Dating a canon camera

The Canon EOS 70D is the company's latest enthusiast-oriented SLR.

It replaces the Canon 60D, and has various enhancements that distinguish it from the likes of the Canon EOS 700D.

The Intermediate Course is for those who are on their second Digital SLR and who want to start taking more control of their camera.

This session will concentrate on the use of Av and Tv modes along with Programme Mode.

It means the lens can jump straight into focus rather than shuttle back and forth in search of a sharp picture.

Phase-detect autofocus is already available in all modern SLRs when using their viewfinders, but in most cases it's disabled in live view mode.

It's now been officially discontinued by the manufacturer and replaced by the Canon EOS 80D and Canon EOS 77D, but you can still buy one from various outlets for around £600 (body only), and for around £880 including an 18-55mm lens kit.

At that price, it's worth picking one up over the 80D, because the more recent update didn't move things on enough for us to give it a glowing review.

Book Now This master class looks at the features of these high-end cameras from a Stills Photography point of view, as well as Video.

While the 70D has more pixels, an articulated screen and is a newer camera, the 7D has more professionally-minded controls, an LCD display on the top of the body and a lower price.

If you've already bought into the Canon lens system and don't need to buy a body with a kit, the 7D could be a bigger step up in terms of manual controls than the 70D.

The 70D's ability to perform phase-detect autofocus directly on the sensor makes it much faster than the 60D to focus in live view mode.

We've seen this technique a few times before, most recently on the EOS 700D.