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Canon EOS 70D DSLR Announced

Unleash your potential with the powerful and versatile 20.2 megapixel Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR.

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Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features – delivering a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video. The Canon EOS 70D is available from late August, with an SRP of £1079.99 / €1399.99 – body only.

Canon EOS 70D key features

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies
Canon EOS 70D

Capture the moment with stills and Full HD movies

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first Digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode.

Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures incredible, full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst. Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It makes it easy for users to take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.

An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF – ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned conveniently next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.

Canon EOS 70D

Expertly designed for professional control

The EOS 70D’s powerful specification is packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to comfortably frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model 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 and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Canon EOS 70D

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new

Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame[ii] simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

The Canon EOS 70D is available from late August, with an SRP of:
  • £1079.99 / €1399.99 – body only
  • £1199.99 / €1599.99 – with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • £1399.99 / €1849.99 – with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
For more information, please visit the Canon website.

Canon EOS 70D Specifications

Effective Magnification1.6x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)22.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040k dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting7fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30, 25, 24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6
Battery Life (CIPA rating)920shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6

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bledzo 8 90 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 1:58PM
If only it was full frame Sad Guess I'll just have to wait a wee bit longer October perhaps ?
johneh 13 6 England
2 Jul 2013 2:03PM
Glory be, it's been a while coming but Canon have finally come back to life. Just need to wait until it reaches a reasonable price level now Smile
johneh 13 6 England
2 Jul 2013 2:07PM
Incidentally, surely the full frame version is already available in the form of the 6D ?
bledzo 8 90 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 2:37PM
Yes there is indeed the 6D - available for some time - but I don't think the spec' is as good as this new release. I could also happily live without wi-fi on a high end camera, just my humble opinion.
mikehit 11 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 3:09PM
This sounds like a very good spec - a sort of 5D3-lite. And if the AF is as good as it sounds, then it could be filling the position of the 7D, which begs the question of what will the spec for the 7D replacement be like!
bledzo 8 90 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 3:49PM
Is this not the replacement 7D ? I certainly don't see it as an incremental increase over the 60D too many new features.
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 10:42PM
The 6D only seems spec better in its ISO range, everything else so far seems better with the 70D, apart from the FF sensor for shallower DOF.
70D 1000 vs 6D 1500. remind me why i want a FF model?
bledzo 8 90 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 12:44PM
The economics make sense but as far as I am concerned Canon artificially keep the 6D at that price point to separate the so called enthusiast from the would be pro' . I think the 70D has at the very least the spec you should expect of a FF Smile
Scottelly 8 35 United States
2 Sep 2013 5:17AM
20 megapixels was a stupid decision. Other, cheaper cameras have 24 megapixels. That's 20% more. If a camera shoots 10 fps and the competitor shoots 12 fps (20% faster) that is seen as a significant difference. If a sports car goes 20% faster from zero to 60 it is considered significantly faster. I believe that people will not buy this camera because it has lower resolution by a significant amount. Sure, Canonites will buy it, and it is a step up from the 18 megapixel 60 D. Its new quick focusing (in live view and while shooting video) will appeal to many, which will make them buy it instead of buying the Nikon D5200, but I believe Canon was silly to go with a lower resolution sensor. Maybe they didn't want to step on the toes of the 5 D Mk III. Maybe they want to give the 7 D Mk II (hopefully coming soon) a sensor that is 22 megapixels (to match the 5 D Mk III) and they want that camera to have a perceived sharpness advantage over the 70 D. Maybe they are going to make a bunch of 20 megapixel cameras, following the 6 D and this new 70 D, effectively giving Sony and Nikon no reason to continue the megapixel race, while still having that 2 as the first digit of the two digit megapixel number (just so people won't think there is so much difference between the number of megapixels in the Canon and the Nikon). Whatever the reason, I wish it was a higher resolution camera. The 18 megapixel sensors have matured, and I believe Canon could put 50% more pixels on a sensor today, making a 26 or even a 28 megapixel sensor possible, while retaining relatively low noise levels. Nikon did this when they stepped up 50% from the D90 to the D7000 and again when they stepped up from the D7000 to the D7100. There is a significant improvement in resolution (image sharpness) from the D7000 to the D7100. I don't believe there will be a significant improvement in image sharpness from the Canon 60 D to the Canon 70 D. Maybe the noise levels will go down and high ISO image quality will improve with this new camera, but frankly, since I shoot more than 90% of my photos at ISO 200 or ISO 400, I don't really care about that. Maybe high-ISO shooters will be happy with a slight improvement in the noise levels, while getting a tiny step up in resolution from 18 megapixels to 20 megapixels. But I am not impressed.

