Canon has unveiled the 80D, a new mid-range DSLR camera, which replaces the 70D, and features a APS-C-sized 24.2MP Canon CMOS sensor. The Canon EOS 80D employes a new 45-point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF) technology, as well as a touchscreen for locking in and tracking subjects while shooting video.
Canon also debuted a new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens designed for high-speed autofocusing when shooting stills and quiet and smooth zoom when capturing video. The lens is compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, which was developed to create smooth cinematic focus pulls when changing focal length on a subject. A nice addition for focus-challenged DSLR cameras. Also showcased was Canon’s new DM-E1 Directional Stereo Microphone, which looks to grab some marketshare from Rode.
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera Features:
» New 45-point all cross-type AF system
» New Intelligent Viewfinder
» 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
» DIGIC 6 image processor
» Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with both video and stills
» Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
» 1080/60p Full HD video in the MP4 format
» Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor
For shooting video, the camera features Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF) technology coupled with a touchscreen capability for focusing when shooting video. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a new Canon CMOS sensor with which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in the Canon EOS 80D camera features enhanced tracking sensitivity and is compatible with the full line of Canon EF Series lenses. The 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system in the 80D, compared to 19-points in the Canon 70D camera, is now wider both horizontally and vertically. Low light AF performance has been improved all the way down to EV-3 at the center point to achieve results even in low-light situations. The camera artificial intelligence Servo AF II autofocusing system utilizes color tracking with a 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor that automatically detects skin tone and colors to enhance tracking sensitivity, even with moving subjects that are rapidly changing pace or direction. The 80D’s new Intelligent Viewfinder helps prevent photographers from missing objects that are in the corners of the scene, which can reduce the need to crop images later on.
HDR mode provides creative filter effects, such as natural, art standard, art bold, art vivid and art embossed. The Canon EOS 80D camera features Anti-Flicker shooting, similar to that found in the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera. Anti-Flicker shooting produces consistently high-quality results even when shooting in areas with fluorescent lighting or other flickering light sources by detecting the flicker cycle of the light source and shooting when brightness is near its peak.
When users select the EOS Movie mode, the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 60 fps, compared to 30 fps in the Canon EOS 70D, in MP4 format and in either ALL-I or IPB compression modes with optional embedded time code. For expanded creativity the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera features HDR movie and Time-Lapse movie modes and Movie creative filters like fantasy, old movie, memory, dramatic monochrome and miniature. Movie Servo AF custom settings allow users to speed up or slow down focusing speeds, enhancing creativity and artistic expression. For added flexibility, the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera also features a built-in headphone jack, a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment, and an additional stereo microphone jack.
In addition to the new 80D DSLR camera, Canon is also introducing the Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, a newly designed lens. This the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM, a new type of focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet movie AF, and improved AF speeds up to 4.3x (Tele) and 2.5x (Wide) faster than the previous model. The Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization.
For shootings movies with a Canon DLSR or Cinema EOS cameras, Canon is premiering the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, specifically constructed to be compatible with the design of the new Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is a detachable zoom adapter that claims to provide silent and smooth zoom and can adjusted incrementally to 10 different levels of zoom speed3. Additionally, the PZ-E1 can be controlled remotely using the Canon Camera Connect app.
In addition to the new lens and power zoom adapter, Canon is debuting the first Canon-branded external microphone for the EOS system, the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1. This new accessory microphone claims to help improve sound quality while shooting video, allowing users to rotate the direction of the microphone up and down from 90 to 120 degrees depending on the shooting situation. The DM-E1’s durable shock mount construction helps to reduce camera operation noise and lens drive sounds and is built to withstand the rigors of a variety of shooting situations. Featuring a frequency response range of 50Hz to 16kHz, the DM-E1 comes with a wind screen to help limit peripheral sound from wind and other outside factors, allowing shooters to utilize the microphone in a broad amount of shooting situations. Featuring a built-in power supply from a single “button-type” lithium cell battery, the DM-E1 also has a power indicator lamp allowing users to easily check its battery level.
The Canon 80D DSLR and EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens are slated to go on sale in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,199 for the body only, $1,799.00 with the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens and $599.99 for the lens only. The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 are scheduled to be available in June 2016, for estimated retail prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively.