Unveiled: Canon’s 80D Upgrade and PowerShot Updates


With CP+ just around the corner, Canon is getting the news out with a range of camera releases. In the interchangeable lens segment is the mid-range EOS 80D DSLR Camera along with a versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, which come alongside the DM-E1 Directional Microphone and the unique PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter. And, for those looking for a more pocket-friendly option, there are two new point-and-shoots: the svelte and powerful PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera and the compact long-zoom PowerShot SX720 HS Digital Camera.

EOS Upgrades

Leading the pack in this announcement is the EOS 80D which sees improvements almost across the board. This begins with the use of a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 image processor, both major advancements over its predecessor, the 70D. This combines with the 45-point all-cross-type AF system for phenomenal speed when shooting stills using the optical viewfinder, which itself has improved to about 100% coverage of the scene. Not to be outdone, Dual Pixel CMOS AF has received a boost for improved focusing accuracy and speed when recording video or working in live view.

Image quality is upped not just in resolution but in low light as well with a native sensitivity range up to ISO 16000, which can be expanded to ISO 25600. There is also a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor which enables Color Tracking to detect skin color and can contribute to quick autofocus performance as well. The system enables anti-flicker functions to compensate for flickering light sources and provides consistent exposures during continuous 7 fps shooting. The 80D is great for video, with Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps in the MP4 format, headphone and microphone jacks, and a 3.0” vari-angle touchscreen Clear View II LCD monitor which offers flexible positioning. Additionally, the camera has Wi-Fi with NFC, HDR Movie, Time-Lapse Movie, and Creative Filter options, as well as a shutter rated for 100,000 actuations. The 80D will be available as a body only, in a kit with an 18-55mm lens or bundled with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.


This versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens is a new option for users looking for a convenient, all-in-one lens. Dedicated to APS-C cameras like the 80D, it offers a 28.8-216mm equivalent focal length range and provides much faster autofocusing than previous models. This is due to the use of NANO USM technology, which blends the features of ring-type USM and STM mechanisms for smooth, high-speed operation during both stills and video. Another advancement with this lens is the ability to work with the PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter, allowing users to perform more controlled zooms and making it ideal for video use.


Further benefitting operation, the lens has an Optical Image Stabilizer that is rated for up to 4 stops and a Dynamic IS system that optimizes performance during video. Image quality is improved through the use of one Ultra Low-Dispersion element and one PMo aspherical element that reduces chromatic and spherical aberrations for crisp, clear imagery. Additionally, its body has a satin finish with a metallic mount for durability and is compatible with the optional EW-73D Lens Hood.

Rounding out the EOS equipment announcement is a first for Canon EOS, the DM-E1 Directional Microphone. It offers shotgun and stereo directional controls of 90 and 120° respectively and can be adjusted using a simple switch while connecting via a standard 3.5mm jack for wide compatibility. It also comes with a Windjammer to reduce wind noise and has a shock mount to lessen handling noise. Finally, it has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz and runs off a single button-type lithium cell battery.


A Pair of PowerShots

A member of the esteemed G-series, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II improves upon its predecessor by featuring the latest DIGIC 7 image processor which powers a high-speed continuous shooting rate of 8 fps with raw or JPEG. It maintains the 20.1MP 1” CMOS sensor and 24-100mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens combination of its predecessor which is designed to deliver high-resolution, low-noise images in a variety of situations. The lens also has image stabilization for minimizing the effects of camera shake and it has a 9-blade diaphragm for smooth bokeh with selective focus imagery.


The camera’s design has changed slightly, adding a more robust grip to the svelte exterior though retaining the numerous tactile controls, including a control ring on the lens. It has a multi-angle 3.0” 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD that can flip 180° for selfies. In addition to stills, the G7 X Mark II can record Full HD 1080p video and offers built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for connecting to a mobile device. Other features packed into the pocket-sized unit include Picture Styles, in-camera raw file conversion, panning-specific IS, and Time-Lapse Movies. Alongside the camera, Canon is releasing a couple of dedicated cases: the PSC-550 Deluxe Leather Case which is a handsome, form-fitting case, and the WP-DC55 Waterproof Case, which lets users go diving while still allowing for control over the camera’s functions.


