The EOS 80D is the Canon’s newest mid-range DSLR, and successor to the previous 70D. It seems the company is finally listening to feedback, as the 80D features both, still and video related enhancements.
The 80D has a new 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Combined with the new DIGIC 6 processor, it is capable of an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) and a burst rate of 7 fps.
The autofocus system has been overhauled completely, featuring 45-point all cross-type system. Improved low light performance means the system can work all the way down to EV-3 at the center point so you can even focus in the dark. The AI Servo AF II system has been improved with a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor for better tracking of moving subjects. The viewfinder has been enhanced to support the larger AF spread and now offers approximately 100% viewfinder coverage.
Now coming to the video part, the 80D can now record videos in up to 1080p60 in MP4 format in either ALL-I or IPB compression with optional embedded time code. The camera also features a headphone jack, a microphone jack, and a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment.
Other than that, the 80D has the usual bells and whistles you expect from a camera in this price range, including a fully articulated 3-inch, 1.04M dot touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS.
Canon also announced a new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens with a Nano USM focusing motor that combines the speed of Canon’s USM lenses with the silence of STM lenses. There is also a new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, which lets you electronically control the zoom on lenses such as the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM in smooth steps, which is perfect for video use. It can also be controlled remotely using the Canon Camera Connect app. Canon also announced a new DM-E1 directional stereo microphone.
The EOS 80D is priced at $1,199.00 for the body only and $1,799 with EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. The lens alone will set you back by $599.99. The PZ-E1 is $149.99 and the DM-E1 is $249.99, respectively.