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EOS 70D – the EOS 60D replacement

News and info about the Canon EOS 70D DSLR

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After a three year wait, Canon drops the long running 18MP sensor for an all new 20MP APS-C one…

The replacement for the 60D. Canon expects the EOS 60D to remain on sale until the end of the year.

We’ll be updating this page as new information is found .

>> Latest information/news
May 2018 Service advisory

70D front view

Basic Specifications

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies

The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera
70D Body  B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
70D w/18-55 IS STM  B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
70D w/18-135 IS STM  B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama


> indicates latest additions to list

Sample Images

Latest News

2018 May

30th A service advisory for the 70D

This is the US version – see also the version

Service Notice: EOS 70D: Error 70 or Error 80

Thank you for using Canon products.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by the phenomenon described below. We value the trust our customers have placed in us, and we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality as well as delivering industry-leading service and support.
In rare cases, error 70*1 or error 80*1 may repeatedly display on some EOS 70D digital SLR cameras due to an internal communication failure resulting from the structure of the electrical printed circuit board. If use of the camera is subsequently continued, a state may occur in which the camera’s power does not turn on. In most cases, this phenomenon occurs in conjunction with continuous use of the camera while the camera’s internal temperature is high, such as when shooting movies continuously.

“Err 70” or “Err 80” will appear on the LCD monitor at the back of the camera or on the LCD panel at the top of the camera.

*1There may be rare occurrences of error 70 or error 80, after which the camera functions can be recovered by turning the power off and on again, or by re-installing and reinserting the battery. The phenomenon described here refers to the frequent reoccurrence of error 70 or error 80.

Possibly Affected Cameras

Only some EOS 70D digital SLR cameras are affected by this phenomenon.

The phenomenon may occur only in cameras whose first two digits in its serial number are within the range of “00” to “22”.


EOS 70D digital SLR cameras on which error 70 or error 80 occurs repeatedly and that have a serial number within the range specified above will be inspected/repaired free of charge. Please note that inspection/repairs for any other issue will be handled as normal repairs.

If you wish to make a request for the free inspection/repairs, please bring the camera body only with the body cap attached to a Canon Service Center.

If you have not already done so, please register your EOS 70D so that we will be able to notify you via email about any future service upgrades.

This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

2016 September

13th Firmware V1.1.2

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to “Enable”, correction will not be applied.

2015 March

6th Assorted deals in the US

2014 May

getting the 70D in the UK6th Interesting deal at Adorama
Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera Body Kit, with EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, Black
Click on:
“Save up to $229.28 with bundle” Under “buy together & save”
Select Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer bundle from pop-up window, then Add to cart.
Includes for free:
-Canon SG-201 Photo Paper
-SanDisk 16GB Class 10 Memory Card
-Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
-Adorama Slinger Photo Video Bag
Canon EOS 70D with 18-135mm lens Price: $1,349.00 (reg. $1,549.00)
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Price: $298.00 (reg. $398.00)
Total: $1,647.00
Mail-in Rebate: $400 American Express Reward Card
Total after Mail-in Rebate: $1,247.00



12th Review at TDP
More samples at DPR
4th Review at EPZ


30th DxOMark passes comment on the 70D sensor comapred to the previous 18MP versions
‘Better, but not a lot’
28th ‘In progress’ review at CL
23rd A new 70D/60D comparison table added below, on this page
60/70D comparison
It looks as if the camera is starting to ship in some regions.
There is a new Canon 70D technical report at the Canon camera museum.
8th A detailed review of the split pixel AF gets a very positive response at IR
7th DPReview are allowed to post a set of sample images


26th New Canon article about the 70D dual pixel AF [PDF]

AF pixel design

21st A Korean site has some tests with a pre-production 70D. Autofocus tests in videos [Dic – Google xlt] and sample shots [Dic – Google xlt]

Comparing the 60D and 70D
Effective no. of pixels (approx. megapixels) 20.20 18.00
Imaging processor DIGIC 5+ DIGIC 4
Recording media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Supports UHS-I
Viewfinder Coverage (approx. percent) 98 Vertical: 96, Horizontal: 97
Magnification (approx.) 0.95x
Focusing screens Fixed Interchangeable
Transparent liquid crystal display Yes No
Autofocus No. of AF points 19, all cross-type points 9, all cross-type points
Center dual-cross focusing Yes
AI Servo AF customization Yes No
AF microadjustments Yes No
Shooting modes Scene Intelligent Auto Yes No
Handheld Night Scene Yes No
HDR Backlight Control Yes No
Exposure control No. of metering sensor zones 63
Shutter speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
ISO speed range 100 to 12800, H (25600) 100 to 6400, H (12800)
Flash Internal flash G No. (approx.) 12 13
Wireless master function Yes
Radio wireless transmission flash Yes No
Drive Continuous shooting speed
(max., approx. fps)
7 5.3
Silent single /
Silent continuous shooting
Yes No
Maximum burst (approx. frames)
Figure in parentheses is with a UHS-I card
Large / Fine: 40 (65)
RAW: 15 (16)
Large / Fine: 58
RAW: 16
Creative image functions EOS Scene Detection System Yes No
Picture Style Auto Yes No
Multiple exposures Yes No
HDR shooting Yes No
High quality functions Lens peripheral illumination correction Yes
Chromatic aberration correction Yes No
Multi Shot Noise Reduction Yes No
Image processing after shooting RAW processing Yes
Creative filters 7 types 4 types
Resizing Yes
Electronic level
(horizontal direction)
LCD monitor Yes
Viewfinder Yes
(displayable at all times)
LCD panel No
Live View shooting Dual pixel CMOS AF Yes No
Continuous AF Yes No
Touch shutter release Yes No
Creative filters Yes No
Movie shooting Dual pixel CMOS AF Yes No
Movie Servo AF Yes No
Support for compression formats ALL-I / IPB Yes No
Built-in microphone Stereo Mono
Video snapshot Yes No
ISO speed range 100 to 6400
H (8000 / 10000 / 12800)
100 to 6400
Movie digital zoom Yes No
LCD monitor Size / dots (approx.) / aspect ratio 3.0 in. / 1.04 million / 3:2
Coverage (approx.) 160°
Vari-angle Yes
Touch panel Yes No
Anti-reflection Clear View LCD II Clear View LCD
Feature guide / help Yes No
Possible shots
(room temperature)
50% flash use 920 1100
No flash 1300 1600
Wi-Fi functionality Yes
Mode Dial rotates 360° Yes No
Dimensions (approx. mm, width x height x depth) Measured in accordance with CIPA criteria 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5 144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6
Weight (approx.)Note:
(W): Wi-Fi model
(N): Model without Wi-Fi
Measured in accordance with CIPA criteria (W): 755 g / 26.7 oz.
(N): 750 g / 26.5 oz.
755 g
Body only (W): 675 g / 23.8 oz.
(N): 670 g / 23.7 oz.
675 g

