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PC & Tech Authority 2013-11

PC & Tech Authority 2013-11

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Published by: Jorge Marquez Lander on Oct 06, 2013
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PRICE $1400 (body only)

SUPPLIER www.canon.com.au

The Canon EOS 70D adds yet

more spice to the increasingly

competitive mid-range DSLR

sector, thanks to an innovative

autofocus system.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology

splits 80% of the image sensor’s pixels

in half, creating two independent

diodes that are used as phase-detect

autofocus points. The upshot is faster,

more accurate autofocus in Live

View. There’s also a separate phase-

detection sensor, used when shooting

with the viewfinder.

The result is remarkably reliable

autofocus: there’s no hunting back and

forth as the camera tries to locate the

subject, it simply snaps into focus at

breathtaking speed. Previous Canon

cameras have struggled with video

autofocus, but the 70D has no such

problems, and crucially it’s all but silent

with the EF-S 18-135mm kit lens.

It’s further boosted by a face-

detection mode that keeps your

subject perfectly in focus as they walk

towards the camera. Alternatively,

you can tap the 70D’s touchscreen to

adjust the focus point, with the camera

responding quickly and smoothly.

The 70D has 19 cross-type autofocus

points, which can be selected

individually or in zones. The slightly

pricier Nikon D600 has 39 autofocus

points (although they’re more closely

bunched in the centre of the frame

than here). Rarely did we find ourselves

craving more, though.

Focus isn’t the only thing that’s bang

on: exposure is beautifully judged, too.

The camera coped well with a series

of tricky situations, including portrait

subjects sat in front of bright windows,

direct sunlight and areas of high

contrast. Colours are accurate, if a little

flat on occasion.

Canon has pushed the native

maximum ISO limit up to 12800

(and you can also artificially bump

this to 25600), which is four times

the maximum sensitivity of the

60D it succeeds. This allows you to

shoot indoor sports action at frame

rates as fast as 1/1000sec, without

needing a flash or tripod. Photos are

speckled with noise at ISO 12800

however, and shooting at ISO 6400

delivers much cleaner results.

Canon isn’t being drawn into the

megapixel wars. The 20.2-megapixel

sensor is four megapixels worse off

than Nikon’s cheaper D7100 and eight

megapixels poorer than the D600.

However we rarely found ourselves

yearning for greater detail. Photos

shot with a 100mm macro lens were

brutally sharp, although the kit lens did

introduce softness at the edges.

Built-in Wi-Fi is another feature that

will appeal to studio-photography

enthusiasts. The bundled EOS Utility

software delivers remote control of the

camera over a wireless network. The

PC software provides a live view (at a

limited frame rate) and allows you to

adjust the focus point, aperture/shutter

speed, autofocus mode and a range

of other settings. Photos can be saved

straight to the PC, or saved to both

memory card and computer.

In terms of body design, it’s difficult

to find fault with the 70D. The LCD

display on the top plate provides

quick-glance access to key settings,

and Canon hasn’t skimped on the

buttons, despite the addition of an

articulated 1040kpixel touchscreen.

There are dedicated buttons for

autofocus and drive modes, autofocus

selection area, ISO, metering mode,

and several more, plus a lock switch

to avoid accidental setting tweaks.

Most of the buttons can be manually

reconfigured if you find a setting

doesn’t fall easily to hand. We’re not

convinced by the dual scroll wheel/D-

pad that sits to the right of the screen,

though, which performs neither

function comfortably.

In terms of speed, the 70D canters

through the frames. We measured it

at rapid 7fps in both raw and highest-

quality JPEG, which is faster than

the D600’s 5.5fps and even Canon’s

professional-grade EOS 5D Mark III.

We’re bowled over by the 70D.

The autofocus system is a genuine

breakthrough, especially for those who

shoot video from their DSLR, while

performance and image quality can’t

be faulted. It’s a seriously tempting

option for enthusiasts who want to

sample professional-grade features.

Indeed, if Canon had managed to

squeeze in a full-frame sensor, we’d be

talking about our new favourite.

Barry Collins





The kit lens


silently during

video shoots


20.2MP APS-C sensor •

19-point autofocus (all

cross-type) • 7fps burst

mode • SDXC card slot

• 1yr RTB warranty •

139 x 79 x 104mm

(WDH) • 1.25kg (body


The LCD display on the top plate provides

quick access to key settings




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