Canon is looking to change the DSLR video recording game with its successor to the EOS 60D: the fittingly-named EOS 70D. Launching this September, the EOS 70D sports a 20.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC capabilities, and many of the same features that were found in the 60D.
The big thing about the 70D, though, is its all-new phase-detection autofocus system that Canon has packed into the camera. It’s called “Dual Pixel CMOS,” and essentially lets the DSLR sensor’s pixels perform both autofocusing and imaging tasks at the same time. (Normally, most DSLRs get into focus and then correct it in quick succession, leading to some blurriness.) In English, what this means is that the 70D should let you continuously capture smooth, blur-free video, even when moving.
The 70D sports a similar frame as its predecessor, and also comes with continuous 7 frames-per-second shooting and a built-in microphone. It doesn’t come with a headphone jack, though, which could lead to some annoyance. More specs can be found over at TG’s sister site DigitalCameraReview.
Put it all together and you have a shooter that Canon hopes will carry on its already sterling legacy of implanting video tech into its devices. It may wind up being a godsend for budding videographers (but probably not professionals) if it works as planned. It may also be a little costly: A base unit will cost $1,199, while a 70D with an 18-55 STM lens will cost $1,349, and a unit with a 18-135 STM lens will cost $1,549.