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CanonEOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 497 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (393)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (372)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (345)
  • Easy to use (333)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (287)
  • Fast shutter speed (282)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (43)
  • Short battery life (27)
  • Poor in low light (18)
  • Poor image quality (6)
  • Small LCD screen (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (279)
  • Sports/action (250)
  • Family photos (248)
  • Video (244)
  • Travel (240)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (174), Semi-pro photographer (127), Pro photographer (69), Casual photographer (36), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (390), Yes (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera to start a career

As a professional videographer in local news I use a Panasonic HPX-370 every day. With my style of shooting a lot of people have told me I should look into still photography. ...Read complete review

As a professional videographer in local news I use a Panasonic HPX-370 every day. With my style of shooting a lot of people have told me I should look into still photography.

I have a lot of print colleges in the field that shoot on a 5DIII, 1D-x and Nikon D4. They all have expensive Nikkor or L-glass and I definitely see the beauty in what they produce. The more we talk tech, the more I wanted a DSLR, and maybe start doing some side still work.

After much thought, looking at the prices of full frame vs. crop frame sensors, Nikon vs. Canon, I decided that I could afford a crop frame, and save the money for nice glass. A "pro" camera, with low quality glass to me proved a difference.

I was about to buy a 6D when this camera came out, and honestly given the features I was sold on the 70D.

As a video guy, the articulated screen did a lot for me and the notion of pulling focus like on my iphone was neat. I figured with an upgraded sensor from the 7D (too impatient for the mkII) I would be buying a starter camera that would pave the way for me to buy a "pro" rig someday. The Rebel class statistics just didn't impress me.

In video I always go low gain more light. With this camera, getting fast glass and shooting with the highest shutter possible at 100-800 ISO is the key. It produces remarkable image quality to me for the price. The in camera noise reduction is pretty solid and the focus is remarkably fast. (I gave up pulling my own focus, AF is faster.) Know the limitations of your camera, and expect noise if you don't light accordingly.

If you like to do portraits the 50mm f1.4 is the way to go. (remember a budget) The 18-135 STM lens is quiet, and has a nice throw on a crop sensor. It makes me question carrying around the HPX-370. (aside from no pro audio inputs.)

A headphone jack would be awesome.

The camera is good for low ISO long exposure (I want to take it to a stargazer party, (I considered a 60D with the Hydrogen Alpha chip)

I would use it instead of my old Sony Z1U for my next "movie" production. I've realized the DOF is so much better with a DSLR than a video camera. The Dynamic Range with a polarizer astounds me.

Save the money if Full Frame vs. Crop frame is in question, take a few features, and get nice glass with your money.

Remember it's not the camera that makes the photographer, it's the photographer that makes the camera!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bounce flash underexposure

As is the case with many other owners' experience with the 70D, mine is also extremely underexposing my indoor low light bounce/diffuser flash photos. Whether I'm bouncing the 430ex II flash off...Read complete review

As is the case with many other owners' experience with the 70D, mine is also extremely underexposing my indoor low light bounce/diffuser flash photos. Whether I'm bouncing the 430ex II flash off a white ceiling that's about eight feet high or using a Sto-fen diffuser attached to it.

Whether the lens being used is the Canon 15-85 or the 55-250 STM, all low light indoor photos with the diffuser attached and with the flash head tilted 45 degrees, or 180 degrees, or direct facing are very underexposed. Same results with bouncing the flash.

The photos are even more underexposed when I'm zooming in on the subject.

However, If I use FEL before snapping the photos, they all come out looking great, zooming in or not. Without FEL the same photo is very underexposed.

If I use the same flash setup in manual mode, without using FEL, and adjust the power down to say 1/2 or 1/4 or somewhere in between, the photos seem properly exposed (as long as I dial in the correct flash power adjustment). With a zoom lens that has a variable aperture, it's a hit and miss approach and quite cumbersome.

Also, I tried the same lenses attached to my Canon T3i taking the same photos as I did with the 70D using the same flash and diffuser without using FEL. The photos all came out looking very good with no underexposure whatsoever. Then I tried using FEL with the T3i. There was no difference between using FEL and not using it on my T3i. All photos with and without FEL were properly exposed and looked great.

