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Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 70D


Our Score:



  • Great touchscreen performance
  • Impressive 19-point AF system
  • Dual-pixel sensor AF delivers fantastic Live-view AF performance
  • Solid build


  • Slight issues with AWB performance
  • Limited creative filter implementation

Key Features

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor; 3-inch, 1040k-dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen; Canon EF-S lens mount; ISO 100 – 12,800 (expandable to 25,600); 1920 x 1080 HD video capture @ 30, 25 and 24fps
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £1,079.00

What is the Canon EOS 70D?

The 70D is nothing less than the big DSLR release of 2013. The ground between Canon’s single-digit and triple-digit DSLRs has long housed some impressive cameras, catering for those looking to take the step up from entry-level DSLR photography.

Indeed, the double-digit range has boasted some of Canon’s most popular models to date, and the Canon EOS 70D looks to continue this tradition. In many ways its specs places it ahead of it’s more advanced, yet older, sibling – the 7D – including a newly developed sensor that promises some impressive AF performance. It's a camera every camera enthusiast will be interested in no matter their loyalites.

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Canon EOS 70D: Features

Although the Canon EOS 70D breaks new ground for Canon in certain areas, it still borrows extensively from other EOS DSLRs. For example, the 70D features Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor as seen previously in the EOS 5D Mk.III.

But you can see why Canon decided to reuse the processor, as it facilitates some impressive data processing and as a result allows for 7fps continuous shooting and ISO range of 100-12,800, expandable to 25,600.

On the rear of the 70D you’ll find another another familiar feature from the Canon EOS stable. The rear features the same 3-inch, 1,040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen as seen on the EOS 700D. Once again, the touchscreen on the 700D is one of the finest on the market, so the borrowing of such a feature is certainly a good thing.

The Canon EOS 70D also benefits from the EOS range’s HD video heritage. The model supports full HD video capture at 30, 25 and 24p, as well as standard HD at both 60 and 50p, while an external microphone is also supported.

The Full HD video capture is an area that is sure to benefit from the 70D’s headline improvement, namely the model’s sensor. Since 2009 Canon APS-C DSLRs have relied upon a sensor with an 18MP resolution, but the 70D features a completely redesigned unit. The megapixel count has been upped to 20.2MP, with the real development being the addition of Dual Pixel CMOS technology.

This sensor now features on-chip phase-detection AF technology, which utilises two photodiodes on each pixel and therefore does away with the need to use contrast-detection AF technology in video mode and live view. The system also benefits from an advanced 19-point all cross-type AF system, up from the modest 9-point system found in the 60D.

The result? Faster AF performance in general shooting and a complete transformation of AF in live view and movie recording modes. At least, that’s what Canon claims.

The Canon EOS 70D also benefits from the addition of in-camera Wi-Fi technology, as is becoming more common on new DSLRs. This Wi-Fi connectivity allows for wireless transfer of images between the 70D and a smartphone or tablet running the Canon EOS app. Photographers also have the option to remotely control the 70D using the app; a feature which could be of great benefit for those on a studio shoot.

Another impressive feature is the 70D’s in-built flash. It boasts a guide number of 12 and doubles up as an Integrated Wireless Transmitter for off-camera wireless flash control of compatible Canon flashguns.


September 6, 2013, 9:30 pm

Who ever even uses the "creative filters" anyway? Anyone who shoots RAW would have no need for them at all!


September 6, 2013, 10:15 pm



September 9, 2013, 9:12 am

What ISO are the sample photos in the gallery?


September 10, 2013, 7:20 am

See, now I'm in a quandary. I want to upgrade my ageing 7D, and was strongly tempted to pick up a 5DIII, but with the new live view AF features, the 70D is a compelling choice for video, and the pop-up flash, wi-fi and articulated screen give it a lot of flexibility. I only shoot in RAW, so obviously no interest in creative filters, but there are some features here that are very attractive indeed. Image quality, weather sealing and low light performance obviously won't touch the 5DIII with its full frame sensor, but I wonder if the 70D would be "good enough" to justify deferring my move up to full frame until the 5D Mk IV arrives (whenever that may be), inevitably bringing dual-pixel AF to the full frame range.

Don Carlson

September 16, 2013, 8:52 pm

Interested in Canon EOS 70D. Confused by your review comments in "Verdict."

Please explain:

“Canon EOS 70D
Throughout the lower end of the ISO range the EOS 70D manages to resolve more
detail than it's main competitor, the Nikon D7100, while even at higher ISO
settings it still delivers a good level of detail.”


“However, when it comes
to headline resolution – as well as some other elements of it's specification –
it is still behind the Nikon D7100.”


September 23, 2013, 12:35 pm

I own the 5D Mark III and cannot recommend it highly enough. I also own the 7D and am disappointed with it. It does not compare to the 5D. However, I shoot predominantly landscapes with a lot of wide angle shooting (14mm). If you want to photograph this type of thing I would recommend the full frame. However, if you are not into wide angle shooting then the 70D may be a better solution. It all depends on the type of photos you tend to take. If you shoot a lot of low light shots you will also want the 5D Mark III.


September 30, 2013, 7:18 am

Thanks MarLo. I shoot a lot of street scenes, handheld with available light, and the 5D Mk III's low light capabilities have been tempting me for some time. But it has to be a "do everything" for me - I want to be able to shoot wildlife, weddings, the whole lot. I'm not overly swayed by the price (happy to spend the extra for the 5DIII if it's the right body for me) but I am a little torn by the 70D's dualpixel live view for video, which I'm sure will hit the next gen of 5D, so the question is whether to hang on for that or bite now and accept that I'm going to feel the need to upgrade in a couple of years. Decisions, decisions...

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