10th A 70D Manual (PDF) is available.
5th How long till we see a 7D mk2?
Comparing 7D/70D specs shows the 7D2 in a poorer light than I feel is warranted.
However our latest rumours don’t point to a 7D2 announcement any time before the 70D is shipping (September), and if there is no D400 from Nikon, not until the new year.

Canon EOS 70D Canon EOS 7D
 Effective Pixels   20.2 MP   18.0 MP
 ISO Range   100-12800 standard
25600 expanded
  100-6400 standard
12800 expanded
 No of AF points   19   19
 AF in live view   Phase detection   Contrast detection
 Screen   3.0″
1,040,000 dots
Touch sensitive
920,000 dots
 Viewfinder   98% coverage
0.95x magnification
  100% coverage
1.0x magnification
 Continuous drive   7 fps   8 fps
 Storage   SD/SDHC/SDXC   Compact flash
(inc batteries)
  755g (1.7 lb)   860g (1.9 lb)
 Dimensions   139 x 104 x 79 mm
(5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1″)
  148 x 111 x 74 mm
(5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9″)
 Wi-Fi    Built-in    Optional

70D with grip4th Some videos on a Polish site [OP] that show the new AF system working.
3rd Video from Canon about the new AF in video making
2nd EOS70D is announced.

– 20.2MP APS-C ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor
– DIGIC 5+ image processor
– ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
– 7fps continuous shooting, burst depth 65 JPEG / 16 RAW
– ‘Silent’ shutter mode
– 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
– 19-point AF system, all points cross-type, sensitive to -0.5 EV
– 63-zone iFCL metering system
– 98% viewfinder coverage, 0.95x magnification, switchable gridlines and electronic level display
– Fully-articulated touchscreen, 1040k dot 3″ ClearView II LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio
– Single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– Single-axis electronic level
– Built-in flash works as off-camera remote flash controller
– AF microadjustment (can be set individually for up to 40 lenses, remembered by lens serial number)
– In-camera High Dynamic Range and Multiple Exposure modes (JPEG-only)
– ‘Creative Filter’ image processing styles, previewed in live view

The initial press info is pushing the ‘dual pixel AF’ – something of no great use if you just want a DSLR for taking photos ;-)

See the report at DPR for more. Sounds promising – subject to real world performance ;-)

The 70D has the AF from the [2009] 7D and the WiFi from the 6D

It’s good to see the return of AF microadjustment (dropped in the 50D-60D update)

The camera has not changed much outwardly.

compare 60D and 70D

Note that we’ve kept all the 70D rumour archive (up to July 2013) at the foot of the page

UK Press info

United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, 2 July 2013 – Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features – delivering a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video.

Capture the moment with stills and Full HD movies

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first Digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode.

Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures incredible, full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst[i] <#_edn1> . Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

“I was incredibly impressed with how many new technologies the EOS 70D packs into one body, and how versatile it is,” said Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador. “The EOS 70D is the perfect camera for anyone that wants to develop their photography skills. Not only is it suited to shooting people, landscapes and action easily and in outstanding quality, but also filming subjects in Full HD with focus speeds I never thought would be possible. The camera proved itself in the most challenging of circumstances, and had a range of new-generation technologies to comfortably solve any test I threw at it – especially with the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It really takes DSLR shooting and filmmaking to a whole new level.”

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It makes it easy for users to take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.

An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF – ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned conveniently next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.

Expertly designed for professional control

The EOS 70D’s powerful specification is packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to comfortably frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

70D front and back

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame[ii] <#_edn2>  simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

new 70D AF technology

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

EOS 70D – key features:

20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
ISO 12800 (H:25600)
Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
Intelligent viewfinde
Full-HD movies

Pricing and availability:

The EOS 70D is available from late August, with an SRP of:

£1079.99 / €1399.99 – body only

£1199.99 / €1599.99 – with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

£1399.99 / €1849.99 – with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Launch promotion
Pre order or purchase a new Canon EOS 70D from 2nd July to 31st August 2013 and receive a Canon 300EG Gadget Bag free of charge, selected retailers only. For more info please visit: <> .
Please note the promotional webpage will be live from 3rd July 2013.

US Press Info

Canon U.S.A. Press Release

Canon Introduces The New And Powerful EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera Featuring Instant And Accurate Focusing Of Still Images And Video

Designed to Change the Way Photographers Capture Images and Video, New Camera Features Newly-Developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology, Built-in Wireless Capability, 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and More

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 2, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the high-performance EOS 70D Digital SLR camera – bringing advanced features to photo enthusiasts looking for a step up from their entry-level digital SLRs. Featuring an innovative new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for instant and precise focusing of video as well as still images, the EOS 70D also provides outstanding image quality and performance thanks to its new 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5+ Image Processor.

