Canon announces EOS 70D mid-range SLR with ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’










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Canon has announced the EOS 70D, a mid-range SLR for enthusiast photographers. Its headline feature is a brand-new 20.2MP ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor which splits every single pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection, promising vastly improved autofocus performance in live view and movie mode. It also gains the 19-point AF module from the EOS 7D for viewfinder shooting, touchscreen control via its fully articulated 3″ LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi for image sharing and remote camera control from your smartphone or tablet.

The 70D be available at the end of August for £1079.99 / $1199 / €1099 body only, £1199.99 / $1349 / €1249 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and £1399.99 / $1549 / €1499 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. 

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Press Release:

Unleash your potential with the powerful and versatile Canon EOS 70D 

London, UK, 2 July 2013 – Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features – delivering a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video.

Capture the moment with stills and Full HD movies

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first Digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode. Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures incredible, full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst*. Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

“I was incredibly impressed with how many new technologies the EOS 70D packs into one body, and how versatile it is,” said Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador. “The EOS 70D is the perfect camera for anyone that wants to develop their photography skills. Not only is it suited to shooting people, landscapes and action easily and in outstanding quality, but also filming subjects in Full HD with focus speeds I never thought would be possible. The camera proved itself in the most challenging of circumstances, and had a range of new-generation technologies to comfortably solve any test I threw at it – especially with the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It really takes DSLR shooting and filmmaking to a whole new level.”

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It makes it easy for users to take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.

An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF – ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned conveniently next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.

Expertly designed for professional control

The EOS 70D’s powerful specification is packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to comfortably frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame** simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

EOS 70D – key features:

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies

*UHS-I card required for maximum burst duration

**Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible over 80 per cent of the width and height of the Live View frame

Canon EOS 70D specifications















































































Price
MSRP £1079.99 / $1199 / €1099 body only. £1199.99 / $1340 / €1249 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. £1399.99 $1549 / €1499 with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 3468×2432, 2736×1824, 1920×1280, 720×480, 4864×3648, 3248×2432, 2432×1824, 1696×1280, 640×480,5472×3072, 3468×2048, 2736×1536, 1920×1080, 720×408, 3648×3648, 2432×2432, 1824×1824, 1280×1280, 480×480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20.9 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal.
  • RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 19
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S mount
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 98 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Scene modes
  • Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12 m
External flash Yes (Built-in flash works as wireless commander)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous drive Yes
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Format
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and Dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 920
Weight (inc. batteries) 755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS Optional

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Comments


brendon1000

I am curious. Does this enhanced movie AF mode require STM lenses only or will they work with the regular Canon lenses ? Also is 3rd party lens compatibility compromised with this new tech I wonder.


oselimg

If this camera doesn’t bring my slippers, make me breakfast in the morning it’s boring, yawn. What was Canon thinking for god’s sake!!! I want 42 inch EVF which will work in absolute darkness. Puh!!! optical viewfinder. Boooriiinnnng. I don’t want anything that will potentially leave me in a compromising position to justify myself amongst my gear head, techno-junkie local photography society friends. Why, why!!!


whtchocla7e

New sensor in an ancient shell. Canon is playing hard. Are they trying to bury the competition?


utomo99

If this sensor yes, Canon will win the competition.
http://www.canon.com/news/2013/mar04e.html

Look like it is not that ones


BJL

@utomo99 That link is to a 2MP (1920×1080 HD resolution or close to that) video sensor; hardly of interest for still picture cameras. The pixel count is not mentioned, but can be calculated from the fact that the pixel size is a huge 19 microns.


Gesture

Looks great. Also, glad I waited. Nice that WiFi isn’t an add-on like Nikon. However, I do agree about not having 2 memory cards.


FartIng

Great – but only 1 mem card slots! :(

Nice specs, this is well worth upgrading to.


DanCee

just a thought.. this dual pixel, apart from helping AF in live/movie mode.. Canon might use this method to improve sensitivity/DR?? A 40MP sensor in disguise?? .. just curious about the IQ


Najinsky

In theory, they could implement an EXR type process where one pixel is given half the exposure to allow for more exposure range.

In practice, there may be many technicalities stopping it, such as available processing power. It only needs the dual pixel read during AF so the area can be restricted to just the active AF zones, or even 2 reads, one for left and one for right for its PD. But at capture, it would need all 40 million which could currently be beyond its processing limits.


Dave Peters

Each half of the pixel is already getting half the total exposure as it only gets light from half the lens. Its only the readout that changes. If the image is in focus then you should have half the charge in each of the pixel halves. So dynamic range would not be affected for an in focus image and reading out charge from both halves simultaneously just gives you back the same signal to noise that you would have had as a single pixel.


DanCee

Najinsky, Dave..make sense guys. BTW I saw 70D sample at Canon.jp with ISO3200, looks clean! Quite promising I’d say. http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos70d/index.html


mpgxsvcd

Finally, Canon got back into the game.


Scorpius1

I am very curious to see if this sensor improves on the banding and pattern noise problems of previous sensor’s..The only issue’s preventing me from buying a canon body(still have most of my L glass..)


ksgant

Not sure, but beware of banding if jumping ship to Nikon as their 7100 suffers from banding issues in the shadow areas. I’d say just read up on it a little and not do what I did, get the camera and THEN only discover the issue popping up. Just something to be aware of. Not sure if the 70D will have the same issues because I don’t know if it’s the same sensor that the new Nikons use also.


NetMage

Nikon and Canon do not use the same sensors in DSLRs as Canon makes their own with unique features, the main point of this story.


Steen Bay

Hmm.. why are the two photodiodes on every pixel read “together for image capture”? Wouldn’t it be possible to get a higher resolution if they were read independently, also when shooting the image?


utomo99

Who need more resolution ? Most people want better images instead of more resolution. The Mega pixel war is over few year ago


NetMage

More resolution always improves the image and lots more MPs to go.


utomo99

What happened to DIGIC 6 ?
Why Canon did not use DIGIC 6 ?
is that correct that Digic 6 still not yet ready or have problems ?
I hope Canon Really working hard to finish it and put on Canon S 120


Andy Westlake

DIGIC 6 mainly offers improved video recording for compact cameras, specifically including such things as dual IS (adding electronic corrections alongside the lens’s optical IS). DIGIC 5+ is currently Canon’s ‘standard’ processor for higher-end SLRs.


utomo99

Thanks Andy, But I read it also good on low light photo, more detail

http://youtu.be/zcMoNL_pp8c

and I believe sooner or later more canon cameras will use the Digic 6 including the SLR


wildbild

Thank god it’s not 24 mpixel! Defraction would have been noticable from f8 on..


sebastian huvenaars

Even better, a 1 mpx sensor will let you take picutures at f/32 without any visible defraction! 😉

Defraction is there, noticable or not.

I rather have the extra resolution until defraction shows up :)


NetMage

Being able to image diffraction at the pixel level is a more accurate picture – don’t you want to capture what is really happening to the light as it comes through the lens?

Perhaps a more sophisticated exposure control than aperture adjustment needs to be next.


Marvol

If this AF system really – *REALLY* – works, the obvious question is: why still the 1970s mirrorbox at all?

It’s pretty obvious that the DSLR form factor is, by and large, past its sell-by date. Give it five more years tops and the DSLR form factor will be considered old hat. And after another 5 it will be considered ‘retro’ again :p.


marike6

What’s made it obvious, the fact the DSLRs outsell mirrorless cameras by 3-to-1 or more?

Or that mirrorless vendors have cut production by 50% while DSLR vendors have increased production?

Some want to keep selling a fantasy of the demise of DSLRs, but it’s not DSLR vendors who are having problems selling their cameras, it’s mirrorless vendors who are in the red.


Nukunukoo

Remember what they said about paper? Almost all pros still prefer the ultra realtime, 100% color accurate, near zero power consumption of the mirror OVF.


Gesture

It needn’t be if it were modernized to bring in some “EVF-like” features. What about customizable head-up display or some of the things Fuji is doing. The OVF became like many other components in photography-the TLR, the Lecia RF, just slowed or stopped being developed. So, you are probably correct.


Josh152

For EVFs to completely replace OVFs the fallowing has to happen.

1. This new on sensor phase detection has to be just as fast and accurate as the dedicated phase detection af modules

2. The dynamic range of the EVFs need to be greatly increased. At least within half to maybe a stop of the sensor in the camera.

3. No noticeable difference in lag between an EVF and an OVF in all lighting conditions.

4. Either better battery capacities or much lower power consumption EVFs are needed.

5. Some improvement in EVF resolution is still needed.


Marvol

marike: I’m sure people had arguments like yours when 35mm roll film was introduced “but medium format has better resolution”. Then when AF was introduced “but manual is faster and more accurate”. Then when digital was introduced “but film is much better”. Yes. For NOW. If you plot a line through the points you will see the direction.

