Price: $2200 with 18-135 kit lens
Video made easy
THE LOW-DOWN: This is an upgrade to the 70D with particular attention paid to improving video capture. The new 24mp APS sensor has a dual pixel auto focus system, together with more AF points, for faster, accurate focus. This, combined with the new motor type in the kit lens gives fast and silent tracking focus. Canon has not incorporated 4K video, instead staying with 1080 60p. The 75mm touch screen swivels horizontally and vertically. There is WiFi and NFC connectivity built in. Construction and ergonomics are excellent. As always the brilliant Digital Photo Professional application can be downloaded from the Canon web site and may be all the RAW conversion software you ever need. There is a full printed user manual.
LIKE: This is a Canon, so still photos are fine, both JPEG and RAW and high ISO performance is outstanding. It is the video that is a revelation. Simply touch the critical feature of the subject on the touch screen and the camera will track that spot flawlessly, as long as it has adequate contrast. And the auto focus is indeed totally silent. There are sockets for microphone and headphones, making this a serious camera for amateur video makers.
DISLIKE: Simple vertical tilting screens work better than fully articulated.
VERDICT: The super fast focus makes this camera a joy to use. It is so responsive it feels almost thought-controlled. The new lens works so well with the body that it is an almost indispensable part of the combination. If video is not a priority then the EOS 70D is still in the shops at a saving of about $400.