Canon’s newly-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera’s image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with the new EOS 70D close to the quality of a video shot with a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a revolutionary CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance over other EOS cameras during Live View shooting and when shooting video.

Compared with Canon’s conventional Live View AF systems, Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes shorter focusing times, exceptional 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. Dual Pixel CMOS AF also supports 1031 models of EF lenses (including many earlier models), enhancing a photographer’s creative options as well as maximizing the benefit of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in a variety of situations.

“The new EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is a game-changing DSLR model that incorporates advanced features for high-quality still and video capture and intuitive operation that allows photographers to evolve their creative vision from shooting still images to shooting moving images,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This camera’s outstanding image quality combined with built-in wireless technology and popular creative functions and filters makes it easy to turn photos into works of art and share them immediately.”

Wireless Connectivity
The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera’s built-in wireless transmitter offers users several connectivity options to easily share their images. With the download of the free EOS Remote app2 from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store, users can connect to both iOS® or Android™ smartphones and tablets3 to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their camera to their device. They can also control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from their smartphone. This camera also has the ability to connect directly to Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY4, making photos easily accessible and ready to share on social networking sites. In addition, the EOS 70D has the ability to connect wirelessly to computers, DLNA devices, Wi-Fi Certified® Canon cameras and wireless PictBridge5 compatible printers, such as the PIXMA MG6320 Wireless Photo All-In-One printer model.

Superb Still Performance
Featuring a new 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, as well as an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25,600), the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. And with high-speed continuous shooting of up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) united with a 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision f/2.8 dual cross-type AF center point), it allows photographers to easily capture accurately focused fast moving subjects. In addition, the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light.

The EOS 70D also incorporates a 63-zone Dual Layer IFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color & Luminance) AE metering system which enhances accurate exposures by minimizing random metering errors caused by varying subject colors and light sources. Other useful features include a built-in Electronic Level Function, Manual WB settings and AF Microadjustment.

Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode for Professional Quality Video
With Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects in the central 80 percent of the imaging area. While shooting with any of Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, motor noise from the lens is significantly reduced so the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera also features a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment and an attenuator function to reduce audio clipping, an accessory jack for external stereo microphones and Video Snapshot mode with editing for expanded video shooting options. When users select the EOS Movie Mode, the EOS 70D offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 30 fps in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, matching the flexibility of other current EOS cameras such as the EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III, and EOS 6D models.

Expanding Creativity
The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera provides advanced amateur photographers and photo hobbyists looking to hone their creative and technical skills with an innovative range of in-camera imaging features such as High Dynamic Range, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control modes that allow for expanded creativity. The new camera is also equipped with built-in RAW Image Processing and Image Resizing functions.

When any one of the seven Creative Filters is applied in Live View, users can preview the effect of the filter on the three-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen monitor without having to shoot the image first. Users can pick from effects such as Art Bold, Fish-eye, Water-painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera and Miniature and choose the one that best expresses their creative vision before or after the image is captured.

All of these features, when combined with a high-resolution Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with intuitive touch controls featuring multi-touch operation and Touch AF, make it the ideal camera choice for photographers looking for the best in imaging technology.

The EOS 70D is compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) cards.

The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for the body alone and $1349.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens or $1549.00 bundled with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Also available will be a new Battery Grip BG-E14 that conveniently accepts up to two LP-E6 battery packs or a set of six AA batteries for an estimated retail price of $270.00.

For more information about the Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera, the full list of product specifications and compatible lenses, visit

Canon AF press release

MELVILLE, N.Y.–Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, an innovative new autofocus technology for the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera. Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection AF technology conducted directly on the image sensor plane, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance over prior EOS cameras during Live View and video shooting.

As digital SLR cameras have evolved in recent years in terms of functionality and performance, shooting styles have become more diverse. An increasing number of users no longer rely exclusively on the viewfinder when shooting, but rather view the camera’s LCD monitor when using the Live View function to capture still images and when shooting video.

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 AF2until 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.

Compared with the EOS Rebel SL1, which employs Hybrid CMOS AF II, the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera (scheduled to go on sale in September 2013), which is the first camera to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF, not only achieves AF speed that is approximately 30 percent faster4 but also delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking for continuously smooth focusing during video shooting, even when filming quickly moving subjects.

Because the outstanding AF performance of Dual Pixel CMOS AF is made possible with 1035 models of EF lenses (including many earlier models and models available outside of Japan), users can enjoy a wide range of photographic endeavors achievable with various lenses.

Recognizing great potential for the application of this technology across diverse product categories, Canon aims to promote its development efforts in the field of AF technology, targeting further advances to contribute to expanding the world of photographic expression.

Reference information

Phase-detection AF

With conventional phase-detection AF, the light that enters through the photographic lens is divided into two images. The difference in the focus point position between the two images is measured on a dedicated AF sensor rather than the image sensor itself, enabling the camera to determine the direction and amount of lens adjustment required to obtain proper focus. Because phase-detection AF enables fast focusing performance compared with contrast-detection AF, the technology is widely employed in digital SLR cameras, mainly for viewfinder shooting.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs the same measurement principle as a dedicated AF sensor, except that it is carried out directly with the image sensor. Its large coverage area enables smooth and reliable image-plane phase-detection AF for both still images and video with no reliance on dedicated AF sensors or contrast-detection AF.

Contrast AF

Contrast AF is an autofocus method employed in compact digital cameras and video camcorders, as well as conventional digital SLR cameras for Live View shooting. Because contrast is highest when an image is in proper focus, the camera analyzes the contrast information from the image on the image sensor, adjusting the lens until the maximum contrast value is reached. While contrast AF offers high focusing accuracy, it tends to require more time compared with phase-detection AF because the focusing components of the lens must be driven during AF measurement to find the point of peak contrast.

Hybrid CMOS AF and Hybrid CMOS AF II

Hybrid CMOS AF is an AF method employed in the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR camera and the EOS M digital camera that delivers enhanced focusing speed during Live View shooting and when shooting video. Combining fast phase-detection AF and high-accuracy contrast AF, Hybrid CMOS AF makes possible faster focusing performance than contrast AF alone, quickly measuring the subject distance using a dedicated phase-detection AF image element embedded in the CMOS image sensor and completing the process with extreme accuracy using contrast AF. The EOS Rebel SL1 camera features Hybrid CMOS AF II, which makes use of an imaging sensor that supports AF across a wide area spanning approximately 80 percent of the shooting area measured vertically and horizontally.

For more information about the development of Dual Pixel CMOS AF visit:

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

1 Shooting area coverage of approximately 80 percent vertically and horizontally for the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera.

2 Contrast AF employed when using some older EF lens models, during magnified view, during Movie digital zoom and when using an extender.

3 Hybrid CMOS AF and Hybrid CMOS AF II, which combine phase-detection AF and contrast AF.

4 When used with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, based on a comparison by Canon. Disparity between AF methods may be small depending on lens used and shooting conditions. Disparity becomes greater when using older types of lenses.

5 As of July 2, 2013.

Full Specifications

MSRP £1079.99 / $1199 / €1099 body only. £1199.99 / $1340 / €1249 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. £1399.99 $1549 / €1499 with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 3468×2432, 2736×1824, 1920×1280, 720×480, 4864×3648, 3248×2432, 2432×1824, 1696×1280, 640×480,5472×3072, 3468×2048, 2736×1536, 1920×1080, 720×408, 3648×3648, 2432×2432, 1824×1824, 1280×1280, 480×480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20.9 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
Colour space sRGB, Adobe RGB
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format JPEG: Fine, Normal.
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Selective single-point
Face Detection
Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 19
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S mount
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 98 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Scene modes Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12 m
External flash Yes (Built-in flash works as wireless commander)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous drive Yes
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes Multi
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and Dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 920
Weight (inc. batteries) 755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS Optional
Pre release rumours

2013 June

30th Although some specs liist the 70D as iso 12800 max, we’re told [thanks] that the performance at 25600 (the top setting available) is a great jump over extended ISO on the current 18MP sensors.
28th The 70D will be available as body only [8469B003], 18-55 IS STM [8469B010] and 18-135 IS [8469B017]
More about the new AF [DCI-google xlt] translated text offers some info…

“Is used as a phase difference detection element is divided into two each photodiode sensor on Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
Possible to focus only on the image plane phase difference AF.
It is one pixel in the sum of both for the two split normally. Phase difference detection is possible over the entire surface on the hardware because it is the same structure as full, but the periphery truncate the frame-like reliability of the information because the fall large influence of aberrations of the lens.
Are not used for the time being in Kiss series computational load is large, because of the high cost still.
I do not extend to the phase difference AF traditional, but it supposed to be a farewell to the live view slow in terms of speed.
There is also a mode similar to the hybrid CMOS AF used in combination with contrast AF lens for the old.”

The promo blurb describes it as:
“Auto focus approx. 5 times faster than traditional contrast-detection auto focus with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus in Live View and Movie modes, ensuring you’ll allways keep your subjects sharp.”
27th The 70D specs appear (for a suggested launch next week)

20.2mp CMOS Sensor
19pt AF System (All Cross Type)
Built-in WiFi
3″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
ISO 12,800 Maximum (expandable to 25600)
Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus
Full HD Video
Multiexposure Mode
LP-E6 Battery

There is what appears to be some advertising material on show at [CR]
6th Suggestions (thanks) that dealers are being prepared for the 70D release, with the 60D no longer being listed as available in some areas.


25th A suggestion for a new AF technology coming up (poss. 70D) – no details as yet [CR]
22nd In a new comment, we’re told (thanks) that August 1st will see several announcements, including the 70D.

Even though I’ve not seen any of the usual increase in pre-announcement rumours yet, I’ll pencil this one in a bit more firmly than previous ones this year – still only pencil though!(see April below…)
I also note an interesting update in Canon’s 3 layer pixel patents [main Canon rumours page]

21st An interesting suggestion received, that the 70D is on its way, and uses another iteration of the 18MP sensor, but will feature the Digic 6 processor. Late July/early August is the suggested date.
Update – similar timing, but no specs, suggested at CR

If there is anything in this current burst of info (we’ve seen enough false dawns ;-) then expect more details to leak out over the next week or so.


28th A new cashback scheme in Germany runs from May 1st to July 31st (details)

Given that the 7D and 60D are included, I’d suspect that the ‘six week’ timeline I recently heard of might be optimistic and we’re into Canon’s more frequent August release slot (20D, 40D, 50D, 60D).

26th A 70D announcement is ‘some 6 weeks away’ we’re told [thanks] putting it into early June, although it was emphasised that quite a few Canon releases this year have been already pushed backwards for technical and marketing reasons.

I note that this is the only such timing info I’ve seen for several weeks. Also, anything more than a month out automatically goes my ‘less likely’ category, given recent leakage contol from Canon :-(
There are some interesting comments on the state of the camera market at Thom Hogan’s site [TH] where he notes the hefty fall in camera sales this year (particularly in the compact market).
As I’ve noticed in recent printer reviews the rate of increase in performance is making it more and more difficult to see the improvements from model to model, and making those improvements into a ‘need to buy’ is getting harder for marketers.
Perhaps we’ll see some significant jumps in camera technology, but I keep thinking that we haven’t seen the last of Canon’s liking for 18MP APS-C sensors… ;-)

22nd Well, no sign of any camera from Canon, but there was a press release commenting on how many cameras they’ve sold in the last 10 years…
19th A 21MP sensor is suggested for the 7D2, and that it might appear in the 70D [CR]
…and still no signs of an announcement next week
16th If the 70D is coming next week, then info is still fairly thin on the ground.
A plausible set of specs appear at CR, with a reappearance of the 18MP sensor of the 100D (SL1)

18MP, Digic 5
SD Card
Wi-Fi, GPS
3.2″ Touchscreen LCD (No mention of swivel)
Magnesium Alloy Construction, Weathersealed
Slightly larger than the EOS 60D
$1199 USD Body Only

I’d note that the current 60D is still Digic 4 (why make a big jump when you can increment and use some of that Digic 5 firmware you’ve written for all those other 18MP cameras ;-)
7th Suggestions of a Canon announcement on the 23rd [CR] – the 70D is widely considered as next up for replacement.


