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86
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

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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100
omr284
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
DShark
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
stephencook
The primary advances of the 70D are in video. It's a decent quality camera that...read more
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Key Specs

Type
DSLR
Lens mount
Canon EF-S
Resolution (effective)
20.2 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
SD
Model
body only

General

Type
DSLR (Canon EF-S) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Slow sync)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (19 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter lag
65 ms
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":8000, "2":30} secs
Startup time
0.15 secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Bulb mode
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Macro, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Orientation sensor
Yes
PictBridge support
Yes
Red-eye removal
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
7 fps (max)
7 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
720x480
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 4 3, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Mini-USB port)
WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Internal)
Tethered capture
Yes
Video output
Yes (Hdmi, Composite)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
920
Model
with 18-55mm lens

General

Type
DSLR (Canon EF-S) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Slow sync)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (19 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter lag
65 ms
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":8000, "2":30} secs
Startup time
0.15 secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Bulb mode
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Macro, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Orientation sensor
Yes
PictBridge support
Yes
Red-eye removal
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
7 fps (max)
7 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
720x480
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 4 3, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Mini-USB port)
WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Internal)
Tethered capture
Yes
Video output
Yes (Hdmi, Composite)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
920
Model
with 18-135mm lens

General

Type
DSLR

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Slow sync)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (19 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter lag
65 ms
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":8000, "2":30} secs
Startup time
0.15 secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Bulb mode
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Macro, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Orientation sensor
Yes
PictBridge support
Yes
Red-eye removal
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
7 fps (max)
7 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
720x480
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 4 3, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Internal)
Tethered capture
Yes
Video output
Yes (Hdmi, Composite)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
920
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