Canon have put themselves back in the game with the release of their latest innovative 20.2 Megapixel APS-C DSLR, the EOS 70D. Due to be released on or possibly before September 13. The 70D features a new ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor that is receiving very positive (pre-production) reviews. The new ‘on-chip technology’ (new phase detection autofocus that utilizes the same sensor as the imaging sensor) produces class leading speed and accuracy by doubling the number of pixels available for the task. The smoother, more accurate HD video continuous AF, even at lower light levels, gives a reported camcorder-esque experience. The Dual Pixel AF offers an 80% coverage area of the articulating capacitive touch screen unlike previous models only covering a very limited area.
If you’re more optically viewfinder inclined, the mid-level 70D inherits the already excellent 19 point, all cross-type AF system of the Semi-Pro Canon 7D. Although, unfortunately, it may not include the spot or expanded focus features of the 7D. It does however have built-in Wi-Fi for sharing/remote control functions borrowed from the new Canon 6D full frame DSLR. AF microadjustment, that was sadly lacking on the previous EOS 60D, has mercifully been added back. Continuous shooting is bolstered from 5.3fps to 7fps.
The 70D does this all in a slightly smaller body that remains essentially the same as the 60D with a few tweaks in the control layout. Shutter life is not stated anywhere that I can find? The jury is still out on noise in high ISO images, still waiting for production samples. Hopefully the Digic 5+ image processor, first introduced with the 5D MKIII, will improve noise levels beyond that of the 60D.
Canon could hit one out of the park for video and live view shooters with the 70D and may have created new AF speed standards in the process!
The EOS 70D will have an estimated retail price, body only of $1199.00, body with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $1349.00, body with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $1549.00. Battery Grip BG-E14 holds up to two LP-E6 batteries/six AA batteries for $270.00.