Canon Unveils EOS 70D D-SLR With Integrated Wireless, Enhanced Video Recording
July 2, 2013 4:47 AM
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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.
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Not a better option than the Lumix GH3
7/7/2013 7:59:23 PM
In the sub $2,000 range the best option is a Lumix GH3, and perhaps in some instances a GH2. Both of these will deliver better video, with the GH3 having a more robust feature set useful to videographers.
Canon's APS-C sensors are a bit smaller than the standard APS-C spec, and smaller than Nikon's DX sensors...so they're not really a substantial improvement over the newest MFT sensors in terms of dynamic range or useful resolution.
With the GH3's price recently slashed to $1,050 (body only), it's a far better camera for video at the $1,000-$2,000 price point. Both Nikon and Canon lenses for their non-35mm cameras suck and are of limited value compared to the equivalent MFT lenses available from Panasonic and Olympus.
If I was purchasing a DSLR type camera with the primary intention of shooting video, I'd need a very compelling reason not to opt for a GH3. Even if I was shooting stills, the GH3 or even the GH2 would be a better option than this Canon.
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