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CanonEOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 620 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (487)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (472)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (434)
  • Easy to use (403)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (364)
  • Fast shutter speed (359)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (51)
  • Short battery life (32)
  • Poor in low light (20)
  • Poor image quality (7)
  • Small LCD screen (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (356)
  • Family photos (314)
  • Sports/action (306)
  • Travel (305)
  • Video (298)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (214), Semi-pro photographer (163), Pro photographer (87), Casual photographer (46), Photography student (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (492), Yes (27)

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!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good But Slow

The 70D takes very nice pictures and videos, built quality is good and size is just right. However, when I was looking into buying the camera I could't find enough reasons to spend...Read complete review

The 70D takes very nice pictures and videos, built quality is good and size is just right. However, when I was looking into buying the camera I could't find enough reasons to spend the extra money on a 7D Mark II, but now after using the 70D for a month I know that i will probably sell it and buy the 7D mark II, as there are features like the swivel screen which I found out I don't use much, the touch screen is nice but useless when you shoot video without a tripod as you can't push it and keep the camera stable. But the thing that bothers me the most is this, I didn't pay much attention to the fact that the 70D has only one Digit 5 processor and the 7D Mark II has two Digit 6 processors, I assumed it was for shooting 10 frames per second bursts, buy I discovers that when I shoot long exposures at twilight of 25 seconds or so the camera takes another 30 seconds to think and process every shoot, making my workflow very slow and way slower than it was with my 6 year old 50D. This issue is very significant during sunsets and situations where the light is contently changing as every second counts and waiting for 30 seconds for the camera to get out of coma every time is very frustrating. I only have this issue when doing long exposures, if you never do any the 70D is great. I also saw that in many situations the auto-focus was not that fast or accurate on the 70D and I lost the shoot, this happened mostly in video where it can't keep up with the subject when using a tripod and moving pretty slow, so faster AF with the 7D Mark II would have helped. I have to edmit that I hate the small dial on the back, it's WAY TO SMALL and coming from the 50D I find it very uncomfortable.And for last I have to say that I don't understand why the 7D Mark II doesn't have a touch screen, as even though it's not the best for shooting, it's very fast for reviewing images and making menu changes. The WiFi is great and i use it all the time to upload a quick image to social networks but since you can get it on any camera by using a special SD card I can get around the 7D Mark II not having it. So my recommendation is to wait a bit so that the 7D Mark II goes down to $ and buy it.

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5.0

Phenomenal photographs

By Jolyn

from Boca Raton, Florida

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

I purchased this Canon because I wanted to have photographs turn out like my sister's and her boyfriends photos. The colors are brighter and the photos have so much more detail! And the camera is easy to understand and use, I love it!! Thank you!!

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2.0

The hiden bad feature that no one talks about

By Marcelo G

from Uruguay (South America)

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

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

You'll never see in these comments nothing related with the life time of a camera.
Well, let me tell you that these cameras EOS 70D (maybe others too butt this is the one I checked out and I own one) have a trouble with this issue: THE MAINBOARD. It will stuck your camera between one and three years for sure. You can check it out in the net. Just google: 70D Error 70, or 70D error 80, and you will see how many people are crying because they lose their cameras. In fact, in the most popular social net, there is an open group of people desperate because of this issue.
A new mainboard (if your camera has not warranty) and the canon service to change, plus the shipping back and forward from the service, will cost you a bill almost like a new camera.
So question is, would you buy a camera that you know it will last only a couple years?

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4.0

Great versatile camera

By Yitz

from Jerusalem, ISRAEL

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
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

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

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

fast camera with multiple options

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  • No

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4.0

Great workhorse

By Peace FRog

from Woodstock, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

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

    For the money this is the best DSLR for video.

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    • No

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    5.0

    A Fabulous All Round DSLR

    By JohnnyP

    from Fairfield County, CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    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
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Slow Scn Processing

    Best Uses

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

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

    I've been moving up the Canon line for years. From the film EOS630, through the various Rebels and finally to the 70D. It's a real step up. The photos are terrific in all kinds of light - especially tricky early morning light at the ocean where I often shoot.The video tracks focus nicely but I don't use it that much. When my photographer daughter gets hold of the camera and uses it for video, she doesn't want to give it back. The big surprise for me has been how much I use the swing-out, rotating touch screen. It makes all the difference. First, it's easy to set manual exposure very accurately by using Live View. No more guessing. Second, I can shoot from so many more points of view. Overhead. Low to the ground without lying on my belly in mud. From waist height in crowed cities, capturing candid photos without being noticed. It delivers excellent photos from both my lenses - an L series f/4 24-105 and an EF f/2.8 17-55. My daughter is trying to get me to buy a 7D so she can have the 70D but I won't do it. I love the touchscreen too much. And, I don't want to add another pound of weight.

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    5.0

    Best Semi Pro camera for Beginners

    By Jamz Pari

    from Antigua

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    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

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Best Vlog Camera
    • Travel
    • Video

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

    I just got this camera and I've found myself extremely attached to the touch screen of this camera. Easy to use! Auto-focus is superb! Low light performance is actually good!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great camera.

    By ajfotofilmagem

    from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Canon 70D is a vast improvement over the old 60D. Better image quality, better AF, and far superior video capability. Agility is sufficient to action sports, with good results. Image is very good at ISO1600, and is quite aceiável in ISO3200. Dual Pixel AF focus system works surprisingly well for video, and no other manufacturer managed to overcome Canon 70D (and 7D Mark ii) in that area.

