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New D-SLR offers nice features for mid-range shoppeers

Photography giant Canon has announced the addition of a new and very powerful D-SLR camera to its line called the EOS 70D. The new 70D has a new Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system that is able to instantly and precisely focus on video as well as still images.

The camera also features an all-new 20.2-megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor. Canon also fits the camera with its DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. The new autofocus system uses phase-detection technology on the camera's image sensor plane allowing users to shoot video using the D-SLR camera at close to the quality of video shot with a traditional camcorder (the 70D can record full HD resolution video at up to 30 FPS with stereo sound). The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system allows the camera to perform still imaging and phase detection autofocus simultaneously on each pixel.

"The new EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is a game-changing D-SLR model that incorporates advanced features for high-quality still and video capture and intuitive operation that allows photographers to evolve their creative vision from shooting still images to shooting moving images," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "This camera's outstanding image quality combined with built-in wireless technology and popular creative functions and filters makes it easy to turn photos into works of art and share them immediately."

The camera has an integrated wireless transmitter allowing users multiple connectivity options for sharing images. The wireless transmitter can be used with the EOS Remote app available for Android and Apple devices. The app allows users to wirelessly transfer photo and video from the camera to their mobile device. The app can also control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.

The camera has an ISO range of 100-12,800 and can be expanded to 25,600. The camera is also capable of shooting high-speed bursts at up to seven frames per second while using a 19-point cross-type autofocusing system. That means you can capture clear action even if it's moving fast.

The 70D is set to launch in September at an MSRP of $1199 for the body alone. Shoppers will also be able to by the body bundled with an EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens $1349. Users preferring 18-135mm lens can get a bundle for $1549.
You can read Digital Photography Review’s preview of the new camera here.

Source: Canon

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Not Impressed
By DrApop on 7/2/2013 11:12:23 AM , Rating: 2
Outside of wireless and quick autofocus, I just don't see what the 70D offers over something like the T4i/T5i. Both have the DIGIC 5 processor and similar megapixel resolution (18 vs 20). Perhaps it slightly increases resolution for RAW pictures but does very little at all for dslr video.

Also, if you are into making pro/semi-pro type video, you usually will run the camera in manual mode anyway so slightly faster autofocus (over the T4i/T5i) isn't a major draw. And the T4i/T5i both have silent autofocus like the 70D.

If it really pans out, the BlackMagic Pocket camera (for video only) will do HD in ProRes and CinamaDNG using a micro 4/3rd lens at less than a $1000 bucks.

What Canon needs to do is work on their in-camera software. Open source Magic Lantern software now even allows the Canon T3i to run video at 12 bit RAW!

RE: Not Impressed
By DukeN on 7/2/2013 12:06:01 PM , Rating: 3
LOL one of the most asinine things I've ever read.

The 60D is a drastically better shooter than the Txi series of cameras, and this thing is a significant step-up from the 60D.

I hate the Canikon monopoly on the full frame market but they still make the best cameras for value for majority of market once you factor in cost of prime lenses for competitors like Sony and m4/3 (eg 25mm Leica 1.4 for m43 costs ~1000, Canon 50mm 1.4 roughly similar costs ~ $350. Dxomark rates the Canon lens as better).

RE: Not Impressed
By aebiv on 7/3/2013 7:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
That was true back with the 50D, but the 60D was a reversal in image quality, and lost the magnesium body in favor of the plastic body cameras.

The 60D/70D are pretty useless cameras.

RE: Not Impressed
By Gnarr on 7/2/2013 1:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's funny that a Magic Lantern "modded" 40D can shoot better video than 70D. Especially considering that 40D could not shoot video at all when released from Canon.

RE: Not Impressed
By vapore0n on 7/2/2013 1:27:08 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Magic Lantern doesnt work on the 40D. Some people are trying to port it (its a different OS for that camera).

Not to mention the fact that the 70D will be able to focus as fast as a digital camera using auto focus (based on Canon's claim).

RE: Not Impressed
By bsd228 on 7/2/2013 3:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
Outside of wireless and quick autofocus

Outside of quick autofocus in LV, the biggest flaw in Canons (and SLRs in general), what did they do to improve their camera?

You really don't understand the potential huge step forward here. It's all pending confirmation, of course, but phase detection AF for LV/video is a tremendous gain over contrast detection AF.

The Rebel lacks the MF, custom slot on the dial, and 7fps (another huge differentiator). The "Blackmagic" lacks Canon lenses and a aps-c sensor.

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