So, it has been a while since the 60D was announced, nearly 3 years to be exact, which is a long time for an upgrade in an industry that releases more derivatives of DSLR’s than BMW do with the Mini brand.
Like the 60D, this camera is aimed at the enthusiast looking to take photography that little bit more seriously. The camera pretty much looks the same, keeping the camera looking very traditional which most photographers like. The camera has been upgraded to a 20.2mp APS-C sensor from the 60D’s 18mp and will work with “most” EF lenses (officially Cannon have stated 103 of the 156 out there).
One of my favourite upgrades to this camera is the presence of a touch-sensitive display which with owning the 60D I missed, but do not worry, all the dials and buttons are still present. Canon have allowed features like touch focus to take full use of the new display and bring the camera bang-up to date. In video mode, a new sensor based auto focus is used to make focusing faster.
The 70D has taken a leaf out of the impeccable 7D’s book by including 19 cross-type AF points which steps up this camera to the next level. Along with this, Canon has included WiFi connectivity. This enables you to transfer images between cameras, computer or to a smartphone/tablet wirelessly. You can also use this to control the camera using the iOS app downloadable on the app store.
Images are processed by the DIGIC 5 engine like the 5D mk3, which allows shooting of 7fps for up to 65 frames in JPEG meaning fast paced photography will be a breeze.
This camera represents a reputable upgrade from the 60D and for the first time we have a real reason to go for it as this in my opinion will be come a class leader in its group. The camera is set to be launched at the end of August and will be priced at £1079/$1199 body only.