I just got my hands on the Canon 70D and wanted to share a few thoughts about the new camera. This will be short and sweet as it really is a “brief hands-on” look at it.
Out of the box, I was a little surprised that the 70D is noticeably larger than the 60D. In my opinion, this is a good thing as I have come find the 60D a little undersized for a prosumer DSLR.
As quick as I could get a battery in the thing, my first thing to look at was the performance of the 70D’s new Dual Pixel AF system for live view and video autofocusing. And finally, Canon gets live view AF right.
Live view and video AF is fast and accurate. This is what we have been waiting for in DSLRs.
I also tried out the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lenses and was impressed with the results in live view AF. The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens was significantly noisier and not as smooth in AF acquisition; however, it seemed to be about as fast. The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens was much quieter than the 50mm lens during AF and was plenty fast.
In addition to continuous AF during live view, forced AF acquisition by half-pressing the shutter button yield smooth and fast results. There seems to be a hint of a delay between pressing the shutter and live view AF kicking in, but it is very mild compared to what we have been accustomed to in past Canon DSLRs.
Likewise, the advances in the standard phase detection AF when using the optical viewfinder are most welcomed. The 70D’s viewfinder with all those additional AF points feels like a 5D Mark III Jr. I’m looking forward to getting in more time with this camera, but for right now it all looks very promising.
I will have sample photos and video up soon, so stay tuned for more.
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