After nearly 3 years, Canon has announced a 70D replacement in the new Canon 80D. With an upgraded 24MP dual pixel sensor, 1080p video at 60fps, and a new focus system sporting 45 all cross type points, Canon has moved the 80D further up their ladder. With built in Wi-Fi and now NFC, time lapse, and creative filter options, Canon is also stressing the importance of shooting, sharing, and processing in camera. With availability starting in Mid April, the Canon 80D is available for preorder starting today. Check out the preorder options below and stay tuned for more updates.
Canon 80D Body Only $1199: B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon 80D w/18-55mm Kit Lens $1349: B&H Photo | Adorama
Along with the camera, Canon has also announced a new Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens as well as a power zoom option. For videographers, the addition of a headphone jack completes the missing ports but it remains to be seen how these features will be implemented. While the Canon 70D also had a mic port and HDMI port, you were unable to change the audio while recording and unable to export clean HDMI to external recorders. Additionally Canon is still withholding 4k video from all of its cameras other than the 1DX Mark II unlike Panasonic, Sony, and now even Nikon that brought it to the new Nikon D500. Additionally, there are no mentioned improvements to the methods Canon is using to pull 1080p video from a 24MP sensor so I doubt we will see any changes in quality. For videographers, this is probably not the camera to get. That said, the touch screen and autofocus system made the Canon 70D a joy to shoot with and few rivals offer both a touch screen and reliable AF in video.
On the photography side, we are seeing minor improvements with the sensor, processor, autofocus, and features the bring the Canon 80D more in line with 2016 competition but nothing that really sets it apart. For me, the biggest selling point of the 80D is the dual pixel AF and touch screen that make it great for those who prefer using the rear LCD and live view for shooting. This technology allows the 80D to bridge the gap between DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras bringing some of the advantages from both technologies to a single camera.