21st 100D and 700D announced – both Digic5
Some Digic 6 info in the simultaneous Powershot announcement

“Incredible performance with DIGIC 6: At the heart of both models is Canon’s next generation DIGIC 6 image processor, enabling the capture of outstanding images in even the lowest of light conditions, as well as realistically smooth, Full HD movies at up to 60fps. Whether at a party or under moonlight, new DIGIC 6 ensures pictures are low on noise and perfectly-exposed, with up to 30 per cent more detail [@3200 ISO] captured than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.

The HS System pairs the new DIGIC 6 processor with a 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional images in low light, with minimal blur and noise, as well as wide dynamic range – perfect for capturing shadowy detail as the sun sets on holiday. Using the DIGIC 6 processor and HS System, users can enjoy shooting with incredible ISO sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, with outstanding results.
Using DIGIC 6, movies are recorded in the widely-compatible MP4 format, and can be played on a range of portable devices – providing the ability to share recordings quickly and easily with family and friends, without the need for lengthy file conversions.”

Interesting to see how this affects DSLR performance in future models.
11th No (new) firm specs seen as yet – I’ve been told expect the specs and a few photos to be leaked for next week to build interest!

I’m on holiday this week, so have intermittent net access, but I’ll link anything I’m sent ;-)

7th There are ‘Canon Invites’ starting to show up for events on the 22nd/23rd [PRCR]
A new UK ‘cashback scheme runs to May 31st and includes the 60D – final clearance?
2nd Although we’ve had several ’70D soon’ comments, they’ve been singularly lacking in details, other than one saying that the ‘old 18MP sensor is toast’. The ‘Camera Japan’ magazine said March… at CR the favourite dates are the 19th and 26th.

Meanwhile, it’s the UK’s Focus show next week – I’ll be there on Monday and may have some news…


21st Nikon announces the D7100 – 24.1MP No signs at the moment of a 70D announcement though.
19th At Pentax forums [PF], there’s a supposed copy of a page from Japanese magazine “Camera Japan”, there’s a slew of ‘predictions’ for 2013 Canon 70D for March, 700D for June, EOS Me for July, 7D Mk2 for August ad an EOS 3D for October.Quite a collection ;-) Picture on main rumours page.
1st In an interview reported at DPR , Canon’s MD for the imaging side of the company suggests that there will be a 70D, but that Canon see FF sensor cameras as longer term the ‘semi-pro’ solution.


27th A suggested ‘roadmap’ (see general rumours page) suggests 3 DSLRs and several lenses for 2013 – product age would suggest both a 7D2 and 70D, whilst the 650D will be a year old by June. Shortages of the 60D and the need to position any 70D well ahead of a new Rebel (aka 700D) would suggest the 70D first.
23rd No clear signs of anything specific for the Japanese CP+ show as yet, although we’re hearing more reports of short supplies for the 60D.
13th A new lens and camera (70D?) next week? (15th) [CR]
The Digic 4 powered 60D is getting a bit old, so a change might well be expected.
As yet, no (recent) hints of specifications.
1st A general collection of what to expect from Canon rumours appeared on the Xitec forum in China. – see the Impress magazine page on the main Canon rumours page
Canon 7D Mark II may come with newly developed CMOS sensor, 10fps continuous shooting speed and ISO expendable upto 25600.
Canon 70D will have same sensor / ISO range as 7D Mark II, but its continuous shooting speed limited to 3fps.
Canon EOS M2 will arrive on 2013
Canon 1DSx is also expected to arrive at 2013.

2012 December

23rd Reports that 60D stocks are low and difficult to find [CR]
No signs yet of a replacement.
The 1100D, 60D and 7D are models still powered by Digic 4 processors (see timeline below)


22nd It’s suggested that the 60D line will be discontinued next year [CR] So, is the 6D the new 70D?


23rd An updated sensor design for the whole 7 series (7/70/700) is suggested for next year – details on the 3Dpage.


3rd After a lull in mentions of the 70D, a Japanese magazine [CAPA] mentions details of a 70D and the fabled full frame 3D.
The mention first appears in a Pentax forum [PF] and suggests for the 70D:
“6 fps, Digic 5, 19 points”
There are some scans of the relevant pages [CW] and translated specs of:
“Compact Body with better AF and continuous shooting than EOS 7D
22MP and DIGIC5+
19-point AF
6 FPS”
Does anyone have the latest CAPA magazine in Japan – a scan/translation would be helpful?


2nd The 5D3 is announced
No solid 70D rumours, but probably not until after the 650D and 7Dmk2 have appeared.


14th How about the 70D being a merger of 7D and 60D lines? [CR]

Not something I’ve heard of at all…

2011 December

28th We’re hearing of low stocks of the 60D, but currently it’s the 650D that’s still most widely expected in January.


15th We’ve had a comment (thanks) that the 70D (and next year’s 650D) is likely to stay at 18MP, with improvements coming from updated AF and other features (video, image processing) resulting from it’s use of Digic5. This was to allow a 2012 release, but not hit the 7D/7Dmk2 too much.

