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New Canon 70D Announced with Improved Video Autofocus Support

07.2.13 @ 12:23AM Tags : , , , , ,

Canon 70D BodyThere was a pretty solid leak a few days ago showing off the camera and specs, and now we have the official announcement for the Canon 70D, the replacement of Canon’s 60D. The new DSLR is sporting a brand new 20MP sensor from Canon — which is notable because it’s the first time in a number of years that they have introduced a new APS-C camera without an 18MP sensor. There is word that this one could set a new benchmark for high-ISO performance, which would be impressive considering the higher pixel count on the same size sensor. Check out more information on the camera below.

Here is the intro video from Canon:

And a rundown of the new camera from Canon Australia:

Here are the official specs for the camera:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Frame Rates:  1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
  • @ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
  • IPB and ALL-I Compression
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Cards
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Move Servo AF
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 7 fps
  • ISO 100-12800 (Expandable to ISO 25600)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Body: $1,200
  • With 18-55 STM: $1,350
  • With 18-135 STM: $1,549

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More info on the new Dual Pixel AF:

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a refined live view focusing technology that works to provide incredibly quick and precise auto focusing abilities that function in a similar manner to how a camcorder acquires focus. This system integrates two separate photodiodes within each pixel to provide a broad and dense network of phase-detection gathering elements to help reduce focus hunting for faster, more direct control of focus placement. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is utilized during live view applications, for either still or video shooting, and enables an enhanced method of working with the vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor.

When working with still imagery, this focusing system works to acquire focus quickly and accurately, making it ideally suited to shooting and tracking moving subjects and ensuring critical focus is attained with each shot. When shooting video, focusing is smooth and natural when changing from different subjects or different distances within the scene. Benefited by the Touch AF system, rack focus is possible simply by touching elements within the scene on the touchscreen in order to change focus in an intuitive manner. Subject tracking in movies is also heightened due to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system’s ability to recognize subjects and maintain focus when working within changing or cluttered scenery.

This focusing system provides full and intuitive use of the vari-angle touchscreen monitor through its keen integration of touch controls for focusing and articulating design of the screen for viewing from any shooting angle. Additionally, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is fully supported by over 100 current and former EF and EF-S lenses to offer a wide spectrum of compatibility for both still and video applications.

So obviously the bigger changes with this camera from the 60D will be the newer sensor as well as the improved autofocus in video mode (as well as stills mode), and you’ll have a couple of lenses that will be able to handle that, like the 18-55mm and the 18-135mm, as well at the 40mm pancake lens. As far as the ISO improvements, we will have to see how much better this model is versus the 60D, but this one has likely been in development for some time.

We’ll have more coverage and thoughts, but in the meantime, if you’d like to get a head start, you can pre-order the camera in a number of configurations from the links below.



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  • Not really worth an upgrade from the 60D, but looks like a pretty great camera nonetheless.

  • The video demonstrating the AF abilities of this camera is definitely impressive. Very interesting technology and it seems they spent a lot of R&D on this feature. Peculiar choice considering the potential cannibalization of their prosumer camcorder line. I know a lot of people shying away from DSLRs for video because of the “scary” manual focusing that is involved or downright required. If this (in real world application) can truly be on par with what modern camcorders are capable of in terms of AF then the release of this camera is pretty groundbreaking. I don’t see anything groundbreaking here for professional cinematography, that is, but I do see some serious innovation for the prosumer. Hell, if the AF is as good as it seems I can see this camera as being THE go-to DSLR for documentary or event work.

    This says that Canon does indeed want to continue to invest in the DSLR for video market, something that so many have doubted for the past two years, anyway.

    • As long as Magic Lantern run on it, it’ll be a good documentary camera. :-P
      (There’s unfortunately no headphone jack included, and we’ve yet to see the on-screen displays during video mode to assess whether it has audio meters, etc.)

      • From my own experience as far as the 5d mk2 and the 600D goes, even with an external microphone, the sound quality is still so very bad that you would want to use a zoom H4n (or similar) instead. Always, no matter what. So unless they would manage to REALLY imrpove the internal sound, I don’t really care about a headphone or even microphone jack anyway.

        • I use a juicedlink portable mixer plugged directly in the camera and the sound is actually cleaner than when i use a tascam dr-40. Plus the physical knobs on the juiced link make it much easier to adjust the levels smoothly.

  • dat digital 3x – 10x zoom looks interesting (5:10)

    • It looks like it’s very similar, if not exactly the same, to the digital video zoom present on the 600D/T3i.
      On the 600D at 3x it’s about a 1:1 crop of the sensor and delivers decent quality, but any amount of zoom past 3x destroys the image; I think it interpolates a lot of of the pixels at higher zoom amounts.
      For some reason, Canon added this feature on the 600D, but then removed it on subsequent XXXD models, so it’s nice to see it return. Owning a 600D myself, the few times I’ve had to resort to use the feature, it’s come in very handy (though never past 3x zoom…)

  • Here’s the non-spam-driven User Group community already set up for news, discussion and sharing clips:

  • Stu Mannion on 07.2.13 @ 1:56AM

    The big question is have they fixed the morie issues in video (like the 5D mk3) or not (like all the camera’s beneath the 5Dmk3)?

  • does that mean…no CF card…no raw? or yes?

    • It doesn’t use CF cards, no.
      Still, it should perform about as well as the 6D and 650D do in terms of raw video: you’ll probably have to shoot at lower resolutions. 720p might be possible, at best.

  • Probably going to pick this up; upgrading from a T1i so big deal for me. Hopefully the ML guys can make RAW better on SD cards using their sorcery.

    • Currently, the fastest SD cards are those SanDisk Extreme Pro 95 MB/s ones, though other Canon cameras that have supported the higher speed UHS-I SD card standard have only maxed out at about 40 MB/s. Maybe, with the recent buffer optimizations Magic Lantern has seen, it’ll be possible to get continuous 720p if the buffer is large enough.

      • Yes, at 40MB/s you can record continuos 720p. And with the new buffer strategy it is possible to record a long time around 1400 Wide. So, if you use an 2.35.1 aspect ratio you can record continuously. With out mention that the camera maximum resolution is 1728×992 (not true 1080) so a continuos 1400 will upscale nicely to 1080.

        The only problem with the t4i is the F** AF which is damaging the raw data for now. So I haven’t be able to shot proper test. But with the t3i I can go to 1656x at 20MB/s And it look awesome!. Check some on my test on youtube and judge for yourself. But having a digic 5+ will benefits the footage 1000 times! that is for sure.

  • Michael Hendzel on 07.2.13 @ 3:37AM

    I’d like to be the first to complain that there’s no 1080p @60fps :-)

    • It is annoying though, I use lots of slomo shots, and I hate it to go back to 720p. Makes the image a lot softer in the rest of the film.

  • Zeb Parkes on 07.2.13 @ 6:14AM

    I filmed a bit of stuff with a borrowed 60d and found it a nice camera to use before I got a 5d3.

    If I’m looking to get a second camera to shoot stills and video with my 5d3 this could be a good option at an affordable price range and would. Especially If I wanted to have one shooting video and the other stills or have different lenses on each for live event stuff.

    The promo videos of the autofocus look good and could have a use in a dock/live even situation depending how well it works. Especially if your not in a position to constantly be checking focus. I’ll need to see some real world examples first before I’m convinced.

    Also is it able to monitor audio levels as it’s recording ? I know it doesn’t have a headphone jack, but Ive find it usefull even without a headphone jack to see if your getting audio. Especially if its coming from a mixer and a jack could have come loose.

  • why no headphone jack??

  • $1,200 and no headphone jack or 60p. The GH3 is in the same price range has both, albeit with a smaller sensor.

  • I own a 60D and I love it.
    But the reasons I would consider upgrading.. The wifi smartphone/ipad app.
    an iPad could be an easy/cheap external wireless monitor.
    the autofocus could come in handy for steadycam use.. (ever tried doing all that yourself? even tricky with 2 people)
    I want to give the stills HDR mode a spin and…
    If it has the same processor as the 5Diii could it be hacked to also give full HD Raw in the near future?

    • I think the wifi will have far too much lag to be used for monitoring, sadly :(

      • Well Panasonic G6 allows wireless monitoring (SD @ 30fps) and recording straight from your phone/tablet, it just couldn’t do manual focusing/change setting on the tablet/phone while recording, otherwise it is a killer setup especially for steadicam operation without spending big $$$

  • Dynamic range? (This is where Canon is still WAY behind Nikon.)

