Canon 70D Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon EOS 70D
Resolution: 20.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(22.5mm x 15.0mm)
Kit Lens: 7.50x zoom
18-135mm
(29-216mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / OLED
Native ISO: 100 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/8000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.
(139 x 104 x 79 mm)
Weight: 43.5 oz (1,233 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $1,550
Availability: 09/2013
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon 70D specifications
20.20
Megapixels
Canon EF/EF-S APS-C
size sensor
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70D Summary

The long-awaited Canon 70D comes packed with a groundbreaking new technology -- Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system -- that provides on-chip phase detection autofocus at every single pixel. That means a DSLR can finally record video with full-time continuous AF that's truly camcorder-like, with smooth racking and exceptional subject tracking. And it improves Live View AF to the point where using the LCD monitor feels almost as fast as traditional viewfinder shooting. The 70D also gets an upgrade to 20.2 megapixels of resolution, as well as compelling Wi-Fi features that include remote image capture with full exposure controls. The camera may not wow enthusiasts looking for significantly better still image quality, but the Canon 70D marks a serious step up for photographers wanting pro-level video performance and quality.

Pros

Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

Cons

Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

Price and availability

Available since September 2013, the Canon EOS 70D is priced at around US$1,200 body-only. Two kit bundles are offered: one with the 18-55mm STM lens for US$1,350, and another with the 18-135mm STM lens for US$1,550. A dedicated 70D battery grip is also available for US$270.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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