Phil you are totally not wrong, but there are also a whole slew of "professionals" that are not.It's a good camera but it won't take good pictures itself. The photographer must do that.
I learned a long time ago to hire photographers for important events. There is A LOT of work involved, and if it's important enough to document beyond family snapshots, it's absolutely worth the expense.
I too have a 70D. No comparison to a cell phone.I bought a new Canon 70D a few months ago yo go to Africa. It was approx USD$600 off the internet in London, caméra body only.
I paired it with my older Sigma 50 to 200mm lens.
It's good but the lens is a bit cheap - about $200 if I remember correctly.
The next big wildlife trip I will go up a grade to a more expensive lens.
And a tripod. It's a must.
But I didn't really need a tripod in Africa because I was always shooting from inside a vehicle. You xan walk outside the vehicle and set up a tripod but this makes the lions a tad hungry. Dunno why.
The quality of the 70D and my Sigma lens leaves any smartphone in this dust.