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Canon EOS 70D review

Canon's most enthusiast-friendly APS-C SLR to date

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Canon EOS 70D with the EOS 60D, the Nikon D7100 and the Pentax K-30.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 70D review

While the Pentax K-30 wins this particular battle it's worth noting that it has a significantly lower pixel count (16.3 million) than the other cameras in this group. The Canon 70D competes well against the other cameras up to about ISO 800 when noise levels increase and the signal to noise ratio dips.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 70D review

This graph indicates that apart form at the lowest sensitivity setting the Canon 70D has a lower signal to noise ratio than the 18MP Canon 60D, which indicates that images may be a little noisier.

JPEG dynamic range

EOS 70D review

Canon cameras tend to produce nice punchy images with a pleasant level of contrast straight from the camera which means that the dynamic range of their JPEGs is a little restricted. Nevertheless, the Canon 70D performs well here, only being beaten at the lowest sensitivity settings by the Nikon D7100.

Raw dynamic range

Canon EOS 70D review

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.2 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
Brand NameCanon
DurabilityWater Resistant, Dust Resistant
FeaturesNoise Reduction, External Flash Shoe, Time Lapse Function, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)755 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution20.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLP-E6
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height104.3 mm
Width139 mm
Depth78.5 mm
Autofocus Points19
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model70D
Product NameEOS 70D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8469B024AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing InformationCanon EOS 70D
Capture the moment at seven frames per second

Capture the moment in stunning stills and Full-HD movies with the high performance EOS 70D, featuring 7fps full resolution shooting, an advanced 19-point AF system and Canon's unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.
Battery Life920 Shot
Package Contents
  • EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera
  • Eyecup Eb
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Wide Strap EW-70D
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • Battery Charger LC-E6E
  • AC Cable (with E-Type plug) 1m
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone