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Canon EOS 70D review

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

Our Verdict

Canon has produced a very well rounded camera for enthusiast photographers. It has all the specifications that we expect, along with a few modern niceties in a body that feels well made and comfortable in the hand.

For

  • Excellent image quality
  • Plenty of control over images
  • Responsive, articulated touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi built in for remote control
  • 19-AF points all cross-type

Against

  • Creative Filters JPEG only
  • HDR mode JPEG only
  • Creative Filters live view only
  • Viewfinder level can be hard to see
  • Metering problems in high contrast

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The Grainy Black and White creative filter produces some nice results, whether it's used pre- or post-capture.

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Boosting the saturation and contrast of the Landscape picture style has worked well in this scene, captured as the sun burned off the early morning mist.

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The raw file conversion shows the results of the same picture as before, with the standard Landscape settings.

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This was converted to Grainy Black and White mode post-capture to emphasise the shadows.

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Colours look great straight out of the camera, and despite the bright sun and foreground, the Evaluative metering got this shot right itself.

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Both versions of this image look good, but the raw file looks more natural at 100% on-screen.

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Another example of the Evaluative metering getting the exposure bang-on when left to its own devices.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, X-sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, Rear Curtain Sync
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