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Canon EOS 70D digital camera

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$739.00 - $899.99
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Summary: A 20-megapixel camera from Canon with a 3-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
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About - Canon EOS 70D
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 compact camera line includes several different series. The A series are budget point-and-shoots while the ELPH series adds more creative features and advanced functions. Its N series provides an even larger number of features including Wi-Fi and photo-sharing. Canon’s D series cameras claim to be waterproof and shockproof. Its SX series are mostly superzooms and come in various sizes and include smaller or larger feature sets. 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 large, full-frame sensors. Canon also offers a wider selection of lenses than most brands.

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Features & Specs - Canon EOS 70D
info LCD size (in.) 3
info 35mm equivalent multiplier 1.6
info Shutter speed range 30 - 1/8000
info Still image formats JPEG, RAW
info LCD pixel count 1040k
info Memory card slots/type SD/SDHC/SDXC
info Width (in.) 5.6
info Height (in.) 4.2
info Depth (in.) 3.2
info Max. ISO 25600
info Full frame No
info Live view Yes
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User Reviews - Canon EOS 70D
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great camera for the price with many many features
Clear And Vivid
Fantastic pics
Video Is 2nd To None
Best Uses
This is my 4th Canon SLR camera.... My son just bought this Canon 70D and I tried it out and had to have it. I sold my Canon T3i and got this one!! And I'm Lov'n it!!!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Extremely Capable in Experienced Hands
Focus Ability
Intelligent Interfaces
low image noise
Post Processing
User Adaptability
accessory cost
Best Uses
Experienced amateur
Over 60 years of photography experience, everything I've ever done is now done better and easier with this 70D camera.<br />Many will just put it into Automatic and let the camera/lens/flash attempt to understand what the user wants... They make it into a glorified point-n-shoot but expect professional results. Sorry lazy person, professionals get results by thinking about what they want, then working to achieve their desired image.<br />Some have tried to bash the focusing -- Maybe they did not read the manual to see that the eyepiece has diopter correction (to adjust to your vision). My 70D is the best focusing camera that I've ever used. Choosing a single focus point is nearly instant once you know where the button and the two dials reside -- or you can use partial area focus or overall averaging! Simple! Accurate!<br />I shoot mostly in RAW mode. I can then apply post-processing concepts like sharpening, saturation, contrast, etc. in the camera to create JPEG files. This is neat. No need for a laptop in the field. I can even upload with the 70D Wi-Fi...!<br />Using single focus point and the standard 18-135 STM lens wide-open, portraits are gorgeous with razor sharp focus and backgrounds lushly softened into beautiful bokeh.<br />With 7 frames per second, I nailed great action at my grandson's basketball game.<br />Using the articulated display, I can take landscape images with the camera near the ground... fantastic effects!<br />I have yet to encounter a situation where the 70D was anything less that a perfect instrument for my vision.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
View finder focus issue
Silent Lens In Movie Mode
Very good video features
Focus Problem
Best Uses
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:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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