And that direction is, the split-light path phase detect AF – which together with an OVF – forces the DSLR form factor – is clearly on the way out, driven by live view and video demands and increased capabilities of EVFs.

Your argument will look just as dinosauric in a few years as those above.


Marvol

Nukunukoo: paper is not the discussion here.

First off, pros make up a tiny % of the market. As do the FF DSLRs which they buy.

Second, “pros” are notoriously conservative. They will only switch to EVFs once the EVF reaches a certain level of technical competence – which if the speed of all other digital developments is anything to go by, will be quite soon.

Heck, plenty of pros still prefer film, for crying out loud. It’s only thanks to them that Kodak is still producing film. Oh, wait.


dwalk

This might be the replacement for my 50D. Hopefully the 70D has really good low light/ high iso performance in real life. While i love the magnesium body of the 50D, the lack of it in the 70D is not a deal breaker for me, esp as the 70D still has good ?? weather seals. What do you think? Is the lack of a magnesium body a deal breaker, meaning we wait for a 7D mkD, or is the feature set of the 70 a good enought reason to upgrade now?


utomo99

Wait for the review first.
and Canon also did not put the Digic 6 which claimed to work good on low light.
who knows New cameras will be using Digic 6 soon


audijam

if durability is the same then magnesium body isn’t necessary….also it adds to weight as well. wedding photographers rather have a light-weight camear that we can hold in our hands all day. I personally don’t even care about weather seals…


Frederik Paul

Could it be that Canon finally got their things straight? I’m curious about the noise performance.


Barbu

Take a look: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos70d/index.html
The ISO3200 one looks impresively clean.

P.S.: can someone help me? How can I write a clickable link in DPR comments? :)


oselimg

click-copy-click paste. There you go… 😀 just kidding


Abhijith Kannankavil

good. Dont know if it’s great.

thinking about how the next 7d would be. Or wouldnt be there a 7D? :S
Just more custom modes and some weather sealing arent going to be enough to have the next 7d placed higher up than this one.


CameraLabTester

The 7D just got older…

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Nukunukoo

So essentially you have the image photosite sensor size of a 40MP APS-C but with theoretically better LV AF. Let’s see what the high ISO IQ images look like.


cgarrard

No, read the tech again. It’s not essentially 40mp.

By Andy Westlake (2 hours ago)

It’s RGB with each pixel split into two photodiode with the same colour sensitivity. W doesn’t come into it at all.


gpsgps

Now Canon, repair the G1X with the above features and I’ll marry you for ever and ever happily after.


utomo99

I think it is not possible. in few years you will need to buy another cameras which is better and better.
manufacturer want to make money


Tower

Decent image quality is an issue. AF is not that important! Also Canon should do some thing for studio photography.


Ragunaru

Now, my question is (as irrelevant as it may seem), what do they mean by custom white balance? Is it Canon’s typical setting the white balance with a photo of a sheet of paper. Or can one actually just set a custom white balance in Kelvin, like on Nikon?


kikiriki

Nikon? You can set WB temperature in Kelvin on Canon for ages…


callaesthetics

Amazing!

Now even more excited for 7D2


The A-Team

Gonna be a great pairing with my 6D! Nearly identical controls and all.


cgarrard

Thats a good idea.


santamonica812

A shame about the SD cards. Difficult for me to just toss the $1,500 USD I have in CF cards.

It is my imagination, or does the 70D look like a majority of the most significant improvements will be of interest primarily to those shooting video?


rrccad

over the 60D: larger viewfinder, 7D’s AF, faster FPS, AFMA, expanded AEB, wifi for wireless tethering.


Shamael

I was more clever, I had since beginning a CF SD adapter from Minolta, it fits in very CF slot and it removes size limit. A 32 gig SD put in the adapter works on an old coolpix from 1995 as a dream. I always wondered why they continue using CF, you can put 20 SD cards in a matchbox, what is easy to carry around, and you can lock those that are written.


Chaitanya S

Finally after a long wait. Now eagerly waiting for the review of this mid-range SLR.


SHood

Looks like a 40mp sensor that outputs 20mp. We’ll see what impact this has on DR, noise and detail. Sound like something Fuji would do.


onlooker

No, Fuji would announce it as 40 MP. 😉


AbrasiveReducer

Would be 120 megapixels with a Foveon sensor?


NetMage

No, that would be a 15MP Foveon sensor :)


ijustloveshooting

I’m very curious about it’s high iso performance…i hope it’s similar to my nex-5N…


Mssimo

so its not RGB its R+W B+W G+W…do they use the extra white channel for image or just autofocus?


howardroark

Read the description of the tech in the preview. It is just that each pixel has a left and right half. Both collect light of the same color.


