Canon 70D: Holistically Good but for some Pixel Peepers
While there is a hell lot to like and feel good about the latest Canon 70D, the overenthusiastic lot may feel a bit disheartened as the 60D bids a fitting adieu. Loaded with overhauling features and an articulated touch screen, the Canon 70D amalgamates certain high-end features with the technological prowess backing up the same. With the streamlined design packing a punch, the enjoyable shooting experience is what this gadget vouches for. The photo quality is nothing close to perfect and leaves much to be desired as per the expectations.
We did feel at home while reviewing this gadget as it took a lot less effort to dig deep into the feature sets. With floating specs and newest sensor oriented renders, the Canon 70D comes along as one preferred addition for most users. While banking upon the autofocus performance won’t be a disappointment one can still make use of the best-in class image quality at the given price range. The microcontroller does feel a bit hard to control while the conflicting resolution isn’t something which deserves a lot of attention.
Cameras with interchangeable lenses are a rarity and that too at the given price bracket. The final image tests weren’t that glorified but detailing and sharpness got a ready boost, as per the expectations. As compared to the Nikon D7100, this falls behind quite a bit as per the budget nothing beats the performance of Canon 70D. We did find Canon pushing the contrast levels considerably so as to include the overall sharpness and this often renders the images soft but still exceedingly detailed. While the Auto mode isn’t that effective, we did lose out on some added shadowing and details as with this gadget. RAWs and JPEGs look reasonably vibrant but noises do come up occasionally with the images. Noise pattern is finer whereas the ISO sensitivities are in sync with the user preferences. Sharper images were produced even at ISO 1600 but this was more of a rarity. We did encounter the same softness in the videos as with the stills but the crawling edges and ringing are more of a common sight. Tonal qualities were quite encouraging when low-light videos are shot besides the substantial amounts of color noise.
With a 20.2MP unit at its disposal, the Canon 70D performs exceedingly well. The built-in optical image stabilizer surely lends the helping hand as the pictures look exceedingly sharp even at the low-light conditions. Time lag is minimal as the gadget barely takes 0.4 second to load, focus and finally shoot. Focus timing is also on the lower side with 0.2 second whereas in the Live Viewing mode is may go up to a considerable 1.5seconds. Flash enabled RAWs and JPEGs run at a rate of 0.2 seconds plus the added flash loading time. What stands out perfectly is the 7.1fps burst shooting rate which can easily run up to 30 clicks for the JPEGs and 17 for the RAWs but with a reduced speed of 5.5fps. Servo AI focus assumes a better shape with the combined 9-shot bursts as experienced by us. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF comes with a fair autofocusing system which calls for performance and respectability. Phase-detection modes are laid out rather perfectly whereas this works perfectly even with the autofocusing spec. Zone focus has been readily picked up from the elusive 7D but the lack of the focus-point expansion is something which can dampen the professional spirits. Live Viewing works perfectly well as with the AF-area mode and a better loading speed as well for the starters.
The 3inch LCD comes with the TFT attachment and renders a HD display resolution for the users to look at. 1040k dots make up the display hierarchy which in turn comes with the pentaprism viewfinder for a better and wider viewing angle. LCD comes with a better touch screen facility which showcases great visibility in most conditions while accounting for a brighter manual focusing spec.
This camera does pack in a lot in terms of design cues and comes out to be a streamlined variant as compared to the 60D. While the leftmost corner shelters the all-important mode dial, the manual and automatic modes can be easily accessed by the center lock button. The LCD sports an array of direct-access tabs whereas the multiple AF modes can also be selected with ease. One may also make the best use of the quick control dial which comes along as one path-breaking inclusion. Thumb operated Movie modes have an added functionality and the multi-controller readily sports a navigation inset for the users to look at. The front seems to be a tad smaller and gives a sleek look to the device but without compromising on the viewfinder dimensions. The interface is simple and this straightforwardness is bound to go down well with most professionals. The only thing which felt a bit out of place happens to be the display which is added with a tiny camera tab but with a few off-level constraints as well. The single card slot isn’t high end at all but the built-in Wi-Fi does make the things slightly better in terms of functionality.
Specified lens kit:
The provided 18-135mm kit does throw in a few added specs as compared to the pre-fabricated inclusion in 18-55mm. While the magnification gets the needed boost, the Canon 70D does add to its allotted zooming capabilities. The rotating zoom system shows up with this elusive it which calls for better image clarity and reduced flares. One may also feel great about the built-in dynamic image stabilizer which smoothens out the AF precursors with considerable ease. Be it the additional protective coating or the soft-toned image background, the offered lens kit combines high-end resourcefulness with deep-seated prudence.
If semi-professional needs are to be satiated then Canon 70D is to be considered almost immediately. While the image quality falls behind just a bit, the design cues and the autofocus system kind of makes up for this minor blemish.
Canon EOS 70D Rivals:
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 60D