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EOS 80D DSLR is Canon’s new midrange player

EOS 80D DSLR is Canon’s new midrange player
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One of the first announcements made by Canon this year is the addition of the EOS 80D DSLR to its camera lineup. The new Canon EOS 80D targets the fans of the midrange EOS 70D, whose specs and price was a big hit among amateurs and semi-pro photographers.

The EOS 80D features a DIGIC 6 processor with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which is a promising increase from the 70D’s 20.2MP. Canon has also given the 80D with a 45-point all cross-type autofocus system, plus the ability to achieve sharp results in illumination as low as -3EV.

Canon also equipped the EOS 80D with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor, 7,560-pixel RGB+ infrared metering, and a native ISO range of up to 16000 (up to 25600 and 51200 on high modes).

Other improvements for the 80D are the 7fps continuous shooting, 1080p video recording at 60fps, and faster Dual Pixel AF system. There’s a headphone jack for audio monitoring, as well as the capability to push the ISO all the way to 25600 when recording videos.

Although 4K is not on paper for the new EOS 80D, Canon announced a new EF-S 18-135-mm F3.5-F5.6 IS USM kit lens in exchange, which features the Nano Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) system. The Nano USM is a new type of focusing motor which combines the benefits of an ultrasonic motor for high-speed AF when shooting stills, and a lead-screw type stepping motor for smooth and quiet movie AF.

The kit lens can be used with the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, a detachable device that provides smooth zooms at the touch of a button. Aside from that, Canon outed its first branded external microphone for the EOS system, the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1.

Canon will start shipping the EOS 80D on March 2016 with a price tag of $1,199 for the body, or $1,799 with the new EF-S18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens included. Meanwhile, the PZ-E1 Power Zoom adapter is priced at $149, while the DM-E1 Directional Stereo Microphone is at $249.

Words John Sosmeña

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