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conclusion:We like it

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Canon didn't change the 70D much from its predecessor 60D, but the new model still manages to be one of the best consumer DSLR options out there. Digital Photography review says that while the two look similar, the 70D is "a little smaller" and its (mostly) plastic body "still feels nicely put together." And don't worry about it being too slow -- Imaging Resource happily notes it has "low shutter lag and very fast cycle times." However, while the 70D delivers great image quality, Gizmodo says it's "overdue for a boost, especially in low light." On the plus side, Ken Rockwell says the video quality is "smooth, clean, sharp and clear." With a starting price of $1200 for just the body, this isn't a cheap option for newcomers. But, for those looking to step up from their first DSLR, the 70D is a wise choice.

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8.8
18 reviews
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    8.3
  • Video quality
    9.3
  • Battery life
    8.1
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    8.4
  • Durability
    8.7
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    8.9
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8.8
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9.0
Gizmodo Oct 21, 2013

If you want a catch-all DSLR that is good in most areas but not incredible in any (besides video auto-focus), the 70D is a solid buy at $1200 for the body. The Nikon D7100 ($1200 body-only), is a bit more robust with better image quality and low-light performance, but not good at all for video.

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8.0
CNET Oct 3, 2013

An overall excellent camera, but one that fails to capture the best-in-class prize for image quality.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 24, 2013

The Canon EOS 70D delivers the smoothest Live View focus we've seen in a traditional D-SLR, but it can struggle to lock that focus in dim light.

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10
Pocket-Lint Sep 2, 2013

Great new technology, great image quality, and great in use - there are only a few nitpick shortcomings ... Otherwise it's as close to redefining the mid-level DSLR sector as we've seen in recent years. It sure does earn its stripes; this is the colonel of cameras and deservedly so.

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Ken Rockwell Oct 21, 2013

I can't think of anything significant missing on the 70D for a normal person not made of money. The 70D is a fantastic camera at any price. If you think you want one, just get it. The 70D shoots fast and it's always right on-target. Everything about the 70D just goes!

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9.0
Imaging Resource Sep 16, 2013

While it's not necessarily geared for everybody -- especially those who demand the ultimate in image quality -- it's still a remarkable prosumer DSLR that's especially ideal for video enthusiasts and independent filmmakers, as well as anyone who puts high value on quick and accurate autofocus.

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8.0
Popular Photography Nov 25, 2013

The EOS 70D marks a big achievement for Canon when it comes to live-view shooting and video capture. If you don’t commonly engage in these, there’s not much here that would make a 60D user want to upgrade.

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10
Digital Versus Sep 24, 2013

The EOS 70D is a great update of Canon's enthusiast-level consumer DSLR. It's a user-friendly and pleasant-to-use camera that sets a new standard for DSLR autofocus thanks to its innovative Dual Pixel AF technology. Video buffs and fans of Live View will love it.

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10
TechRadar Oct 18, 2013

All things considered, however, the Canon EOS 70D is a very desirable camera that is capable of producing superb results.

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9.0
Camera Labs Sep 1, 2013

One of the most capable all-round cameras I've tested, even if the star of the show is the continuous movie AF. And if continuous AF while filming is important to you, then you've definitely found your camera.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Sep 6, 2013

The Canon EOS 70D is a real step forward in the world of DSLR photography, and if you shoot a lot of video, or find yourself using live view image capture with any regularity, it's a great choice.

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8.0
PC Pro Sep 3, 2013

In conclusion, we're bowled over by the 70D. The new autofocus system is a genuine breakthrough, especially for those who shoot video from their DSLR, while performance and image quality can't be faulted.

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8.0
T3 Oct 21, 2013

If you're in the market for the very best consumer level DSLR you can get then the 20.2 megapixel APS-C sensor incorporating EOS 70D has got to be high on your wish list.

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10
Photography Blog Sep 6, 2013

It offers a winning blend of features, performance and image quality that is hard to beat, both by its EOS brothers and other manufacturers' offerings. The new EOS 70D marks a real step forward for both Canon and the venerable SLR camera.

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First Looks

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Gizmodo Jul 2, 2013

The 70D offers a few improvements over its predecessors, including new articulating, three-inch capacitive touchscreen, and faster seven frame-per-second continuous shooting.

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PC Mag Jul 2, 2013

The 70D is built around a 20-megapixel APS-C image sensor with a Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system. This covers 80 percent of the surface area with pixels that feature two photosites. These allow for phase detect autofocus, which is much faster than ... contrast detect focus.

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CNET AU Jul 2, 2013

With a new AF system to help boost focusing speeds in Live View and movie mode, the Canon 70D is an attractive proposition for enthusiast photographers.

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Consumer Reports Jul 2, 2013

Today, Canon announced a new SLR, the 20-megapixel EOS 70D, which, among other enhancements, has more megapixels than the 18-megapixel EOS 60D, its predecessor. But what really has the photo community buzzing is that the camera includes a new type of autofocus system.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 4, 2013

There's a lot on offer in the new Canon DSLR. Not only is there innovative technology that will make live view and video shooting faster and easier, but it offers a great level of specification for those looking for a camera that's versatile.

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What Digital Camera Jul 2, 2013

What we can expect to remember the Canon 70D for in years to come is the way it transformed the speed of autofocus in Live View - something that'll be very well received by both photographers and videographers.

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TechRadar Jul 2, 2013

Canon has produced what looks to be 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.

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TrustedReviews Jul 3, 2013

With the implementation of Dual Pixel AF technology in particular, the 70D sees a real leap forward in AF performance and video capture.

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The Phoblographer Jul 2, 2013

The 70D seems like quite a camera for a news shooter, sports shooter, father, and for anyone looking to get more serious about their photography overall.

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USA Today Jul 2, 2013

In our brief tests during our sneak peak, the 70D truly stayed in focus as we roamed the room, and it did everything Canon said it would.

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8.0
stephencook stephencook

The primary advances of the 70D are in video. It's a decent quality camera that does what you'd expect a DSLR to do. The biggest disappointment is that while Nikon and Sony are advancing sensor technology, Canon hasn't done anything innovative in about four years. Improvements claimed in noise...

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