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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice update to an already strong predecessor for semi-pro photographers...video functionality is unreal, September 6, 2013
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This review is from: Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)
Background info on my experience/use: semi pro portrait/event photographer, professional landscape photographer. Cameras past and present: canon 5D mark III, Canon 7D (owned currently), Leica M3 35mm film, Canon 60D, And Canon t3i

The nitty gritty on this camera after a week of use:

Build/functionality-
Its a solid update to the popular 60d dslr. Smaller profile than its predecessor however the grip and feel of the camera still remains solid. And much more girth than its younger siblings in the Rebel series. The redesign of button locations on the rear of the camera make for a fluid interface to the menus screens while maintaining the appeal that higher quality SLRs have had with dedicate Aperature and Shutter speed wheels. The added perk of the New touch screen technology from the T4i and T5i have greatly improved the speed to many obscure functions sometimes needed in the depths of software. Its actually pretty fantastic to say the least.

Photo Quality-
With the addition of the newer Digic 5+ processor the picture quality is only gradually enhanced from the previous Digic 4 of the older generations and 60D. What you will notice a difference in is the rate at which photos can be shot and processed. 7 fps puts this camera closer to the 7D in respects of action photography. I did have high hopes for better low light photos with a new processor since the 60D essentially used a 4 year old unit but unfortunately they look almost identical. It seems you will need to step into a full frame like the 6d or the 5D mark ii & iii to get a substantial difference in quality above 1600 ISO that only a larger sensor can provide.

Video Quality-
What really sets this camera apart from the rest of the line up(except the 5D mark III) is its incredible ability to process video (and with touch screen focus!!!) Its active autofocus tracks well with lenses. Multiple modes allow you to change focus settings quickly thru simple strokes on the screen. This camera has built in stereo recording unlike the mono of the 60D. It does however lack a good amount of creative features within the camera for video recording. But lets me honest, most of us who do photography and cinematography often do all of our editing from computer software outside of the camera ie lightroom/photoshop etc. With the STM lenses its fairly quick in its focusing and extremely quiet since they were design specifically for camera bodies like the 70D, t4i, and t5i in a video application. Most of my lenses are USM or L series which make for much quicker focusing than even the STM but do sacrifice a bit of more noise (still much better than the cheap kit lens tho).

Overall this camera is a solid performer. It is a jack of all trades. Photos to video, it does a dang decent job on it all with a big emphasis on the video side of things. In short. If you need an all around camera this is it. If you need a camera for only still photography you may be better off buying a 7D or full frame camera for the money even tho it does do a "pretty good" job much like the original 60D. Either way you cant lose. I promise.

********To anyone using Lightroom 4.4 or lower this camera is not compatible with the CR2 aka RAW files for editing. If you shoot RAW you will need to buy the new Adobe Lightroom 5 and update it to the 5.2 version to even get it to view. Anyone shooting in jpeg will be fine.
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2013 12:06:22 PM PDT
I own a 60D and usually end up shooting in low light conditions, especially when I am in Europe. you mentioned that the Low light is still about the same. How high have you used this new camera in ISO. Did the in-camera RAW fix any noise.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2013 9:42:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2013 10:20:15 PM PDT
Josh Webb says:
I have not used the in-camera processing of a Raw file in this camera yet. Altho I have used it only a few times in the 60D I typically transfer the raw file straight into lightroom 4 for what I feel to be a much better final product.

I shot in an iso range from 100-6400. Ive never taken it to its max range for samples yet. I edit my photos on a 42 inch smart screen and see images at a much larger scale than most people will print but you will get usable photos with a light to no amounts of noise between 1600-3200. At 6400 is where it starts to get pretty visable. High amounts of grain and discoloration tend to be prevelant to the naked eye on. Shooting with my 5D mark iii or older 7D with its dual digic 4 produced much better photos at ISO's well above this range.

*******A bit of a caveat to what I above stated after reading thru some of the new in camera functions via the manual there is an option for "multi shot noise reduction" that can be turned on to make multiple shots and layer them together supposedly reducing the noise "considerably". I CANNOT attest its functionality/quality since ive never used it.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 1:21:26 AM PDT
MovieGuy says:
thank you for such a good early review. i'm trying to decide between the 70D and Nikon D7100. I'm a filmmaker, but I'm not looking to buy a DSLR to primarily shoot movies. I liked that you felt honest, all the previous reviews felt too much like this is the best camera ever made.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2013 8:02:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2013 8:03:30 AM PDT
Josh Webb says:
Thank you. I looked at many of the reviews much like you did and thought the same thing. Im quite sure that some of those reviewers have yet to really even use the camera and are just comparing technical specs.

To your debate about the 70D vs the Nikon D7100 I can only give you my personal experience/opinion as an amateur videographer. The canon 70D was primarily designed with a much larger emphasis on video than most of the canon line. The ability to touch screen rack focus smoothly while grabbing the stereo sound with minimal noise from the STM lenses make for a really nice combo. the digic 5 process makes live view look effortless when tracking motion across the screen. The similarity in quality almost rivals its big brother the 5D mark III with half the cost in my opinion.

As for the nikon. I lack too much experience using them for "video" to comment a ton about them. I will say this for nikon as a whole. My limited video experience with them made me long for a canon back. The video features and filming always felt clumsy. And quite honestly Nikon has never been known for its videography capabilities.

If you would like a perfect comparison of the two I recommend going to youtube and watching "digitalrevtv canon 70d vs nikon 7100" which was just posted yesterday. It is a non biased review based on the cameras performance. The host himself typical shoots with a Nikon for film and Canon for video based of most of his past videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2013 5:02:23 PM PDT
If you haven't seen it yet go to Youtube and check out MichaelTHEMENTOR 's comprehensive 32 minute video: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout Comparison. It's a great review and just came out yesterday

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2013 5:18:18 PM PDT
I have watched the review and exchanged emails with Mike. The 70D is very impressive in video and also in many other areas. MY 60D will be replaced shortly

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 11:17:52 PM PDT
Rui says:
Can you hear some sound when you shake your EOS 70D? Mine has some sound, like something kicking, is that normal? Or there are parts loosen?Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013 1:12:41 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 3:53:04 PM PDT
Josh Webb says:
Rui....there should be nothing shaking at all. Even if the camera works fine I would send it back for replacement. It could be something as small as a missing screw. But if that screw is gone from any part of the motherboard it leaves it vulnerable to flexing when being rattle or just carried. Even worse, your mirror could be loose.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 4:02:39 PM PDT
Josh Webb says:
Mark L....the video function is spectacular. Much more refined. However the 7D, though similar, is in a class of its own when it comes to video. Dual digic 4 processors allow for it to stream a live video feed (I believe you need "Magic lantern" firmware update for this) allowing to transmit via HDMI output to a screen. This can be invaluable to someone who would like to watch live footage as someone captures it. Also the low light functionality of the 7D is amazing for a crop sensor. The one downside is without touchscreen focus like the 70D that provides seemless transitions during a rack focus the 7D would need a nice geared follow focus to do the same. Often times costing hundreds more in accessories.
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