Whilst this seems reasonable and addresses the potential ‘pile up’ of specifications that you get with xxxD/xxD/xD models having differing life cycles (see the EOS DSLR timeline below), I was told that the recent events in Japan are impacting announcement/delivery schedules for products as far out as 2013, and that whatever hints were being dropped, no-one actually had any solid info.


12th 600D and 1100D announced at CP+
With the 600/60/7 all at 18MP, the 7D2 looks next, but not untill 2012 at the earliest. The EOS 80D is a long way off…

2011 January

22nd Expect the 60D to last a while – the only smaller cameras we’re expecting to be replaced this year are the 550D and 1000D.

2010 August

26th After two years we get the 60D. A distinct break in the XXD family, so look to the 600D and 7D Mk2 for clues to what will follow.

Advanced creative features with Basic +

Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD

Full HD movies with manual control


ISO 100-6400, H:12800

5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs

9-point cross type AF System

iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor

Integrated Speedlite transmitter

In-camera RAW processing

2009 April

12th At last, the 70D appears in someone’s camera spec list [HDR
The 70D gets 12 fps and up to 11 auto-bracket frames.
Looks good until you see the form at the bottom of the page where you can add details for updates.
Should soon be time for someone to rediscover the bar code site and send me details of the 80D or something…
Follow the ‘Discussions’ [DPR

Last time I checked, not one person had scrolled down to the bottom of the page to see the data entry form :-)

2008 September 3rd

We’ve had a load of 60D/ ‘future developments’ info sent to us, which suggest that the 70D will be here in August 2010 and will probably be ~20MP
Info on the 60D page (now updated with lots more info just received)

2008 August 30th Already we have the first thread on the 70D at DPR some time in late 2009

(predicted content ;-)

#1 Have you seen this?
#2 What do they know
#3 FAKE!
#4 Could you elaborate on xxx
#5 Jeez, cant you people just get out more
#6 You don’t have to read it
#7 Those that really know can’t say
#8 70D AF issues
#9 Is that all?
#10 I’m switching to Nikon/Sony
#11 It probably back / front focuses
#12 What still no built in pro AF
#13 Why not 1.3 crop all cameras should be 1.3 crop
#14 Why not full frame – Canon are ripping is off again
#15 Its going to be so noisy I’ll have to keep my 10D
#16 The more MP are a waste, the lenses can’t resolve that
#17 It’s all lies from from crazy fan boy
#18 What, no built in IS:
#19 I’ll have to be the first to own one
#20 Why would anyone want one

Here’s our recent techy hints we had from one of our more detailed sources

“The 50D sensor and image processing are a major step forward in what has been a multi-year strategy for Canon to take sensor technology to the limits of physics, simultaneously achieving higher ISOs, lower noise and higher dynamic range.  Note Chuck Westall’s announcement that the 50D sensor has 1 to 1 and a half stops better noise than the 40D sensor despite the smaller pixels.  Several core strategies have been pursued simultaneously for this:

Reducing the micro lens gap to capture all the light hitting the sensor.  This has been highlighted in the 40D, 1D III and 1Ds III sensors and the new 50D sensor now achieves effective 100% coverage.  Only very minor improvements are expected from this point on (e.g. shaping the lenses towards the corners of the frame to capture angled light.
Reducing the noise level of each pixel.  Canon have made changes over several generations of sensors to achieve this, bringing the amplifiers closer to each pixel, changing micro-circuit configuration and lowering voltages so the sensor runs colder.  Again the design of the 50D is a big step forward here from the 40D and 1D III etc.  Canon have one more big jump lined up, with low voltage cold running CMOS designs to gain at least an additional stop in lower noise at higher ISOs or long exposures.
Better digital noise reduction. These are the changes in DIGIC noise processing.  First with the Chroma Noise reduction in DIGIC III and now with more advanced multi-level noise reduction options in DIGIC IV.  Canon believe they have made most of the gains possible via processing algorithms but do still have some areas to develop.  The next focus will be faster noise reduction processing so that it does not come at an impact on frame burst rates (look to the 1D3 replacement for example)
Pixel binning for high ISOs.  A new technology enabled by the complexity and processing power of DIGIC IV where they can bin 2, 4 or 8 pixels together at the raw level and average out the noise between them.  This is seen by Canon as a key technology in balancing very high resolution sensors (in the 50mp range) with low noise at very high ISOs.  Right now they are not pushing this too much with the 50D so as to not create confusion in the market (they see more potential for the technology as sensors get larger and in the pro-market).
Increased image resolution – This is a newer strategy (most evident on the 450D where they have changed the anti-aliasing filter (thinner and closer etc) so as to achieve a crisper image per pixel without loosing the benefits of anti-aliasing filter on diagonal edges etc..  The 50D has the same technology.  One further option for the future is for Canon to drop the anti aliasing physical filter and do it in a future DIGIC generation where there can be smarter allocation of colour values than the blurring achieved by a light based filter.
Increased raw bit depth for improved dynamic range. Here Canon have made the jump to 14 bit and will move to 16 bit in their future sensor technology generations.  Canon see the main usage of extra bit depth as providing the dynamic range to translate the sensor image into a printable or viewable image with a higher dynamic range.  In other words mapping the 14 or 16 bits into an 8 bit viewable or printable image that mimics the dynamic range in the scene.
Dynamic range preservation options – Canon are putting a lot of focus into how to provide the photographer with the best options for preserving the dynamic range of the original image in both a RAW file and the 8 bit JPEG.  The highlight tone preservation option on the 40D, 1D III etc was the first step.  The new ‘automatic brightness’ options  in the 50D are another, where they try and optimise the brightness of various parts of the image to reduce the dullness from shadows.  Canon are planning much more in this area, down to the equivalent of varying the ISO level across the different parts of the sensor when the image is taken (easier in live view mode of course).

So what does this mean?

