Canon EOS 70D (no lens included)

20-megapixel digital SLR camera with Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus and Wi-Fi®

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Canon raises the bar... again

Those who follow the DSLR marketplace have been eagerly awaiting "the next big thing" in digital camera technology. Canon's EOS 70D has arrived to remove the veil. The 70D features a redesigned sensor with a new approach to autofocus that can truly be termed ground-breaking. Dual Pixel CMOS AF (autofocus) imbues the camera's live view and video modes with the kind of speed, accuracy, and tracking capability that was formerly only available to still-shooters working through the viewfinder.

Canon's next-generation autofocus system

Each pixel on the 20-megapixel sensor surface has two photodiodes instead of one, gathering light from opposite ends of the lens's projected image. When the image processor detects differences in phase between the two signals, focus can be adjusted almost instantly. And while this "phase-detection" concept isn't all that new, the ability to have most of the pixels on your image sensor involved in the calculation is. The result? Exceptional subject tracking, even while shooting video or using live view.

The Canon EOS 70D featured a bright, fully-articulated 3" touchscreen

The Canon EOS 70D features a bright, fully-articulated 3" touchscreen.

Video and live view

Why is this such important news? Well, let's talk about video first. When you're shooting video, you'll be following some sort of action much of the time. Traditionally, video shooters were either pretty handy with manual focus on their own, or they got a second person to tend to that detail (look for the job "focus puller" or "assistant camera" next time you watch a set of movie credits). For a long time, videographers have dreamed of enjoying the same quick, dependable focus performance that still photographers enjoy, but to date the industry's autofocus implementation for video has been less than ideal. Now it looks like that may be changing. Fast.

Then, there's live view, used for viewing images on the camera's LCD instead of through the viewfinder. When is that important? Well, say you're shooting wide-angle shots from a low vantage point on a tripod. The action scene in front of you needs to have its focus updated every time a new subject comes into view. But looking through the viewfinder every time you want to check focus will wreak havoc with your back in the morning. Enter the 70D's fully-articulated, bright LCD touchscreen in live view mode. No more bending down to see what you're shooting. You'll have the information you need, and the control too, as the touchscreen offers a great way to interact with the camera. And with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, live view is more versatile and dependable than ever.

Wi-Fi too

Now on to another welcome feature: built-in Wi-Fi. There's no extra module to buy. The built-in Wi-Fi will let you remotely operate the shutter and manipulate selected settings using apps on compatible smartphones or tablets, while showing you what you're seeing through the lens on the device's screen. Plus, it enables quick and easy file transfer and uploads to social networks and email, and it opens the doorway to new potential applications in the future. The free Canon EOS Remote app is available for both Apple® iOS® and Android™ smart devices. And don't forget, you can also print hard copies of photos from a compatible PictBridge certified wireless printer, directly from the camera, without hooking it up via a cable or removing your memory card.

Other top features from Canon

Preset scene modes and cool features like Video Snapshot make the Canon 70D a versatile documenter of vacation fun. The DIGIC 5+ image processor is more than up to the challenge of fast continuous high-resolution shots, maxing out at a cool 7 frames per second, so you'll always get the action shot. The on-board creative image processing filters are previewable in real-time on the live-view LCD screen. And a handy on-screen feature guide will advise you step-by-step while you're selecting potential shooting modes.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.2-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
  • next-generation Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus provides exceptionally fast and accurate autofocus performance while using live view or shooting video
  • Movie Servo AF provides smooth tracking of moving objects while shooting video
  • high-def movie mode with sound (up to 1080p at 30 frames per second)
  • All-I and IPB compression schemes are available so you can pivot from higher quality to more efficient storage depending on need
  • stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera shutter
  • Video Snapshot mode can capture 2, 4, or 8 second video clips and combine them into one video file as a "highlight reel" of your day
  • high-res vari-angle 3" tilt-and-swivel LCD touchscreen (1,040,000 dots) allows you to control camera settings with intuitive two-finger touch gestures
  • intelligent extra-bright pentaprism optical viewfinder with superimposed LCD display lets you adjust settings at eye level without missing a beat
  • built-in Wi-Fi® allows easy file sharing and remote control from smart devices
  • top-mounted LCD panel with backlighting displays camera and exposure settings
  • speedy DIGIC 5+ image processor allows for innovative modes like Multi-Shot Noise Reduction, which stacks four successive shots and combines them for exceptional sharpness without noise
  • 19-point autofocus system with all cross-type sensors for rapid, precise and flexible autofocusing
  • 7 frames-per-second continuous shooting helps you capture fast action and fleeting moments
  • built-in flash with flash exposure compensation
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 7 frames per second (up to 65 JPEG Large/Fine images, 16 RAW images, or 8 RAW+JPEG images)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800
  • shooting modes: auto (stills and movie), creative auto, program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual (stills and movie), bulb, custom setting
File Formats and Storage:
  • still image storage modes: RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG
  • top JPEG resolutions (pixels): 5,472 x 3,648 (3:2), 4,864 x 3,648 (4:3), 5,472 x 3,072 (16:9), 3,648 x 3,648 (1:1)
  • movie formats: up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, H.264 compression in a .MOV wrapper, linear PCM audio compression
  • accepts optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • audio/video output (NTSC/PAL, stereo)
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • external stereo microphone input jack (microphone not included)
  • 5-5/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 3-1/8"D (without lens)
  • weight (with battery): 26.7 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable LP-E6 lithium ion battery
  • LC-E6 battery charger
  • adjustable wide neck strap
  • USB cable
  • body cap
  • manual
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

