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5

Canon EOS 70D


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,069.00

With a new 20.2-million-pixel sensor, 19 cross-type AF points and an impressive 7fps shooting rate, Richard Sibley finds out whether the Canon EOS 70D is the best enthusiast DSLR on the market. Read the Canon EOS 70D review...

Canon EOS 70D review – The competition

The Nikon D7100 is the camera most likely to be compared against the Canon EOS 70D. The 24.1-million-pixel Nikon DSLR was released in February this year and can now be purchased for around £840, which is over £200 less the EOS 70D’s RRP. In terms of features, the two cameras are quite similar, although having used both I feel that the Canon model is the more professional.

As it features the same AF system, the 70D will also be compared to the EOS 7D. The latter camera is now four years old, but it has a good AF system and a magnesium-alloy body, and currently retails for about the same amount as the initial price of the EOS 70D. There is very little difference in resolution, however, and the older DSLR does lack some of the new features you would expect from a contemporary model, such as Wi-Fi compatibility.

  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), 640 x 480 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • External mic: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus custom setting
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 12m @ ISO 100
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • LCD: 3in vari-angle LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • Field of View: Approx 98%
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.6x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec
  • Sensor: 20.2-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, over 3 images
  • AF Points: 19 cross-type, individually selectable AF points,auto or manual selection possible
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 6 scene modes and creative auto
  • Weight: 755g (including battery and card/s)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion LP-E6 battery
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF-S (compatible with EF)
  • Drive Mode: 7fps for 65 large fine JPEG files or 16 raw images
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • ISO: 100-25,600
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF
  • Metering System: 63-zone evaluative metering,partial (7.7% of centre),centreweighted and spot (3%)
  • Dimensions: 139 x 104.3 x 78.5mm
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG, 3-stage raw
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • RRP: £1,079.99 (body only)
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR

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