The 50D DIGIC IV sensor and image processing technology is felt to be Canon’s biggest jump in many years.

The same technology will allow a 21-25mp FF sensor to have 1 to 1.5 stops better noise performance than the 3 year old 12mp sensor in the 5D.

Canon are not going to watch market share be lost in the 1D range to Nikon and are actively planning to incorporate this technology in the 1 series as well, sooner than many might expect.

Canon have hit the limits on light gathering but believe there is a good 1 to 1.5 stops lower noise still to be achieved at the physical electrical level before they reach the limits of physics (background noise due to heat etc) and are working on the circuit design for this (native 12800 being one goal)

The other technologies in the image processing, pixel binning, dynamic range preservation space are seen as all offering room for significant further improvement in the image delivered to the photographer.  Canon have a vision where the imagine processing is so good that it is capable of transparently capturing the dynamic range of a scene and converting it into a JPEG in a way that for most consumers cuts out blown highlights and detail lost in shadow without further processing.”

26th The 50D is released – table below updated. Next August for the 60D or was the 50D just moved ahead for competition reasons?

Well… there is a 60D thread at DPR already discussing this ;-)

21st The 40D to 50D update is compared to the 20D/30D update in a post from someone who claims to have used one [DPR] – first mention of a 60D we see :-)

2008 July 8th Is a 40D refresh being moved from the expected 18 month cycle (we’ll see it at PMA in 2009) or will new sensor technology make it into the 50D for Photokina [potn]

Whilst I’ve been sent various info on the new sensor developments, the only line that was slated for potentially moving to annual updates was the bottom end of the DSLR range.

Meanwhile here’s the recent history of similar models (subsequently updated)

Model Announced Effective pixels Auto focus Continuous (JPEG) LCD monitor
EOS D30 Apr 2000 3.1 mp 3 point 3.0 fps, 3 frames 1.8″
EOS D60 Feb 2002 6.3 mp 3 point 3.3 fps, 8 frames 1.8″
EOS 10D Feb 2003 6.3 mp 7 point 3.3 fps, 9 frames 1.8″
EOS 20D Aug 2004 8.2 mp 9 point 5.0 fps, 23 frames 1.8″
EOS 30D Feb 2006 8.2 mp 9 point 5.0 / 3.0 fps, 30 frames 2.5″
EOS 40D Aug 2007 10.1 mp 9 point 6.5 / 3.0 fps, 85 frames 3.0″ (Live view)
EOS 50D Aug 2008 15.1 mp 9 point 6.3 / 3.0 fps, 60/90 frames 3.0″ VGA
EOS 60D Aug 2010 18 mp 9 point 3″ tilt/VGA

Our most recent info (originally on our 1Ds3 page) about Canon’s plans over the next few years was sent in August (shortly before the 40D was announced)

Sensor technology – Canon have mentioned that full frame sensor chips need two stepper passes. Sony now has the technology to do this in one pass and are preparing their own sensors and selling to them Nikon.  However, Canon have a new ‘one pass’ technology too. What’s more, it can do even larger than 35mm (36x24mm) in a single pass.
Canon is very excited about a next generation CMOS sensors they are working on.  Two full frame versions have 40M and 50M pixels at the -same- noise level as the current 1D series. Low power supply voltages give cooler chips and lower noise even with smaller pixels. Different circuit fabrication techniques also promise to make close to 100% of the sensor area active pixels. This technology won’t make any of the upcoming models, but is expected in 2009/10.

The competition – Canon were somewhat shocked by the success of the Nikon D80, D40 and D40X. Hence the ‘improved’ 40D and the improved 400D replacement in the works. Canon know what Nikon have coming (D300 and D3) and have planned the 40D, 1Ds III and 1D III as their answers.
However Nikon is moving to CMOS sensors to over the next couple of years.  Sony are moving CMOS to a near full frame (1.25 or so) and full (35mm) FF, so Canon is getting serious and starting to plan some aggressive upgrades.
Sony worries Canon somewhat, since with their manufacturing capabilities, they could move the whole price base down for SLRs. So far they haven’t and their lens prices and range are not a worry for Canon. The current Sony Alpha has been less than astounding in the market.
Moreover, Nikon have the camera credibility and certainly won’t stop with the D3 and D300. Their plans for the lower end (D40-D80 as well) are to replace them in much shorter timeframes than their previous 3-4 years.  Nikon have moved emphasis from the low end ‘point and shoot’ digital into R&D on the DLSRs. They’ve found this to be 3-4 times as profitable (note Nikon’s record profits over last 12 months).  Nikon is more than happy with trouncing Canon for the last 12 months in Japan (not so world wide).  So the next 2-3 years will see a major DSLR feature ‘war’.

IS Technology – This is being introduced in some of their consumer grade lenses. The technology has matured to the point that it can be added at only a small price premium. It gives product differentiation – a reaction to Sony and keeps them ahead of Nikon.

Digic IV – Digic III just won’t cut it for the new high density sensors. Digic IV can deal with with the transfer rates for higher bit per pixel images. One Digic IV chip beats the two Digic III in the 1D3.

16 bit RAW – Canon’s target for their next generation of sensors is 16 bits per channel giving true HD quality.  They are also looking at processing formats to retain that extra definition.

ISO sensitivity – Canon see their next generation lower voltage CMOS as easily doing ISO6400, with a boost to 12800.

