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CanonEOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 629 reviews)

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    (492)

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    (113)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (473)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (435)
  • Easy to use (404)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (364)
  • Fast shutter speed (360)

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 (357)
  • Family photos (315)
  • Sports/action (306)
  • Travel (306)
  • Video (298)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (214), Semi-pro photographer (163), Pro photographer (87), Casual photographer (47), Photography student (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (493), 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!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

The hiden bad feature that no one talks about

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...Read complete review

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

Still a key player in the lineup

By Zackery

from Undisclosed

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

The Canon 70d is still a deserving body in the current EOS body line. While the 80d may be out now the 70d still would be my choice. I now own two of them. The Wifi is a golden tool for me, especially since people want to view photos on social media pretty much as soon as they're taken.

I shoot dirt track racing and it's a very dynamic animal and especially with photographers and the images created. My 70d hangs with the best of them. It's gotten me a magazine cover in my few short years of shooting. It's also sold me tons of photos too (got to know what you're doing though). It's very user friendly but still shows signs of being a very semi pro body.

I would recommend this body over the 7d mkII. Only thing you give up is the weather sealing and magnesium alloy body. Price difference is a big thing too. All I'm saying is once you give this 70D a chance, you won't regret it!

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5.0

Fantastic Camera

By Graham

from Winnipeg, MB

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

The Canon 70D is a great camera. I use it for everything i do. It's great for video and great for photos. The Dual pixel auto focus is amazing for doing sports video. I'm super happy with it. It's also very durable, I've dropped it, used it in pooring rain and -30 Celsius weather as well. Everything runs awesome still with no problems. The only issue I've ever had is when i turn the camera on and go straight into video, there's a rare occasion of the recording stopping 7-10 seconds after i hit record. It's not a big deal for me because i shoot a random shot first before i do anything serious but it is a little weird. ( I use cards with 95mb/s - 150mb/s). However other than that, it's been a great first camera.

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4.0

It awesome, ergonomic for Video, don't need acessories

By Dave

from Fiji

Verified Buyer

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

The 70D is great. I bought it specifically for Video. I shoot a lot of interviews for documentary's and corporate videos and i wanted to upgrade my DSLR (from the 600D) to something that would work a little better in low light. Also i mostly shoot with a Sony NX30 camcorder but i wanted a DSLR specifically to shoot interviews with Shallow DOF my final choices were between the 7D mrkII, the 6D and the 70D. Why i went with the 70D over the others is because of the ergonomics of it; it has an articulating screen, it tracks subjects so if i'm shooting interviews of people standing and they move i don't have to hunt and adjust - esp if i'm conducting the interview. if i bought either of the other two i'd have to buy one of those mini monitors and the mount etc but they 70D has all that i need for the moment and saving money on the body meant i could get the Sigma lens. very happy with it - have only had it for a week now.

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5.0

Great Camera

By John

from Danielsville, GA

Verified Buyer

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

Spectacular camera and exceptional service.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No one deserve this camera

By Rod Silva

from Sao Paulo

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

I bought this camera to make video and displaying the error 80. I realized that many people in the world are with this same problem. Canon does not free repair this problem and you will get the loss.

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5.0

Love it

By Sandy

from New York

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

This is my first digital SLR camera.Loving this camera! Autofocus is on point. Wi-Gu feature makes it so easy to go from camera.

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5.0

Excellent Camera

By Danni

from Rib Lake, Wisconsin

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

Excellent camera for the cost! Love the detail and clarity in the photos and the user-friendly controls.

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5.0

Excellent upgrade

By Michelle

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

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

    I loved my old 30D for casual/family/outdoor photography, but it was time for an update for an upcoming trip. I love the technology, the wireless capability and the smart phone shutter control. I'm not sure how often I will use those features, but love having the option. I'm not sure how I feel about the "flip out" screen for review. I liked being able to glance down and ensure my shot was framed well. Worth it for the shutter speed and improved pixels alone.

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    • No

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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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    4.0

    Excelente relaci�n precio calidad

    By Marcos Bolda Fotograf�a

    from Punta Alta, Argentina

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

    La he usado para filmaci�n y fot�grafia, ha dado muy buenos resultados.
    El enfoque es muy bueno.
    Le falta una salida de auriculares

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    (40 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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?

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      • No

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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!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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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        • No

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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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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