Canon EOS 70D First Independent Auto-Focus Test Videos

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Canon EOS 70D body only – $1199 – Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev
Canon EOS 70D with 18-55mm lens – $1349 – Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev
Canon EOS 70D with 18-135mm lens – $1549 – Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev

Polish site Optyzcne (translated, source: FA) published (along with their review) what I think are the first non Canon produced, real world tests of the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus system of the new Canon EOS 70D. They used the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and Canon EF 100mm f 2.8L Macro IS USM lenses with different settings (see titles of the videos).

So far I have to say that I am fairly impressed with the high ISO performance of the EOS 70D sensor, see the crop I extracted from a ISO 3200 sample pic. The EOS 70D is the new leader of the pack in Canon’s APS-C line-up. That poses an interesting question: does a successor of the EOS 7D still have a reason to exist? In other terms: what features must the 7D Mark II have to top the EOS 70D? And what about the EOS 8D that showed up as a placeholder on Russian online seller More to follow.

Canon 70D + 18-135mm Single AF

Canon 70D + 18-135mm Servo AF

Canon 70D + EF 100mm F2.8L IS Single AF

Canon 70D + EF 100mm F2.8L IS Servo AF

  • fmj

    the servo AF is definitely attractive.

    as for 7D replacement, i guess 10fps, and 45pt AF from the 1 series? CF card?

  • Stephen

    I think they left a few features out on purpose to put in the 7D Mark II:

    -Magnesium Body
    -Dual card slots
    -Selectable AF Point
    -22-24 MP sensor
    -Dual processors

    I don’t think these extra features are worth the rumored $1000 extra it’s supposed to cost. I hope it will be priced around $1600.

    • Eric

      Will it gives 51 AF points and 1.3x crop like D7100?

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  • peevee

    OM-D S-AF is still way faster, about 3x as fast.

    • adrianfw

      wat we talking at here is the live view af for still. 70d certainly has better still image af than omd by using the 19point all cross type af . the servo af oso outbeat the omd.

      • peevee

        Yes, I am talking about live view for stills. Don’t forget, OM-D uses “live view” AF too. And the slower AF in live view of 70D has the implication than the next EOS M will have slower AF too.
        Regarding the single shot AF-S with 70D vs OM-D, I did not test 70D and I think neither are you, but compared to previous Canon cameras it was tested and OM-D has faster one, if just a bit. Now, tracking is a different matter (actually, AF-C and AF-C+tracking are TWO different matters) and Canon DSLRs are faster here (unless, of course, the subject goes out of PDAF sensor zone). In a poorly lighted gym, at f/4 OM-D can only track at 1.5-2 fps, and at subject speeds of about 3-4 sec per picture width max.

    • adrianfw

      wat we talking at here is the live view af for still. 70d certainly has better still image af than omd by using the 19point all cross type af . the servo af oso outbeat the omd.

      • Eric

        We all know that DSLR has a faster AF due to its nature, so I think we just want to compare the AF by the sensor.

        • “We all know DSLR has faster AF tracking” ??? What do you base this comment on? The OMD finds focus MUCH faster than this 70D in live view. A DSLR can track a moving object faster than a mirrorless, but only if it is NOT in live view. The entire purpose of the whole dual pixel system is to focus faster during live view. BUT it is still much slower than the OMD which of course only has live view.
          You should clarify what you are comparing.

    • OM-D autofocus in video mode is unusuable.

  • Andy

    Is that hideous moire & aliasing I’m seeing in these short clips? YIKES! I realize the LCD screen is being filmed, but still …

  • fvanzela

    Olympus and Panasonic Contrast Focus are definitely much faster yet!

    This speed is still very similar to the live view from the Nikons.

    • Eric

      Yes, watched the NEX 6 AF test on youtube, seems Canon is not faster.

  • Steve

    Canon is just catching up to average speed. Looks like like an interim solution (like the Sony SLT) until they can get faster readout from the sensor.

    • Gunnar

      if i compare it to my Sony A77 i would say its the same speed as the focus in slow/smooth/ramped Af mode for video.. if the A77 is set to fast Af, its way faster in live view..well it only has live view 😉

  • maxx

    well thats the problems with mirrorless right there… “only has live view” LOL. I STILL NEED a real viewfinder for composing photos…that’s why i still prefer traditional DSLR. Its only a added bonus that i can now do good video without focus pulling and all that jazz. For me, the 70D is looking perfect. If your a EV liveview guy – stick with your SOny or Panasonic. If Photography is your primary with video as secondary – then Canon 70D seems way to go. Thats what i just pre-ordered! 🙂

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  • George

    Will this be fast focus and video than the D70

  • George

    Will this be fast focus and video than the Sony A77?