On top of the camera to the left side you will find the mode dial and power switch. In order to turn the mode dial, you must first press the dial lock in the middle of the dial. This nice feature helps prevent accidental exposure mode changes. On the right side of the image you can see the camera's hot shoe surrounded by the built-in stereo microphones.
On top on the right side of the camera you will find the shutter release, AF area, AF mode, Drive, ISO, Metering and the LCD panel light buttons. In between the buttons you can see the command dial, used for changing camera settings. The LCD panel lists the camera's current shooting settings.
On the back behind the mode dial are the Menu and Info buttons; in the same place that we are used to seeing them on a Canon camera.
To the right of the viewfinder is the Live View switch coupled around the video record button. Flipping the switch toggles whether or not you are recording Stills or Video. Pressing the Start/Stop button turns the Live View mode on in still mode, and acts as the video recording button in Movie mode. Further to the right is the AF-ON button, which activates the AF system to acquire focus only. The AE/FE Lock and AF Point Selection buttons also double as the Index and Magnify controls in playback.
At the top of the next set of controls are the Quick Menu and Playback buttons. These allow you to quickly view and change your shooting settings using the LCD screen and playback allows you to see all of the images saved on the SD card. Next is the Multi-controller pad with 8 direction keys and a center SET button; it's used to select AF point, white balance correction, scrolling a magnified image in playback, etc. Around the button is the Quick Control dial for navigating the menu and making adjustments to various camera settings in conjunction with the controls located on the top of the camera. On the bottom you can see the delete button and lastly, we have the Quick Control Dial lock switch that allows you to lock the wheel so it is not accidentally bumped, which could cause some problems with your exposures.
Canon broke up their I/O ports into two sections of the left side of the camera. Under the top flap, you will find the microphone input and remote control terminal.
Under the bottom flap you can see the HDMI output and high speed USB port. The USB port works as the standard A/V out and a way to connect the camera directly to a computer or printer.
Like the 60D, the 70D uses SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-1 memory cards instead of CompactFlash. With these cards reaching speeds of up to 95MB/s, the speed of these cards is no longer an issue. The camera is shown here with the Sony UHS-1 (94MB/s) 32GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera.
Powering the 70D is the LP-E6; a 7.2V, 1800mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This is the same battery that powers the 60D, so the batteries are interchangeable or can be kept in the case of upgrading. This battery is powerful enough for the 70D to capture up to 1300 shots on a single charge. Spare batteries and even the BG-E14 battery grip are great ideas for long shooting sessions or traveling.
Canon's EF and EF-S lens collection is one of the best and largest in the world, assuring you that you will be able to find the specific lens designed for any shooting situation that you may find yourself in.
While a GPS unit is not built into the camera itself, an external unit, GP-E2, is available that attaches to the hot shoe of the 70D. This unit will give the camera all of the GPS functions of a built-in unit, all the way down to the orientation of the camera.