Canon 70D DSLR Camera
- 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor
- 19 point cross-type AF System
- New Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- 7 fps continuous shooting
- Wi-Fi for Instant Sharing and Remote Control
- ISO 12800 (extendable t H:25600)
- Vari-angle 3 inch (7.7cm) ClearView II LCD touch screen
- Full-HD movies
The Canon 70D DSLR Camera became available in late 2013 and had been anticipated but what took everyone by surprise was that this was not just another minor upgrade from the Canon 60D that had been around for 3 years. Occasionally, we see the introduction of something revolutionary and one particular feature of the Canon 70D was just that. It’s not just a first for Canon but for DSLR cameras across the board.
Above we see some of the key features of the new camera but the one that is of the greatest interest is the New Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus. The 20.2-megapixel APS-C-type CMOS chip has been designed to accommodate on-chip phase detection — but read on. To date, on-chip phase detect systems have provided but a few focus points scattered across the surface of the sensor but with the Canon 70D, a full two-thirds of its surface area at the center of the frame can provide phase-detect Auto Focus (AF) and at every single pixel. This was great news particularly for those using the cameras’ HD video capabilities.
Whilst the new Dual Pixel Chip is exciting below we take a look at what else the Canon 70D have on board.
Features of Canon 70D
20.2 MP CMOS sensor
The size of the Chip in the Canon 70D remains unchanged but Canon have managed to squeeze more into it, so increasing the resolution from the 18MP of the Canon 60D and the Canon Rebel T5i (Canon 700D) and Canon SL1 (Canon 100D). Canon says it has also increased the active imaging area of the sensor slightly, from 14.9 x 22.3 to 15.0 x 22.5mm. Of course the 70D sees a further roll out of the DIGIC 5+ image processor too, all of which leads the company to predict noise levels. Those preferring to shot jpeg images Canon claim will see a “huge improvement” in image quality.
High ISO for low light
When light levels fall no problem as the Canon 70D offers an increased ISO range of up to 12,800 – double that of the 60D which reinforces that Canon believe noise levels are comparatively lower. This 12,800 is even extendable to 25,600 in line with the new Canon Rebel T5i (Canon 700D and Canon SL1 (Canon 100D).
19-point autofocus system
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD
The Canon 70D has a Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio Clear View LCD II Touch screen that hinges away from the camera’s body and rotates through 270º. This enables video and still-image shooting from alternative viewpoints – such as over the top of crowds or from waist level.
Wi-Fi for unparalleled connectivity
Finally gone are the day of need a bolt on WiFi transmitter as the Canon 70D is the latest after the launch earlier in 2013 of the Canon 6D, to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO , exposure, focus and shutter release.
The improved performance of the Digic 5+ processor has permitted a marginal increase in the burst rate from the 60D’s 5.3 frames per second to 7 fps which is only 1 fps off that of the 7D.
Full HD Movies
HD Video capability is now standard on Canon’s DSLR’s. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720ps and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. The New Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move and even as shots are recomposed. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame simply by tapping the touch-screen ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear even during filming.
Stereo sound is provided by the internal microphone – enhanced audio is possible with the in-built external microphone input terminal.
Canon L Series Lenses – Perfect Companions for your Canon EOS 70D
Wide Angle Zoom Lens | Macro Lens | Standard Zoom Lens | Telephoto Lens
Take a look at a video of the features of the New Canon EOS 70D Cameras courtesy of B&H Photo