-85, which in turn is a touch sharper than the 18-55 STM. The 17-55 easily has the best light transmission. Although the aperture rating of the 18-55 STM and 15-85 appear to be the same, to be picky, the light transmission of the 18-55 STM is actually superior due to its newer design and in particular, the shorter zoom range. The overall score at DXOMark is actually highest for the 17-55, then the 18-55 STM, with the 15-85 last. As for noise, the new Stepping Motors STM is ... Continue Reading

peterharvey answered
1 month ago

+1 regarding the STM lenses.  If you're going to shoot video (which you said you want to do), buy an STM lens to improve your videorecording, even if it's just the 18-55mm STM.  The 18-55 (bundled) requires the least financial commitment and lets you avail of the STM feature.  You won't be able to realize significant 10x zoom at a sporting event, but it probably will help immensely at a child's b-day party.  If you find you don't like it and you got it in the bundle, you probably can sell for near-cost.  If you were to buy the 15-85 or 17-55, the 18-55 STM could live in your bag for stills and be brought out for video. If you buy the 18-135 STM, I'd steer you away from the 15-85; you have all but the shortest 3mm (granted, significant) covered.  If you went the 18-135mm route and found you needed to shoot wider, I'd supplement with the 10-22 (expensive) or something like a Rokinon 14mm (cheap, no AF). If you want the 15-85, you're buying it on the premise that it's a better ... Continue Reading

Hoogineer answered
1 month ago


what's best card memory for it

what's best card memory for canon eos 70D?

bofa asked
21 days ago

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R2D2 answered
21 days ago

I use Sandisk 45's . To me 2 - 8's are better than 1 - 16 gb . I divide like before noon / after noon -- wedding on one / reception on other . I use a filter pouch to hold the spare / other card and lens cap . [ other filter pouch is for spare filters ] It fits on the camera shoulder strap and protests from stuff in your pocket , harder to lose and you know where it is . Continue Reading

tonyjr answered
21 days ago


  • 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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