The introduction of the Canon 70D doesn’t mark a dramatic upturn in still image capture performance over its predecessor, the 60D. Probably the most significant changes in this regard are the inclusion of a 7 fps continuous shooting rate and the touchscreen functionality of the monitor. ISO noise performance seems comparable with its predecessor, the 2MP increased resolution is nice but basically meaningless and the new autofocus system is capable but really doesn’t significantly outperform its predecessor in the 60D based on my usage. For still image capture the 70D is a solid, competent midrange camera.
Switch the 70D into video mode, however, and all bets are off. While the 60D didn’t offer continuous AF for video capture, the 70D does so, and does so with a vengeance. Continuous AF shooting video with the 70D is simply the best DSLR performance I have ever had my hands on, regardless of camera brand. I don’t shoot a lot of video with my personal DSLRs, but the AF system of the 70D has the potential to make even a video novice like me look like they know what they’re doing. Canon has had good video image quality for a while now in their DSLRs, but the introduction of this AF system raises their video performance to another level.
Is the 70D an automatic “must have” for 60D owners? If they shoot a lot of video, almost certainly – in video performance alone the 70D really outclasses the 60D, in no small part due to the lack of continuous AF in the 60D to begin with. Primarily shoot stills but a lot of bursts for sports or wildlife photography? Maybe – those extra 2 fps are a fairly significant jump over the 60D. Looking for your first DSLR and want/expect to shoot a lot of video? Run, don’t walk to your friendly local Canon dealer and check out the 70D.
- Good still image quality
- Good ISO noise performance
- Latest generation processing engine and technology
- Touchscreen monitor offers quick control response
- Exceptional DSLR video performance due to continuous AF
- 72 dpi still image output requires resizing for printing
- Touchscreen monitor collects fingerprints and smudges, impairing legibility in bright conditions
- Camera seems to lose highlights to a higher degree than the 60D at default settings