Canon has announced Canon EOS 70D to be available in Singapore from August 2013. There is no pricing yet. Do check out the Press Release for more information. In fact, I have added another Press Release on the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. I have also embedded a video to let you understand more about this technology.
Basically, this EOS 70D is the replacement for the 60D. One thing to note is that Canon has made it even better for taking video with its new technology that replicates how the human eye behaves. Here is the video on the technology.
Here is the Press Release for Canon EOS 70D.
The New Canon EOS 70D Features the Latest in Auto Focus Technology for Even Faster Focusing Speeds and Improved Movie Servo AF
SINGAPORE, 2 July 2013 – Canon has announced the latest EOS 70D, a Wi-Fi enabled DSLR embedded with a powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor and a 20.2-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor. The first model in the EOS series to showcase the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a phase-difference autofocus (AF) technology, the EOS 70D achieves approximately 30% faster focusing speeds and delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking during Live View shooting.
“Canon has always been in the forefront of technology and innovation. The EOS 70D is proof of our commitment to R&D and keen observation of user trends such as the rising prevalence of shooting videos with a DSLR,” says Andrew Koh, General Manager of Consumer Business, Canon Singapore. “To meet this demand, the EOS 70D features a proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology to allow for smoother and easier capturing of videos, allowing professionals and hobbyists alike to extend their photographic horizons.”
Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology – A New Era in Movie Making
Put simply, this new technology replicates how the human eye behaves. When switching between various AF points or areas, the EOS 70D delivers smoother and more natural transitions during the focusing process, making it an ideal DSLR for both stills (in One-shot AF) and videos. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology also eliminates the traditional AF “hunting” when shooting videos in Live View mode resulting in videos that are more pleasing to the eyes.
By placing AF sensors on the entire surface of the CMOS sensor, final focusing using only the phase-difference detection direction is possible even during Live View shooting. Just as with Viewfinder AF, quick, hunting-free AF is achieved over a wide AF area. Not only that, tracking performance of Movie Servo AF is also improved, making even smoother focusing possible. The intuitive 3-inch vari-angle touch-panel LCD also allows AF points or areas to be changed at the touch of the finger.
For in-depth details of this technology please refer to the accompanying technology press release and technology video at http://vimeo.com/canonsingapore/af.
Powerful Performance in a Compact Form
Just slightly smaller than its predecessor EOS 60D, the new EOS 70D delivers superb image quality with its 20.2-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ imaging processor. The camera is also compatible with Canon’s wide range of EF and EF-S lenses and features excellent low-light capabilities with an ISO speed range from 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600).
The EOS 70D is capable of an impressive continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second (up to approximately 40 images in JPEG Large/Fine image quality in one single burst). Users can also look forward to fast and accurate focusing at all times, with the 19-point all cross type AF (f/2.8 dual cross-type at center) system with a wide AF area coverage that provides support for a variety of image compositions.
With the Movie Servo AF, the EOS 70D has no trouble tracking a subject and keeping it in focus even when the distance between the subject and camera changes. Additionally, the EOS 70D also support Full HD video quality recording at 24, 25 and 30fps to suit a variety of shooting requirements.
For greater ease-of-use, the EOS 70D’s Intelligent Viewfinder incorporates a transparent ‘in-finder’ LCD that allows users to view their shooting settings while keeping an eye on their subject at all times.
The EOS 70D is also fitted with an easily accessible, dedicated AF Area Switch button located near the shutter release button for faster and more convenient switching of AF areas.
Canon is also introducing a new optional battery grip for the EOS 70D that provides an easier vertical grip and supports high-volume shooting when fitted with an additional battery.
Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi
The new EOS 70D has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and supports the sharing of images and videos easily and directly onto social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. With this, the camera is also capable of sharing photos and videos with other devices such as cameras, phones, PC and digital home appliances.
Remote shooting via Wi-Fi is also made possible with the free EOS Remote app, compatible with any iOS or Android devices. This additional functionality is extremely useful for users that enjoy outdoor/wildlife photography as it allows users’ to easily control the camera settings such as apertures, ISO, shutter speeds and even changes in focus areas via their mobile device.
