Following Ricoh’s announcement of the Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR, Canon has announced the 80D, and upgrade to the popular 70D. Among other new features, the Canon 80D features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor for, as Canon says in its press release, “…crisp images with fine detail.”
Other features include:
- New 45-point all cross-type AF system (compared to 19-points on the Canon 70D)
- Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage
- Newly Developed 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 6 image processor for enhanced image quality
- Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with video and stills
- Built-in Wi-Fi®2 and NFCTM2 capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
- 1080/60p Full HD video to capture brilliant results in MP4 format for easy movie sharing on select social networking sites
- Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors
Canon’s release continue by saying:
Featuring a new 24.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 6 Image Processor, as well as an improved still image ISO range of 100–16000 (Video ISO range 100–12800, both expandable to 25600), the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images and videos even in low-light conditions. High-speed continuous shooting up to seven frames per second (fps) combined with the 45-point all cross-type AF allows photographers to capture fast moving subjects easily and accurately, while the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light.
Canon also announced a new lens:The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is “…optimized for high-speed autofocusing when shooting stills and quiet and smooth zoom when shooting video. The lens is also compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter”
The newest Canon offerings will be available in March 2016. The Canon EOS 80D has an estimated price of $1,199.00 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 standalone lens.
Not to leave the 80D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM alone in the wilds Canon has also announced gear that compliments the 80D and is aimed solely at the video crowd.
Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, says Canon “is the world’s first detachable zoom adapter that provides silent and smooth zoom and can adjusted incrementally to 10 different levels of zoom speed. Additionally, the PZ-E1 can be controlled remotely using the Canon Camera Connect app.” The PX-E1 was specifically designed for compatibility with the new Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6.
And there’s more: Canon’s first external microphone, the MC-E1. The new mike, says Canon, “will help improve sound quality while shooting video” (Editor’s Note: Revolutionary!) It also rotates up and down from 90-120 degrees.
Expected in June 2016, the Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 are have estimated retail prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively.