Canon has finally announced the long-rumored EOS 80D DSLR as a significant upgrade over the EOS 70D, which was released about three years ago.
Back in mid-2013, Canon introduced the EOS 70D as the world’s first DSLR with built-in Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This camera was in need of a replacement and the company delivered exactly what photographers wanted.
The Canon 80D DSLR camera is finally here and it is packing a lot of upgrades compared to its predecessor. The image sensor, processor, autofocus system and many other specifications have been improved in order to offer users a better experience as a whole.
Canon 80D revealed with several improvements over EOS 70D
The design of the new 80D might be similar to the one of the 70D. However, this does not mean that the two shooters are the same. First of all, the new unit comes with the 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor that we have already seen in the EOS 750 / 760D cameras.
The list continues with an updated autofocus system that includes 45 points, all of them being cross-type. Furthermore, the Japan-based company says that the AF system can focus even in -3EV conditions when selecting the center point.
Its image processor consists of a DIGIC 6 system, but the continuous shooting mode remains at a maximum of 7fps, just like in the 70D. Additionally, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology has been updated, too, providing quicker, more accurate, and smoother autofocusing in Live View mode.
It is said that the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system supports continuous focusing and that it allows the entire amount of pixels to use Phase Detection when capturing stills. As expected, this behavior is possible only in Live View.
Rumors said that the Canon 80D would feature a 100% optical viewfinder, but the official announcement reads that the OVF’s coverage stands at “near 100%”. Finally, the sensor offers an ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 16000, albeit it can be expanded to 25600 through built-in settings.
Release date and price details have also been confirmed by Canon
The remainder of the Canon 80D specs list includes an articulated 3-inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1.04-million dots, a shutter speed range between 30 seconds and 1/8000th of a second, and a built-in flash.
Just like in the previous model, WiFi and NFC will allow users to connect to a smartphone or tablet for quick file transferring purposes. Furthermore, photographers can remotely control their DSLR wirelessly, which is always a nice touch.
Canon’s new shooter comes with USB, HDMI, microphone, and headphone ports, while providing a 960-shot battery life. It measures 730 grams / 25.75 ounces, while measuring about 139 x 105 x 79mm / 5.47 x 4.13 x 3.11 inches.
The release date of the DSLR is scheduled to take place in March 2016 for a price of $1,199.