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This well-built DSLR is an ideal enthusiast's camera, with Full HD video capture alongside sharply defined stills. Remote control is also possible thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, as is low-light shooting, due to a native ISO 12,800 setting expandable to an ISO 25,600 equivalent.
A Vari-angle touch screen, as on Canon’s EOS M-series CSCs, proves a further boon to aid framing and capture, particularly when capturing video. Stills shooting up to 7fps should also entice those who favour the occasional bit of action, wildlife or sports photography.
This EOS arrives with the much-trumpeted technological boost of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which translates as swifter autofocus response. This is particularly handy when shooting video; we were able to swap between subjects and alter focal lengths mid recording with barely any noticeable blurring of the frame as we did so. Also helping would-be filmmakers is a built-in stereo microphone, plus there’s a port for an additional off-camera microphone secreted beneath a side flap.
Feeling solid when held in the hand, thanks in part to a reassuringly large handgrip, and with the practical advantage of semi pro features such as a second LCD window, we would suggest the standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom kit if you're just getting started and you don't already own any Canon lenses.
Alternatively, the broader 18-135mm zoom lens kit would be a more suitable option for those wanting a single, all-purpose setup, but if you don’t require the higher-end specification that comes with the 70D, such as 7fps burst shooting and a see-in-the-dark ISO 25,600, there are more reasonably priced APS-C alternatives lower down the range, such as the EOS 700D, EOS 750D and EOS 800D.
We did, however, appreciate the bonus of the tilting LCD here, which also happens to be a touch screen. Semi-professional users may also value the inclusion of Wi-Fi although, in something of an operational quirk, you can’t utilise the Live View video mode if Wi-Fi has been enabled via the camera’s menu.
To sum up, if you don’t need a full-frame DSLR or an even faster frame rate, the EOS 70D looks, feels and performs almost as well as a pro DSLR. Almost. Look out also for the newer Canon 80D if your budget will allow.
Canon EOS 70D Key Specs
With a great build, a flexible touchscreen and lots of lenses to choose from, what's not to like?
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 20.2MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen: 3in Vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000k dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max burst speed: 7fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Enthusiast