Canon announces the 80D, alongside updated 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens and Power Zoom Adapter

Feb 18, 2016

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Canon announces the 80D, alongside updated 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens and Power Zoom Adapter

Feb 18, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Less than 48 hours ago, we shared leaked photos of Canon’s then-upcoming camera, the 80D. Now, the 80D has officially been announced, alongside the also-leaked EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 and PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter.

Canon EOS 80D

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Starting off with the camera, the 80D improves upon its three-year-old predecessor with a new 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor powered by a DIGIC 6 imaging processor. Capable of shooting up to 7 frames per second and offering a maximum 16000 ISO, the 80D ups both the megapixel count and framerate of the 70D.

One of the most significant updates is the new autofocus system, which features a 45-point phase-detection autofocus system, which uses all cross-type points. This is a drastic improvement over the 70D’s 19-point system. When shooting video, the 80D switches to a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system.

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Speaking of video, the 80D shoots 1080p at up to 30 frames per second in the MOV format with ALL-I compression. Included is an HDR video mode, which captures two frames at different exposures and blends them together to create a video with more apparent dynamic range.

On the back of the camera is a 3.0″ 1.04-million-dot ClearView II touchscreen LCD, which features the same vari-angle design seen in other Canon DSLRs. The optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and the camera is rated for up to 100,000 shutter actuations.

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Other features include WiFI and NFC connectivity, an anti-flickr function for shooting in less-than-ideal circumstances and a time-lapse mode.

The Canon EOS 80D will ship in April 2016 for $1,200, body only.

EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6

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Alongside the EOS 80D, Canon also unveiled the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens, the third and latest iteration of its expansive-range kit lens.

Designed for APS-C cameras, such as the 80D, the lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28.8–216mm. Its new NANO USM autofocus motor helps speed up and smooth out autofocus capabilities compared to its predecessors.

Canon claims the Optical Image Stabilization inside the lens offers up to 4 stops of exposure compensation and includes a unique Dynamic IS mode so you can keep your images stable while shooting in video without the awful noise.

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Image quality has been improved through the use of an updated optical design, which uses one Ultra Low-Dispersion element and one Precision Molded Optics (PMO) aspherical element to reduce chromatic aberrations.

One of the more interesting additions is a new contact area on the bottom of the camera, which connects to Canon’s PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter, which we’ll explain below.

the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens is set to alongside the 80D in April 2016 for $600. Paired as a kit with the EOS 80D, the set will cost $1,800.

PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

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Arguably the most interesting news from Canon is the announcement of the PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter.

Designed to work hand-in-hand with Canon’s new kit lens, the PZ-E1 is an add-on that connects to the bottom of the lens through metal contacts and allows users to control zoom on the camera using a button rather than twisting the zoom ring, much like how camcorder zooms tend to work.

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This new tool means filmmakers will be able to create a much more smooth zoom than manually rotating the ring or even using follow focus gears. You can adjust both the speed and style of zoom through two additional buttons.

The PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter is set to ship in June 2016 for $150.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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