Canon 70D

Canon EOS 70D front
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 755g - 139 x 104 x 79mm
  • Announced October 2013
  • Old Model is Canon 60D
  • Successor is Canon 80D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 70D summary

Canon 70D is Canon's Advanced DSLR digital camera originally introduced on October of 2013. The camera features a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon brought out this model as a way to replace the earlier Canon 60D (Read Full Comparison) & then introduced the updated Canon 80D (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.

The 70D is placed #28 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & over all #161 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon 70D history

The Canon 70D is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
70D vs 90D
33MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-77D front thumbnailCanon 77D
70D vs 77D
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2017
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Canon-EOS-80D front thumbnailCanon 80D
70D vs 80D
24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 7D MII
70D vs 7D MII
20MPAPS-C10.0 fps2014
Canon-EOS-70D front thumbnailCanon 70D20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-60D front thumbnailCanon 60D
70D vs 60D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
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Canon-EOS-7D front thumbnailCanon 7D
70D vs 7D
18MPAPS-C8.0 fps2009
Canon-EOS-50D front thumbnailCanon 50D
70D vs 50D
15MPAPS-C6.3 fps2008
Canon-EOS-40D front thumbnailCanon 40D
70D vs 40D
10MPAPS-C6.5 fps2007
Canon-EOS-30D front thumbnailCanon 30D
70D vs 30D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-20D front thumbnailCanon 20D
70D vs 20D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
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Canon-EOS-10D front thumbnailCanon 10D
70D vs 10D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 70D Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Canon 70D based on things which are generally regarded as essential in a digital camera.

built-in touchscreen
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
delivers RAW files
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
has HDMI support
has mic jack
has phase detect autofocus
has touch to focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes Top screen
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
screen can move to multiple angles
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dot)
selfie friendly display
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
weather proof
you can focus manually
lack of image stabilization
missing headphone jack
missing Time Lapse function
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Canon 70D Sensor features

The Canon 70D is run by the Digic 5+ processor chip. The spec of the sensor on the Canon 70D is 22.5mm x 15mm (APS-C). The 338 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 100 to 12800. The ISO can be expanded digitally to a maximum of 25600. RAW photos are saved so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the 70D's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 70D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 70D dimensions

Canon 70D weighs in at 1.66 lbs (755g / 26.63 ounces) & the size of the camera is 139mm x 104mm x 79mm (5.5" x 4.1" x 3.1"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776g and the Canon 70D is similar compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon 70D besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Canon EOS 70D dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button layout on the 70D.

Canon EOS 70D topview buttons dials

Canon 70D Lens features

The 70D uses the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses on the market today. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the 70D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-100-400mm-f4.5-5.6L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM100-400mmf/4.5-5.6 1590g
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2-35-Canon-EF lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 23535mmf/2.0 570g
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Sigma-135mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art135mmf/1.81130g
Canon-EF-28-90mm-f4.0-5.6-II lensCanon EF 28-90mm f4.0-5.6 II28-90mmf/4.0-5.6 180g
Tamron-SP-45mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD45mmf/1.8 540g
Tamron-SP-15-30mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD15-30mmf/2.8 1100g
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Canon-EF-S-18-55mm-f3.5-5.6 lensCanon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.618-55mmf/3.5-5.6 190g
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Canon 70D Connectivity

The 70D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and usually alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Several apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon 70D Video features

The highest possible video quality on the Canon 70D is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance for video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to crop. While the body offers a mic port, it is missing a headphone port so you won't have the capability to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Canon 70D Weather Sealing

Canon 70D provides weather proofing making it a great selection for use for rough climates. This can be especially valuable when you are uncertain about the conditions you might face for outdoor photography.

Canon 70D Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 70D features a 3 inch fully articulated screen with a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group shots if needed. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can adjust focus points and change settings with your finger. The 70D also has a builtin Top screen so you're able to instantly view your settings.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon 70D are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 98%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

Viewfinders can be really beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon 70D Shutter features

Canon 70D has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Canon 70D Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon 70D features both in-built flash as well as external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Canon 70D Autofocus features

Canon 70D features both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detection which is helpful for portraits.

The Sensor features 19 focus points to select from. Canon 70D has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to change focus points. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Canon 70D boasts manual focus if needed for low light scenarios or you need more exact focus control.

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Canon 70D Battery life

The battery life (LP-E6) for the Canon 70D is made to last for 920 shots as per the CIPA specifications which is on par with it's competition. The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the best (2260) battery life for this type of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
70D vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
70D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
70D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
70D vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
70D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 70D for different styles of photography

The following illustration gives a summary of the Canon 70D for different styles of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Canon 70D as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon 70D has a score of 77 which is awesome, meaning that it is a great option for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and potential to use external lighting.

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has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW files

Canon 70D Street photography information

Having a very good rating of 68, the Canon 70D is a very decent pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
weather proofing
no image stabilization

Canon 70D Sports photography information

A above average sports photography rating of 74 indicates the Canon 70D is a very decent option for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization

Canon 70D as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty critical when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon 70D gets a very good 69 as a travel camera which is a good option to take with you on your vacations.

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weather proofing
offers touch to focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse function

Canon 70D as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 70D at it's very good grade of 69 for a landscape camera is a very decent fit among it's competitors.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is good (3")
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording

Canon 70D as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon 70D is a good pick as a vlog camera as it comes to a nice rating of 69.

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display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
comes with face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic jack
no image stabilization

Canon 70D Alternatives

If you need replacements to the 70D, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the category of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart underneath offers you an overview of the 70D vs it's highest scoring rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Canon EOS 70D
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5+
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.5 x 15mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Available lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen technology
Clear View II TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
755g (1.66 lbs)
Physical dimensions
139 x 104 x 79mm (5.5" x 4.1" x 3.1")
Battery life
920 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at release