Canon EOS 70D

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canon 70DCanon has announced the EOS 70D DSLR, a “high performance” camera which brings advanced features to photo enthusiasts looking for a step up from their entry-level DSLRs.

Featuring an innovative new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system [explained here] for instant and precise focusing of video as well as still images, the 70D also provides outstanding image quality and performance thanks to a new 20.2-megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor.

Canon’s newly-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera’s image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with the new camera close to the quality of the video shot with a camcorder.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a revolutionary CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance over other EOS cameras during Live View shooting and when shooting video.

Compared with Canon’s conventional Live View AF systems, Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes shorter focusing times, exceptional tracking performance and smoother autofocusing during video shooting.

Because Live View shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera’s viewfinder, the fast and smooth AF performance allows users to concentrate more attention on the subject and composing the photo when shooting, Canon suggests.

The 70D’s built-in wireless transmitter offers users several connectivity options to easily share their images.

With the free EOS Remote app (Apple App Store or the Google Play store), users can connect to both iOS or Android smartphones and tablets to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their camera to their device. They can also control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from their smartphone.

This camera also has the ability to connect directly to Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY, making photos easily accessible and ready to share on social networking sites.

canon 70D backIn addition, the 70D has the ability to connect wirelessly to computers, DLNA devices, Wi-Fi Certified Canon cameras and wireless PictBridge compatible printers.

The 70D is capable of producing sharp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions, thanks to a new 20.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor, as well as an ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25,600).

With high-speed continuous shooting of up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) united with a 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision f/2.8 dual cross-type AF centre point), the 70D allows photographers to easily capture accurately focused fast moving subjects.

In addition, the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light, notes the company.

The 70D also incorporates a 63-zone Dual Layer IFCL (Intelligent Focus, Colour & Luminance) AE metering system which enhances accurate exposures by minimizing random metering errors caused by varying subject colours and light sources.

Other useful features include a built-in Electronic Level Function, Manual WB settings and AF Microadjustment.

With Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects in the central 80 percent of the imaging area.

While shooting with any of Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, motor noise from the lens is significantly reduced so the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded.

The camera also features 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.

When users select the EOS Video mode, the 70D offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 30 fps in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, matching the flexibility of the 1D X, 5D Mark III, and 6D.

The 70D provides advanced amateur photographers and photo hobbyists looking to hone their creative and technical skills an innovative range of in-camera imaging features such as High Dynamic Range, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control modes. The new camera is also equipped with built-in RAW Image Processing and Image Resizing functions.

When any one of the seven Creative Filters is applied in Live View, users can preview the effect of the filter on the 3-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen monitor without having to shoot the image first.

Users can pick from effects such as Art Bold, Fish-eye, Water-painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, and Miniature.

The monitor offers intuitive touch controls featuring multi-touch operation and Touch AF.

The EOS 70D DSLR is scheduled to be available in September for an estimated retail price of $1299.99 for the body alone and $1449.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens or $1649.99 bundled with the EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Also available will be a new Battery Grip BG-E14 that accepts up to two LP-E6 battery packs or a set of six AA batteries; estimated retail price is $329.99.

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