After a few leaks last week, Canon finally came out with the new 80D. The camera is a refreshing upgrade to the Canon 70D which have been highly successful in the enthusiast segment.
At the core of the camera is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 16000 (expandable to 25600) and a DIGIC 6 Image Processor that allows for continuous shooting of up to 7fps.
In terms of body and ergonomics, the 80D remains very similar to the 70D, which means a polycarbonate exterior with water and dust resistance.
One of the biggest improvement however is the sensor and a new 45-point AF module and updated Dual Pixel AF.The AF mode is similar to the smaller 760D which offers continuous AF in both stills and movie mode from its ‘Hybrid CMOS III’ sensor. The camera also retains the touch screen from the older model. This makes things very easy for both still and video shooters as, you can select your subject by tapping on it, and then as long as you keep the shutter half-depressed, the camera will quickly track your subject in all three dimensions to keep it in focus – no matter where it moves to within the frame. This means your subject tends to already be in focus when you’re ready to take your shot and depress the shutter button. The camera even continues to focus in continuous drive at 5 fps.
In terms of AF points, Canon is now offering now offering 45 AF points – a considerable upgrade from the 19 AF points on the older model. All of these are cross-type, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical detail, giving all points the ability to focus in challenging, low light and low contrast (including backlit) situations. 27 points remain cross-type even when using a lens/teleconverter combination that has a F8 maximum aperture
Another big leap from Canon is the addition of WiFi and NFC capability. It is good to see Canon finally embracing one touch connectivity like NFC as it simplifies connecting you Android phone, tablet, screen or TV to get a high quality screen output without having to punch in pass codes or connect cables. Studio shooters and Video shooters would greatly enjoy this.
Talking of Video, the camera does see a good amount of improvement, however, there are still a few key features lacking such as the lack of a Log Gamma curve. The HDMI still does not give a clean out and the LCD still does not offer focus assist such a Peaking or exposure assist such as Zebra. Most notable is, finally the addition of 1080/60p video (and 50p for PAL shooters). In addition, the camera gains a headphone socket for audio monitoring also. Importantly, the mic and headphone sockets are angled for good reason: you can swing the articulating LCD and angle it upward or downward without it running into connected audio components. This allows videographers to make full use of the articulating screen while filming.
Another addition for video is the new 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a detachable motor. (Click on link to know more)
Canon India has not yet come out with pricing and availability for the camera, however we expect it to be in the region of about INR 80,000/- for the body only and should be available in April. Internationally the camera is priced at US$ 1,999/- for the body and available in March.
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