I would like to see Canon create a really sharp shooting camera, like Nikon has done with the D800E and the new D7100. I would like Canon to be a leader in resolution, like Sony was back about two years, when they announced the A77, which was going to be a 24 megapixel camera with an APS-C sensor (1/3 more pixels than Canon had in their best APS-C sensor camera). I would like to see a 26 megapixel Canon 70 D. This 20 megapixel camera really disappoints me, even though I see Canon is finally addressing the problem of pathetic live-view and video focusing, which plagued the 60 D and still plagues all Nikons.

With all this said, I am happy to see Canon including touch-screen features on a DSLR. Sony should have done this with the A77 (though with its crazy articulating feature I can see why they didn't). Sony (and Canon) and other video camera makers have been making fold-out touch-screen cameras for many many years. I thought it was pathetic that no DSLR camera had such a feature (considering how often I get grease from my face on my screen and have to clean it anyway). It never made sense to me that features that worked well on video cameras that are capable of shooting still photos were not incorporated into DSLR cameras. Now . . . FINALLY a manufacturer sees the light. It's about time!

Thank you Canon.
Scottelly 8 35 United States
2 Sep 2013 5:28AM
Jack, you want a full-frame model for the large, bright viewfinder (among other things). Remember that you are limited to the resolution of the lenses, which means you can capture more information (image resolution) with a larger sensor. You are also limited to f1.2 as a maximum aperture, whether you are shooting with a full-frame or APS-C sensor camera. Also don't forget the penis factor (mine is bigger than your's) of having "something" bigger than the next guy. It actually DOES mean something, whether it is in the sales stage of a photographer who is trying to get work (s/he can state honestly that their full-frame sensor in their camera is superior to what most photographers use), or when speaking to potential clients in the field, where they see that s/he is using a 6 D rather than a 70 D.

For most of us there really is no significant benefit to shooting with a full-frame camera. Still . . . if Sigma made an SD2 with a full-frame sensor, THAT is the Sigma that I would want, even if it was the same image quality of the SD1 Merrill. Why? The larger viewfinder, the shorter depth of field, and the better image quality potential from the image projected on the sensor by the lenses. Would I get more vignetting? Yes. Would I get to capture my whole image from the sweet spot of the lens? No. But I would still get more lines of resolution. A full-frame lens capable of projecting 80 lp/mm average across an APS-C sensor is capable of producing that same image PLUS the extra image area that it projects beyond the APS-C sensor. That means when you put that lens on a full-frame camera you are going to get more total image resolution from the lens, even if the sensor is not capable of capturing all that image quality.

That's how I see it anyway. I may be mistaken. There may be something I am not thinking about.
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 10:04PM
This camera is awesome, Just won this in the wildlife competition and I am loving it so far, as I learn more about it I am loving it more.
The swivel back screen is very good indeed and pretty fast when focusing, but what is really good is that you can touch the screen and take the photo all in one, Olympus PEN EP3 did this and claimed to be the fastest focusing camera in the World, well Canon have now kicked back with this little gem, it focuses and takes the shot in what feels like an instant, I really like this feature, it also act as a refocus point when in video mode too, so where ever you touch the screen it will focus on that point which is really good.
The build quality when handling this camera feels quality too.
I must say I am very impressed so far.
Personally speaking I think the 20.2 mega pixels is a great step forward in the APS-C sensor of this Camera, it's a long time coming and will boost the image quality compared to the dated 18 mega pixels in the 7D.
I always used my 5d mk iii over my 7D because i could crop the hell out of the 5D and still maintain IQ with very little deterioration of detail, But with the new 20.2 mega pixel and a focusing system equivalent to the 7D it has to be good,,, right.
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 11:15PM
There is one issue however, Lightroom 4 does not recognise the file type of the Raw images so therefore I cannot use Lightroom 4 for this camera, dam annoying, hope lightroom put up an update soon.

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