Canon PowerShot S70 Review
The S70 is externally identical to the 5MP PowerShot S60 (except of course it is black), and continues the familiar long oblong design of its predecessors, albeit in a slimmer flat-fronted form. At the back the control layout has been improved over the S40/S50 generation, and at long last Canon has done away with the annoying multi-function controller and provided a 'normal' (and infinitely more usable) 4-way controller and separate SET button. The sliding cover has also been improved, it opens more easily and slides more smoothly.
In your hand
As noted when we reviewed the S60, the S70 is surprisingly comfortable, there is a subtle thumb grip molded into the rear of the body and the strap eyelet doubles as a finger hook, these combine to provide a surprisingly secure hold on the camera. Control layout is logical and the plethora of buttons (there's no less than twelve controls on the rear of the S70) means you get instant access to many of the most important shooting controls. Despite its weight and long thin shape, the S70 feels remarkably well-balanced, and is easy to use with one hand.