By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
You know the old joke that if a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it? Well, if Canon announces yet another HD DSLR, does anybody care? If I was writing about still photography only, I would probably think that the new Canon 80D was pretty slick, but nearly two years after both Sony and Panasonic came out with a 4K mirrorless camera, and after Apple gave us a 4K iPhone 6S+, Lake Success seems to think that 1080p is still on the cutting edge. Let’s take a look …
The hallmark feature of the new Canon 80D is a redesigned 24.2 APS-C CMOS sensor, which includes Canon’s latest DIGIC 6 image processor. With this new high performance chip, Canon has been able to give the 80D a 45 point cross type auto focus system that drives the dual pixel autofocus CMOS scheme.
The new chip also allows shooters to image with an ISO to 1600 in stills and a 12,800 for video work, which can be boosted even further in extended range to 25,600. Another nice feature is taking anti-flicker technology from the 7D MK. II, and the viewfinder now covers 100% of the image, with no cropping. ‘Fins’ wise, the 80D has both WiFi and NFC connectivity, as well as a standard 3-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD, and a pair of stereo jacks to go along with the standard headphone jack.
Video-wise, it gets pretty ho-hum, as the Canon 80D still shoots in 1080p, but at least gets a boost over the previous generation 70D by being able to shoot up to 60 frames per second, again, thanks to the more powerful sensor. But indie filmmakers and videographers can also shoot in either MOV format with ALL-I compression, or 60 fps in the MP4 format with IPB compression. Canon even promises an HDR movie mode, which captures two HD frames at different exposures, one normal and one underexposed, at up to 60 fps and then composites them during playback at 30 fps to create better dynamic range. How much better is Canon’s secret and they’re not sharing.
But perhaps the best video feature is that Canon has finally embedded timecode into your video files, making it far easier for editing down the road. About damn time. Other product features include:
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
- 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
- anti-flicker function
- 100% Viewfinder image with All Glass Prism
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
- RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor
- HDR Movie Mode
- Time-Lapse Movie Mode
- Creative filters
- Picture Style settings
The Canon 80D will be available in next month for $1199 body only, or $1799 with Canon’s new EF-S 18-135 USM lens. The lens has a ultra quiet nano mooter for smoother autofocus during video shooting. The lens will sell separately for $599, so you’re not getting any price breaks for buying it in a kit. Canon plans on more lenses in the line down the road.
In addition, Canon is also announcing a power zoom adapter, which attaches to the lens and offers up to 10 different zoom speeds, and can be remotely controlled through WiFi and the Canon Camera Connect App. Price on the Power Zoom is $150.
While the camera does come with an on board stereo microphone with manual adjustment options, let’s face it, their on camera microphones have never really been all that stellar (then again, what camera does), so Canon is also introducing an optional external microphone called the DM-E1. The mic mounts in the camera hot shoe and has its own power from a single button cell lithium battery. The Stereo Mic will sell for just south of $250. The Mic, along with the Power Zoom Adapter will be available in June 2016.
Visit Canon’s 80D page for more information.