Canon is not disappointing its loyal fanbase of photographers and film makers as it introduces the EOS 80D after announcing the EOS 1D X Mark II flagship DSLR.
The 80D brings significant hardware upgrades over the EOS 70D. First, it has a 24.2MP sensor compared to the 20.2MP of the latter. Autofocus points have also increased to 45 up from the 70D’s 19.
In addition to the extra autofocus points, Canon claimed that the 80D has a better AF system as it I spread evenly on the frame that allows it to cover a wider area compared to its predecessor. Even in lower light levels of -3 EV, the AF cam still operate.
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Specs
Film makers will love the new Digic 6 image processing engine inside the EOS 80D. It allows capture of 1080p at 60 frames per second, according to TechRadar. Slow motion shots will be no problem as 60fps shots still run smoothly even if cut in half at 30fps.
In addition to the 60fps feat, the processing engine allows the Canon EOS 80D to capture 7fps burst shots. Sports photography and capturing fast moving objects will be a piece of cake with the new DSLR.
Canon also boasts their new Intelligent Viewfinder that they claim has 100 percent viewfinder coverage. The AF is also improved with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF system even with videos.
Photographers and film crews that use the 80D will have less of a problem transferring their images and videos as it has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communications) technology. They can just keep shooting and transfer the files without having to pull out and plug in a couple of cables.
The video files would also be not as heavy because of the MP4 format. However, it means that quality could be compressed.
Those who like to shoot in different perspectives will be able to make use of the EOS 80D’s Vari-angle Ouch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor. Canon also claims that it still provides a clear screen view even if the sun is shining brightly outdoors.
Video ISO range of the Canon EOS 80D is between a dark 100 up to the brightest at 12800. Users who would like to try the HDR will be glad to know that the camera has built-in creative filter effects such as art embossed, art bold, art standard and natural.
The 80D also has the Anti-Flicker shooting feature that can also be found on the 7D Mark II DSLR. It prevents flickers that may result in shooting at locations where there are flickering light sources such as fluorescent lights and computer monitors.
Canon also boasts the HDR feature that extends to the camera’s video capture capability. It also has an automatic Time-Lapse movie mode provided that the user has a large expandable storage drive.
Editing for a certain look on movies can also be automatically done using the 80D’s creative filters such as miniature, dramatic monochrome, memory, old movie and fantasy. However, the feature seems to be just for the casual users considering that film makers need to color their shots one by one in a third-party compositor.
Canon Makes Sound Capture Easy
The Canon EOS 80D can also make sound capture easy for film. It has a built-in headphone jack to monitor the sounds and a built-in stereo microphone that can perform well under good noise conditions. However, it also has an additional stereo microphone jack that will allow users to plug in their condenser microphones or any other boom mic setup.
Another new addition is the company’s branded external microphone for the EOS models. Called the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1, the new mic can be rotated from 90 to 120 degrees. It also has a shock mount to reduce vibrations that may be picked up by its sensor while recording.
It has a frequency response range between basses in 50Hz up to the highs in 16kHz. To help prevent wind noises, it also has a wind screen included. Of course, it comes with a lithium cell battery that has a power indicator to check if its running out of juice.
Canon USA President and COO Yuichi Ishizuka said in a press release: “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 right technology cannot make someone creative, but it will help bring a creative vision to life. The right combination of camera and lens helps those with a vision stand out and be recognized. We look forward to seeing what this new generation of passionate artists will create with these new tools.”
New Canon USM Lens for the 80D
Besides the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera, the company has also introduced a new lens: the Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. It will be default kit lens for the new DSLR.
One of the advantages in using the new lens is its Nano USM, a focusing motor that allows for high-speed AF during photo shots with its USM (ultrasonic motor). For videos, it has a lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for quiet autofocusing.
The Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also has four stops of optical image stabilization. This allows the users to worry less about camera shake especially if they are moving with their subject.
For additional contrast and deeper saturation, it comes with a new EW-73D lens hood. It protects the lenses from being hit directly with light that creates unwanted flares on shots. It can also protect the lens from finger prints.
Canon EOS 80D Pricing and Availability
Canon designed the new DSLR for serious photographers and film makers. As such, a modest price is not to be expected.
The Canon EOS 80D has an estimated retail price of £839 ($1199) for the body alone. With the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, it will cost £1259. For the lens alone, it will cost £419.
For the Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1, it will have a price tag of £175. The new 80D DSLR and its lens will be available in March 2016, while the microphone will be a bit late in June 2016.