I use bounce flash indoors a lot on our one year old granddaughter. I never had this problem, or any other issue, with my T3i. I guess I'll have to resort to FEL use, but that amount flashes takes a toll on an infant. She begins to cry after a few photos if I'm using FEL for each one. Plus, it's hard to get candid shots when an FEL pre-flash is being used.

I'm now wondering if this will negatively effect exposures on outside fill flash photos with a diffuser attached.

Apparently, many people are having the same issue with the 70D and have supposedly contacted Canon about it. I sure hope a firmware fix is coming soon.

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4.0

Great Camera

By Babylon

from San Jose, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      I think I am going to love this camera.
      I only have it since a week, so there is a lot more to learn.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Worth every peny to upgrade!

      By Delta

      from San Jose, Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        After years of using my Canon T3i, I decided to move up to this 70d, and tell you this, it's worth it. The auto-focus, the fps, the video shooting, and the touch-screen LCD, they're all beyond my expectation. I love how fast this 70d focus in video shooting, not only provides high quality but also gives amazingly tracking object which will give background blur like a blink of an eye. The touch screen is very sensitive and smooth which gives me no delay. I haven't tried the wifi of this camera yet, heard it's a little bit tricky. The manual is not a bad thing to go through it, and covers most of basic shooting. Well, I am really satisfied for what I paid, and with its light weight, I can carry it with me anywhere I go. Definitely recommend!

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        5.0

        Canon EOS 70 D

        By Cimco

        from New Rochelle, NY

        Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I'm at a beginner level and this body seems to be very user friendly, taking great shots at my sons hockey games,really happy.

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        4.0

        super nice upgrade from T3i

        By mxcrash

        from Port St Lucie, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Motocross Shots
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Great camera, touch screen make changes very easy, much needed upgrade from T3I. Great price!!

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          A GREAT CAMERA for EVERYTHING

          By elron carlisle

          from carlisle pa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          this camera has it all -- lots of easy-to-learn options; great shutter speed ability, compact enough, but sturdy enuf to hold/support super zoom lenses. recommend for all uses

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          5.0

          Easy to use. High Quality Pictures.

          By mykesphotobiz

          from Arizona

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            I love photography and am beginning to take more videos of my children, and my husband makes tutorials for youtube. This camera is very versitle and is great for both videos and still shots. I've been taking lots of portraits this week, and been very satisfied with the results. It is easy to use, although there is a learning curve especially if you want to use it in manual, even if coming from the rebel series. new buttons, lots of new features etc. It's very light, but doesn't feel fragile, I love the touch screen SOOO much.The only thing I don't like is that it's not a full frame camera, but It still takes amazing pictures,and you can't beat the price. it's the best crop sensor canon makes.

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            5.0

            Revised: 3-Star review to 5-Star!

            By DA Photo

            from Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              I wrote an earlier review saying that my SL1 focused better in low light than my 70d and that I returned the 70d. Well, the 70d has so many features that I like, and I've read so many good things about it from pro photographers and others, that I decided to give it one more try. I am so glad I did. I'm getting gorgeous images with no focus problems. I do mostly portraits and events (with and without flash). It is hard to tell the difference between the image quality from this copy of the 70D and that of my 6D. No exaggeration. I printed images from a wedding, put them side by side, and see no difference whatsoever. The images are smooth, sharp, and the colors amazing. Really glad I gave this camera a second chance. I'm so happy with it that I would not hesitate to use it rather than the 6d for any pro work I do. Would even consider another 70d as second body. Now I can agree, from experience, that the 70D is truly a game changer in the quality of crop sensors cameras. They are catching up to full-frame and you would have to really strain and pixel peep to see much difference. Awesome with the 15-85mm.

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              5.0

              Love it!

              By G Images

              from California

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                I upgraded from a T3i so this is way better!

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                5.0

                Best buy ever

                By HT

                from Pennsauken, NJ

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  Camera is underrated. Best camera created yet. Great price for great pictures.

