Canon EOS 70D: Recording HD Video Has Never Been So Great or Easy
14 April 2014
Excerpt: Once upon a time, DSLRs were primarily used just for taking photos. That's still the case, but increasingly, we're seeing a lot of amateur filmmakers use DSLRs to shoot incredible movies that — with good lenses, proper lighting and solid post-production — have fooled us into thinking they were made by large production companies. The Canon EOS 70D replaces the two-year-old EOS 60D , a DSLR lauded for its HD video recording capabilities.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 70D is a first-rate 20.2MP DSLR and gives one of our favorites, the Nikon D7100, a very good run for the money. We really like the operability and still quality of both. However, the Canon really trumps Nikon on the video front. Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF technology is a real winner. Given its combined still and video results, the 70D gets our Editor’s Choice Award. But Canon please do something with that Wi-Fi software.
Pros: Excellent enthusiast DSLR, Dual Pixel AF for movies a major improvement, High-quality stills, great videos
Cons: No AF Assist lamp on body, Wi-Fi implementation needs help, Bulky, but that comes with the territory
Summary: The EOS 70D marks a big achievement for Canon when it comes to live-view shooting and video capture. If you don’t commonly engage in these, there’s not much here that would make a 60D user want to upgrade, especially with image quality at essentially the same level.
Excerpt: After almost three years, Canon has finally introduced the successor to the popular EOS 60D from 2010, with the all new EOS 70D dSLR. This new model offers several "incremental" upgrades, many of which you'd expect to find on a 2013 model dSLR.
Summary: An overall excellent camera, but one that fails to capture the best-in-class prize for image quality.
Pros: The Canon EOS 70D 's new sensor delivers excellent autofocus performance and the camera itself is quite fast. Its design is reasonably streamlined and the feature set appropriately tailored to the target market as well.
Cons: The image quality doesn't overly impress for this price class, and certain aspects of the design -- notably single card slot, hard-to-control multicontroller and the Wi-Fi/movie mode conflict resolution -- are annoying.
Summary: In many respects, the Canon EOS 70D is an amazing camera. The flurry of 7 fps, with infinite buffer (or almost) and continuous autofocus, it is a strength indisputable, especially when you consider that the scanned files are 20 megapixels. Also the quality of the image is certainly at the top with regard to the APS-C, but to really differentiate the EOS 70D from all its peers is the performance of autofocus in Live View, for the first time really usable with satisfaction...
Pros: Excellent image quality, Excellent AF (also in Live View), 7 fps burst, Swivel touch screen, Good video mode.
Cons: Placement of some keys improved, One SD slot, No AF-assist lamp.
Summary: Conclusion The introduction of the Canon 70D doesn't mark a dramatic upturn in still image capture performance over its predecessor, the 60D. Probably the most significant changes in this regard are the inclusion of a 7 fps continuous shooting rate and the touchscreen functionality of the monitor.
Summary: Offering most of what an enthusiast looks for in a digital SLR, the Canon 70D takes it a step further with excellent live view and movie mode autofocus. Good continuous shooting performance and Wi-Fi simply serve to sweeten the deal.
Pros: Dual Pixel AF makes movie and live view modes more usable, Good heft without being too large to hold, High ISO shots are quite usable, even above ISO 6400, Excellent LCD and responsive touchscreen, Special coating minimizes fingerprint smudges from touchscreen use, Articulated LCD for shooting from odd angles made more useful by fast, precise AF, 7 fps shooting speed, Silent shutter mode, AF Microadjustment, Built-in Wi-Fi for transferring and capturing photos, Good r...
Cons: Dual Pixel AF does not allow tracking autofocus while shooting continuously, Relatively small viewfinder, LCD blacks out completely during continuous shooting in live view, AF illuminator integrated into flash (must have flash engaged to use it), Complicated Wi-Fi setup, Movie mode disabled when Wi-Fi is enabled, HDR mode unavailable if Raw is active (rather than disengaging Raw), Only one SD card slot, Levels indicator only shows roll, not pitch, Disappointing batter...