Canon EOS 70D (no lens included) Reviews

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Nice Upgrade Camera

Written By dchin, Long Island, New York on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Not a critical reviewer with complex test equipment. But the first out-of-the-box home photos revealed sharp detail. Very impressed with overall exposures. Love the Wi-Fi. Best on a Smartphone, but, not a tablet. Too bad. 20MP is better thanm previous 60D of 18MP. Bought the latest Tamron 16-300mm for this camera. Nice bundle.

Pros: comfortable and secure to hold with right hand and fingers. Love the lock out feature to prevent camera changes. Love the Wi-Fi with remote control with my Samgung S5 smartphone. Very nice. I don't have to be near camera to shoot. Too bad I have no control over ZOOM and PAN on my tripod..

Cons: during video, you may hear lens doing auto-focusing. Better to use external mic.

Great camera!

Written By Jess, Amarillo, TX on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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I haven't used it too much yet, but so far I love it! Hope to take it on a photo shoot this weekend.

Pros: Great focusing system

Cons: None yet

Best investment

Written By BFR, Clarence, NY on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Best investment. Went through a robust discernment process evaluating several canon EOS models. I am glad I chose 70d.

Pros: Lots of features. Solid build

Cons: None

Canon 70D

Written By Penny, Northborough, MA on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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I started with the Canon Rebel T1i and got hooked on photography. The 70D is a huge jump and will take a while for me to learn although the manual is making it easy. This camera has great quality and so many features. Nice grip.

Pros: Super quality photos and so many features

Cons: None yet.

Excellent picture quality

Written By TomC, Boston, MA on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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Got this as an upgrade to a several-years-old 50D. The primary purchase decision point was a more sophisticated focusing system and faster frame rate, both of which I was hoping would increase the number of good shots in sports photography. I also was interested in the video capablity. Those features came through with excellent results. What I wasn't expecting was a big increase in photo quality, since the 50D was quite good in that regard. Boy was I shocked when I first put the photos up on the big screen - the photo quality was stunning. I was really surprised how much better it was compared to the 50D, using all the same glass. The sharpness and colors really are excellent.

Operationally, the camera feels good in the hands, and the touchscreen really makes reviewing photos easier, with swipe and pinch gestures instead of needing to fiddle with buttons. There are a LOT of menu options, and a few things were not intuitive, had to get the manual out on occasion. The WiFi feature to review photos on a phone is nice, but it would really be much more useful it there were an iPad app, to take advantage of the larger screen.

Overall, very happy with the purchase.

Pros: Image quality Focusing system Video capablity WiFi

Cons: A bit pricey

Significant improvements over the 60D, and revolutionary new live view

Written By Andrew, Bellingham, WA on Monday, September 16, 2013

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I have now fully tested this camera in the field. Besides the revolutionary new quick focusing capabilities in Movie and Live View modes, the biggest advance is that this camera inherits features from the EOS 7D (19 cross-type focusing spots, 63 zone metering system) that make its focusing fast and sure, and the exposures extremely accurate. It also gains 7 frame per second still shooting. In other words, it is ideal for capturing wildlife, sports, and anything else that moves fast. I am a wildlife photographer, so it suits me very well indeed. The camera also takes professional looking HD video thanks to its ability to automatically keep things smoothly in focus. Obviously the sensor cannot compare with a full frame sensor in low light conditions, where it is more prone to noise. On the other hand, full frame sensor cameras generally cannot match the frames per second this camera offers, and are far more expensive. On balance, I would say this is the best value/performance camera on the market at this point for wildlife photographers, sports photographers, and those who want serious HD video capability in a DSLR. Pity it does not have GPS included, though. I wanted to give it 4.5 stars, but that is not an option.

Pros: 7 frames per second, excellent focusing and exposure evaluation, revolutionary fast and sure focusing in Live View and Video modes, useful flip-out screen, touch-sensitive screen

Cons: considerably noisier than a full frame processor in low light (beyond about ISO 800), no GPS

canon 70D

Written By mickki, cayuga,ny on Monday, September 16, 2013

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Takes beautiful clear the touch screen LCD.....lots of built in filters.....less i have to carry on vacations...way more impressive than my 50D....more than worth the price and all my lenses fit....

Pros: Easy to use if you have previously had a canon D series.

Cons: If your use to a small point and shoot....the manual is a must

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What's in the box?

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent ---
Optical Zoom ---
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter ---
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Effective Megapixel Count 20.2
Total Megapixels 20.9
Image Stabilization With optional lens
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080/30p/24p
Width (inches) 5-5/8
Height (inches) 4-1/4
Depth (inches) 3-1/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 26.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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