The newly announced Canon 80D replaces the 70D and introduces some big improvements to Canon’s mid-range DSLRs.

For those who have shot with the 70D, the new 80D will feel familiar in your hands. While the physical body remains mostly unchanged (a polycarbonate exterior that is both water & dust resistance) from the 70D, there are a few notable changes:

  • Addition of a headphone socket
  • Remote port moved slightly downward
  • Stereo microphones moved from top to front of camera and given a slightly wider separation
  • Smaller Q & playback buttons

Canon 80D Back

 

But perhaps the biggest physical change, is the addition of a mirror vibration control system similar to those found on the pro level full-frame EOS 5DS & EOS 7D Mark II cameras.


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Improved Dual Pixel AF

The impressive Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a new Canon CMOS sensor with which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously providing dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology also features enhanced tracking sensitivity and is fully compatible with all of Canon’s EF Series lenses, including Canon’s newest standard zoom lenses the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.

Canon 80D Key Features:
  • New 45-point all cross-type AF system
  • 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 NFC2 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

Autofocus Improvements

The new 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system (compared to 19-points in the 70D), improves focusing ability (both horizontally and vertically) making compositions with off-center subjects much easier.

Canon 80D Focus Points

Low light AF performance has been improved all the way down to EV-3 at the center point allowing for razor sharp results even in extreme low-light situations.

The AI (Artificial Intelligence) Servo AF II autofocusing system now utilizes colour tracking with a 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor which can automatically detect skin tone and colours to enhance tracking sensitivity. This feature comes in very handy when shooting moving subjects that rapidly changing pace or direction.

The new Intelligent Viewfinder features an approximate 100% viewfinder coverage which should help to prevent you from missing unwanted objects that sometimes hide in the corners of the scene, thus reducing the need to crop images after the shoot.

Video Capabilities

While the Canon 80D might not have 4K recording capabilities, you can shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 60 fps, (compared to 30 fps in the 70D) in MP4 format and in either ALL-I or IPB compression modes with optional embedded time code.
The 80D also features HDR & Time-Lapse movie modes and several movie creative filters such as:
  • fantasy
  • old movie
  • memory
  • dramatic monochrome
  • miniature.

Movie Servo AF custom settings allow users to speed up or slow down focusing speeds, and for added flexibility, it also features a built-in headphone jack, built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment, and an additional stereo microphone jack.


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EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

The new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens will serve as the kit lens for the 80D and is the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM.
Nano USM is a new type of focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet movie AF. Canon states that it will improve AF speeds by up to 4.3x (Tele) and 2.5x (Wide) faster than the previous model.
Canon 80D with optional Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1
EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens (shown with optional PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter)

The improved EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization, and a new lens hood, the EW-73D, which will be included with the new lens.


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Woodrow Walden is a Toronto-based photographer and the Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek.