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...

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£1,069.00

Canon EOS 70D review – Our verdict

It seems that there used to be a wealth of high-end enthusiast DSLRs to choose from, but with a longer wait between updates it appears that choice is gradually being reduced. Whether or not the EOS 70D should be your next Canon DSLR depends on your existing camera. Based on image quality alone, it may not warrant an upgrade from the EOS 60D, or even the EOS 50D. However, the autofocus and viewfinder, combined with what is in fact slightly improved image quality, do make the EOS 70D a very compelling camera. Plus, it handles superbly.

I was a little disappointed by the amount of colour noise in JPEGs, but this is easily removed from raw images. The dynamic range is also a little restricted, but in practice I found that it didn’t really affect my photography. Overall, images produced by the EOS 70D are excellent, with superb colours straight from the camera.

The EOS 70D performs well across the board and this is reflected in its score. However, in use it feels quite workmanlike – in other words, it ‘puts in a shift’ but doesn’t make you think, ‘Wow!’

Canon EOS 70D – Key features

Viewfinder
The EOS 70D has a bright 98% coverage with a 0.95x magnification

Flash
The built-in pop-up flash has a guide number of 12m @ ISO 100, with a sync speed of 1/250sec

Quick menu
A press of this button displays the shooting and image settings shown in the screen image below. These can be changed using the touchscreen or the directional control on the rear of the camera

In-camera correction
Those who shoot JPEGs can take advantage of the fact that vignetting and chromatic aberrations can be corrected in-camera

Image rating
In the image playback menu, it is possible to rate images out of five stars. This information is saved to the image metadata and can be read by editing and catalogue software, such as Adobe Lightroom or Bridge, so you can start organising and sorting your images in-camera

Viewfinder level
As well as being able to view an on-screen level, an additional level display is available in the viewfinder. This is different from the previous level used in the EOS 60D, which relies on highlighting the AF points to indicate whether the camera is level

Details

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
  1. 1. Canon EOS 70D at a glance
  2. 2. Canon EOS 70D review - Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  3. 3. Canon EOS 70D review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Canon EOS 70D review - Metering
  5. 5. Canon EOS 70D review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Canon EOS 70D review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Canon EOS 70D review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  8. 8. Canon EOS 70D review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Canon EOS 70D review - Dynamic range
  10. 10. Canon EOS 70D review - The competition
  11. 11. Canon EOS 70D review - Our verdict
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