Canon has finally announced the Canon EOS 80D today. The camera is supposed to be the successor of the extremely popular, Canon 70D. Also announced with it was a new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens and a new DSLR accessory termed as the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1.
Canon EOS 80D
The Canon 80D, like its predecessor features Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, a 45 point AF system (cross-type sensors), a DIGIC 6 processor, a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, 7fps continuous shooting and ISOs up to 16,000 (Which can further be increased). The Canon 80D has a magnesium alloy weather sealed body which is water and dust resistant (NOTE: Resistant, not proof!). DPReview reports that stereo mic separation is wider. The display on the device is a 3-inch LCD display with 1.04 million dot, vari-angle screen. Canon 80D also has a 3.5mm headphone jack slot and it is said to support NFC (Which is clear from the NFC symbol in its left flank) and WiFi and video recording at 1080p@60fps. Frankly, after 2 years of waiting, much more was expected from Canon in the Canon 80D however, one has to take in consideration that Canon will try and maintain the gap between X0D series and the likes of 7D mark ii and 5D mark iii.
What is new in the Canon 80D :
- Sensor and AutoFocus
Canon’s Dual-Pixel CMOS is unique in the sense that it has pixels that contain both photosites and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), which simply means that if sensor resolution is increased, so will the AF points. Canon has raised the resolution to 24.2MPfrom 20.2MP and the number of AF points to 45 from 19. This Large Zone AF mode has come from the popular 7D Mark II, which lets it use larger groups of focus points, thus improving AF performance when shooting vertically, as well as AF-point auto switching, which defines how it selects focus points within a given focus zone. The upgrade to Digic 6 image processor only helps in better data transfer during continuous shooting.
- Metering Modes
Canon 80D also encompasses the latest RGB+IR sensor for its metering which is an upgrade from the older iFCL.
- Shutter mechanism
The new shutter mechanism of Canon 80D is similar to the one in the 5D Mark III. It is useful as it controls vibration better hence minimizing camera shake.
- Design and features
The most notable update in this category on Canon 80D is the viewfinder, which has been upgraded to give 100% coverage. Canon 80D also comes with NFC and WiFi. These features are quite useful. New software features include time-lapse photography option as well. While the LCD display has the same specs, it’s an updated model that Canon claims will provide better visibility in sunlight (Some sort of new coating, perhaps?) Canon 80D will be a treat for the video makers as it now supports recording at 1080/60p.
Canon 80D pictures
Canon plans to ship the Canon 80D in March at $1,200 (Rs 82,600) for the body and $1,800 (Rs 1,23,921) for a kit with the new EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 USM lens.