Body design and controls
Canon strikes an excellent balance between the features found in menu settings (accessible via the touch-screen LCD) and the camera's physical knobs, dials, and buttons. This give you options: For example, you can change ISO settings or the exposure compensation in several different ways.
Unlike some entry-level SLRs, the EOS 70D includes two display panels: a swiveling 3-inch, live-view, touch-screen LCD, and a top-panel display, which displays data such as exposure settings, flash modes, battery life, and more.
One feature you'll want to use often is the Q button, in the middle of the camera back. It lets you access a variety of shooting functions by touching the LCD screen without having to drill down into the menu system.
In-camera settings and features
The EOS 70D has a variety of in-camera settings that boost creativity. One robust scene mode is HDR Backlight Control, which fires off three shots at three different exposures (dark, light, and midrange) and combines them in-camera to capture details in the highlights and shadow areas. This setting worked quite well when I used it.
The camera lacks a panorama mode, but does have filters and Instagram-like effects, although I found these to be mediocre and not very versatile.
Given all those features, it can be confusing to figure out which settings to use. So Canon included feature guides, and you can press the Info button for more tips. Still, there’s no dedicated help section in the camera.
The EOS 70D includes built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to quickly transfer and backup photos and video to your computer and other devices. In addition, according to the specs sheet, the camera will be able to capture more than 850 photos per charge (when you're not using the live-view LCD) or 1 hour 20 minutes of video.
The Canon EOS 70D is a very full-featured—and, at $1,350, pricey—SLR that will take you some time to learn how to use. With its variety of controls and features, the EOS 70D is a great travel camera, though you might find it a bit heavy and bulky.
If you want a less expensive Canon that includes many of the same features, consider the Canon EOS Rebel T5i, $850.