Canon Eos 70 D Review

With the EOS, 70 d tops the EOS aging Canon 60 d. Core of the advanced equipment is the dual pixel CMOS AF. For the first practice test was a pre-production model available.

Canon EOS 70 d practice test

The Canon EOS is aimed as a DSLR to newcomer 70 d. So far, the EOS 60 d formed bridge the gap between the entry-level Canon models and semi professional 7 d and 6 d oriented the mid-range models EOS. Also heralded the era of adjustable monitors Canon EOS 60 d at photokina 2010 presented.

The Canon EOS 70 d were 60 d compared to the EOS the nominal resolution of 18 to 20 mega pixels and increases the series picture speed – from approximately 5 to 7 frames per second. Up to 65 JPEG and 16 RAW images should be possible in direct succession (manufacturer). A DIGIC-5 image processor creates the necessary computing power with 14-bit signal processing; ISO values can be set in the Canon 70 d between 100 and 12 800 (expandable to ISO 25 600).

The AF technique of EOS 70 d

Most put on but the Canon EOS has 70 d auto focus technology. The phases in the SLR viewfinder mode active AF cross-type sensors now has 19 AF points, all of them, for lenses up to a light intensity of 1: 5.6. The Central AF point is designed as a high-sensitivity diagonal cross sensor for a light intensity to 1: 2.8. In this respect the EOS draws equal with the larger sister EOS 7 d 70 d and surpasses the EOS 60 d significantly; It must be that with 9 AF points including a Central Cross sensor.

The new dual pixel CMOS AF (we reported), which for the first time introduces the EOS Canon 70 d promises but more technical sophistication. Target was a significantly accelerated focusing in live view and video operation when compared to the EOS 60 d and other SLR cameras. All 20 million effective pixels of the EOS 70 d consist of two photodiodes to produce image data together and separately obtained for the phase AF.

Set clearly on pace to

The first practical tests with the Canon has not yet confirmed EOS 70 d – due to the prior series model with measurements – indicate unusually Quickly working sensor AF one, which lags behind the phase AF viewfinder operation hardly. The speed advantage when working with continuous AF is particularly pronounced. This is for one when photographing moving objects in live-view mode, on the other hand at the movies.

In combination with a STM lens (EFS 3.5 5.6/18-55 mm IS STM) the continuous autofocus of Canon EOS worked 70 d without jerking or pumps and virtually silent – a milestone in comparison to other Canon models and a challenge for the few competitors with also fast contrast AF as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (test).

A little surprising is that Canon among the methods of AF in live view offers as the “quick mode” with 19 points AF and dark break while focusing – in the face of fast sensor AFs actually obsolete. The sensor AF can be configure as a multi and single-point auto-focus or including AF tracking using face recognition.

The already good operating concept of the camera further enhances the touch screen. This applies to settings – here on the Quick Info monitor – as well as for precise determining of the AF point with your finger tip.

Hardly modified case

The Canon 70 d has a round little modified, compared with the EOS 60 d 5 mm narrower case. the weight remains unchanged at 755 g. The manufacturer describes the used material mix as “Aluminum alloy with glass fiber-reinforced polycarbonate”. The body of the Canon EOS is 70 d because of its rough surface coating in the hand; It is sealed against dust and splashing water. The built-in Flash can be also as master use for wireless flash in E-TTL-II technology.

When the frame coverage the DSLR with 98 percent when compared to the EOS has grown a little D60 (96 percent), but not in the effective viewfinder magnification, which is still 0,56fach. New, however, is the LCD screen, which allows the insertion of a grid in the viewfinder; for this, the viewfinder discs unlike the EOS can be not changed 60 d.

The AF button between trigger and front command dial is new at the 70 d.

The swivelling and rotating TFT-Monitor of the Canon EOS 70 d offers a high resolution of 346.700 RGB pixels and is designed as a touchscreen. In addition, the camera has the class typical LCD on top with associated function keys (AF, drive, ISO, metering).

The second Canon model with integrated Wi-Fi

Fortunately, the Canon EOS 6 d is 70 d after the EOS the second Canon model with integrated Wi-Fi. About the app “EOS remote” can be with Android operating system to the camera remote control with live image control work to a Smartphone or tablet. And if you want, you may then also online the images on the Smartphone. The EOS remote app is already available in updated form; in the app store the connection was however still not build with the pre-production model.

Zones-AF: The measuring field groups include four fields (left, right, top, bottom) or nine fields, when you choose the Center.

New button for AF configuration

Number and arrangement of the operating elements , there are some changes that go beyond purely cosmetic corrections: 70 d is new the AF button between trigger and front command dial with the Canon EOS. This button, three autofocus configurations can be selected: AF-field automatic with 19 fields, manual AF zones selection and single-point AF. In the zone – or single-point AF you can select comfortably AF points or zones by means of wheel or arrow keys (left/right/diagonal).

Easy change from photo to video recordings

The practical change lever for live view and video mode with integrated start / stop button has been taken over by the Canon EOS 7 d right of the viewfinder insight. He makes especially the change to the film (max. 1920 x 1080 p), because one needs only to select the video mode not like other Canon models as recording mode on the program wheel.

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The program wheel of the Canon EOS 70 d can be turned only after pressing a release button and access to the available exposure modes, including full -, programme -, time – and shutter priority, manual time / aperture setting, offers seven scene modes (SCN) and an individual store (C).

The EOS saves 70 d to SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) cards via Percomputer.

The TTL open aperture metering of Canon EOS 70 d with 63 dual-layer measurement sectors leaves nothing to be desired: in addition to matrix and integral metering (Center-weighted) the digital camera offers the choice between selective measurement (about 7.7 percent of the picture box) and spot metering (approx. 3%). Automatic exposure bracketing are now possible with up to seven shots, and up to nine shots can be layered in multiple exposure mode; also, there’s a HDR-automatic on the basis of three individual exposures for which a spread of one, two and three aperture can be set.

Operation first class

The blend of function keys, dials and a main menu quick-info-monitor stands on EOS models for ease of use. The combined rotary wheel with direction rocker and set button on the EOS serves 60 d/70 d in the Middle as central control. Thus, you have together about what is required per operation.

So in the quick menu with the rocker of direction of to choose the function and change the desired setting by bicycle. A non-bureaucratic concept that is considerably enhanced by the alternative touch operation. Often the tap proves with the finger namely the faster method compared to the fiddly little rocker of direction within the steering wheel.

Usual good service: the EOS also 70 d has a combined dial direction rocker with set button in the middle.

Also the opportunity to determine the AF point with your finger tip, in the live view is what immediately upon Touch trigger is activated to a recording. Earlier touchscreen muffle could not spurn this control variant now familiar from the Smartphone.

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Review conclusion

With the EOS 70 d has Canon refined the already impressive concept of the EOS 60 d (test) and raised to a new level of technology. The dual pixel CMOS AF is already revealed in the pre-production model as clear progress.

Viewfinder operation with phases AF this while (still) not obsolete – the gain in setting speed and focusing accuracy during live view and movies is but considerable. It will be interesting to see whether the EOS can set a new course to 70 d in the image quality. We eagerly await a serial device.