Canon’s 80D Brings Improved AF

By // February 18, 2016 // Posted in Cameras & Lenses, Gear & Equipment, Hardware

Canon didn’t wait long after the 1D X Mark II to bring yet another new DSLR into its family.

The 80D features a 24-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, a 45-point all cross-type AF system and the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocusing technology for smoother focusing during video recording.

Powered by a DIGIC 6 processor, the 80D has a native ISO range of 100-16,000 for stills and 100-12,8000 for video. The ISO can be expanded to 25,600 for both stills and video. The camera can record Full HD video up to 60p and sports a 3-inch, vari-angle touch screen display.

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The AF system has been significantly upgraded from the 70D’s 19 point system. The 80D can focus in low light down to -3EV at the center point.

The 80D has one dual cross type AF point for focusing at f/2.8 and 27 for focusing at f/8.

Additional features include:

*Anti-flickr shooting for improved exposure under fluorescent lighting

* Time code during video recording

* Wi-Fi and NFC

* 7 fps continuous shooting with AF locked on first frame for up to 110 JPEGs or 25 RAW images.

* an intelligent viewfinder

The 80D will ship in March for $1,199 (body) or for $1,799 when bundling the new EF-S180135mm lens (discussed below).

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Canon also trotted out a new lens and several new accessories. The EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens will be sold as a kit lens for the 80D. It’s the first Canon lens to use a Nano USM focusing motor which the company claims combines the benefits of an ultrasonic motor (high speed AF during still shooting) and a screw-type stepping motor (smooth and quiet AF). The lens has up to 4 stops of image stabilization. The lens will retail for $600 when sold individually.

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On the accessories front, Canon is rolling out a Power Zoom Adapter (PZ-E1) in June for $150. The adapter provides up to 10 different levels of zoom speed and can be controlled remotely via Canon’s Camera Connect app.

canonMICThere will also be a Canon branded external mic, the DM-E1. It will be rotatable up and down from 90 to 120 degrees and offer a frequency response range of 50-16kHz. It ships with a wind screen and draws power from a button-type lithium cell battery. The DM-E1 ships in June for $250.

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