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$839.99 - $1,502.72
Summary:A 20-megapixel camera from Canon with a 3-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
The EOS 70D is a 20-megapixel camera with an 18mm-55mm kit lens that has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28.8mm-88mm. It has a 3-inch LCD (1,040,000 pixels) that swivels and includes touchscreen capability. It also includes a through-the-lens viewfinder, which is helpful when composing in bright light.
Because it accepts interchangeable lenses, and includes a mirror and a through-the-lens viewfinder, we consider this model an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera.
The camera's kit lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The camera's shutter speed range is 30 seconds to 1/8000 of a second.
The EOS 70D stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPEG or RAW files at a top resolution of 5472 x 3648 and full HD-resolution video as MOV files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a frame rate up to 30p fps.
Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery.
The image stabilization system for this camera is optical.
The EOS 70D measures 5.6 inches wide by 4.2 inches high by 3.2 inches deep, and weighs 28 ounces (1.8 pounds) (with battery, memory card, and strap).
About This Brand
Canon is the market leader in point-and-shoots, with an extensive line of models, which are known as PowerShots. Its budget line, the A series, is made up of compacts and subcompacts. Canon's subcompacts are known as SD ELPHs. Its SX-series are mostly super zooms and come in various sizes and include smaller or larger feature sets. Canon has the D-series compact, which it claims are waterproof and shockproof. Its high-end series, the S and G lines, include special modes and manual features, such as the ability to shoot RAW files and to focus manually. The EOS Rebel series helped to define budget SLRs. Other SLRs include a host of pro and more-advanced consumer models, including models that have very large, full-frame sensors. Canon also offers a wider selection of lenses than most brands.
LCD size (in.) Diagonal measurement of the LCD monitor screen.
LCD size (in.)
35mm equivalent multiplier Many SLRs have sensors that are smaller than the actual size of one frame of 35mm film, which changes a lens's effective focal length. To determine the equivalent focal length, you multiply the lens's focal length by the appropriate multiplication factor. Most Nikon SLRs have a 1.5x factor, which changes the effective focal length of a 50mm lens to 75mm. An Olympus SLR's 2x factor would change a 50mm lens to 100mm.
35mm equivalent multiplier
Shutter speed range Shutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.
Shutter speed range
30 - 1/8000
Still image formats The type of image file (or image file combinations) the camera uses to record and store digital images. Examples include JPEG and RAW file formats.
Still image formats
LCD pixel count Total number of pixels of the LCD monitor. In general, the higher the number of pixels, the clearer and sharper the image will be.
LCD pixel count
Memory card slots/type The number of slots and the type of memory card format the SLR uses for storing images.
Memory card slots/type
Height (in.) The height of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Depth (in.) The depth of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Max. ISO This is the SLR's highest sensor sensitivity at full resolution.
Live view This feature lets you compose directly on the camera's LCD, as you would on a point-and-shoot camera.
Image stabilizer Image stabilizer shows the type used, lens-based (L) or body-based (B).
Color space This refers to computerized models of color ranges that a camera can reproduce. The two most common are sRGB and Adobe RGB. In terms of size, Adobe RGB has a larger color range than sRGB. Another model, ProPhoto RGB, has one of the largest ranges. Color spaces can generally be set via your SLR's menus.
I think this is a good camera for certain features. It focuses faster than d7100 in live view mode, and also the movie mode is much better coupled with silent stm lenses. <br /><br />The big problem is if you focus using the eye piece there is a problem with this. I documented 3 70d cameras I purchased in a row all having issues. Lately lots of customers are complaining about this. This really becomes a problem if you like to use the eye piece and are shooting with a narrow depth of field. <br />Its a long problem to explain so you should research it, but the short story is it has problems focusing and the issue shows itself easily if you shoot a 50mm 2.8 prime lens at a focus chart. You will find it is back focusing for example, however, even if you do some lens adjustments you will find it will change over time and you will not be able to fix this problem. I even offered Canon money if they would provide me a 70d that did not have this problem after I returned my 3rd camera.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Acworth, GA
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Live view/moveable LCD
This was a great replacement for my EOS-40D (an excellent camera in its own right).<br /><br />The Pros:<br />-20MP<br />-Articulating screen (and it's a touchscreen at that)<br />-Video capability<br />-SD card slot instead of CompactFlash<br />-Low noise at high ISO settings<br />-Smartphone connectivity for remote shooting (free app)<br />-Autofocus speed/precision/quietness/19 AF points (I was used to 9)<br />-In-camera level indicator (works in Live View too)<br />-Burst mode (16 RAW)<br />-Lighter weight<br />-Customizable menus and controls (this is to be expected in this price range)<br /><br />The Cons:<br />-Wireless setup is a bit user-unfriendly. (The wireless feature has its own manual.) The app could be a bit more user-friendly too...a confirmation screen here or there would work wonders.<br />-Forget about using wireless for image transfer except when there are no other options available. While the camera has that capability, it's much too slow. 20MP RAW files take a while.<br />-D-pad and rear thumbwheel are combined...sometimes I accidentally hit the D-pad when using the thumbwheel.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Dryden, NY
(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)
More than enough
Easy to use
Live view/moveable LCD
Very good video features
I've seen 50D owners bemoan the turn away from a full metal body in Canon's prosumer line, as of the 60D. Given the weight of the 70D, I'm actually grateful that Canon has given this camera a little less bulk by moving to a mixed material construction. It feels very solid, the quality of manufacture is excellent, and the range of controls and modes from full manual to several fully automated (plus a plethora in between) really make this a honey of a camera.<br /><br />The video recording capabilities are nothing short of best-in-breed. You can also capture RAW and one of several resolutions of JPEG format images simultaneously, which is very helpful in conjunction with the WiFi capability, if you want to be able to send the latter up to social media immediately and still have the more dense (and therefore more editable) format of the RAW file for further tweaking when you get back to your computer.<br /><br />For a go-to camera in just about any situation other than travelling ultra-light, this is my first pick.