Last night, Canon announced the new EOS 80D Digital SLR camera. The 80D offers a new autofocus system, 24.2 megapixels and a touchscreen. Additionally, they’re introducing a new lens, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. The lens is intended to be a high-speed autofocusing lens with quiet and smooth zoom for video.
The 80D touts:
- New 45-point all cross-type Autofocus system
- Newly developed 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- 6 image processor
- Dual pixel CMOS Autofocus
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability
- 1080 60p full HD video to MP4 format
- 3’’ Touchscreen LCD monitor that flips out and rotates.
We must say that we hoped 4K recording would be included on the 80D, but instead Canon gave us 60p in Full HD and a flip out and rotating LCD screen.
Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon says “In today’s world, where everyone is a photographer or videographer, we at Canon are looking to provide the tools and features that help creative-minded people stand out from the pack and get noticed.”
The 80D has a dual-pixel CMOS autofocus that employs a new Canon CMOS sensor where all of the effective pixels are able to perform for both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously for improved AF performance in Live View and while shooting video. It’s new 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor has a still image ISO range of 100–16000 and a video ISO range of 100–12800, both expandable to 25600. Canon says that the 80D is capable of producing sharp, detailed images and videos even in low-light conditions. The camera also offers high-speed continuous shooting up to seven frames per second and Anti-Flicker when shooting, similar to that found in the EOS 7D Mark II.
In addition, Canon released their new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. It’s a newly designed lens being sold as the kit lens for the 80D. 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 autofocus during still photo shooting with a 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.
The Canon EOS 80D is currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,200 for the body only, $1,800 with the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. The lens alone will be available for $600.