Canon introduces the EOS 70D
Latest addition to EOS range aimed at ‘aspiring enthusiast photographers’
Canon Middle East this week unveiled a new addition to its EOS series - the EOS 70D.
Designed for "aspiring enthusiast photographers", the EOS 70D is aimed at intermediate users who are anxious to improve upon their current results.
The camera combines new, "world-first" Canon imaging technology with creative and wireless sharing features - delivering "a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video", according to Canon.
The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It's the first Digital SLR to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which is said to deliver smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode.
Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D is designed for the capture of sharp full-resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst . Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds while retaining high image quality.
Canon's new Dual Pixel CMOS AF is aimed at providing swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It is intended to help users take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.
An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF - ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they are shooting. AF pointscan be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.
The EOS 70D's specification is packed into a body that's designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98% frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Thoughtfully placed controls are intended to provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings.
A 7.7cm (3-inch) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is provided for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming.
The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the capability to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.
The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes. In-camera HDR "removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high-contrast situations", merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.
Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is possible through the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.
Alongside stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. A new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they're always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80% of the frame by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording - ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.
Videographers can also employ stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode.