Canon USA’s EOS 70D digital SLR is designed to bring advanced features to photo enthusiasts looking for a step up from their entry-level DSLRs. It features a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system developed for instant, precise focusing of video and still images, as well as a 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s Digic 5+ image processor.
Canon’s newly developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF—a phase-detection autofocus technology on the camera’s image sensor plane—is said to enable users to shoot video with the 70D that is close to the quality of video shot with a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to improve autofocus performance over other EOS cameras during live view shooting and when recording video.
Compared with Canon’s conventional Live View AF technology, Dual Pixel CMOS AF has shorter focusing times, better tracking performance and smoother autofocusing during video shooting. And, because live view shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera’s viewfinder, users can concentrate more attention on the subject and composing the photo. Dual Pixel CMOS AF also supports 103 models of EF lenses, including many earlier models.
“The new EOS 70D digital SLR camera is a game-changing DSLR model that incorporates advanced features for high-quality still and video capture and intuitive operation that allows photographers to evolve their creative vision from shooting still images to shooting moving images,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon USA. “This camera’s outstanding image quality combined with built-in wireless technology and popular creative functions and filters makes it easy to turn photos into works of art and share them immediately.”
Also featured on the EOS 70D is a built-in wireless transmitter that offers several connectivity options to share images. With the download of the free EOS Remote app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store, users can connect to iOS or Android smartphones and tablets to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their 70D to their device. They can also control the camera’s aperture, shutter speed and ISO from their smartphone.
Additionally, the 70D can connect directly to Canon’s iMage Gateway, to make photos easily accessible and ready to share on social networking sites, as well as connect wirelessly to computers, DLNA devices, Wi-Fi Certified Canon cameras and wireless PictBridge printers.
The camera’s 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor works with its Digic 5+ processor to result in an ISO range of 100–12,800, which is expandable to 25,600 for low-light shooting.
And with high-speed continuous shooting of 7.0 frames per second (fps) united with a 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a f/2.8 dual cross-type AF center point), it allows photographers to capture fast-moving subjects. In addition, scene intelligent auto mode with scene detection delivers optimized photos even when shooting in low light.
Other features include: a vari-angle touch-screen 3.0-inch monitor with multi-touch operation and Touch AF tech; 63-zone Dual Layer IFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color & Luminance) AE metering; a built-in electronic level function; manual WB settings; AF micro-adjustment; high dynamic range, multiple exposure, handheld night scene and HDR backlight control modes that allow for expanded creativity, along with seven creative filters; in-camera RAW processing and image resizing functions; and Full HD movie recording with continuous phase-detection AF.
While shooting with any of Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, motor noise from the lens is reduced so the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the 70D employs a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment and an attenuator function to reduce audio clipping, an accessory jack for external stereo microphones and video snapshot mode with editing for expanded video shooting options.
The Canon EOS 70D will be available in September 2013 for $1,199 body only, $1,349 bundled with an EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens, or $1,549 bundled with the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens. Also available will be battery grip BG-E14, which accepts two LP-E6 battery packs or six AA batteries; $270. usa.canon.com