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: 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: 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...
Conclusion: I was quite blown away by the quality of this camera’s images; not only were they super sharp but the coloration was dead accurate. The focus was super fast and super accurate. The stabiliser works well, esp in video shooting. Note: three handheld scenes in the video clip were shot without the stabiliser in action. So I reshot one more video shot (the wall and gate) with the stabiliser in play. Much better!
Pros: a DSLR that won’t break your bank or bend your shoulders.
Summary: The big story is of course Dual Pixel CMOS AF, but it's refreshing to find Canon not neglecting the traditional aspects of the camera. Indeed, after effectively down-grading the xxD series from semi-pro to mid-range with the introduction of the 60D, Canon has listened to feedback and aimed the 70D at higher ground, reinstating and enhancing traditional features to satisfy photographers who felt cheated by the 60D.
Pros: Great image quality, high resolution and low noise., Best continuous AF for movies on the market., 1080p movies with compression and timecode options., Large viewfinder with on-demand guides., Fully articulated touchscreen display., Fast continuous hooting at 7fps., Built-in Wifi with laptop or smartphone remote control., 19-point zonable AF system with AF microadjustment., Seven frame exposure bracketing and in-camera HDR options.
Cons: Live View AF only suitable for slow moving subjects., Slow shot-to-shot times in Live View., No built-in GPS nor supplied means to sync with log., No in-camera panorama stitching., Smartphone app can't transfer original image size., EOS Utility need a wireless LAN to operate wirelessly., Single memory card slot rather than a pair., No miniature effect for movies.