DxoMark: Canon’s 70D Barely Bests the 60D, Doesn’t Touch the 5D Mk II

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According to the latest readings over at DxOMark, the website’s exhaustive lab tests are stating that Canon’s new 70D is just a tad better than the previous 60D and the flagship 7D in terms of sensor performance. And where this all seems to really count is in the high ISO performance with some variance in the dynamic range. A post on Reddit showcases a Canon user who is angry about this as Nikon’s newer cameras always outperform its predecessors by far.

So what does this actually mean in real life? Well, if you’re not going to use Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF for video recording and instead just going to take still images, you’re probably just going to get better high ISO performance over any of the other options. The 7D is still better for mostly everything else, though the 70D does have the 7D’s autofocusing.

After the jump, check out the comparison against the aging 5D Mk II and the 100D, otherwise known as the SL1.

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Amazing Deals of the Day: Pentax K-5, Nikon D600, D800, Canon Rebel T4i, EOS 60D

Pentax K-5

Adorama and B&H both have some amazing deals going on at the moment, and we took the liberty of compiling them into one post for your convenience.

Not sure which one is for you? Click each camera’s name to read our respective review.

Canon Announces New 60D A For Astrophotography: Curiously Timed with Men in Black III Promos

Appealing to all those in search of Darth Vader’s Death Star, Canon has announced their new 60Da designed for astrophotography and as an update to the much older 20Da. So what are the important modifications (this isn’t really an upgrade.):

– A modified sensors that allows the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

– The sensor itself has a modified infrared filter and is a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity.

Those really seem to be the jist of it. Otherwise, the screen seems to be the same resolution but will work well with T ring adapters for telescopes. As a specialized product, the EOS 60Da is only available to order from select authorized dealers. The estimated retail price is $1,499.00 and it is expected to be available this month.

Reader Question: How to Trigger a Flash Wirelessly on a Canon DSLR

We recently had a question posed to us on our Facebook wall asking us how to set your Canon 60D to trigger wireless flashes like a Canon 550 EX. To do this, we’re going to borrow a bit from our intro to Canon Wireless Flash posting. Since I don’t have a Canon 60D, I’m going to use my 7D and show you how to trigger a 430 EX II (the flash closest in functionality to the 550 EX) wirelessly using infrared control.

Hit the jump to check out the instructional video.

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Field Review: Canon EOS 60D (Day 3)

This close focussing shot shows a strength of smaller sensors in DSLRs - more depth of field for a given aperture. Combined with great high ISO performance, and stabilized lenses, it's easy to get great shots in close. ISO400, 1/160th @ f/10, 85mm.

Take a camera along when you’re out for a walk and there’s a good chance you’ll bring back some pleasing images, especially when the camera is Canon’s EOS 60D equipped with an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom.

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Field Review: Canon EOS 60D (Day 1)

The Canon 60D on the seat of the motorcycle we shot with it.

Canon has supplied us with an EOS 60D for test, and first impressions are great. The first thing I noticed about the 60D is how intuitive and easy to set up the camera is. If you’re coming to the 60D from another Canon DSLR I’m sure you’ll find it easy to configure the way you like it it – the controls, dials, buttons and menus aren’t the same as on other Canon’s but are familiar enough to make it easy to understand for those with a little background.

Before reading this you should consider Chris’s comparison of this vs the T2i and 7D.

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An Introduction To Canon’s Wireless Flash System

Wireless flash control is perhaps one of the biggest upgrades that your photography can take as it allows you to control the light nearly anywhere you so choose to go. There are photographers out there that oftentimes say that they choose not to use flash at all because it disturbs their subjects. While this can be true, the argument can be made that you’d much rather get a good photo of them—in which wireless flash can help tremendously. When used correctly, it will also not tamper with the wonderful colors that your camera’s sensor is capable of capturing. You shouldn’t be afraid to learn how to light, so here’s a bit of a walkthrough.

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Canon Announces 60D and Lens Updates

Today, Canon announced the long awaited and long rumored 60D DSLR camera along with the 400mm F2.8 L IS II, 300mm F2.8 L IS II, a new 1.4x extender, 2x extender, 70-300 4.5-5.6 L IS USM, and an 8-15mm f4 L fisheye zoom. The 60D is placed between the T2i(reviewed here) and the 7D(reviewed here) and replaces the current 50D. Unfortunately, no details or predicted features on the 1Ds Mk IV were spilled, which is a camera that everyone is still waiting for. I’ve had hands-on time with the 60D for the PDN Gear Guide, which I’m writing, to be released at Photo Plus. For a full-report, stay tuned to PDN.

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