Excerpt: I am in a point of transition for my small "for my wife" camera. I have had a sony 5N which I sold recently. My wife loved using it, b/c of its small size, articulating screen and better AF for video. My primary camera is a 5d3, that is use with some primes and zooms, which I love. I have owned many of canon's camera, including the 60D and 7D, when I was more heavily in to wild life (BIF mostly). So, with that background in mind, I picked up the 70D to try out.
Excerpt: My 70D has been working very well. AF....9/10 high ISO images ...8.5/10 Ease of use ...8.5/10. Moving the centre af point around is easy but less easy to get it back to centre... more than just a simple push on the centre button. size/wt. ...8/10. not bad, an improvement, but more could have been done. compared to the obvious competition it is a winner.
Summary: Over time I have migrated up the line of Canon DSLR cameras from the early Rebel series through to the 60d (the 70d predecessor). As such I am heavily invested in Canon compatible lenses so any thought of switching to another brand of camera body such as Nikon or Pentax is really out of the question. So for anyone comparing the 70d to any cameras from competing camera manufacturers this is not the review that you will find most helpful.
Excerpt: Hi Guys, After many thoughts what to think of the Canon 70D I got a chance on my last Safari holiday in Borneo to compare it with other cameras in similar conditions. We had people using the Mark II and III, Nikon and with far better glas like the 70-200mm on the Mark II but nothing came close to the 70D in the night conditions. No argument in normal daylight the FF were showing of but not that much better if at all.
Excerpt: I'm very pleased to have so much packed into one package. The camera is not too big or heavy yet shots sports like a heavier camera. Live view auto focus, the articulating touch screen and video performance from 18-135 STM lens are more appreciated than I expected them to be. I considered other systems, selling my EOS system gear for a new or different system, but an very pleased with sticking with conventional SLR system and all the great lens and flash options.