Is the Canon EOS 70D a Good Sports Camera? I recently tested and evaluated the 70D in a real live sports shoot, rather than just look at the 70D's specs. The answer is mostly Yes with a little No mixed in. You can get great sports photos with this camera, but there are a few limitations.
As an example, the soccer photos below are from a recent photo shoot. I used both my Canon 5D Mark III and my Canon EOS 70D.
I used a Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens on the 5D Mark III and a 70-200mm f/2.8 on the EOS 70D. It was the first time I used this specific combination and it worked like a charm for me.
I was surprised. I got more usable sports photos with the Canon EOS 70D/70-200mm lens combination than the 400mm f/5.6.
At the competitive high school level, the sports action is fast and the ball can travel quite a distance in a split second. You can see the progression in the sequence of goalie photos what can be captured at 7 frames per second.
The 70D's dual pixel auto focus technology and AI servo focusing mode can track fast moving objects and keep them tack sharp as they move to varying distances.
With a 1.6x crop factor, you can use shorter, lighter, more affordable lenses lenses to capture the action. I used my 70-200 lens which gave me the equivalent of 112-320mm zoom range.
There were a few instances where I was glad I had the 400mm lens too, but the majority of shooting I did was with the 70-200 on the 70D.
Yes, is the answer to the question: Is the Canon EOS 70D a good sports camera. No matter where you buy, you can check out the current prices below, on the 70D, or it's upgraded alternatives, the Canon 80D, or what I have, my 10-frames-per-second Canon 90D:
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