The Canon 70D is the real deal
Great stills and superb Video makes the 70D a quality camera
The Canon 70D is building on the great qualities of the 60D and slots into their range of digital SLRs that will appeal to enthusiasts who are looking to expand their range and take their photography up a gear.
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The stand out improvements are:
A 20.2 megapixel sensor
7 frames per second burst speed
A wider range of ISO settings
A new AF system, offering 19 points of focus (like the 7D)
Powerful DIGIC 5+ processor
Hi res articulated touchscreen
Canon have introduced their new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology into this camera. It claims that it will be faster and offer smoother focussing, which is good for stills, but really important for video. The increased burst speed, up to 7 fps, will interest wildlife photographers and sports enthusiasts. The 19 point AF system is customizable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.
The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.
The Viewfinder has 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, and allows photographers to frame their images via the electronic overlay. Well-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.
A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.
Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame² simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.
Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.