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Canon announces EOS 70D with Dual Pixel tech

Canon announces EOS 70D with Dual Pixel tech
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Canon announced a new 20.2MP midrange DSLR that looks pretty much like the 60D. But that’s where the similarity ends.

The Canon EOS 70D has a world’s first under its sleeves—or inside its lenses: the Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Say what now? That means, it splits every single pixel into two photodiodes. Data gathered from about 40.4 million photodiodes can be used separately for focusing and/or taking photos. Let’s just say it’s like 20 million people tracking focus with both eyes. Don’t tell anyone with stage fright.

The Dual Pixel technology delivers camcorder-like shooting for both photos and video. The 70D instantaneously focuses images, and quickly but gradually focuses video. It also has a tap-to-focus function, so you can shift focus from one subject to another without changing composition.

When put side by side with its predecessor, the 70D leaves the 60D a little insecure. The newcomer has 19 AF points and enables 7fps captures, compared with the older model’s 9 AF points and 5fps.

The 70D also steals the multi-shot reduction, a feature common in high end point-and-shoots but not in DSLRs.

If there’s something Canon scrimps on here, it would be ports. The camera has a mic jack but lacks a headphone connector and uncompressed HDMI output. Guess that makes it still a consumer camera–albeit a very, well, focused one.

Words Elaine Cotoner

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