The launch of any Canon DSLR makes a lot of excitement as usual. When that camera comes with a new sensor with a new pixel count and is aimed at enthusiast photographers, it ups the ante a great deal. Naturally, there’s been quite a buzz surrounding the new Canon EOS 70D. It comes with a 20.2 million-pixel CMOS sensor coupled with a Digic 5 processor.

The Canon EOS 70D’s sensor is a Dual Pixel CMOS device. You get to enjoy faster focusing during Live View and video mode. There are two photodiodes for every pixel site on the sensor, and each of them can read light independently. It enables a form of phase-detection autofocusing to be used to focus the lens on this DSLR for enthusiasts.

Canon EOS 70D: Design and Build

Canon was the first manufacturer to give a DSLR touchscreen. Canon 70D has a 3-inch 1,040,000 dot LCD. You can easily make settings adjustments and scroll through images. The manufacturer hasn’t added the touchscreen functionality at the expense of buttons or dial controls. Canon 70D has all the physical controls that you’d hope for.

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The further good news with the Canon 70D is that the LCD screen is on an articulating joint. You find it easy to view from a range of angles, whether shooting in landscape or portrait format.

Canon EOS 70D: Performance

Combining the usual array of physical controls with a touchscreen makes the Canon 70D quick and easy to use. While some photographers remain skeptical about the benefits of a touchscreen, we would urge them to try one of the modern systems. You will find it far more responsive than some of the first touchscreens that appeared on compact cameras.

Canon has produced a very well-rounded camera for enthusiast photographers. It has all the specifications that you would expect. This camera comes along with a few modern niceties in a body that feel well-made. It also feels quite comfortable in hand.

Canon EOS 70D: Images

Canon 70D is capable of capturing plenty of detail. However, at the lowest sensitivity settings, there’s a clear benefit to shooting raw files. This is so since out of focus areas in JPEGs sometimes have a slightly watercolor appearance at 100% on-screen. In comparison, raw files look more natural.

Even images taken at ISO100 have a slight texture visible at 100%.  But chroma isn’t a major issue throughout the native sensitivity range. As usual, however, in-camera noise reduction takes its toll on detail as sensitivity rises.

Canon EOS 70D: Specifications

MSRP£1079.99 / $1199 / €1099 body only. £1199.99 / $1340 / €1249 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. £1399.99 $1549 / €1499 with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions3468×2432, 2736×1824, 1920×1280, 720×480, 4864×3648, 3248×2432, 2432×1824, 1696×1280, 640×480,5472×3072, 3468×2048, 2736×1536, 1920×1080, 720×408, 3648×3648, 2432×2432, 1824×1824, 1280×1280, 480×480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5+
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points19
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeClear View II TFT color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage98%
Viewfinder magnification0.95× (0.59× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m
External flashYes (Built-in flash works as wireless commander)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and Dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)920
Weight (inc. batteries)755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)
Dimensions139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)

Canon EOS 70D: Conclusion

The EOS Canon 70D is a well-built and capable camera with a lot of detail that produces excellent results – particularly in raw files. While you need to take care of high-contrast environments, the 63-zone Evaluative metering system does a fantastic job in many cases, providing a perfectly exposed subject. The photos of the camera still have natural colors with pleasant saturation and contrast, but as ever, you can tweak the settings of the camera to offer what you want if it is not to your taste.

It makes the Canon 70D fast and simple to use by replacing the normal selection of physical buttons with a touchscreen. While some photographers remain dubious about the advantages of a touchscreen, since they are much more sensitive than some of the first touchscreens that existed on compact cameras, we will encourage them to try one of the new systems.

For passionate photographers, Canon has made a very well-rounded camera. It has all the features that we expect, along with a few modern niceties in a body that feels well made and relaxed on the side.

Canon EOS 70D: Price

Build Quality
Ergonomics & Handling
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Image Quality
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