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Monday, July 01, 2013

Canon 70D Is Now Officially Launched and Available For PreOrder • Adds Time Code Support



As you may of heard around the net, the 70D is finally showing up. Perhaps the big thing here is the new 20MP sensor replacing the old and now a bit worn 18MP that Canon has been using for years across many of its APS-C sensor cameras. The obvious specs :

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 3.0" 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)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode

Of course read the specs carefully - LCD TOUCH screen is new for better or worse. WiFi is a very nice addition - wonder if there will be an iPhone / iPad app to read images from the camera or do previews like the GoPro's can. Extended ISO, we'll see if it makes a usable image or not. On the video side, no 1080p60. Surprised at this  lack of a higher frame rate. As for aliasing and moire - we don't know yet but I'm sure there will be something over the next few days.

There is a really  horrible sneak peak video up on youtube. Completely burried near the end if you made it that far is the very quick screen shot showing time code options. Interesting, but the question is can you lock more than one camera together ? It would be nice for sure. However with automatic audio sync via Pural Eyes or Premiere Pro CC's built in audio sync this has become a lot less of an issue than it once was. I wonder if you'll be able to feed TC into the audio in on the camera via TC Buddy or hardwire, of course probably at the sacrifice of ambient audio. One thing I do on multicam DSLR shoots is simply put a wireless receiver onto each camera  and send them usually the mixer output. Makes for a clean reference in post and backup recording. It'll be interesting to get more details on this over the next few days.