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Canon EOS 80D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Officially Announced


Canon has officially announced the Canon EOS 80D, a semi-professional model that replaces the 3 year old 70D (the first DSLR to bring Dual Pixel AF technology).

  • 24.2MP CMOS Sensor
  • Digic 6 Imaging Processor
  • ISO 100-16,000 (expands to 25,600)
  • 45-AF Point System (all cross type)
  • 7 frames per second
  • 100% Viewfinder Coverage
  • Full HD Video recording at 60fps
  • Improved Dual Pixel technology
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle LCD Screen (1,040,000 dots) (Touch Screen)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot

What’s New in the EOS 80D?

The new CMOS sensor comes with 4.2 more megapixels, (same amount as in T6s and T6i), and improved native ISO performance (compared to maximum 12,800 on the 70D). The biggest upgrade is of course the brand new 45-AF point system, where all of the points are cross-type (both horizontal and vertical metering). This gives you a higher chance of actually focusing on your desired subject, and makes the camera more accurate in low light, fast situations, but this also depends on AF speed of your lens.


Specification wise, the 80D is still your typical serious amateur camera, having the best of both worlds in an affordable body. You’ve got the megapixels for large prints and cropping, amazing AF system for sports and all types of situations and a 7 frames per second burst mode for capturing action (kids, sports, animals, racing etc.), but in a relatively light and small and well-built body. Plus, nothing beats the top LCD screen so you can quickly preview your settings when shooting in manual/half-manual modes.

Those who use DSLRs to record videos will also like the improved Dual Pixel AF technology, Full HD at 60fps instead of 30fps compared to the 70D (in MP4 format) and a Movie Servo AF where you can control the speed of focusing. It also features a built-in headphone and stereo microphone jacks with manual audio level adjustements.


With the battery, the camera weighs 730g (1.61lbs), 25g less than its predecessor. Its battery life has also slightly extended, going from 920 to 960 shots, and as always there’s a battery grip available so you can double the life of your camera, and add more stability to the whole setup.


The Canon EOS 80D will be available from March 27th, with the EF-S 18-55mm ($1,349.00), the newly released EF-S 18-135mm IS USM ($1,799.00), or as body only ($1,199.00). Canon definitely has another winner camera on their hands with the specifications and affordable pricing!


Speaking about the new Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, the kit lens features brand new Nano USM technology (a combination of both Ring USM and STM for silent and accurate focusing). Aperture sizes at both ends remain the same, however Canon states that auto focusing at both wide and telephoto ranges are from 2x to 4x faster (take that with a grain of salt).

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM ($599.00) will also start shipping on March 27th.



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