Canon 70D: A Comprehensive Guide to Photography

Canon 70D Photography Guide

The 70D is one of Canon’s better mid-range DSLRs. It offers plenty of modern niceties, including a silent shooting mode.

Its AF performance is superb, particularly with Live View phase-detection focusing. It also has the highest resolution display screen on any Canon DSLR. Its 1,040K-dot screen makes it easy to judge critical sharpness when reviewing images onscreen.

Camera Body

The Canon 70D is a solid, reliable and highly-capable DSLR that offers a reasonable set of still shooting options. It lacks some photographer-friendly features found on higher-end dSLRs such as time lapse/intervalometer or multiple card slots, but it does have Canon’s dedicated and free EOS Remote app for remote camera control via smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android).

On the top of the camera is the familiar mode dial with its center lock button. It now has positions for Auto+, PASM (plus Bulb), Special Scenes and Creative Auto plus a single custom setting slot.

A new AF area select button cycles through the auto 19-point, Zone (center 9 points or 4-point clumps at the top, bottom, left or right), and single-point options. This is a welcome improvement over the 60D, which only had one AF area selection button. In-camera image noise reduction is offered as well as peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration correction. This last feature is only available for JPEG output, however, and not for RAW files.

Lenses

The type of lens you use is as important as the camera itself. Lenses affect the look of your photographs, and there are many options available for your Canon DSLR. This guide will help you select the right lenses for your needs.

A wide-angle zoom that focuses close and captures a lot of light. It minimizes barrel distortion and produces sharp images with excellent color. It is an ideal option for landscape photography, interior shots, and capturing panoramic views.

A telephoto zoom that performs very well, particularly for its price range. It has minimal vignetting and chromatic aberration across the zoom range, and delivers sharp results when stopped down to f/4. It features a rounded 11-blade diaphragm that facilitates pleasing and smooth bokeh. It also has a high-speed OS system that minimizes the effects of camera shake. It has good AF speed and accuracy, and it supports both RAW and JPEG shooting. It is also compatible with Canon’s peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration correction functions.

Accessories

There are a number of camera accessories that can help you with your Canon 70D photography. Some of these are useful and necessary while others add a bit of fun or creativity to your shooting.

A remote shutter release is essential for those who want to take long exposures without the camera shaking from your finger pressing the shutter button. The Neewer RC-6 is a good choice and works well for night photography, stop motion and more.

Battery grips provide a better hold on the camera when shooting and extend the time you can shoot before having to change batteries. They are also helpful for giving you a more ergonomic way to access the camera controls when shooting in a vertical position.

An LCD screen protector keeps the camera’s LCD monitor clean and free of dust, scratches and smudges. The Vello LCD Screen Protector Ultra is thin enough to allow touchscreen operation and won’t leave a sticky residue behind.

Software

A free download from Canon’s website, the EOS Utility software brings together functions to communicate with the camera and manage files. You’ll need to be able to set up a wireless network before using the software for remote shooting, transfer, and control.

The Canon 70D’s images show fairly accurate color, with strong saturation in reds and oranges and a little less saturation in yellow and cyan. The default Picture Style tends to push contrast to increase perceived sharpness, which may contribute to slightly oversaturated colors. On our laboratory resolution chart, the camera reproduced distinct line patterns down to 2,500 lines vertically and 2,400 lines horizontally. Aliasing and sharpening artifacts start to interfere at this level, with extinction of the pattern occurring around 3,200 lines. High ISO performance is good, similar to the 60D’s despite smaller photosites.

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