Soon after launching its flagship in the high class of DSLR cameras, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon expanded its middle class of these models by introducing the new Canon EOS 80D, which is accompanied by the new APS-C lens Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, as well as the power zoom adapter Canon PZ-E1 and directional stereo microphone Canon DM-E1.
The Canon EOS 80D, the successor of the well-known Canon EOS 70D, along with numerous borrowings from the predecessor, brings improvements primarily in terms of the sensor and autofocus. The Canon 80D is equipped with a completely new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which delivers ISO sensitivity of 100-16000 (expandable to 25600), and it also boasts a stronger processor in relation to the predecessor - DIGIC 6 - however, the burst rate remained unaltered (7 fps).
When it comes to the AF system, the 80D witnessed tremendous improvement in relation to the 70D and it sports 45 AF points, all of which are cross-type (in comparison to only 19 in the case of the predecessor). Furthermore, the new AF module can now operate even in low light, down to -3EV at the center point. As for the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, thanks to the new sensor, all pixels are able to perform phase detection focus, which brings superb results in the live view mode and video recording.
Just like the 70D, the 80D captures Full HD videos, but at 60 fps; it features built-in Wi-Fi, but now with NFC; it is supplied with a pop-up flash; the rear side of this DSLR is dominated by a tilting 3" 1,040,000-dot Clear View II TFT LCD screen; the viewfinder is optical, based on pentaprism, with 0.95x magnification, but its coverage is now 100%. In addition, the camera is sealed, too.
In kit with the new APS-C body Canon 80D, as well as on its own, comes the lens Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. It is the first Canon lens equipped with the Nano USM motor; this focus motor combines the best aspects of the ultrasonic (USM) and stepper motor (STM), thus resulting in a very high level of AF speed and smoothness, a low level of noise when shooting stills and movies, as well as greater driving speed of the focusing lens in relation to the predecessor Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM up to 4.3x (Tele) and 2.5x (Wide).
As far as the optical construction is concerned, the new Canon 18-135 features 16 elements in 12 groups, one of which is UD, one is aspherical. The diaphragm consists of 7 blades, while the filter diameter is 67mm, like with the STM version.
Together with the new standard zoom lens, Canon introduced the power zoom adapter Canon PZ-E1, which will especially delight videographers. It is intended for Canon DSLR and Cinema EOS cameras and it was constructed in such a way so as to be compatible with the new lens Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. This zoom adapter, on top of which lenses are mounted, enables silent and smooth zoom; what is more, zoom speeds are adjusted at 10 different levels. The adapter can even be controlled remotely by means of the Canon Camera Connect app.
As an addition to the new Canon EOS 80D, and primarily with a stress on its video performances, Canon released its first external microphone designed for the EOS system, Canon DM-E1. This directional stereo microphone rotates up and down from 90 to 120 degrees, and as such it brings higher-quality sound when recording. Its frequency range is 50Hz to 16kHz, and it comes with a wind screen, which limits unwanted peripheral sounds like wind and other external factors.
The Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM have already arrived on the market and their separate prices are $1199 and $599, respectively, while in combination they are priced at $1799 (no discount?). As far as the power zoom adapter Canon PZ-E1 and directional stereo microphone Canon DM-E1 are concerned, their arrival is scheduled for June, and their prices will be $149 and $249, respectively.
The news was taken from CANON.