I was pretty excited about this latest release by Canon because of its new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology which allows the lens to absorb light faster, focus on subjects quicker and offer smoother transitions between focused-on subjects. This made a DSLR much more convenience to shoot professional videos with.
I picked this Canon 70D to review from AAB World, since I own a Canon 600D this review will be best for those that already have a DSLR and are looking for an upgrade. I was so happy with the Canon 70D that when I gave it back to AAB World I bought one on the spot, its wireless technology was my favourite part.
The first significant difference I noticed from my Canon 600D was the advance and professional dashboard, this one makes it much easier to navigate and with a fast processor (DIGIC 5+ the same on used on Canon 5D Mark III) on the 70D navigating was very smooth, there were more buttons = faster navigation.
Post: Using the Canon 70D I reviewed the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens, which in my opinion is the best lens Sigma has produced so far; you can read the review [here].
The camera modes you get are similar to other DSLR’s except for the “B” which stands for Bulb Mode. Normally bulb mode is configured when adjusting the shutter speed, but on this Canon it’s a mode by itself which isn’t to say it gives more features to bulb, it’s just faster to navigate to.
When it comes to adjusting settings such as the ISO Speed you get more options, for example on the Canon 600D you got to pick between (100 – 200 – 400 – 800 – 1600 – 3200 – 6400) while on the Canon 70D you got to pick inbetween those numbers like 320 or 1000. The Canon 70D goes up to 12800 ISO speed.
There’s a new option when taking photos called silent shooting, the camera makes less noise when it takes a photo. As a blogger this helps when doing food reviews, in a restaurant people can get uncomfortable hearing a loud camera shutter so this helps reduce the sound, although not significantly in my opinion.
My favourite feature was the built-in Wifi. You can connect your phone with the camera and use it as the live view, not only do you see what the camera is seeing from distance with your phone but you can also adjust where the camera is focusing when on manual focus, so it also acts as a remote shutter release.
If you set your camera to Manual mode you can fully adjust most of the settings of the camera with your phone including shutter speed, aperture and ISO. This is really helpful at times when your camera is in a very tight area and is hard to access whilst you need to adjust settings when looking at the subject.
Since there’s Wifi built-in you also get to see the gallery inside the camera, pick which images you like and share them or download them to your phone directly. This feature in my opinion is much better than having a memory with Wifi like Eye-Fi which I have already tried because:
- You instead can have a memory card that goes up to 128GB
- I used to get errors using my Eye-Fi which was a headache
- The Eye-Fi couldn’t always handle the writing speed when shooting videos, the camera would stop
The video above shows how quick and smoothly the Canon 70D autofocuses using a Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. What’s even better is its tracking feature, you pick a subject and the camera will track it wherever it goes smoothly adjusting focus while doing so. This use to be the setback to DSLR’s with video.
I’ve been using the Canon 70D for over a month now and I’m pretty happy with it. Since it’s much more optimized to shoot videos I’ve been taking a lot of videos which consumes battery much faster so that is something you have to keep in mind, it’s also worth noting the camera uses a cropped sensor (APS-C) not a full one.