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                  4.0

                  EOS70D Camera

                  By Zues

                  from Woodhaven, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    The EOS 70D packs alot of camera for its price point. The option of Live View with a rotatable viewing screen makes formly impossible shooting angles a breeze. The noise level of the Digic 5 processor is also on the acceptible level.

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                    4.0

                    LOVE this camera

                    By Gina

                    from Thornton, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      I LOVE this camera. The images are clean and sharp. this is a great backup camera or one if you are not quite ready for the big time. The wifi makes it easy to share to your phone or ipad. I wish it did a little better in low light, but it's not too terribly bad.

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                      5.0

                      The Right Stuff

                      By dr bob

                      from Iowa City IA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                          Ideal for me in Africa: lighter, more compact than new 7d mkll at half the price without sacrificing much. Use primarily with Tamron 150-600 and Canon 400 prime.

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                          5.0

                          Way Better Than Expected !

                          By Cricket

                          from El Paso, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            Very easy to use and the quality of photos is amazing. I was blown away with the vivid colors and clarity.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Just settling in

                            By Kelli girl

                            from Oregon

                            Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            Only a few shoots in but won't be long before I fall in love....Great features in the touch screen and wifi capabilities. Nineteen cross sensored focus points expand in the 1 I previously had!

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                            4.0

                            Nice upgrade

                            By Randy

                            from Willis, MI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                            • Noisy At High ISO
                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            I use this for Landscape photos, and for wildlife. Occasionally for pictures of the Family. Nice upgrade from the EOS 50D. The extra size is nice, so is the touchscreen and video capability.

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                            5.0

                            Love my new camera

                            By Ventanasteve

                            from Tucson, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                I upgraded from a T1i. The 70D balances much better with my Sigma 18 - 250mm zoom. The camera's built-in wifi and the available smartphone app work brilliantly. Still much to learn but the default auto modes seem very flexible and the auto-focusing is very quick.

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                                5.0

                                Concerned about 70d bad focusing rumors?

                                By Elizabeth

                                from Tennessee

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Quiet
                                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                    In short, don't be. If you've done your research on this camera, you've no doubt read the rumors that the 70d does not focus well at large apertures. This was a huge concern for me as I shoot wide open often. For the first two weeks I tested this extensively mainly with my Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens. I shot photos of any and everything at f/1.8 just to see what the results were. Using Single Point AF, focus was tack sharp. The shots in which the focus wasn't perfect were totally my fault. Definitely not the camera's. There's not much room for error when shooting wide open.I have no regrets in buying this camera. It was a fantastic upgrade from my T3i. I didn't feel that I was ready for a full frame and I'm not even sure I want one as I really enjoy the extra reach I get from my lenses on a crop body.Some miscellaneous observations: The shutter is quieter than the T3i. That shutter is fast! Noise at high ISO's is slightly better but not significantly. The touch screen is quite nice, although I've found that I use the little screen on the top of the camera more. Canon has made core functions very accessible here. I feel this camera is best suited to those already somewhat familiar with a DSLR.Just buy it! You won't regret it!

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Camera ,Great Deal

                                    By Astron58

                                    from Ohio

                                    Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                    Really Love my new Canon 70D ,with 256 GB memory cards ,I can take thousands of HDR or Astrophoto's ! The Staff at B&H were Great !! Coupled with the new Topaz plugin Suite and Paintshop pro ultimate I get Pro Prints every time . Thanks B&H.

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                                    5.0

                                    Better than I expected

                                    By mallinger101

                                    from Los Angeles California

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • High ISO Performance
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                    Cons

                                    • Noisy At High ISO

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                    I primarily use this camera for video. I'm amazed at how great the autofocus during video is, and how the touch screen works seamlessly with it. Honestly I thought I won't even use this function but it's just so good.I've had this camera for about a week now, and the only issue I have with it is that I still haven't figured out how to use the Wi-Fi function.

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                                    5.0

                                    Exellent

                                    By asepulvedat

                                    from Chile

                                    Comments about Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                    Very good product and fast delivery

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