The Canon EOS 70D is well-known for its dual pixel CMOS sensor, but Canon has stepped up its midrange, APS-C game with the new 80D. Impressive improvements include the newly developed 24-megapixel dual pixel CMOS sensor. With 45 AF points (vs. the 70D’s 19 AF points) and f/8 compatibility at 27 different AF points—even for long lenses with tele-extenders—the new 80D provides broader coverage across the frame. You’ll also find large zone AF adjustment, AF point auto switching and a large improvement in metering capabilities, too. Trickle down features from the EOS 7D Mark II include anti-flicker shooting to ensure that your image is captured at the peak of brightness when shooting under certain types of lighting such as fluorescent lights. The 80D also borrows the mirror vibration control system from cameras like the 5DS, which helps prevent mirror slap vibration.
Videographers will appreciate the addition of a headphone jack for monitoring sound. And Canon promises more accurate AF in movie mode as well. Pair the new Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens with the companion Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 for super smooth zooming and adjustable zoom speed. Add the first Canon-branded external microphone, DM-E1, and you have a full kit for filmmaking.
The camera and kit lens will be available in March for $1,199 (body only) or $1,799 with the lens. The Power Zoom Adapter and microphone are slated to ship in June for $150 and $250, respectively. –