The Canon EOS 60D was a great camera, bridging the gap between crop and full frame sensors with a decent amount of elegance. Canon has one upped itself today with the announcement of the EOS 70D, the long awaited successor to the ageing camera. This upgrade is nothing to sniff at however as the 70D is the home to the new 20.2MP Dual Pixel Sensor. The dual pixel sensor focuses more accurately than before and is much faster shooting video.
Before that, here’s the specs list for the 70D
20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
3.0 inch 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Full HD 1080p Video with Move Servo AF
Built-In Wireless Connectivity
19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 7 fps
ISO 100-12800 (Expandable to ISO 25600, 6400 ISO for video
Learn more about the Dual-Pixel Sensor after the jump!
Quoting from the press release
“Canon’s newly-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an innovative new image-plane phase-detection AF technology that employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously. Each individual pixel (the smallest structural unit capable of outputting an image signal) on the CMOS sensor incorporates two independent photodiodes (elements that transform light into electrical signals) which output signals that can be used for both imaging and the phase-detection AF.
When using the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera’s Live View function, the technology enables autofocusing with ease, flexibility, speed and accuracy similar to shooting through the viewfinder, enabling sharp focus to be obtained across a wide shooting area1 through phase-detection AF2 until final focus is achieved. Compared with earlier generations of Canon’s image-plane phase-detection AF3, Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes shorter focusing times, outstanding tracking performance and smoother autofocusing during video shooting. And, because Live View shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera’s viewfinder, the fast and smooth AF performance allows users to concentrate more attention on the subject and composing the photo when shooting.”
In Layman’s terms, this means that each pixel contains 2 photodiodes capable of independently capturing light letting you focus even faster and more accurately in Live View as you would while looking through the viewfinder. This is a great thing for those who shoot loads of video, cutting the need for hunting AF and allowing for better autofocus.
The EOS 70D is scheduled for a September 2013 release and will go for an estimated USD1199 (RM3799) for body only and will come bundled with either the 18-55mm or 18-135mm STM kit lens