I recently upgraded and replaced my Canon T1i with a 70D. The primary impetus for the upgrade was the terrible viewfinder on the T1i which was small, dark, and made manual focus close to impossible. Overall the viewfinder made the camera frustrating to deal with and I neglected proper photography for a few years. The T1i sat in a drawer and was only occasionally pulled out to grab an interesting shot around the house.
The 70D has been amazing in comparison. I learned photography on similar camera, the 40D which has a similar sized body. The body is only slightly larger than the T1i but feels much more solid. Overall I’ve been very happy with the upgrade and I wanted to share my thoughts.
- The viewfinder on the 70D is an amazing upgrade. Having the 70D side by side with the T1i is like night and day. The 70D viewfinder is bright and clear and makes manually focusing much easier. Physically the viewfinder is larger and relies on a pentaprism which is much brighter than the T1i
- The shutter on the 70D can actuate as quickly as 1/8000 sec which is double the T1i shutter 1/4000 sec. This is great for photgraphing splashing water or birds.
- The 70D has built in wifi which can be used as a remote viewing tool and remote shutter when paired with a cell phone. I’ve only played around with it a little bit but it should make wildlife photography a little easier. The range seemed short though, even with a clear line of site.
- I found a 70D with the included STM 18-55 kit lens. The lens is pretty amazing in autofocus, mostly because it’s completely silent. The dual-pixel autofocus overall is pretty amazing in the camera.
- The articulating touch screen on the camera is a great upgrade from my T1i. I though it was a bit of a gimmick but it’s very utilitarian. The articulation is great for shooting video and the touch screen makes adjusting settings a breeze.