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Canon EOS 70D Review

Canon EOS 70D Review

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Canon EOS 70D

Category: mid-range DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera

Price Range

starting from $1099 on It can also be bought from Amazon UK (£784.97), Amazon Germany (€1498.48) or B&H. I would advise you to check the prices yourself before you buy the camera. I do not have any control over them. Prices can change at any time!


- maximum video resolution: 1920x1080

- touchscreen: Yes

- wireless LAN: Yes

- resolution: 20.2 megapixel

- USB: Yes

- HDMI: Yes

- HD movie mode: Yes

- supported memory cards: SD, SDXC, SDHC, SDXC UHS-I (Secure Digital Extended Capacity), SDHC UHS-I (Secure Digital High Capacity)

- water/dust resistant: Yes

- other features: noise reduction, time lapse function, continuous shooting mode, live view, face detection

- screen size: 3-inch

- video formats: MOV, MPEG-4

- weight: 755 grams

- maximum image resolution: 5472x3648

- screen type: LCD

- image formats: JPEG, RAW

- focus modes: auto, manual

- warranty: 1 year (again, just as is the case with prices, please check before buying)

Key Features

- you get a lot of control over your images

- image quality is very good

- 19-AF points all cross-type

When it was first unveiled, about two years ago, the Canon EOS 70D was the company’s newest and most expected mid-range DSLR. It came with a 20.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor, an articulated touchscreen monitor, built-in Wi-Fi and a newer and better autofocusing system. We can say that, in essence, it’s a more advanced EOS 60D, which was announced back in 2010. The EOS 70D was meant to replace this older model, and it can be placed right between the EOS T5i and the even older EOS 7D.

Usually, whenever Canon is about to launch a new product, there’s a lot expectation floating in the air. But if you add to this mix a camera with a new type of sensor and better pixel count, the enthusiasm goes to a whole new level! Now, as you’d probably expect too, when the Canon EOS 70D was launched and people got to know that it had a 20.2 million-pixel sensor and a Digic 5 processor, there was a lot of talk about it.

This sensor allowed you to focus better on the subject you were either shooting or filming. The older generation EOS 60D had a continuous shooting speed of 5.3 fps, while the EOS 70D can go as high as 7 fps. ISO range can be set anywhere between 100 and 12800 and, if you decide this is not enough for you, there’s a possibility to enhance this to 25,600.

The EOS 70D has a 3-inch 1,040,000 dot LCD touchscreen. In fact, Canon is one of the first (if not the first) camera manufacturer that fitted its cameras with such technology. You can use this screen to either adjust various settings, or look at the photos you just took by scrolling through them. And, since the screen is articulated, it gives you much more freedom to use it to snap pictures from various angles.

Canon EOS 70D review

I know that, for many photographers out there (not necessarily for me, though), having an Wi-Fi connectivity is important. Good news is, Canon won’t disappoint you here, because the EOS 70D has it included. If downloading images wirelessly isn’t actually your cup for tea and if this feature doesn’t entice you all that much, maybe you will want to use the Wi-Fi to control the camera remotely (via a virtual remote application for either Android or iOS smartphones).

Either way, no matter what you prefer, Wi-Fi connectivity is there and you can use it whenever you need it. When taking photos in the Live View mode, you can use a series of creative filters (the grainy b/w, soft focus, fish-eye effect, art bold effect, water painting effect, toy camera effect or the miniature effect) to give those photos a more distinct look.

Canon EOS 70D review

Canon EOS 70D did not suffer any noticeable or important changes to its shape or feel, even though it is an upgraded version of the 60D. It still is a solid camera, it feels pretty good when you hold it in your hands and it is properly sealed, which means it can take some beating from the weather. Not too much, since it isn’t actually water or dust proof completely! So, I wouldn’t take it out on a rainy day or when scuba diving. It’s not meant for extreme action or sports.

Each and every button seems to buy well laid out and can be reached quickly whenever you want to adjust any settings. The touchscreen is capacitive and it is very responsive. I don’t know if many of you will use it every time, but some of you will at least swipe through the photos you took with its help. And, gradually, you might even get to like the screen so much, that you will, eventually, end up using it more and more.

Obviously, just like any other screen, it will get covered in fingerprints, so photos and images will be harder to see, but this shouldn’t be a huge problem. If you take good care of it and clean it after each use, you should be ok. Reflections, especially when you take photos outside, can be a pain, but the EOS 70D’s screen isn’t that much affected by them, which makes the camera ideal for outdoor use.

Canon EOS 70D review

Given the fact that the Canon EOS 70D is a DSLR camera, it’s a bit bulkier than a compact camera and, sometimes, it might not feel all too natural to keep it away from your face when trying to compose images on its screen. Nevertheless, if you have a tripod on hand or you are used with composing images at various awkward angles, then the articulated screen is very appropriate for this job.

Performance-wise, Canon EOS 70D has a faster Dual Pixel AF system, compared to the previous Live View system used on Canon cameras. But this new system isn’t quite as fast as the contrast detection system that Panasonic uses in its G series DSLR cameras. Even so, it shouldn’t be all that disappointing in the end. It is enough for you to compose images with it when holding the camera in your hands.

Canon’s EOS 70D has a 19-AF point system which can’t be compared with Nikon’s D7100. Although it isn’t all that impressive, it still works pretty well, the center of the frame being well covered. The automatic white balance system has to be one of the best you can get and it can be used with very pleasing results.

When taking photos in the Standard mode, the quality of them is very good, colors being natural and saturated. And, if you prefer more vibrant pictures, you can make saturation and contrast adjustments. They are available in the camera’s menu.

From the couple of tests I have seen lately, the EOS 70D is more than capable of capturing quite a lot details. My recommendation is to shoot photos in raw, especially at very low settings, because, when viewed on a larger screen at 100%, they look more natural, unlike in JPEG format, where they have an watercolor aspect.

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Positives Points

- great image quality

- large viewfinder

- fully articulated touchscreen

- built-in Wi-Fi

- fast continuous shooting at 7 fps

Negatives Points

- slow shot-to-shot times in Live View

- no GPS

- no miniature effect for movies

- just one single memory card slot

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I think the Canon EOS 70D is a very good camera for the enthusiast photographers. It has all the bells and whistles one such photographer may need and a nice body that feels right and comfortable in the hand. Should be a serious competitor for Nikon's D7100.

The Dual Pixel AF system for the Live View and movie mode is great and, when taking photos or filming in bright light, this system is quick and decisive.

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