50D/60D/7D comparison
  Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS 50D 
Construction Polycarbonate resin with glass fibre on aluminum chassis Magnesium alloy body Magnesium alloy body
Sensor 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
15.5 million total pixels
15.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Processor DIGIC 4 Dual DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4
ISO range Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Adjustable Auto ISO limit
Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Auto ISO (100-1600)
ISO 100 – 3200
0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H1 (6400) and H2 (12800) expansion
Movie resolution 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
AF sensor 9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Metering sensor TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer (iFCL)
Metering range: EV 1 – 20 EV
TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
Metering range: EV 1 – 20 EV
TTL 35 zone SPC
Metering range: EV 0.0 – 20 EV
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism
96% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Approx. 1.0x magnification
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Fixed screen (Transmissive LCD screen)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Eye-level pentaprism
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
LCD panel 3.0 ” TFT LCD
1040,000 dots (3:2)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
3.0 ” TFT LCD
920,000 dots (4:3)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Coating : Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
3.0 ” TFT LCD
920,000 dots (4:3)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
Continuous shooting buffer Approx. 5.3 fps
Up to 58 JPEGs, 16 images (RAW)
Approx. 8 fps
Up to 126 JPEGs (with UDMA card), 15 images (RAW)
Approx. 6.3fps
Up to 90 frames (with UDMA card), 16 frames (RAW)
Memory format  SD / SDHC / SDXC Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA) Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA)
Dimensions 145 x 106 x 79 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in)
148 x 111 x 74 mm
(5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in)
146 x 108 x 74 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Weight (inc battery) 755 g (1.6 lb) 904 g (2.0 lb) 822 g (1.8 lb)

Brief review of 40D/50D specs for comparison

Canon EOS 50D Canon EOS 40D
Sensor 15.0 million effective pixels 10.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes  4752 x 3168
3456 x 2304
2353 x 1568
3888 x 2592
2816 x 1880
1936 x 1288
RAW files  CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
sRAW2 (3.8 MP)
CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (7.1 MP)
Image processor  DIGIC 4 DIGIC III
Sensitivity ISO 100 to 3200, extendable to H1 (6400) and H2 (12800). ISO 100 to 1600, extendable to 3200.
Auto ISO  ISO 100 to 1600 ISO 100 to 800
Noise reduction Four levels On/Off
Auto lighting optimizer Four levels On/Off
AF adjustment All lenses or up to 20 individual lenses
+/- 20 steps
Viewfinder info  Now includes Auto Lighting Optimizer icon
LCD monitor  3.0 ” TFT LCD
920,000 dots
3.0 ” TFT LCD
230,000 dots
Live view AF  Quick mode (Phase detect)
Live view mode (Contrast detect)

Face detect (Contrast detect)
Phase detect
Peripheral illumination
Profiles of 26 lenses includes
space provided for 14 extra profiles
User modes  Auto
Creative Auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Night portrait
Flash off
Camera user settings 1
Camera user settings 2
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Night portrait
Flash off
Camera user settings 1
Camera user settings 2
Camera user settings 3
High-speed continuous  6.3 fps
Up to 60 JPEG Large/Fine images
Up to 90 JPEG Large/Fine images (UDMA)
6.5 fps
Up to 75 JPEG Large/Fine images
Menu UI  Digic 4 interface Same as EOS-1D series
Connectors USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video out
Mini HDMI connector
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video out
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
Menu languages  25 18
Custom functions  25 24
Weight No battery: 730 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb) (measured)
No battery: 740 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 836 g (1.8 lb) (measured)

Brief review of 30D/40D specs for comparison

Canon EOS 40D Canon EOS 30D
Weatherproof Battery door and storage compartment No
Sensor 10.1 million effective pixels
5.7 µm pixel pitch
8.2 million effective pixels
6.4 µm pixel pitch
A/D converter 14-bit 12-bit
Image sizes 3888 x 2592
2816 x 1880
1936 x 1288
3504 x 2336
2544 x 1696
1728 x 1152
RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (2.5 MP)
CR2 format, 12-bit
RAW full resolution
Image processor DIGIC III DIGIC II
Dust reduction High speed vibration of filter None
Auto focus 9-point TTL CMOS sensor
Points cross-type for F5.6 or faster lens
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
9-point TTL CMOS sensor
Metering range 0.0 to 20 EV 1.0 to 20 EV
Spot metering Approx. 3.8% at center Approx. 3.5% at center
Auto ISO ISO 400 to 800 / 100 to 800 depending on exposure mode ISO 100 to 400
White Balance 2500 – 10000 K in 100 K steps 2800 – 10000 K in 100 K steps
Viewfinder 95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.90x
Eyepoint: 20 mm
Focusing screen Interchangable precision matte
Two other screens available
Fixed precision matte
Viewfinder info Now includes ISO sensitivity, B&W icon
LCD monitor 3.0 ” TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
2.5 ” TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
LCD Live View Yes, including mirror-drop AF No
Main LCD settings display When changing settings such as AF mode or White Balance No
Tilt correction Yes No
Opening CF door Warning message shown Power down, loses images
Mirror lock-up Single or multiple exposures Single exposures
Mirror mechanism Motor up / down, quieter, faster Spring up / motor down
Playback modes Exposure line at top in single image view No exposure in single image view
User modes Three custom user modes on mode dial No user modes
High-speed continuous 6.5 fps
Up to 75 JPEG Large/Fine images
5.0 fps
Up to 30 JPEG Large/Fine images
Portrait grip WFT-E3/E3A, BP-E2N, BP-E2 BP-E2
Wireless connectivity WFT-E3/E3A Integrates as vertical hand grip WFT-E1/E1A
No grip
Menu UI Same as EOS-1D series Sames previous xxD series
Menu languages 18 15
Custom functions 24 19
AF-ON button Rear ‘under thumb’ None
Rear buttons Direct print, Menu, Play, Erase, Jump, Info, Picture Style Direct print, Menu, Info, Jump, Play, Erase
Top right buttons Lamp
Metering / WB
AF / Drive
ISO / Flash comp.
Drive / ISO
Metering / Flash comp.
Dimensions 146 x 108 x 74 mm(5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in) 144 x 106 x 74 mm (5.6 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Weight No battery: 740 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb)
No battery: 706 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 785 g (1.7 lb