Canon EOS 70D review
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The Canon EOS 70D is a top-end DSLR for enthusiasts and sports built-in Wi-Fi and a tilting touchscreen. Can it truly offer a one-size-fits-all solution?
Canon EOS 70D review
- Built to last construction
- Fast response times
- Full HD video
- Bulky and heavy
- Not full-frame resolution
- Top-plate short cuts
We've had cameras that claim to do it all before. Following on from the long-in-the-tooth Canon 60D, what makes the high-end Canon EOS 70D digital SLR, any different?
Well, typically when shooting video on a DSLR it's better to use the lens' manual ring to maintain sharpness if switching subjects during recording, because auto focus (AF) can be slow to either keep up or catch up. Not so with the 70D, says Canon, which pitches the world first of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.
This supposedly ensures fast and moreover accurate AF when shooting Full HD 1920x1080 pixels movies with the camera in Live View mode; the setting via which the 3-inch, 1040K-dot resolution LCD can be used as our viewfinder.
Also helping would-be filmmakers is a built-in stereo microphone, while there's a port for an additional off-camera microphone secreted beneath a side flap.
Naturally too there's Wi-Fi on board, but in something of an operational quirk you can't utilise the Live View video mode if Wi-Fi has been enabled via the camera's menu.
As a further aid to both stills shooters and video makers, the 70D's screen is also adjustable. It can be tilted up or down plus flipped outwards from the body for a wide variety of viewing angles. In short, this near flagship among consumer Canon DSLRs provides plenty of provision for the further development of photographic skills.
Lucky really, as at an asking price of a body-only £1,079.99 any potential purchaser would have to be pretty keen. The best value option for someone getting into the Canon system from scratch at this level is to go for the 70D bundle including an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (image stabilised) STM zoom for £1,199.99.
A broader focal range still is offered in the 18-135mm kit, for an extra £200, which is the generous set up we were provided with for review. This combination makes for a very good starter package for those deeper of pocket.
In terms of rivals, the Canon EOS 70D goes directly into battle against the Nikon D7100, and sits just beneath the brand's own semi professional Canon EOS 7D and full-frame Canon EOS 6D.
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