Canon’s new mid-range DSLR has been called “the start of the next photograph revolution”.
The thing that’s got people so excited is a new sensor, the “Dual Pixel CMOS”, that has the potential to change the way users capture still images and, most importantly, video. It powers very smooth and consistent autofocus, which keeps tight focus as a subject moves around and even tracks faces – like a camcorder, basically.
That means you can create so-called “pull-focus” effects — the movie directors’ trick of shifting focal point from one part of the scene to another – or keep the subject in focus while keeping the background blurred.
You move focus simply and easily by moving your finger across an extendable 3in touchscreen.
The EOS 70D is the replacement for one of Canon’s most popular DSLRs: the 60D. That was released in 2010 – light years ago in camera kit terms.
Other new features are seven frames per second continuous shooting, a 20.2 megapixel resolution and built-in wi-fi, which not only lets you download images wirelessly, but means you can control the camera remotely via a smartphone and Canon’s app.
Whether the new sensor proves so revolutionary that it sets a benchmark for DSLRs remains to be seen. But at the very least the 70D is this autumn’s best new camera.
From £1080, canon.co.uk