Canon
E0S 70D
Autofocus in Every Pixel
by MIKE HENSON




We know you feel tech savvy standing at your son’s baseball game with a digital SLR around your neck and a high-def camcorder over your shoulder. But with the latest technology from Canon, the digital SLR is finally capable of shooting high-def videos worth your time and effort. 


Ten years and seven iterations after releasing their game-changing 10D digital SLR, they've done it again with the 70D, a mid-range digital SLR for the photographic enthusiast who’s ready to shoot smooth videos right next to stunning stills. While its predecessors have been strictly evolutionary from one model to the next, the 70D's Dual Pixel on-sensor autofocusing system is revolutionary. Putting autofocus technology onto a digital sensor isn’t a new concept -- but Canon is the first company to put the technology onto every single pixel. What does this mean for you? The autofocus is seamlessly fluid when shooting videos and blazing fast stills. 




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Of course, there are umpteen GP100-worthy competitors for the 70D, but we specifically chose Canon's offering because it has the all of the accoutrements of a great DSLR. Canon loaded the 70D with an array of amenities: built-in wi-fi, a 20.2MP sensor, a 3-inch articulating touch screen, and 7 frames-per-second shooting, just to name a few. And did we mention that the 70D is compatible with over a hundred Canon lenses? It has all the bells and whistles you didn’t know you needed, and at twelve hundred bucks, this is a workhorse that you can afford. Lose the camcorder: the Canon 70D has everything you need.  


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STATEMENT

Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang

CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media


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