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.
Summary: The 20.2 megapixel sensor uses a Dual Pixel CMOS AF design in which every single pixel is split into two separately readable photodiodes, facing left and right. So in principle, each pixel is capable of phase-detection autofocus in Live View and Movie mode. There's a built-in Wi-Fi function, although operating it is a bit complicated. The autofocus is the same 19-point system found in the pricier EOS 7D, but with a simpler operation.
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.
Canon's flagship APS-C camera finally delivers on the video DSLR promise—with a catch.
12 November 2013
Excerpt: Since Nikon released the D90 in 2010, the promise of a do-everything, video-capable DSLR for consumers has largely gone unrealized. While practically every DSLR can shoot full HD video these days, none have made capturing everyday clips the accessible, convenient experience that it is on camcorders or smartphones.
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...