Traditionally, creative filters such as Miniature and Fish-eye effects can only be applied after a photo is captured. In the EOS 70D, filter effects are displayed in real-time during Live View, allowing users to preview the effects before shooting.
Getting the correct exposure in photos is made a lot easier with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. It captures three images of the same scene shot at different exposures and merges them in-camera to help users achieve their desired shot.
Price and availability
The new EOS 70D will be available end of August at authorised Canon dealers. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
About Canon Singapore Pte Ltd
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte Ltd is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company leads 18 other countries including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc has a global network of close to 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits about 10% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good. More information is available at www.canon.com.sg
 When compared to the EOS 100D which employs the Hybrid CMOS AF II and 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.
If you are interested, read the Press Release for the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
Canon develops new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for significantly improved autofocus performance during Live View shooting and when shooting movies
TOKYO, Japan, July 2, 2013—Canon Inc. today announced the development of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, an innovative new autofocus technology for digital SLR cameras. Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-difference AF technology on the image sensor plane, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF to achieve dramatically improved AF performance during Live View shooting and when shooting movies.
As digital SLR cameras have evolved in recent years in terms of functionality and performance, shooting styles have become more diverse, with an increasing number of users no longer relying exclusively on the viewfinder when shooting, but rather confirming images on the camera’s LCD monitor when capturing images using the Live View function and when shooting movies.
Canon’s newly developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, an innovative new image-plane phase-difference AF technology, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF. 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-difference AF. When using the Live View function, the technology makes possible shooting with a feel similar to when shooting through the viewfinder, enabling sharp focus to be obtained across a wide shooting area1 through phase-difference AF2 until final focus is achieved. Compared with Canon’s previous image-plane phase-difference AF,3 Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes shorter focusing times, exceptional tracking performance and smooth autofocusing during movie shooting. Accordingly, 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 focus more attention on the subject and composing the photo when shooting.
Compared with the EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D in other regions), which employs Hybrid CMOS AF II, the EOS 70D, the first camera to feature the new AF technology, not only achieves an approximately 30% faster4 focusing speed but also delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking for continuously smooth focusing during movie 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 earlier models and models available outside of Japan), users can enjoy a wide range of photographic endeavors enabled through 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.
1 Shooting area coverage of approximately 80% vertically and horizontally for the EOS 70D.
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-difference 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.
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How Dual Pixel CMOS AF works
With phase-difference AF, the light that enters through the photographic lens is divided into two images and the difference in the focus point position between the two images formed on the dedicated AF sensor is measured, enabling the camera to determine the direction and amount of lens adjustment required to obtain proper focus. Because phase-difference AF enables fast focusing performance compared with contrast AF, the technology is widely employed in digital SLR cameras, mainly for viewfinder shooting.
While Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes possible phase-difference AF on the image sensor plane employing the same principle as with a dedicated AF sensor, an imaging sensor capable of outputting a phase-difference AF signal was developed that enables image-plane phase-difference detection AF through to the achievement of final focus.
Contrast AF is an autofocus method employed in compact digital cameras and video camcorders, as well as 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, compared with phase-difference AF, it tends to require more time because the lens adjustment is needed to find the point of peak contrast.
Hybrid CMOS AF and Hybrid CMOS AF II
Hybrid CMOS AF is an AF method employed in entry-level EOS digital SLR cameras and the EOS M compact-system camera that delivers enhanced focusing speed during Live View shooting and when shooting movies. Combining fast contrast AF and high-accuracy phase-difference AF, Hybrid CMOS AF makes possible faster focusing performance, quickly measuring the subject distance using the dedicated phase-difference AF image element embedded in the CMOS sensor (focal plane) and completing the process with extreme accuracy using contrast AF. The EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D in other regions) features Hybrid CMOS AF II, which makes use of an imaging sensor that supports AF across a wide area spanning approximately 80% vertically and horizontally of the shooting area.