June 28th, 2013 Update – Please Read Canon 70D Specifications Leaked for more up to date information on the Canon 70D.
The other night when Annie and I went to the theatre, there was a commercial for Canon cameras which featured the Canon T5i and the Canon 60D. Annie asked me if I was interested in either of them. I have considered the 60D in the past, but it is actually quite similar to what I have now, and so when my current body dies in three to five years, I’ll probably be looking at the Canon 70D which is due to be announced in the next few months and be released before the fall. Read the bottom of this post for a primer on how Canon model numbers work.
By the time I am looking for a new body, I think the cost of it will be more reasonable, and from the rumours I’ve read, the features should be pretty decent.
It might come with the following:
- 18mp Sensor (Same as SL1)
- DIGIC V (no one has said it will get DIGIC 6)
- SD Card
- 3.2″ Touchscreen LCD (No mention of swivel)
- Magnesium Alloy Construction
- Slightly larger than the EOS 60D
- $1199 USD Body Only
Information from Canon Rumours
Basically, it looks like a cropped sensor version of the 6D, Canon’s budget friendly full frame camera body. I hope that it comes with a better autofocus system though as the 7D that I owned had an amazing autofocus system, and most people agree that the 6D has a mediocre one.
Rant: It bothers me that they can create an amazing autofocus system and then instead of slowly integrating it into all of their product lines, they limit what they add so that people that want a good autofocus system have to pay a huge price premium. /Rant
I also doubt that the new 70D will have GPS and WiFi in it, as these modules, should stick to the single digit model number bodies. It might sell cameras to include it, but it isn’t a needed feature for most photographers, and is a gimmick that eats up body space and adds weight.
There are also rumours that the 70D might come with a 21MP sensor that hasn’t been released yet, but I think most photographers don’t care as much about how many MP their sensors have any longer, but would rather see things like dynamic range, ISO and other image quality factors improved.
Side note: Back when I was looking at upgrading my body to a more pro-level one, I thought about waiting for the Canon 7D Mark II, and it still hasn’t been released. It looks like it might not be announced until early 2014 at this rate.
Many people are wondering if the Canon 70D will be the little brother to the Canon 6D or the Canon 7D Mark II. I am not sure what Canon is going to do with their middle of the road body, but the 6D and the 7D are very different cameras. The 6D is a “budget friendly” full frame studio camera, and the 7D is a sports photography camera. And I feel like the 7D Mark II will be very different from the 6D as well, so choosing one direction or the other for the 70D will be important as many people step up through the various models along the same lines.
Why wouldn’t I go towards the 7D Mark II in a few years? Well, the average price of Canon’s more professional bodies is going up, and as such, I think it will probably be outside of my affordable range for the type of photography I’m interested in doing, and I would rather spend that extra cash on better lenses than better bodies.
I think the 70D, if given a good autofocus system could easily fit the budget in a few years, and give me the performance I need to continue improving my photography for years go come, especially if it comes with a nice weather sealed, sturdy body.
Canon model numbers primer: Professional bodies are one number long such as the Canon 1D, 3D, 5D, 6D and 7D series bodies.
Mid-range bodies are two digits long such as the 40D, 50D, 60D. They include more professional features, but are seen as prosumer cameras.
Lower end digital SLR bodies are the Rebel series which have three digits such as the 550D, 600D, 650D, but in North America, they go by “brand” names of the T1i, T2i, T3i. Recently, Canon added the 100D to their line-up which is better known by the brand name of the SL1.
The lowest priced bodies, with the least features are four numbers long, like the 1100D or better known in Canada as the T3.