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Canon 70D Upgrade Coming Soon? Pulse Looks to Solve Your Camera Control Woes {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 15th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Canon 70D Upgrade Coming Soon?

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The latest news coming out of the Canon rumor mill is that an update to the Canon 70D will come BEFORE any sort of 80D or ‘next-gen’ upgrade. In other words, we are going to see a 70D A or 70D S (or whatever Canon decides to call it) before they jump up to the 80D.

According to the details, the newer camera will be a minimal upgrade at best, featuring the same AF system that is in the current 70D, a 24MP sensor with DPAF, a slightly larger buffer, and an upgrade to the DIGIC 6 processor.

As far as timeline for this new camera? The rumors are saying ‘soon’, but at the same time talking about January and CES. So I would say anytime within the next 1.5-2 months is most likely – assuming their information is correct.

Personally, these specs and an upgrade like this doesn’t interest me much. But then, I am not the target market for a camera such as this. That said, I would hope that Canon can upgrade more than just the buffer, the processor, and a few megapixels on the sensor to make the camera more worthwhile of an upgrade.

What would you like to see from an upgraded Canon 70D? Let us know in a comment below!

Pulse: New Camera Control App/Device Blows Past Kickstarter Goals


Kickstarter is such a fun place. It seems like every day something new and exciting is being developed to make our lives easier. On the docket today is a new device called Pulse, which promises to be the best camera remote control you have ever used.

Not only does the device look cool, it is also compatible with all Canon and Nikon cameras that feature a USB connection. Pulse connects to your phone via a Bluetooth connection, features 24-hour battery life, and allows you to capture stills, video, and even set up time-lapse sequences without having to touch your camera.

Now, controlling your camera remotely, even from you phone, is nothing new. But the presentation, the features, and the experience that Pulse promises to be on a different level from other remote control apps.

The only negative from my point of view is the lack of Sony mirrorless support. Alpine Labs, the company behind Pulse, says this is due to a limitation that Sony places on their cameras that prevent the camera from saving the images/video locally if connected via USB (like the Pulse). So, it seems the issues are not something that Alpine Labs can address. Still, it’s disappointing.

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The Pulse Kickstarter had an initial goal $50,000, and in their first four days the campaign has brought in over $220,000 in support. Their estimated delivery of the Pulse device is April of 2016. If you would like to learn more about the Pulse, or show your support/get one, you can head on over to the Kickstarter page here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Robert Benda

    We use a pair of 70Ds for weddings. The focus tracking and touch screen combination is nice for capturing video on the fly, but with a DSLR form.

    For an 80D, I’d need better STM lenses, better low light performance, and 4K, since, frankly, this camera’s place is for video.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    It sounds like Canon plans to keep the 70D as their video-oriented-but-not-a-5D model… suggesting they either have no immediate plans for an 80D, or they don’t plan to use the same sensor tech on an 80D. But also, given the rumors of the 6D mark II possibly being even cheaper, but with some feature improvements (and also, most disturbing, a different battery to keep it smaller), Canon may be starting to question the need for the xxD series. Or perhaps they’re refocusing that line into specialty bodies — that could be interesting.

    As for the Pulse… I think the best remote control for any camera are the Canon and Olympus apps I have for my 6D and EM5II. The nice thing about the Pulse… they’re using Bluetooth LE, and it’s external. So it won’t chew battery power as fast.. they claim 24 hours, but it also won’t sap your smartphone battery. The range could be around 100ft, give or take, on par with Wifi. This was apparently designed to be a great timelapse controller, and that may be the big win. They’re not substantially more expensive than my various Vello Shutterbosses… so it’s an instant win if you want the option of controlling two different supported cameras.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Exactly, for me as a backpacking photographer who spends many days away from a power outlet, having my phone physically connected to my camera for the entire duration of a timelapse or long exposure has been a no-go from day one. Absolutely not. Not to mention the general impracticalness and potential unreliability.

      That has been the beauty of the Alpine Labs products, for me. Secondary devices that you can program, but only require your phone for a very brief moment, plus the replaceable cables so you don’t have to worry about throwing away the whole product when a single wire connection goes out.

      :-)

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  3. adam sanford

    Regarding the 70D/80D, there’s really little space for a $999-1,199 camera body to thread the needle between ‘clearly better than the Rebels’ and ‘not so good as to threaten 7D2 sales’.

    I recommend Canon gets rid of any plans to make an 80D, unless its a specialty model for video or astro.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Agreed. An 80D has no chance of impressing that market segment. I’m sure Canon could sell a few units, even remain the market sales leader for a while longer, however I think they’d be far, far better off taking the entire 70D/80D lineup and converting it to mirrorless ILC, to compete better with the likes of the Sony A6000.

      It would actually cost Canon less to produce such a camera, and they’d win huge brownie points if they were to beat Nikon to a serious mirrorless option, even if it’s APS-C.

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  4. Nick Buchholz

    Hi Anthony
    Thanx for the info on the Pulse. I’ve been looking for something like this for “holy grail” timelapses.
    Upon reading your article I’ve gone over to the kickstarter page and backed them.

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    • Matthew Saville

      The Alpine Labs stuff is awesome, Nick. I’ve been using their Michron for a while now and it’s similarly useful and practical.

      For one, I absolutely detest faulty cables on camera intervalometer remotes. I’ve lost count of how many $30 timelapse / remote triggers I’ve come across that were perfectly functional except for a slight cable connector error, making the whole unit completely useless.

      Both the Pulse and the Michron do away with that huge shortcoming by allowing for replaceable cables. Keep a spare or two in your bag, and you’ll never have to give up shooting because your trigger stops being reliable.

      I’ve also backed the Alpine Labs Radian 2, which I’m very excited about.

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