Canon EOS 70D

20MP APS-C CMOS Sensor | Dual-Pixel AF system | Built-in Wi-Fi

What we like:

  • Solid image quality
  • Well-evolved shooting experience
  • Fast, unwavering focus for video
  • Very fast continuous shooting 

What we don't:

  • Raw dynamic range is lacking
  • Viewfinder is small for class
  • No continuous live view shooting

The 70D is the ninth camera in the company's enthusiast DSLR series and introduced the clever 'Dual Pixel AF' system (later refined in the EOS 7D Mark II) which enables fast, positive autofocus in live view mode. This feature alone helps it stand out from the EOS 760D / Rebel T6s 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.

The EOS 70D builds on a time-honored two-dial control interface by adding one of the better worked-out touchscreen systems, which comes in particularly handy when shooting video or using 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 some of its immediate rivals, or its near-bombproof big brother the EOS 7D Mark II.  

"An interesting option in this class - especially if you already own Canon lenses"

The 70D's image quality is very good in almost every respect, though Raw shooters in particular will find it's not class-leading, mainly in terms of Raw dynamic range. This is a particular issue when it comes to lifting shadow detail, where banding becomes a factor. The camera's JPEGs are dependable, though, with pleasant color rendition and well-balanced noise reduction at higher ISO settings.

Video is captured at up to 1080/30p, which isn't advanced by contemporary standards but the quality is very good. Users have full control over manual settings while capturing video and audio levels can be set to automatic or adjusted manually (there is no headphone jack to actually monitor audio, though). Stereo mics are built in, and there's a 3.5mm stereo mic jack. Crucially, Dual Pixel AF means it's possible to tap the screen to refocus mid-clip with little risk of focus wobble ruining the footage, which can eliminate the need to manual focus.

The 70D is one of the easier cameras to capture strong video footage with, and its dual pixel AF system 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.

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