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Marketed August 2013
Original Price Open price

The Canon EOS 70D was developed for users looking to step up from entry-level models and advanced amateurs seeking to extend their photographic horizons. In addition to key devices upgraded from the preceding EOS 60D (released in September 2010), including the CMOS sensor and image processor, the 70D incorporates Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a new autofocus technology that provides significantly improved AF performance during Live View shooting and when shooting movies. Responding to a diverse range of user needs in accordance with varied shooting styles, the new camera contributes to expanding the realm of photographic possibilities.

When using the Live View function, new Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables sharp focus to be obtained through phase-difference AF*1 until final focus is achieved—the same as when shooting through the viewfinder—across approximately 80% vertically and horizontally of the shooting area. Compared with Canon’s previous image-plane phase-difference AF, Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes shorter focusing times and exceptional tracking performance. Additionally, when shooting movies, the improved tracking capabilities of the Movie Servo AF ensure continuously smooth focusing performance, even when filming quickly moving subjects.

Equipped with a newly developed APS-C-size approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5+ image processor, which makes possible high-speed image processing, the EOS 70D delivers exceptional image quality and a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 7 frames per second. Additionally, offering a maximum standard ISO of 12800*2 (expandable to ISO 25600), the camera enables the capture of images with reduced noise, even when shooting in low-light conditions.When shooting through the viewfinder, the camera’s 19-point all cross-type AF system provides support for a variety of image compositions and realizes outstanding focusing performance for moving subjects.

Featuring built-in Wi-Fi, the EOS 70D allows users to use their smartphone as a wireless controller to shoot stills with the camera from afar.*3 Additionally, still images (JPEG) stored on the camera’s memory card can be transferred and saved to a compatible smartphone, PC or other device.

*1 Contrast AF employed when using some older EF lens models, during magnified view, during Movie digital zoom and when using an extender.
*2 Maximum ISO speed of ISO 6400 when shooting video.
*3 Remote shooting from a smartphone requires the EOS Remote application. While available for both iOS and Android systems, performance cannot be guaranteed for all models.

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card*, SDXC memory card*

* UHS-I cards compatible.

Image sensor size Approx. 22.5 x 15.0 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)

* Excluding EF-M lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6 times the lens focal length)

Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 20.20 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Dust delete feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System (DCF) 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible
Recorded pixels L (Large) Approx. 20.00 megapixels (5472 x 3648)
M (Medium) Approx. 8.90 megapixels (3648 x 2432)
S1 (Small 1) Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2736 x 1824)
S2 (Small 2) Approx. 2.50 megapixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (Small 3) Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5472 x 3648)
M-RAW Approx. 11.0 megapixels (4104 x 2736)
S-RAW Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2736 x 1824)
Create/select a folder Possible
File numbering Continuous, Auto reset, Manual reset
Image Processing During Shooting
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
White balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (approx. 2500-10000 K), White balance correction, and White balance bracketing possible

* Flash color temperature information transmission enabled

Noise reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image
brightness correction
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Provided
Lens aberration correction Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 98% (with Eye point approx. 22 mm)
Magnification Approx. 0.95x (-1 m–1 with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eye point Approx. 22 mm (from eyepiece lens center at -1 m–1)
Built-in dioptric adjustment Approx. -3.0 – +1.0 m–1 (dpt)
Focusing screen Fixed
Grid display Provided
Electronic level Displayable before and during shooting
Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview Provided
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase-difference detection with the dedicated AF sensor
AF points 19 (All cross-type focusing*)

* Except with certain lenses.

Focusing brightness range EV -0.5 – 18 (with center AF point, at room temperature, ISO 100)
Focus operation One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF area selection mode Single-point AF (Manual selection), Zone AF (Manual zone selection), 19-point automatic selection AF
AI Servo AF characteristics Tracking sensitivity, Acceleration/deceleration tracking
AF fine adjustment AF Microadjustment (All lenses by same amount or Adjust by lens)
AF-assist beam Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Exposure Control
Metering modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
• Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
• Partial metering (approx. 7.7% of viewfinder at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 3.0% of viewfinder at center)
• Center-weighted average metering
Metering brightness range EV 1 – 20 (at room temperature, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Special scene [Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control], Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
ISO speed (Recommended exposure Index) Basic Zone modes*: ISO 100 – ISO 6400 set automatically

* Landscape: ISO 100 – ISO 1600 set automatically, Handheld Night Scene: ISO 100 – ISO 12800 set automatically
P, Tv, Av, M, B: Auto ISO, ISO 100 – ISO 12800 (in 1/3- or whole-stop increments), or ISO expansion to H(equivalent to ISO 25600)

ISO speed settings ISO speed range, Auto ISO range, and Auto ISO minimum shutter speed settable
Exposure compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with manual exposure compensation)
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
HDR Shooting
Dynamic range adjustment Auto, ±1 EV, ±2 EV, ±3 EV
Auto image align Possible
Multiple Exposures
Number of multiple exposures 2 to 9 exposures
Multiple-exposure control Additive, Average
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec. (total shutter speed range; available range varies by shooting mode), Bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Drive System
Drive modes Single shooting, High-speed continuous shooting, Lowspeed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting, 10-sec. self-timer/remote control, 2-sec. self-timer/remote control
Continuous shooting speed High-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 7.0 shots/sec.
Low-speed continuous shooting : Max. approx. 3.0 shots/sec.
Silent continuous shooting : Max. approx. 3.0 shots/sec.
Max. burst JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 40 shots (approx. 65 shots)
RAW: Approx. 15 shots (approx. 16 shots)
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 8 shots (approx. 8 shots)

* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and an 8 GB card.
* Figures in parentheses apply to an UHS-I compatible 8 GB card based on Canon’s testing standards.

