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Canon 70D: First Look

Canon 70D: First Look

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20MP DSLR Called A "Game Changer"

July 2, 2013

Canon ups resolution, debuts a new sensor-based AF technology, adds Wi-Fi, and claims camcorder-quality video capture in its new flagship APS-C Sensor DSLR.


Note: The Canon EOS 70D can be pre-ordered now from Adorama. Orders will be filled on a first come, first-served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until orders are shipped.


 

 


Canon 70D

 

Canon today announced its new flagship APS-C sensor-based camera, the Canon EOS 70D. Positioned between the Canon 7D and 60D, the Canon 70D introduces a handful of key new features that promise improved video quality, faster and more decisive autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi, and higher resolution. Let's take a closer look at the 70D.

Canon EOS 70D Key Features

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor (23.7x15.7mm)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 14-bit A/D Conversion
  • ISO range 100-25,600
  • Full HD video up to 1080p at 30 or 24fps, 720p at up to 60fps.
  • Buil-in stereo mic
  • Flip-out 3-inch touch screen LCD with 1.040k dot resolution
  • 7fps Burst Rate
  • 19-point cross-type AF system with f/2.8 dual cross-type AF center point
  • Intelligent viewfinder with superimposed LCD display
  • Many in-camera creative features
  • Scene intelligent Auto mode

 

Canon 70D back

 

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.

Canon says all 103 Canon EF lenses currently available will be able to operate fully and users should see faster AF acquisition with any Canon EF lens on the 70D. In addition to the sensor-based AF help, the camera offers a 19-point all cross-type AF system—equal to that on the Canon 7D.

Wireless Built-In

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.

Sensor Upgrade

The
Canon 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
Canon EOS 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.

70D AF areaViewfinder 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 (right)  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.

The
Canon EOS 70D accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, including Ultra High-Speed UHS-1 cards for video. The camera will be available body only for $1,199, as well as in kits. Go here to see all configurations. Adorama is accepting pre-orders now.

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