Canon EOS 70D

Released August, 2013
  • 20 MP
  • APS-C 22.5 x 15 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The LCD is really nice, with a responsive touch screen and good visibility in most conditions.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
9.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 70D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 70D
9.9
D7100
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 70D
6.6
D7100
9.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 70D
10.0
D7100
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 70D
9.5
D7100
9.2
Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 2 more

9.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 70D
9.3
D7100
9.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 70D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 70D
926 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 70D
75 ms
EOS 6D
290 ms
EOS 700D
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 70D
59 ms
EOS 700D
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 70D
700 ms
D7100
300 ms
EOS 7D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 70D
7 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps
EOS 6D
4.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 70D
920 photos
EOS 750D
440 photos
EOS 700D
550 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 70D


8.3

8.3
I was occasionally able to produce sharper images at ISO 1600 by shooting raw, but not always.

10.0

Overall

9.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Focus

Zone focus - which lets you choose a group of AF points from which the camera then automatically selects - helps a lot with continuous shooting, where it can be tough to keep the AF area centered over the subject.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
On the right top above the status LCD is an array of direct-access buttons for metering, ISO sensitivity, drive mode, and autofocus mode (single, AI Servo, and AI Focus), plus a top dial and a second AF area select button.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
It's unfortunate, because the rest of the package - excellent autofocus system, streamlined shooting design and appropriate feature set for the price - adds up to a camera I really like.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Sensor

You don't have to use it if you don't want to, though operations like selecting ISO sensitivity go much faster when you can directly select rather than having to cycle through them.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
Two sequential JPEG or raw shots also run about 0.2 second, rising to only half a second with flash enabled.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
The new sensor does seem to have a finer noise pattern at higher ISO sensitivities than previous sensors, though.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Autofocus

The only AF accuracy problem I ran into, and it's a common problem, is that Live View tracking AF is frequently misled into locking on things that aren't faces - you can't disable face detection for this mode - and tends to be too easily distracted from its target.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
For stills, it usually locks focus quickly and accurately, regardless of which AF-area mode it's in, and Live View is fast as well - about 0.6 second to focus and shoot in good light.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
DPA splits each photodiode in two, comparing the signals from each half using a phase-detection algorithm for autofocus, in addition to using the signal from the entire photodiode for image data.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Video

Thankfully, the video from the production unit looked better than the preproduction unit, though it suffers from the same general softness as stills, compounded by the relatively low resolution of HD.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
Don't just say, "Movie recording is disabled when [Wi-Fi] is set to [Enable].
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
And though it has built-in Wi-Fi, you have to disable movie mode in order to turn it on.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Lens

On the front near the bottom of the lens mount is a small, reprogrammable depth-of-field button.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
The new Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DPA) autofocus system is a definite update over many previous Canon models, both from a performance and features perspective.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 20 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648
Size APS-C
Area 22.5 x 15 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 16.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 19
Cross type focus points 19
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 98%
Magnification 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps
Battery life 920 photos
Continuous shooting 7 fps
Focus lag 75 ms
Shutter lag 59 ms
Startup delay 700 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection
Autofocus type Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 145 x 106 x 79 mm
Thickness 79 mm
Weight 755 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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