Canon 70D, the new kid on the block

Canon 70D, the new kid on the block

70D-headline

The embargo is finally off…meet the new Canon 70D.

What a busy month for Canon. After the introduction of the the EOS 100D/SL1 and the 700D now comes the new EOS 70D.

The new camera is equipped with the latest DIGIC 5+ engine and a much improved auto focus mechanism system.

It is yet to be seen how good the video quality coming out from this camera will be.

Here are the Canon 70D highlights:

  • 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

Here is a part from the press release concerning the video mode:

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.

 

Checkout Canon Australia’s videos demonstrating the powerful new autofocus:

(from minute 3:12 is the making of which is more interesting)…. and a more technical explanation of the new camera capabilities:

 

You can pre order the camera from B&H in 3 different configurations:

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Body Only $1,199

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens $1,349

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens $1,549.00

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Dave Foster
Dave Foster
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September 2nd, 2013

NO HEADPHONE JACK. Canon you made the WRONG call here. I can’t purchase a video SLR with no audio monitoring.

Caleb Pike
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July 17th, 2013

Don’t know why everyone is ripping on this fella. Sure, its not much of a change, but I am excited about this new sensor!

Peter Kent
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July 3rd, 2013

This technology looks awesome but potential AF gimmicks aside I think it’s headed in the right direction. Having the new codec options from the 5D3 with 6D+60D ergonomics for under $1500 I like; having the same signal to noise ratio as the 7D and likely line skipping I don’t like. It’s exactly what I expected; no more, no less so I at least am satisfied but hopefully the 7D2 will amaze me.

Peter Kent
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July 3rd, 2013
Reply to  Peter Kent

Actually I would really love to see them split this technology off to a new mirror-less line that’s more ergonomic for ENG video like Sony’s VG30 & EA50. Just imagine an EOS “M-XL” & “M-GL” with new servo zoom lenses?!

BDWT
BDWT
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July 3rd, 2013

What did you all expect? It’s a mid range SLR, not a high end video camera. That’s why there’s no headphone jack, uncompressed hdmi out or 60p at 1080. These cameras are for photographers first and foremost, video recording is a secondary feature that is good enough on most DSLR’s that people have adapted to shooting with but it’s far from perfect. Those looking for production quality features should be looking at dedicated video cameras like the FS700 or something else in the prosumer videocamera market.

Peter Kent
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July 3rd, 2013
Reply to  BDWT

I’d just like to add that their are now many other cameras in 70D’s price range (and below) that offer these features, you no longer need a high end FS100 to get them, the FS100 is still preferred but no longer a necessity for “pro videography”.

3peaks
3peaks
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September 17th, 2013
Reply to  Peter Kent

I work for an agency that hires video producers for a variety of commercial projects. Not to sound harsh, but if you’re a professional videographer, professional gear is a necessity.

Cameras we’re looking for listed in our RFPs:

* Sony XDCAM
* Canon C-EOS
* Sony FS100/700, F Series
* Canon XF 300/305
* Red & Arri of course

As a commercial client, I don’t want you shooting for me with a DSLR.

Ask around and you’ll discover that this anti-DSLR attitude is becoming more common all the time. Yeah, it’s mean and short-sighted, but what can you do?

What you can do is invest. If your camera budget is down in DSLR land, what does that say about the other CRUCIAL stuff in your kit (audio, lighting etc)?

3peaks
3peaks
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September 17th, 2013
Reply to  3peaks

Peter–forgot to say that I actually agree with you in principle. Great work can be done with DSLRs. I’m talking about client perception more than anything.

Nolan Hicks
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July 2nd, 2013

Exciting…sort of. The new AF looks cool and all but when is Canon going to finally embrace the film market!!! I am still using a Sony a65 because Sony seems to be one of the few companies that understands videography needs to at least a minor extent. A truly great dslr for video from Canon needs 1080p at 60fps, a headphone jack, and uncompressed hdmi exporting (several other features would be awesome but these are basics)…that’s not a lot to ask…is it???

Jim Karnik
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July 2nd, 2013

No headphone jack. I don’t get it!

Andrew Orlow
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July 2nd, 2013

It’s shit! This stupid dumb d-pad again!

Myles
Myles
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July 2nd, 2013

Can you monitor audio with this camera?

3peaks
3peaks
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September 17th, 2013
Reply to  Myles

Nope. But a bigger question is why so many on these threads even care. Monitoring is pointless if you’re recording to a sub-toy quality mono audio system. Why can’t Canon offer a DSLR with broadcast-quality audio & XLR inputs?

Chung Dha Lam
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July 2nd, 2013

Seriously even with my XA10 I rarely use the autofocus that much. Should have 1080 with 60p that be great or atleast have good high iso. So need to wait for the test comparing the ISO.

Chung Dha Lam
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July 2nd, 2013

Seriously even with my XA10 I rarely use the autofocus that much. Should have 1080 with 60p that be great or atleast have good high iso. So need to wait for the test comparing the ISO.

Angus Lion
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July 2nd, 2013

meh…

Angus Lion
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July 2nd, 2013

meh…

Dave Slayer-of Giants
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July 2nd, 2013

sucks

Dave Slayer-of Giants
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July 2nd, 2013

sucks

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