The new Canon 70D is here.
The Canon 70D is here in stock as of last week, and after playing around a bit with it I can say I like it. It’s the first camera to feature Canon’s brand new 20.2mp APS-C DUAL PIXEL AF CMOS sensor. Wow that’s a mouthful. But it is worth noting what it means – Until now Canon have been using their highly acclaimed 18mp sensor in all their APS-C cameras such as the 600D, 700D, 60D since it was first introduced in the 7D back in 2009. This sensor still holds it’s own compared to the rest of the market which is why even after 4 years the 7D is still a great camera, but since the release of Nikon’s new 24mp sensor last year we have been looking to Canon for how their next generation of DSLRs are going to measure up. The DUAL PIXEL part describes a new focusing technology that works when the camera is in LIVE VIEW mode.
Without getting crazy technical, basically light is split into two parts by the sensor, half is used to capture the image, and the other half is used to measure the focus. This is important because typically DSLRs have struggled to perform very well in LIVE VIEW or while capturing video. This new sensor allows the camera to focus pretty much as well as a camcorder, but with all the quality of a DSLR. I did some testing and the camera can certainly follow a subject as it moves towards or away from the camera. Also it doesn’t suffer from the random loss of focus during filming that we sometimes see with DSLR video. Couple this with Canon’s new STM silent focus lenses and I think we can claim this is a genuine innovation and not just a gimmick.
The build quality and operation is very similar to that of the 60D with updates including touchscreen, 7FPS continuous burst, 19PT cross type AF, WiFi, in-camera HDR, and IR off-camera flash control. This is Canon’s best crop-frame type DSLR on the market. Why don’t you come in and check it out, we’d be happy to give you a demo.
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