Andy Westlake

It’s RGB with each pixel split into two photodiode with the same colour sensitivity. W doesn’t come into it at all.


Mssimo

crap..got a bit excited for a bit.


shawn in ak

Pretty good spec list but I wish they’d bring back the 50D body– mag alloy, joystick, etc. I guess this means there will be a 7D II and it will be expensive.


Shunda77

I wonder if it’s the Sony sensor?


Andy Westlake

Wonder no more. It’s a Canon sensor.


howardroark

Andy, you are obviously mistaken. As many have pointed out over the last six months or so Canon is inept when it comes to sensor design. Please reinforce everyone’s sense of reality and tell us that Sony or Toshiba made the sensor and that Canon sold their R&D department to make room for a new ping pong table.


Jeff Keller

From the press release:
“The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon.”


cgarrard

Jeff I think he was being … very … sarcastic (and well done I must say). :)

C


Gesture

Andy, I hope you are doing the review.


howardroark

Jeff and Andy, thanks for keeping it real. When are you going to move me up there and let me write for you?


Josh152

Personally I am more interested to see if Canon has finally caught up on dynamic range and color depth than I am in the on sensor phase detection.


cs hauser

The ability to use phase detection without the help of a mirror or contrast detection is revolutionary. It has the potential of becoming the single greatest development in photography since cameras went digital.

It will have a far greater impact in practical photography than all those charts and graphs DxO geeks obsess about.


howardroark

CS, you’ve forgotten that no matter what Canon can not innovate. They just can’t. If they excel at one thing and not another, they are the failures some people have decided they must be to not have their chip out by the time Nikon had a new chip. So even though there are no tests to prove otherwise many people expect failure from Canon. The pace of technology development in all areas must satisfy the hunger our modern society has for constant, instant gratification.


Elaka Farmor

Who cares about phase detection? Face detection is much more important for a portrait photographer 😉


hjulenissen

@Josh152: I agree that image quality is still a concern
@cs hauser: I agree that this AF has the potential to be really nice

I don’t see the point in deragotary remarks about those whose expectations and use-cases are different from yours.


radissimo

I guess SONY would need similar sensor in their new line of SLT cameras,so they can drop the old design (what they actually already announced). Again, isn’t it basically sony sensor tweaked by Canon and they call it Canon now?


Josh152

@CS houser

Sure if you love to use live view all the time or primarily shoot video but I dont’. I would likely never use the on sensor phase detection anyway beyond trying it out a couple times for the novelty/gimmick of it. Besides it is not like this is the first camera to have it. It just does it in a slightly more clever way. It would be much more impressive and useful in a mirrorless camera but in a DSLR that is primarily designed to be used with he OVF and is primarily used in practice by most users with the OVF it is of less importance and far less of a compelling feature than dynamic range equaling their competitors would be.


ezradja

Canon should at least raise the MP to 24MP, IMO


T3

Why? I shoot weddings, and I use M-RAW for 90% of the images I shoot, which gives me 10mp images from an 18mp sensor, which is perfectly fine for prints, albums, slide shows, etc. I only switch to full resolution RAW when I’m shooting the portraits or large group shots. I just don’t see much need for 24mp. It’ll just take up more harddrive space, with little or no practical benefit. When you’re shooting 2000-3000 images per wedding, all those RAW files add up over the course of a year of shooting. Frankly, I’m over the megapixel race. It’s like if cars kept increasing their horsepower on cars that already have more than sufficient horsepower just for the sake of increasing horsepower. How much horsepower do you really need?


thx1138

Why? Canon’s sensor is 11% smaller than Sony/Nikon sensor, so that means it more like 22.9MP when scaled up to DX size. I don’t think we’ll notice those 1.1MP.

I’d rather Canon improved DR shadow noise than get into a war with others on pixels. 20.2MP in 1.6x crop is 52MP FF equivalent, so plenty enough.


howardroark

They raised the pixel count to 40.4MP.


hjulenissen

I have a long list of things that I would like to be improved in my 7D. MP count is somewhere near the bottom of that list.


cgarrard

hjulenissen- I wish more people thought like you. 12mp is more than enough for most situations and I wonder how good some of these APS-C sensors would be in low light with today’s tech using that amount of pixels.


