Canon has announced the EOS 70D, a mid-range SLR for enthusiast photographers. Its headline feature is a brand-new 20.2MP ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor which splits every single pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection, promising vastly improved autofocus performance in live view and movie mode. It also gains the 19-point AF module from the EOS 7D for viewfinder shooting, touchscreen control via its fully articulated 3″ LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi for image sharing and remote camera control from your smartphone or tablet.

The 70D be available at the end of August for £1079.99 / $1199 / €1099 body only, £1199.99 / $1349 / €1249 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and £1399.99 / $1549 / €1499 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Unleash your potential with the powerful and versatile Canon EOS 70D

70D-headline

Press release :

London, UK, 2 July 2013 – Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features – delivering a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video.

Capture the moment with stills and Full HD movies

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first Digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode. Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures incredible, full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst*. Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

“I was incredibly impressed with how many new technologies the EOS 70D packs into one body, and how versatile it is,” said Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador. “The EOS 70D is the perfect camera for anyone that wants to develop their photography skills. Not only is it suited to shooting people, landscapes and action easily and in outstanding quality, but also filming subjects in Full HD with focus speeds I never thought would be possible. The camera proved itself in the most challenging of circumstances, and had a range of new-generation technologies to comfortably solve any test I threw at it – especially with the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It really takes DSLR shooting and filmmaking to a whole new level.”

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It makes it easy for users to take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.

An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF – ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned conveniently next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.

Expertly designed for professional control

The EOS 70D’s powerful specification is packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to comfortably frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame** simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

EOS 70D – key features:

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies

*UHS-I card required for maximum burst duration

**Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible over 80 per cent of the width and height of the Live View frame

Canon EOS 70D specifications

Price

MSRP

£1079.99 / $1199 / €1099 body only. £1199.99 / $1340 / €1249 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. £1399.99 $1549 / €1499 with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Body type

Body type

Mid-size SLR

Sensor

Max resolution

5472 x 3648

Other resolutions

3468×2432, 2736×1824, 1920×1280, 720×480, 4864×3648, 3248×2432, 2432×1824, 1696×1280, 640×480,5472×3072, 3468×2048, 2736×1536, 1920×1080, 720×408, 3648×3648, 2432×2432, 1824×1824, 1280×1280, 480×480

Image ratio w:h

1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9

Effective pixels

20.2 megapixels

Sensor photo detectors

20.9 megapixels

Sensor size

APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)

Sensor type

CMOS

Processor

Digic 5+

Color space

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Image

ISO

Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)

White balance presets

6

Custom white balance

Yes

Image stabilization

No

Uncompressed format

RAW

JPEG quality levels

Fine, Normal

File format

  • JPEG: Fine, Normal.

  • RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit)

Optics & Focus

Autofocus

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)

  • Phase Detect

  • Multi-area

  • Center

  • Selective single-point

  • Tracking

  • Single

  • Continuous

  • Touch

  • Face Detection

  • Live View

Autofocus assist lamp

Intermittent firing of built-in flash

Manual focus

Yes

Number of focus points

19

Lens mount

Canon EF/EF-S mount

Focal length multiplier

1.6×

Screen / viewfinder

Articulated LCD

Fully articulated

Screen size

3″

Screen dots

1,040,000

Touch screen

Yes

Screen type

Clear View II TFT color LCD

Live view

Yes

Viewfinder type

Optical (pentaprism)

Viewfinder coverage

98 %

Viewfinder magnification

0.95×

Photography features

Minimum shutter speed

30 sec

Maximum shutter speed

1/8000 sec

Scene modes

  • Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control

Built-in flash

Yes (Pop-up)

Flash range

12 m

External flash

Yes (Built-in flash works as wireless commander)

Flash modes

Auto, On, Off, Red-eye

Flash X sync speed

1/250 sec

Drive modes

  • Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting

Continuous drive

Yes

Self-timer

Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)

Metering modes

  • Multi

  • Center-weighted

  • Spot

  • Partial

Exposure compensation

±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

AE Bracketing

±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

WB Bracketing

Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)

Videography features

Format

  • H.264

Microphone

Stereo

Speaker

Mono

Resolutions

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)

Storage

Storage types

SD/SDHC/SDXC

Connectivity

USB

USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

HDMI

Yes (HDMI mini)

Wireless

Built-In

Remote control

Yes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)

Physical

Environmentally sealed

Yes (Water and Dust resistant)

Battery

Battery Pack

Battery description

Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger

Battery Life (CIPA)

920

Weight (inc. batteries)

755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)

Dimensions

139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09″)

Other features

Orientation sensor

Yes

Timelapse recording

Yes (by USB cable and PC)

GPS

Optional

Additional images

 

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