Canon EOS 70D Review

canon eos 70d review

The EOS 70D raises the bar for professional DSLRs. With it’s remarkably fast Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, high-definition 20 megapixel sensor, near instantaneous shutter speed, support for 1080p video, and newly released DIGIC 5+ processor, the 70D is definitely a winner.

The Good

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for quick and smooth autofocus
  • 20.2 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
    Superfast DIGIC 5+ image Processor
  • Continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second
  • Handles any lighting environment flawlessly, with an ISO range of 100-256000
  • Versatile 19-point autofocusing system designed for moving objects
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

The Bad

  • Can’t use the Dual Pixel AF during continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi is somewhat difficult to set up and disables movie mode when enabled
  • Short battery life when using live view

The Verdict

​Canon has a history of releasing high quality DSLRs, and the EOS 70D is no exception. You have full control over your photos and videos, and features like built-in Wi-Fi and a flexible LCD screen make it easy to record photos faster than ever. Casual photographers be warned: this camera is not for the faint of heart!

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Tech Specs

Image Quality

20.2 MP, max 1080p @ 30fps

Audio Quality

​Above average

Battery Life

920 shots

Wifi and Bluetooth

Wifi available


Design and Hardware

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The EOS 70D has a similar look to Canon’s traditional DSLRs. Measuring 4.1 x 5.5 x 3.1 inches and weighing 1.7 pounds, it’s a bit larger and heavier than Canon’s previous models. Canon’s packed plenty of extra controls along the body of the 70D, too many to list in a single review. The rear LCD is hinged, allowing it to swing and tilt to the side of the camera for any viewing angle.


Image and Video Quality

The 70D has an excellent 20 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that works extremely well even in low-light. Images are clear, detailed, and display great color reproduction. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF ensures that the 70D will focus on its subject regardless of speed.

The 70D is also capable of taking 1080p 30fps video, as well as continuous burst photos up to 7fps. An included Video Snapshot mode lets you record video clips in segments between 2-8 seconds and edit those videos in-camera.

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Battery Life and Performance

Battery life has been a concern for many HERO users, and unfortunately the HERO4 is no exception. At its maximum resolution and frame rate, the HERO4 will only last an hour with Wi-Fi tuned off. Turning Wi-Fi on will drop the battery life by at least another 10 minutes, and any actions performed over Wi-Fi will drop your expected runtime even further.. The most you can expect to squeeze out of your HERO4 without buying GoPro's Battery BacPac accessory is a little less than 2 hours, and that's only if you restrict your footage to 720p.


Other Features and Accessories

Built-in Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet, send pictures to another Canon camera, print to a Canon printer, or even view on an HDTV via DLNA. Canon's EOS Remote App will also let you remote control the camera, although video recording is disabled while Wi-Fi is active.

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Conclusion

The EOS 70D is a serious camera for professional and semi-professional photographers. It takes phenomenal images and videos, but it's decidedly not for casual users or beginners.

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