Canon’s 80D Delivers Improved AF for Stills and Video

February 18, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

Fast on the heels of the 1D X Mark II, Canon is adding another DSLR to its portfolio. 

The new 80D features a 24-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, a 45-point all cross-type AF system and the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocusing technology for smoother focusing during video recording. 

Powered by a DIGIC 6 processor, the 80D has a native ISO range of 100-16,000 for stills and 100-12,8000 for video. The ISO can be expanded to 25,600 for both stills and video. The camera can record Full HD video up to 60p and sports a 3-inch, vari-angle touch screen display.

The AF system has been significantly upgraded from the 70D’s 19 point system. Beyond the addition of more AF points, the 80D can focus in low light down to -3EV at the center point. The 80D has one dual cross type AF point for focusing at f/2.8 and 27 for focusing at f/8.

Additional features include:

* 7 fps continuous shooting with AF locked on first frame for up to 110 JPEGs or 25 RAW images.

*Anti-flickr shooting for improved exposure under fluorescent lighting

* Time code for video shooting

* Wi-Fi and NFC

* intelligent viewfinder

The 80D will ship in March for $1,199 (body) or for $1,799 when bundling the new EF-S180135mm lens (discussed below).

Canon also trotted out a new lens and several new accessories. The EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens will be sold as a kit lens for the 80D or on its own. It’s the first Canon lens to use a Nano USM focusing motor which the company claims combines the benefits of an ultrasonic motor (high speed AF during still shooting) and a screw-type stepping motor (smooth and quiet AF). The lens has up to 4 stops of image stabilization. The lens will retail for $600 when sold individually.

On the accessories front, Canon is rolling out a Power Zoom Adapter (PZ-E1) in June for $150. The adapter provides up to 10 different levels of zoom speed and can be controlled remotely via Canon’s Camera Connect app. 

There will also be a Canon branded external mic, the DM-E1. It will be rotatable up and down from 90 to 120 degrees and offer a frequency response range of 50-16kHz. It ships with a wind screen and draws power from a button-type lithium cell battery. The DM-E1 ships in June for $250.