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      4.0

      Live on screen photo/video is very convenious

      By Hong

      from Kansas City, Kansas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        easy to change the setting and live view the change effect

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        • No

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        5.0

        Exceptional Camera

        By Ronchy

        from Summerville, SC

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

        Very impressed with the ease in using the Canon 70D. A lighter body even with a lens attached makes for a perfect piece of equipment. Really impressed with the touch screen and its flip away capability which gives an alternative viewing option when videographing. This was given to me as a gift from my wife.

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        5.0

        Great mid-level dslr

        By Goose90

        from Oregon

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

        This is an excellent product at a very competitive price! It has great features that make it easy to use and a lay out in between canons rebel line and professional line. It is a crop sensor camera so the image quality isn't as great as the 6D or 5D mark III but it is an improvement on the rebel series and adds additional features. Besides its excellent build, the full time autofocus on live view and video mode is impressive and having a touch screen is excellent for easily selecting the target of focus or switching the point of focus. I got it for Christmas and have already shot over 500 photos and played around with the video and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Katie

        from Pa

        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

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

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

          I go birding and love to capture the birds in photos to share with my famly and friends. This quality camera has so many functions to assure that even a beginning photographer gets quality pictures. And take some time to read or find more about the functions to be sure this is the camera for you.
          For where to buy the camera, look no further. B & H has the best price and I got a great camera bag, a card, and an extra battery. All came for a few hundred less than other online sellers. Extremely happy!

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          great camera for video!

          By The Gherkin VW

          from Upstate New York

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

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

            quality camera and great service!
            i will be back for more glass!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Canon DSLR 70D camera

            By Dave

            from El Dorado Hills, CA

            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

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

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

              I purchased this camera a few weeks ago, and since then I have been out using it every day. I just love this camera, and can say I have found it fantastic to use.I am using it with a Canon 70 200mm f4 lens And just about every photograph is sharp with wonderful color.
              The setup and controls are easy to use. The options on the camera are practical and useful. The ergonomics are great.
              This is a fantastic camera at a good price. I totally recommend it.

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              5.0

              Nice upgrade from Canon xsi

              By Camera owner

              from ON, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Better than expected, fast auto-focus, impressive low light performance. Indoor hockey pictures at ISO 2000, F4, 1/640 look great. No corrections in Canon DPP needed.

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                5.0

                Great Camera for the Price

                By Seb

                from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Video

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

                  It's a great camera for what you pay for! [@]

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                  5.0

                  Great Update for my 60D

                  By Jerry

                  from Star, ID

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    The 70D is now my prime camera with my 150-600mm long lens with the higher 20 megapixel providing better cropping capability. The 60D is now the home for my wide angle lens and eliminates the need to switch back and forth in the field. The 70D has fully met or exceeded my expectations and started me taking several videos with the changes to the AF system. The new locations for some of the function buttons will take some getting use to but I actually like the layout better than the 60D. The lock lever replacement for the unlock button give you a quick visual if the functions are locked. The touch LCD screen makes quick changes easier and is more beneficial than I thought it would be. I am pleased with the 70D.

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                    5.0

                    After Six. months, Still The Best for Video,

                    By Ron Tyler / A. F. Productions

                    from Tyler,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
                    • Love it
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    About six months ago I bought three of these for three camera shoots. They work great . The auto focus is spot on all the time. The camera is easy to operate and light weight. The stills are also fantastic as well as use in low light. No complaints here. The B&H pricing was fantastic as well. You won't be disappointed at all. Just read the manual. it is all there.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera, love the Focus System

                    By ToddB

                    from Tulsa, OK

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Small LCD Screen

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Love this Camera! Have rented a 70D for the past year, finally was able to purchase one. Works great all around. Have shot hundreds of hours of video on the rental, works perfect, never missed a beat. Focus system works great, especially for run-and-gun type shooting. Video looks great, especially with the All-I setting (low compression). Also have Photographed a couple weddings with it, pics came out great. Very happy with this camera, looking to buy more for multi-camera shoots.

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                    4.0

                    Best of both worlds

                    By Ryan M

                    from Reading, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

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

                    I use this camera to shoot video and photograhy and love it! It fast when using fast glass and work amazing with video and STM lens like 50 1.8. the only thing I do not like is the grain at high ISO (6500)when shooting sports indoors. this is a great dual use camera and happy with how it shoots.

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                    5.0

                    The best camera I have ever owned!

                    By Oywil

                    from Burlington, VT and Drobak, Norway

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    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
                    • Very Good Focus System

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Placing Of Menu Button
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I upgraded from the EOS 60D, partly because i did not find the focus satisfactory in certain situations. This was especially an issue when using live view and when shooting videos. The 60D is simply not a good video camera. I missed recording a very important occasion when the people in it were totally out of focus. I actually downloaded the instruction manual for the 70D and bought an e-book before deciding to buy it. There is a world of difference between these two cameras, not only in regard to the focusing. I have only been using it for about one week, but my impression is very good. It feels good, the buttons are placed better (especially the delete button), and there are also several new and very useful buttons and features related to setting the right focus. The menu is also much better. I still have to spend more time learning about this camera, but I look forward to it like a little kid with a new toy! For a 75 year old with 50+ years of photography, that takes a good camera!

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