Built-in flash Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Guide No.: Approx.12/39.4 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Flash coverage: Approx. 17 mm lens angle of view
Recycling time approx. 3 sec.
External Speedlite Compatible with EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
PC terminal None
Flash control Built-in flash function settings, external Speedlite function settings, external Speedlite Custom Function settings
Wireless flash control via optical transmission
Live View Shooting
Aspect ratio 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
Focus methods Dual Pixel CMOS AF system/Contrast-detection AF system (Face+Tracking, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Phase-difference detection with the dedicated AF sensor (Quick mode), Manual focus (approx. 5x and 10x magnified view possible for focus check)
Continuous AF Provided
Focusing brightness range EV 0-18 (at room temperature, ISO 100)
Metering modes Evaluative metering (315 zones), Partial metering (approx. 10.3% of Live View screen), Spot metering (approx. 2.6% of Live View screen), Center-weighted average metering
Metering brightness range EV 0 – 20 (at room temperature, ISO 100)
Creative filters Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect
Silent shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Touch shutter Provided
Grid display Three types
Movie Shooting
Recording format MOV
Movie: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 Variable (average) bit rate
Audio: Linear PCM
Recording size and frame rate 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280 x 720 (HD) : 60p/50p
640 x 480 (SD) : 30p/25p

* 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps, 24p: 23.98 fps, 60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps

Compression method ALL-I (I-only), IPB
File size 1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p) / IPB Approx. 235 MB/min.
1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p) / ALL-I Approx. 685 MB/min.
1280 x 720 (60p/50p) / IPB Approx. 205 MB/min.
1280 x 720 (60p/50p) / ALL-I Approx. 610 MB/min.
640 x 480 (30p/25p) / IPB Approx. 78 MB/min.

* Card reading/writing speed necessary for movie shooting:
IPB: at least 6 MB per sec. / ALL-I: at least 20 MB per sec.

Focusing Same as focusing with Live View shooting

* Quick mode disabled during movie shooting

Digital zoom Approx. 3x – 10x
Metering modes Center-weighted average and Evaluative metering with the image sensor

* Automatically set by the focus method.

Metering brightness range EV 0 – 20 (at room temperature, ISO 100)
Exposure control Auto-exposure shooting (Program AE for movies) and manual exposure
Exposure compensation: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (±5 stops for still photos)
ISO speed(Recommended exposure index) For auto-exposure shooting 1. ISO 100 – ISO 6400 set automatically. In Creative Zone modes, the upper limit is expandable to H (equivalent to ISO 12800).
For manual exposure shooting Auto ISO (ISO 100 – ISO 6400 set automatically), ISO 100 – ISO 6400 set manually (1/3- and whole-stop increments), expandable to H (equivalent to ISO 12800)
Time code Supported
Drop frames Compatible with 60p/30p
Video snapshots Settable to 2 sec. / 4 sec. / 8 sec.
Sound recording Built-in stereo microphone, external stereo microphone terminal provided
Sound-recording level adjustable, wind filter provided, attenuator provided
Grid display Three types
Still photo shooting Possible
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots Wide 7.7 cm (3.0-in) (3:2) with approx. 1.04 million dots
Brightness adjustment Manual (7 levels)
Electronic level Provided
Touch screen technology Capacitive sensing
Feature guide / Help Displayable
Image display formats Single image display, Single image + Info display (Basic info, shooting info, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
AF point display Possible
Grid display Three types
Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x – 10x
Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movies, by stills, by rating
Image rotate Possible
Rating Provided
Movie playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT), built-in speaker
Slide show All images, by date, by folder, by movies, by stills, by rating
Background music Selectable for slide shows and movie playback
Image protect Possible
Post-Processing of Images
In-camera RAW image processing Brightness correction, White balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO speed noise reduction, JPEG image-recording quality, Color space, Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, Chromatic aberration correction
Resize Possible
Creative filters Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Custom Functions
Custom Functions 23
My Menu registration Possible
Custom shooting modes Register under Mode Dial C
Copyright information Entry and inclusion enabled
Audio/video OUT/Digital terminal Analog video (Compatible with NTSC/PAL) / stereo audio output
Computer communication, Direct printing (Hi-Speed USB or equivalent), GPS Receiver GP-E2 connection
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone IN terminal 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Remote control terminal For Remote Switch RS-60E3
Wireless remote control Compatible with Remote Controller RC-6
Eye-Fi card Compatible
Battery Battery Pack LP-E6 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6.
* With Battery Grip BG-E14 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used.

Battery information Remaining capacity, Shutter count, Recharge performance, and Battery registration possible
Number of possible shots
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
With viewfinder shooting Approx. 920 shots at room temperature (23°C/73°F),
approx. 850 shots at low temperatures (0°C/32°F)
With Live View shooting Approx. 210 shots at room temperature (23°C/73°F),
approx. 200 shots at low temperatures (0°C/32°F)
Movie shooting time Approx. 1 hr. 20 min. at room temperature (23°C/73°F),
approx. 1 hr. 20 min. at low temperatures (0°C/32°F)

* With a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E6.

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5 mm / 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.
Weight with Wi-Fi function Approx. 755 g / 26.7 oz. (CIPA Guidelines),
approx. 675 g / 23.8 oz. (Body only)
without Wi-Fi function Approx. 750 g / 26.5 oz. (CIPA Guidelines),
approx. 670 g / 23.7 oz. (Body only)
Operating Environment
Working temperature range 0°C – 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Working humidity 85% or less