Easily the biggest release from Canon in 2013, the Canon EOS 70D is their most groundbreaking offering since the 2009 EOS 7D. As the cutting edge new flagship for the Canon EOS two-digit series, the 70D is a mid-range DSLR for any enthusiast photographer!
The New DSLR on the Block
The cutting edge Canon EOS 70D
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Roughly the same size as its predecessor, the EOS 60D, the sturdy 70D body houses the best of Canon’s existing SLR features. The new addition to the Canon DSLR family combines the rotatable touch screen of the EOS 700D and the EOS 6D’s built-in Wifi capabilities all under one roof. But beyond these superficialities, the undoubted star feature of the 70D is the revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor!
Focusing on the Prize
Focusing on the 70D
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Offering a 20.2 megapixels resolution, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor promises to deliver fast consistent image focusing when capturing both still photos and videos. The sensor has 19 specific focusing points so as to ensure a sharp image in any situation, even in moving sports shots.
As such, the 70D performance is head and shoulders above other DSLRs in today’s market. The 70D’s CMOS sensor covers around 80% of the frame, ensuring that it works like a charm even in low light scenarios. Now anyone can shoot photos and videos with visibly better results!
In addition, the 70D is also capable of capturing up to seven shots per second. It also has the standard ISO range of 100-12800 with the added option of 25600 if you ever need it! Thus, the 70D empowers you to turn everyday scenes into expressive photos.
Look Ma, No Hands!
Best of all, the 70D offers you the flexibility of three different ways to capture photos and videos. You can use choose to do so via the trusty viewfinder, multi-angle LCD touch screen or even through any connected smart device.
Which way do you prefer to capture your images?
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Thankfully, the 70D’s control layout is nothing too jarring. While we are more than happy to utilise the 70D’s user friendly Quick Control touch screen (it is a breeze with all functions at our fingertips), it is good to know that there are a full set of physical buttons to fall back on. It definitely marks an evolution from the 60D and made it relatively simple to try out the 70D new functions.
But, it is the wireless remote that impresses us the most. Armed with built-in wifi, the 70D is able to use any iOS or Android device into a live view remote. We imagine that this can only be good news for studio photographers and directors who will enjoy the freedom of not being bound behind the camera.
Every DSLR has its Thorns
However, there are some sticking points with the 70D. First of all, you will be disheartened to learn that the 70D does not have an earphone jack. For a DSLR with a heavy emphasis on video, this proves troublesome for filming as it makes it a challenge to monitor your audio levels.
Secondly, we whole heartedly recommend the purchase of extra batteries if you intend to use the camera primarily for videos. While the 70D’s battery life was more than decent for still photography (800-900 shots per charge), it barely lasted two hours when we brought it along for a video shoot, so you have been warned.
All in all, we feel that the 70D is a good middle ground between a DSLR and a video camera. The powerful Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor makes it one of the better options in its category. While the 70D is plagued with some jarring drawbacks (namely the lack of an earphone jack), the advantages (wireless remote and responsive touch screen to name a few) far outweigh the drawbacks.
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In summary, the EOS 70D specs are as follows:
20.2MP APS-C 'Dual Pixel CMOS AF' sensor
DIGIC 5+ image processor
ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
7fps continuous shooting, burst depth 65 JPEG / 16 Raw
'Silent' shutter mode
1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
19-point AF system, all points cross-type, sensitive to -0.5 EV
63-zone iFCL metering system
98% viewfinder coverage, 0.95x magnification, switchable gridlines and electronic level display
Fully-articulated touchscreen, 1040k dot 3" ClearView II LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio
Single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
Single-axis electronic level
Built-in flash works as off-camera remote flash controller
AF microadjustment (can be set individually for up to 40 lenses, remembered by lens serial number)
In-camera High Dynamic Range and Multiple Exposure modes (JPEG-only)
'Creative Filter' image processing styles, previewed in live view
The Canon EOS 70D is available at all major local stores now!
Prices start from:
(Body only) S$1,499
EOS 70D Kit (EF-S18-55 IS STM) S$1,699
Comes with a 8GB SD card and EOS bag
Get a discount off a second set of lens and flash unit!
Check out the details here!