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Canon EOS 80D Aims For Videographers

A month after it launched the high-end EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR, Canon today announced the more affordable EOS 80D, a DSLR aimed at budding videographers as well as advanced amateurs and semi-pros. Available in March for $1,199 (body only), this mid-range camera features a new 24.2-MP CMOS sensor, and a new system that enables smoother and faster focusing when shooting video.

The EOS 80D, the successor to the EOS 70D, features a 45-point autofocus system, 24.2-MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 image processor, and an ISO range of 100-16,000 (the video ISO goes to 12,800). The EOS 80D can shoot at up to 7 fps, so while it's fairly fast, it's not ideal for sports photographers.

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A new Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system allows all the pixels to perform both still imaging and phase-detection autofocus at the same time, which Canon says will result in much faster performance when using Live View and when shooting video. However, those hoping for 4K video will have to wait; the EOS 80D's EOS 80D's video resolution tops out at 1080p/60 fps. Still, that's better than the 70D's 1080p/30 fps.

The 80D's viewfinder covers nearly 100 percent of the frame, while a 3-inch touchscreen LCD on the rear hinges outward and also tilts 180 degrees, allowing photographers to hold the camera above or below their heads while shooting. Other features of the EOS 80D include built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, a headphone jack, dual mics, and a microphone jack, the latter of which will be a boon to videographers looking to get the best audio possible.

The Canon EOS 80D will be available in March for $1,199 (body only). You can also purchase it for $1,799 with Canon's new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, which has a Nano USM focusing motor that, according to the company, is as fast as a traditional ultrasonic motor, but as smooth as a stepping motor.

Currently, the Canon EOS 70D is our favorite DSLR for shooting video; it looks like the EOS 80D could very well take its place. Stay tuned for our review.