Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup (2013)
Canon EOS 70D
20MP APS-C CMOS Sensor | Dual-Pixel AF system | Built-in Wi-Fi
What we like:
- Well-evolved shooting experience
- Fast, unwavering focus for video shooting
- Built-in Wi-Fi
What we don't:
- Raw dynamic range a little lacking
- Small viewfinder (for class)
- No continuous live view shooting
The 70D is the ninth camera in the company's enthusiast DSLR series and adds a clever 'Dual Pixel AF' system that allows most of the camera's sensor to contribute towards faster, smarter live view autofocus. This feature alone helps it stand out from the EOS 700D/Rebel T5i that sits below it, particularly for would-be video shooters. The 70D often comes outfitted with the flexible 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 STM lens that offers fast and quiet focus for video applications.
"An interesting option in this class - especially if you already own Canon lenses"
The 70D's image quality is good, though Raw shooters in particular will find it's not class-leading, mainly in terms of dynamic range. The camera's JPEGs are dependable with pleasant color rendition and well-balanced noise reduction at higher ISO settings.
The EOS 70D builds on a well-honed two-dial control interface by adding one of the better worked-out touchscreen systems, which comes in particularly handy when shooting in live view mode. The 70D strikes a good balance between feeling solid and comfortable in the hand and becoming too bulky, though its polycarbonate construction isn't as confidence-inspiring as many of its immediate rivals.
The dual pixel AF system makes the 70D one of the easier cameras to capture strong video footage with, and also provides a quick and convenient option when focus accuracy is paramount (eg Macro work). This, on top of a feature-set that improves on its predecessor, is enough to make the 70D an interesting option in this class - especially if you already own Canon lenses.