Thursday, September 26, 2013

REVIEW: Canon 70D First Look with Real World Sample Photos

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera

The Canon 40D holds a special place in my heart because I have long considered it to be the best xxD series camera that Canon has ever released – until now.

For years I’ve been telling 40D owners to ignore the new camera bodies and focus on getting great lenses because the 50D, 60D and even 7D sensor failed to impress me enough to recommend that my readers toss out an excellent camera for one that offered little extra.

Will my advice changes as I hold in my hand a possible replacement for the 40D, 50D, and 60D? This camera has all of the charm of the 40D, with all of the technological advancements that have accumulated in its predecessors over the years. What’s more, even cool things like the flip out touch screen from the Rebel T5i have arrived. Read on to see if this camera ends up being “the one” as well as a worthy competitor to the mighty Nikon D7100.

Real World Sample Images

These are taken from in-camera JPEG’s with zero modifications taken during everyday life events. Nearly all were taken in Aperture Priority (Av) mode unless otherwise noted, and all were handheld. The goal of these samples is to show you exactly what you’d expect to get if you were taking your own real world shots.

Visit for a full gallery and click the images to see the full-size originals. All images are copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may view them, but you may not store, edit, print, distribute or otherwise reuse any images without written consent.

Great detail and nice bokeh
f/2.8 @ 41 mm, 1/80, ISO 500, No Flash (24-70mm f/2.8L II)

ISO 5000? No problem
f/9 @ 70 mm, 1/80, ISO 5000, No Flash

Gorgeous color even at ISO 1600
f/4 @ 67 mm, 1/60, ISO 1600, No Flash

Impressive Evaluative Metering
f/2.8 @ 28 mm, 1/60, ISO 1250, No Flash

f/4 @ 33 mm, 1/80, ISO 2000, No Flash

I remember having to use spot metering on my 1D Mark III to get this shot,
but the 70D had no trouble using Evaluative metering mode
f/2.8 @ 50 mm, 1/60, ISO 1600, No Flash

Plenty details in this long exposure shot
f/11 @ 24 mm, 5s, ISO 100, No Flash

Not shabby for ISO 12,800!
f/5.6 @ 24 mm,1/50, ISO 12800, No Flash

Noisy, but usable at ISO 10,000
f/5.6 @ 30 mm, 1/60, ISO 10000, No Flash

Tough backlit scenario turned out okay even though I accidentally
had forgotten my camera in Shade White Balance mode
f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/60, ISO 5000, No Flash

ISO 10,000 is okay, but nothing spectacular
f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/80, ISO 10000, No Flash

f/2.8 @ 30 mm, 1/200, ISO 100, No Flash
, –2 EV

All of the images shown above were captured using my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.


Click here for Part II, more photos and my conclusion

Where to order

Click here to order the Canon 70D on the B&H web site. Adorama has it available to order as well.

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