Canon's new EOS 80D DSLR takes aim at semi-professional crowdBy Shawn Knight
Digital cameras may have taken a back seat to the sheer convenience afforded by smartphone cameras but make no mistake; there's still a market for interchangeable lens cameras, even at the non-professional level.
Case in point is Canon's new EOS 80D, a follow-up to 2013's EOS 70D. This semi-professional DSLR features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 45-point autofocus system. The camera can shoot at up to seven frames per second and includes creature comforts such as Anti-Flicker shooting and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that make transferring images and videos much more convenient.
Those interested in shooting video on the EOS 80D will no doubt appreciate the headphone jack for audio monitoring as well as the ISO range of 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600). It'll capture video in 1080p Full HD MP4 format at up to 60 frames per second, up from the 30 fps limit of the 70D, and offers several creative filters like old movie, fantasy, memory, miniature and dramatic monochrome. There's even a Movie Servo AF option that lets shooters adjust the autofocus speed.
Canon says the new EOS 80D will be available sometime next month priced at $1,199 for the body only. It'll also be sold with a new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens for $1,799. Optionally, the lens can be had for $599.99 by itself.