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Canon EOS 70D Hands-On, First Impression, Pre-Order Links, and More Information

EOS 70D

EOS 70D specs:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Move Servo AF
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 7 fps
  • ISO 100-12800 (Expandable to ISO 25600)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode

Let’s start with the real game-changer featured on Canon’s new EOS 70D, the dual pixel Auto-Focus system. Canon has a good introductory article about the new AF, with videos and a list of compatible lenses. Canon’s press release for the EOS 70D is here, for the Dual PIxel AF here.

Hands-on reviews are surfacing on the web. DPreview has the most comprehensive preview you can find so far. They write:

We’re also pleased to see Canon cramming in all the best features from its other cameras. The touchscreen interface that the 70D borrows from Canon’s Rebel series is, we think, just about the best in the business. It complements the new AF system in offering focus point selection by touch, along with the ability to ‘pull’ focus from one subject to another during movie recording simply by touching the screen. Meanwhile the on-board Wi-Fi offers genuinely useful features, including the ability to use your smartphone as a remote control (complete with live view), and to browse and rate your images on a tablet. These may not be features you use all the time, but they expand the possibilities of what you can do with the camera.

 

The Phoblographer had their hands on the EOS 70D, the reviewer says:

I like the way that Canon is going with the 70D. Though I’ve bashed them in the recent years, I like the direction that they’re going, the fact that they see other companies innovating and trying to fight back. The 70D seems like quite a camera for a news shooter, sports shooter, father, and for anyone looking to get more serious about their photography overall.

Next is Engadget, fairy impressed with the performance of the Dual Pixel AF:

There are other improvements as well, but they pale in comparison to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is fully compatible with 103 EF lenses. That tech is likely to make its way to the rest of Canon’s lineup eventually, but if you want to take advantage now, there’s only one model in the world that includes it. As for other features, a boosted consecutive mode enables 7 fps captures, compared to just over 5 with the older model. There’s also a multi-shot noise reduction mode, which we often see on higher-end point-and-shoots, but rarely DSLRs

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