    • If you turn on Highlight Tone Priority the difference is not that great, and Canons have a far nicer roll-off.

  • The bit where she puts her hand up to her cheek is weird.

  • This is my overly opinionated…opinion.

    Canon really knows how to put out a boring product.

    What is the flagship feature of the new 70D? Better autofocus… in video… Wow.

    Here’s Canon’s recipe for success: Take an overpriced (at the time) and under-performing model, throw in a couple more megapixels (because we all know that means better image quality…), add an old processor inside and remove the 1080p60 functionality, add Wi-Fi (the new craze!), and up the already useless in video mode ISO12800 up to an even more ridiculously useless 25600.

    You want to use ML to get RAW video? Good luck getting that even out of the fastest SDXC cards.

    And don’t even get me started with all the moire’ and aliasing issues this camera WILL have.

    This ladies and gentleman is a turd. I’m sorry I have to be the one to break up this circlejerk. If this was Canon’s answer to the Nikon D5200/D7100, Panasonic GH3/G6, Sony a57… (which all cost the same or less!) then this is just disappointing.

    I could go into the few positives of this camera, but I can’t bring myself to write a small paragraph about a bunch of dumbass features nobody in their target market actually uses.

    Go pick up a 60D on Amazon right now for half that ($599) or a 6D with full frame ($1288 – Didn’t even have to look for more than a minute to find a lower that retail price). They’ll all have the similar pro’s and con’s, but at least you won’t feel as stupid… because you didn’t buy a 70D.

    • “And don’t even get me started with all the moire’ and aliasing issues this camera WILL have.”

      Interesting “opinion”.

      “a bunch of dumbass features nobody in their target market actually uses.”

      I think that AF during video recording is totally within the target market: consumer to prosumer who want to explore DSLR video but don’t want to mess around with follow focuses, external monitors, or just the otherwise steep learning curve from going from your old camcorder to the much tougher DSLRs. I think it’s a good move.

  • It’s an incremental model, something to occupy the media with, until a major step up in technology takes place. It’s tough for these full-line manufacturers to release a single “game changer” model a la BMD or Red because it’ll eat into the sales for every other of their units. 70D is that in-between piece, with marginal improvement over its immediate predecessor in the similar price range. For someone with Canon lenses and in a need for replacement, this is an option. For a newbie on a budget, D5200 or Alpha58 are better deals. For someone with more experience, D7100 or GH3 might offer more. A year from now, a major manufacturer might be offering a 2.5 Raw feature for the same price … or, at least, announce it to beat others to the punch and keep folks from purchasing the competing merchandise.

  • Chris Spencer on 07.2.13 @ 11:17PM

    I find it funny that so many people are complaining about the specs on this camera considering a DSLR cameras primary use before video functionality was ever introduced was taking stills. Canon isn’t going redesign it’s stills cameras to fit every video operators needs. If you want a video camera with headphone jack or 60 fps then purchase one otherwise just deal with the limitations and take advantage of the image quality.

  • The new Nokia phone/camera is confirmed to be coming out with 41 MP sensor (technically, just about the same as 70D, although they probably do not process light the same way) and a Pro-Cam app. There are companies offering interchangeable lens for many of these smart phone/cams. The $300 range point&shoots might still have an edge there but the overall pixel count now is tilting the other way. Within a couple of years, point@shoots will arguably be no longer made and a $1,200 cam like this would have to offer a whole lot more than 70D. Beginning now.

  • trackofalljades on 07.5.13 @ 12:34AM

    I’m confused by the specifications mentioning “11 minute” video durations on an 8GB card when using the ALL-I codec, is that just for people to note comparatively for the card size or does the camera have a shooting limit?

    Those of us that don’t shoot actors or “takes” but real life events can’t possibly stop every eleven minutes.

    • I agree that the time limit issue is a huge draw back. 7d also shoots a max of 12mins/4G. Which means this camera cannot be considered for live event shoots.

  • Canon has losed the plot down the road I will stick to my Canon550d with ML and I think IMHO I will wait and get the Black Magic Pocket HD For $900.

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