Shamael

I would like them all to stick to 12 mpix and develop sensor technology on that base. I have an interpolated sensor in my Fuji S5 with an output of 12 mpix and I still can not find many sensors that beat it in many fields. If we consider the time it has been made, it makes perfectly clean shots at 1300 ISO, better than my NEX-7.


williams359

16-18 MP is the sweet spot for me


Zerg2905

I am pretty curious about the happy / unhappy ratio at the end of the day. Normally every recent Canon launch is associated with “oh, such a dissapointment” and “oh, fail” etc…. Now, on a more serious note, it seems they (Canon) started to get back in the still image photography – a good thing. It is not the 7D II, but looks good. Cheers! :)


Raist3d

Very clever. Hopefully the image quality wasn’t impacted by the dual CMOS AF scheme.


cd cooker

single memory slot only. Waiting for 7D2 now.


thx1138

You’ll be waiting a while, probably early 2014 I’d say. It’s not a 7D competitor even though it gets plenty of the goodies. It’s still not as robust, lesser VF, slower, fewer C custom dial settings, no joystick, SD vs CF. IQ should I hope though be better, if it’s not Canon is screwed.


Shamael

In some way we all wait for a more sophisticated Pro version of a camera in APSC, be that from Nikon, from Canon, from Sony, or any other camera maker. After D300, there was a deep ….nothingness.


thx1138

Until the 7D came along an trumped it you mean. Sales of D300s died after 7D came out.


Peiasdf

ISO 100-12800 is confirmed. I don’t see any mention of revolutionary low light performance but 14-bit processing is good.

Cannot believe AF module is from 7D. It is good but 4 years. Also, what’s with the 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification? Even K-30/50 have 100% coverage.


T3

100% coverage is over-rated. It’s actually beneficial to have a bit of extra image area in your picture, to give you a little wiggle from for image straightening and cropping. Remember, you can always crop out extra or un-needed peripheral image area, but you can’t just create it from nothing if you didn’t capture it in the first place. (Well, technically you can in Photoshop, but it’s certainly not ideal.) Sure, it’s nice to brag that a camera has “100% coverage”, but in practical usage, it’s not really an advantage. Now, I’m not saying we should be shooting with 90% coverage viewfinders, but slightly under 100% is perfectly fine.


Josh152

Yeah not giving a camera like this a 100% coverage VF is Lame. As far as I’m concerned it is a required feature for any DSLR costing $1000+


cs hauser

If the EOS 60D was any indication, this camera won’t cost $1000+ if you’re patient enough to wait 3 months before buying one.


T3

@Josh152 – how has not having a 100% coverage viewfinder ever adversely effected anyone’s images? At *worst*, you get just a bit more in your image than you originally intended, which just means you can crop it out later. Big deal. I’d rather have a bit extra, than a bit too little, or having absolutely nothing to spare. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the framing equivalent of shooting RAW: you get a bit of extra image “data” to work with, just in case. And for those of us who are smart enough to be shooting RAW, that means we’re processing our images anyways, which means that cropping to fine-tune the image is just one more part of the process. I guess if you were a JPEG shooter who never touched his image after capturing it, and therefore you *never* want to crop an image, 100% coverage might be a big deal. But for the rest of us, the option to crop is just part of the process.


Shahidur Rahman

I agree with T3. 98% VF is just fine. I shoot with a 60D, and it’s 96% finder has never been a trouble for me since I always shoot RAW.


epozar

I shoot with both 6D and Nikon D600 and like 100% of the Nikon. With Canon I keep “looking around” for the exact framing..


cgarrard

I don’t think anyone would complain if it had a 100% viewfinder either, which is what Peiasdf ‘s point really underscores. D7100/K5II both have 100% finders around the same price point.

However 98% is fine enough for me, nowhere near a deal breaker. There’s a 100% view on the back of the camera in live view. 😉

C


Josh152

@T3

You give up no ability to crop with a 100% coverage view finder. If you want some extra space you can just choose to frame it a little loose. Or you can be as precise with your framing as you want. So if you are in a fast developing situation without a lot of time to compose you can shoot loose so you can crop later but if have the time you can also compose it precisely and not have to crop latter which takes time and can effect IQ and final print size. Having 100% coverage just gives you more options not less.

Having only 98% coverage can mean having to crop almost every image for someone who likes to frame things more precisely. It can be the differnce between that little branch sticking into your photo or not.

Plus it is a value for money thing. If I am paying that much I simply will not accept such a basic thing as the viewfinder being intentionally lower spec’d. Especially when every other major brand DSLR at this price level has 100% coverage.

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