Playing to those with an artistic bent, Canon has announced the EOS 80D DSLR, featuring a new 45-point AF system, 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor for crisp images with fine detail, and, for the budding videographer or online video star, Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF) technology coupled with an intuitive touchscreen capability for easy focusing when shooting video.
Canon is also introducing a new EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens 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 for smooth cinematic ‘pulls’ when changing focal length on a subject, and responsive adjustments at the push of a button for stills or video.
Here are the camera’s features:
• 45-point all cross-type AF system;
• Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100 percent viewfinder coverage;
• new 24.2-megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor;
· DIGIC 6 image processor;
• improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus;
• built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices;
• 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 format;
• Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors.
The 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system in the camera, compared to 19-points in the 70D, is wider both horizontally and vertically for easier compositions with off-centre subjects. Low light AF performance has been improved down to EV-3 at the centre point to achieve sharp results even in extreme low-light situations. The camera’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) Servo AF II autofocusing system utilizes colour tracking with a 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor that automatically detects skin tone and colours to enhance tracking sensitivity, even with moving subjects that are rapidly changing pace or direction. Enhancing the ease-of-use of the new AF system is the Intelligent Viewfinder which features approximately 100 percent viewfinder coverage.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a new Canon CMOS sensor – all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting, says the company. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features enhanced tracking sensitivity and is compatible with the full line of Canon EF Series lenses.
As well as the new sensor and processor, the camera offers an improved still image ISO range of 100–16000 (video ISO range 100–12800, both expandable to 25600), so the camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images and videos even in low-light conditions, notes Canon. 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 even when shooting in low light. HDR mode provides creative filter effects, such as natural, art standard, art bold, art vivid and art embossed. For added convenience, the camera features Anti-Flicker shooting, similar to that found in the EOS 7D Mark II. Anti-Flicker shooting produces consistently high-quality results even when shooting in areas with fluorescent lighting or other flickering light sources by detecting the flicker cycle of the light source and shooting when brightness is near its peak.
When users select EOS mode, the camera offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 60 fps, in MP4 format and in either ALL-I or IPB compression modes with optional embedded time code. For expanded creativity the 80D features HDR movie and Time-Lapse movie modes and Movie creative filters like fantasy, old movie, memory, dramatic monochrome and miniature. Movie Servo AF custom settings allow users to speed up or slow down focusing speeds, enhancing creativity and artistic expression. For added flexibility, the 80D also features a built-in headphone jack, a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment, and an additional stereo microphone jack.
About that EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens – this is a newly designed lens with what Canon calls a “premium exterior” design that will serve as the kit lens for the 80D. This the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM, 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, and improved AF speeds up to 4.3x (tele) and 2.5x (wide) faster than the previous model. The new lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization.
To further enhance the ease-of-use when shootings movies with Canon DLSR or Cinema EOS cameras, the company is introducing the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, specifically constructed to be compatible with the design of the new 18-135 mm lens. The PZ-E1 is claimed to be 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.
In addition to the new lens and power zoom adapter, Canon is introducing the first Canon-branded external microphone for the EOS system, the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1. This new accessory microphone will help improve sound quality while shooting video, says the company, allowing users to rotate the direction of the microphone up and down from 90 to 120 degrees depending on the shooting situation. The DM-E1’s durable shock mount construction helps to reduce camera operation noise and lens drive sounds and is built to withstand the rigours of a variety of shooting situations. Featuring a frequency response range of 50Hz to 16kHz, the DM-E1 comes with a wind screen to help limit peripheral sound from wind and other outside factors. Featuring a built-in power supply from a single “button-type” lithium cell battery, the DM-E1 also has a power indicator lamp allowing users to easily check its battery level.
The Canon EOS 80D DSLR and EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens are currently scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $1,599.99 for the body only, $2,399.99 with the new lens, $869.99 for the lens sold separately, and $1,799.99 with the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 are currently scheduled to be available in June, for estimated retail prices of $214.99 and $369.99 respectively.