Canon EOS 70D Features and Review

70D

Bottom Line:

With a swivel screen LCD, Wifi, relatively low price tag, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF that enables video autofocusing similar to a camcorder, the Canon 70D is a great contender for an amateur photographer and DSLR video enthusiast.

 

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The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 20.2 megapixels
    • Approx. 22.5mm x 15.0mm (APS-C)
    • CMOS sensor
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Canon EF Lenses (inclding EF-S lenses)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 19-point cross-type AF
    • TTL secondary image-forming, phase-difference detection with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
    • Focusing Modes: Autofocus, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing
    • AF Assist Beam
  • 4. Video Features
    • MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
    • All-I or IPB compression
    • Recording Size and (frame rate in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (60 fps / 50 fps)
      • 640 x 480 (30 fps / 25 fps)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 29 min 59 sec
  • 5. Image Features
    • Still Image: JPEG: JPG, RAW: CR2 (Canon Raw 2nd edition), RAW+JPEG
    • File Size: 3:2 & 16:9 Aspect Ratio
      • Large: 5472 x 3648
      • Medium: 3648 x 2432
      • Small 1: 2736 x 1824
      • Small 2: 1920 x 1280
      • Small 3: 720 x 480
      • RAW: 5472 x 3648
      • mRAW: 4104 x 2736
      • sRAW: 2736 x 1824
    • File Size: 4:3 Aspect Ratio
      • Large:4864 x 3648
      • Medium: 3248 x 2432
      • Small 1: 2432 x 1824
      • Small 2: 1696 x 1280
      • Small 3: 640 x 480
      • RAW: 4864 x 3648
      • mRAW: 3648 x 2736
      • sRAW: 2432 x 1824
    • File Size: 1:1 Aspect Ratio
      • Large: 3648 x 3648
      • Medium: 2432 x 2432
      • Small 1: 1824 x 1824
      • Small 2: 1280 x 1280
      • Small 3: 480 x 480
      • RAW: 3648 x 3648
      • mRAW: 2736 x 2736
      • sRAW: 1824 x 1824
  • 6. Performance
    • Continuous Shooting Speed
      • High speed continuous: Maximum 7 shots/sec.
      • Low speed continuous:Maximum 3 shots/sec
      • Silent continuous shooting: Maximum 3 shots/sec.
    • Start up time: Approx. 0.15 sec
    • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, Custom Shooting mode, Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control mode)
    • ISO 100-12800 – Expansion possible to 25600
    • Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec.
    • Picture Styles: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
    • White Balance Settings:Auto, Preset (Daylight; Shade; Cloudy, Twilight, Sunset; Tungsten light; White Fluorescent Light; Flash), Custom (Approx. 2,000° – 10,000°K), Color Temperature (Approx. 2,500° – 10,000°K)
    • Color Temperature Compensation
  • 8. Interface
    • Wide 3.0 inch Touch Screen  TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor, approx 100% coverage
    • Vari-angle LCD
    • 7 levels of manual LCD brightness adjustments
    • USB Hi-Speed
    • Audio/Video Out Terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
    • Optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver
    • Built-in Wi-Fi® transmitter
    • Video Out Terminal: HDMI Type C
  • 9. Power
    • One Battery Pack LP-E6
    • AC power optional  with the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
    • Battery Grip BG-E14 optional to hold two battery packs
    • Battery life with viewfinder shooting: 1300 shots at 23ºC/73ºF or 1200 shots at 0ºC/32ºF
    • Battery life with live view shooting: 230 shots at 23ºC/73ºF or 210 shots at 0ºC/32ºF
    • Battery life of movie shooting: Approx 1 hr 20 min at  23ºC/73ºF and  0ºC/32ºF
  • 10. Body
    • SD card, SDHC card, SDXC memory card compatible (Ultra High Speed UHS-I and Eye-Fi card compatible)
    • Viewfinder coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 96%
    • Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.1 x3.1 in. / 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5mm
    • Weight: Approx. 26.7 oz. / 755g (CIPA) – 23.8 oz. / 675g (body only)
    • Built in pop up flash, coverage up to 17mm focal length

Canon EOS 70D Performance Review:

Watch DigitalRev’s video review of the Canon 70D, which is actually filmed with the 70D:

Video review highlights:

  • The Canon 70D is a replacement for the 60D. You can see the difference in their specs using the side by side comparison chart.
  • There’s a viewfinder level to tell you when the camera is level.
  • Sometimes autofocus for images could be slow.
  • For video the continuous autofocus was fast. Sometimes it searches for focus but it is smooth.
  • Touch screen to select where to focus is convenient.
  • Good low light performance.
  • Impressive 19 cross type AF points.

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