Canon has announced September availability of the EOS 70D DSLR, which replaces the mid-range EOS 60D and will sit above the EOS 700D in the Canon range.
The 70D is the first DSLR camera to feature new ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ technology, and combines ‘powerful creative features with wireless sharing functionality for a highly responsive, all-purpose camera.’
The Dual Pixel technology uses 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.
‘Appealing strongly to serious photographers, the EOS 70D’s groundbreaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF system delivers AF performance in Live View mode similar to shooting through the viewfinder, enabling faster AF acquisition, exceptional tracking performance and smooth AF during movie shooting,’ said Kai Lebens, product manager, Consumer Cameras and Lenses, Canon Australia.
It provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth, accurate focus for Full HD movies. Dual Pixel CMOS AF 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.
An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high-speed, accurate AF 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 are 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.
The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon.
Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images. Additionally, a native ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25600) enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds while retaining high image quality.
The viewfinder offers 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification.
A 3-inch Vari-angle Clear View LCD II capacitive touch screen with a 1040k dot resolution assists when shooting video, or composing images from unusual angles. The screen can be used to navigate menus, amend settings or flick through images.
The EOS 70D also features integrated Wi-Fi, for remote control of the camera, as well as sharing images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app (available for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store) and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and shutter release. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.
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. The EOS 70D also includes a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of images. An Integrated Speedlite transmitter provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.
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. Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they are always in focus.
Canon expects the EOS 70D to be available in Australia from early September 2013 ‘with pricing set at dealer discretion’.
An extensive local ‘first look’ review of the EOS 70D (which doesn’t direct consumers to overseas retailers) is available on the Photo Review enthusiast website. Click here.