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The Canon 70D introduces a handful of key new features that promise improved video quality, much faster and more decisive autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi, and higher resolution. Let's take a closer look at the Canon EOS 70D
The big technology leap for the Canon EOS 70D is its sensor-based autofocus. Called Dual Pixel CMOS AF, this technology was made possible by reworking the design of the sensor. Instead of offering one photodiode per pixel, the 70D's sensor has assigned two photodiodes per pixel. This allows the camera to simultaneously capture light and perform phase-difference detection autofocus. What this means to the average user is that the camera should be able to focus faster and more accurately, and for full autofocus to operate smoothly and accurately while shooting videos.
A second big new technology (for Canon's APS sensor lineup) is the addition of built-in wireless technology. The camera's exposure settings, such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, focus, and shutter can be operated wirelessly using an iOS or Android smartphone with the free Canon EOS Remote app. Users can shoot remotely from a distance, even in Live View mode and remotely review images stored on the EOS 70D from their smart phone or tablet.
Still images can be transferred between two wireless-enabled Canon cameras over a Local Area Network (LAN) and can be uploaded via Canon iMage Gateway and printed directly from a wireless PictBridge printer without the need for a PC.
The EOS 70D camera's 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, the highest-resolution APS-C sensor to date, records 5472 x 3648 pixels and offers 14-bit signal processing for what Canon claims is improved tonal gradation. Canon says the new 5+ Image Processor will yield improved data processing speeds, greater noise reduction, and real-time compensation for chromatic aberration.
Canon claims the 70D will record up to 16,384 colors per channel thanks to its 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion, and the camera has a wide ISO range of 100-12800, expandable to 25,600 in H mode. The company claims improved noise reduction and better performance in low-light shooting.
HD Video Improvements
Canon's claim for the 70D is that its HD video performance rivals that of camcorders. The camera offers All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption. It offers the option of time coding during recording only (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), which is useful for multi-camera shoots.
There's a built-in stereo mic, 64 adjustable sound recording levels, and the camera has a 3.5mm mic jack. The camera can also record "Video Snapshots"-2,4, or 8-second video clips that can be combined into a highlights album without the need for editing.
Viewfinder and LCD
The Canon EOS 70D features a high resolution (over 1 million dots) flip-out touch screen which lets users control the camera for stills and video from the screen. The eye-level viewfinder is an optical finder with a superimposed LCD display that superimposes focus points, grid lines and other compositional tools as well as exposure information over the optical image-a feature that can be turned on or off.
Special effects and modes
The Canon EOS 70D offers a wide range of shooting modes and effects, including High Dynamic Range covering a range of plus and minus 3 stops, multiple exposure mode up to 9 images in RAW and JPEG, a handheld night scene mode that combines four shots at fast shutter speed to reduce camera shake, HDR backlight mode, and seven creative filters: Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect. Each of these effects can be applied at three levels of opacity.
Other effects include multi-shot noise reduction: the camera captures four images in quick succession, merges and aligns them to reduce noise. A Lens aberration correction tool corrects for vignetting and color fringing. The camera has an on-board help mode called Feature Guide, which briefly describes each mode. It is compatible with the optional Canon GP-E2 GPS receiver.
I have found the Canon 70D to be the best and innovative camera I have owned yet!
The 70D is truly a revolutionary DSLR. When taking photos, it packs in a great autofocus system and all the right features to make great use of my L-series lenses. Switch over to video, and the 70D's autofocus really shines. Paired with a new STM lens, this thing is more than just an incremental step forward... it is truly groundbreaking innovation. Forget mirrorless sensors... Canon is on to the future of DSLR videography with this camera. Seriously, WELL DONE.
I downloaded EOS MOVIE Utility 1.2 for Windows from URL: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/eos_slr_camera_systems/eos_digital_slr_cameras/eos_70d#DriversAndSoftware . One day later my internet experience was ruined by an INVASIVE MALWARE ADD-ON, "Ads by Mini," that is secretly attached to the aforementioned software. Very disappointed, Dave S. Durango, Colorado
I have been using this camera since Dec 2013 . I have been trying hard to get sharp photos from it even in ambient light. I am using Tam SP 28-75 f2.8 lens and images appear too soft when aperture wide open. This happens even with 50mm 1.8. I am worrying of my choice of buying this camera. I am not so sure if my gear if defective or not. I had sent my camera to Canon Service center and canon quotes that my camera is flawless but still i end up soft images. It wonderful camera through specs but its not in the field as it is not the game changes
This was a camera I've been wanting for a long time and it was worth the wait. If you people a looking at this camera as a next buy please get it. I'm coming from using a T31 and if your in to video you will fall in love with this camera but even as a photographer you can really tell you have a real quality product in your hands and images come out really clean and crisp read these words, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED awesome buy.
So far so good. This is my first experience with a digital DSLR camera as well as Cannon. I saw this as an investment and did some research before deciding on this one. So far I'm loving it. I have to admit- I'm still learning all the options and settings available- but from what I've been able to do so far I'm happy with what I've produced. Crisp pictures, great color, easy focus, lot of options to take the best picture possible, and user friendly. This camera has only fueled my love for photography!
My fiance bought this camera first and she just loves it, and just my few times of using it we decided to buy another one for me. We are just getting into photography so everything is still a learning experience, but so far it has easy with this camera. After years of using a point and shoot camera the Canon EOS 70D has been an excellent transition. Looking forward to years of picture taking using the Canon.
Thank you Canon. I just used my new 70D for the first time this weekend at the Drag races. Best pictures I have ever taken. The action was fast and not one shot out of focus, not even at 7fps. Can not wait to use all the amazing features this camera offers. I'm a long time canon user AE-1,EOS Elan II, Rebel XT, T3i. and now the 70D, I would recommend this camera 100% to anyone that is ready to take the next step.
I've been purchasing Canon products for decades now. I just upgraded from a G9, to this DSLR mostly because I just wasn't happy with my low-light shots. This 70D, while certainly not the top of the line - has just a ton of features! It's built well, controls are easy to use, and it really takes great shots! The family is loving it.
love this camera i got it 2 year after used my t3i its now my back up to my 70d i learned from one of the best it is one of best of line the WiFi is big plus an from firing shutter. from mono pod held high to making odd angle shots with it apps for iPhone an an Google phones give it advantage in design the touch screen is of the 5i masks ease of use as wall