The new Canon EOS 70D has just been unveiled. According to Canon this new high-performance camera is “… bringing advanced features to photo enthusiasts looking for a step up from their entry-level digital SLRs”. Predominantly it features a newly developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF which dramatically improves the Auto Focus capabilities especially when shooting videos and when using Live View. This is achieved by a new phase-detection AF technology installed on the image sensor plane. It promises to finally merge video and stills photography effectively and will most likely rival some of the existing camcorders on the market today. Apart from that the new DSLR has some other useful features (listed below) that could make it very attractive for a wide range of photographers.
Basic specs of the new Canon EOS 70D:
- 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- newly developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- 19 point AF system (with all points cross-type)
- DIGIC 5+ image processing engine
- 3.2″ fully-articulated touch screen (LCD with 1.040.000 dots)
- built in flash (can also be used as remote flash controller)
- 7fps burst rate
- intelligent viewfinder with 98% coverage
- ISO 100-12800 (up to 25600 expanded)
- Full HD 1080p Video (up to 30fps at full resolution)
- built-in Wi-Fi
- AF micro adjustment (settings possible for up to 40 lenses)
- on sale from September 2013 for an estimated retail price of €1.099/$1.199 body only (bundled kits also available)
Aside from the assumed groundbreaking new AF technology which (if it turns out to be as good as promised in actual use) will make this cam extremely interesting for videographers, this Canon EOS 70D also has Wi-Fi built-in and does not need an additional Wi-Fi adapter to get it going. On the Nikon D5200 and on the Nikon D7100 (both of which can be viewed as competitors) this has to be plugged into the camera`s accessory terminal and does not exactly make the cameras any prettier or more handy to use. So in this game Canon has the upper hand for now. The AF micro-adjustment feature was dearly missed in the previous Canon EOS 60D. Its return to the Canon EOS 70D might now also appease some Canon followers. The fully articulated touch screen further enhances the overall usability.
The Canon EOS 70D is quite a nice camera solution – if you are still into DSLR photography at all. The new technology should soon evolve and will probably be incorporated in upcoming mirrorless cameras i.e. Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC). In my opinion this is a development that can hardly be choked off any more. See my article on the death of the DSLR for further reading. But if you are happy using DSLR equipment and need a camera fit for both high quality still and video capture this new Canon EOS 70D will probably be hard to beat at the given price point. Indeed, this could be an ideal camera not only for casual shooting but also for some professionals who need to cover both ends (e.g. for wedding photographers or sports shooters).
Take a look at the YouTube videos supplied by CanonAustralia and judge for yourself. The AF capabilities seem quite impressive.