Finishing up Canon’s jam-packed announcement is the PowerShot SX720 HS with an expanded 40x optical zoom range and a relatively compact body. It features a 20.3MP CMOS sensor along with the DIGIC 6 image processor to create high-resolution, low-noise images and Full HD 1080p60 video. Benefitting the long range zoom is Intelligent IS, which is able to optimize the stabilization system for a variety of conditions. It also comes equipped with a large 3.0” 922k-dot LCD for easy viewing and has a Zoom Framing Assist function that will automatically zoom in or out while focusing on a moving subject in order to help you keep it in the frame and in focus. Other features of this model include built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, a Story Highlights function, and a Creative Shot mode.

  EOS 80D DSLR Camera EOS 70D DSLR Camera
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S Canon EF/EF-S
Image Sensor APS-C CMOS (22.5 x 15.0mm) APS-C CMOS (22.5 x 15.0mm)
Effective Pixels 24.2 MP 20.2 MP
Total Pixels 25.8 MP 20.9 MP
Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000 3472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1 3:2, 4:3
Still Image File Format RAW, JPEG RAW, JPEG
Card Slot 1 x SD 1 x SD
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism, optical Pentaprism, optical
Frame Coverage 100% 98%
Magnification 0.95x 0.95x
Eyepoint 22mm 22mm
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1 m-1 -3 to +1 m-1
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec 1/250 sec
Drive Modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Silent single, Silent continuous, Self-timer/remote control Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Silent single, Silent continuous, Self-timer/remote control
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 7 fps 7 fps
Self-Timer 10 sec, 2 sec 10 sec, 2 sec
Exposure Metering System 63-zone TTL metering with 7560-pixel RGB+IR sensor 63-zone TTL metering sensor
Metering Method Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted
Metering Range 1-20 EV 1-20 EV
Exposure Modes Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Bulb Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Bulb
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
ISO Sensitivity 100-16000 (Expandable to 25600) 100-12800 (Expandable to 25600)
Autofocus System Phase detection Phase detection
Number of Focus Points 45 19
Focus Sensitivity -3 to 18 EV -0.5 to 18 EV
Focus Modes One Shot, Predictive AI Servo, AI Focus, Manual One Shot, Predictive AI Servo, AI Focus, Manual
Built-In Flash Yes, pop-up
Guide Number: 39' / 12 m at ISO 100
Yes, pop-up
Guide Number: 39' / 12 m at ISO 100
Flash Control E-TTL / E-TTL II, Manual E-TTL / E-TTL II, Manual
Flash Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Flash Bracketing Yes, with external flash Yes, with external flash
External Flash Interface Hot shoe Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custon, Color Temperature Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Twilight, Sunset, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custon, Color Temperature
Movie Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080: 60p, 30p, 24p
HD 1280 x 720: 60p, 30p
HDR Movie 1920 x 1080: 30p
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 30p, 25p, 24p
HD 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p
640 x 480: 30p, 25p
Movie Metering 0-20 EV 0-20 EV
File Format MOV: Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM
MP4: Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC
MOV: Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM
MP4: Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC
Compression All-I, IPB, IPB Light All-I, IPB
Audio Recording Yes, built-in mic or external mic, with video Yes, built-in mic or external mic, with video
External Microphone Input 1 x 3.5mm stereo input 1 x 3.5mm stereo input
Headphone Jack 1 x 3.5mm stereo output None
Maximum Recording Time 29 min 59 sec 29 min 59 sec
Monitor 3.0" / 7.6 cm 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD 3.0" / 7.6 cm 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle 170° 170°
Interface 1 x USB 2.0
1 x Mini HDMI
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Mini HDMI
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in with NFC Yes, built-in
GPS Optional, GP-E2 GPS Receiver Optional, GP-E2 GPS Receiver
Power Source 1 x LP-E6N or LP-E6 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack 1 x LP-E6N or LP-E6 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack
Battery Life 1390 shots with viewfinder Not specified by manufacturer
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 113°F / 0 to 45°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Dimensions 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1" / 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5 mm 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 / 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5 mm
Weight 22.9 oz / 650 g body only 23.8 oz / 675 g body only


Pretty nice upgrade for the 70D, but still no built-in GPS?  My wife's $200 P&S Olympus and nearly every other quality P&S camera offers GPS.  Far more useful than super slow wifi.  Am I the only person who actually travels with a DSLR anymore?  

I travel quite frequently with my 70D.  In fact, I don't leave home without it.  I really have no need for GPS to get me from A to B.  I learned how to read road maps and aviation charts a long, long time ago.  I won't miss not having a GPS when I get the new 80D.

Should have added a second card slot. Could not believe that the 70d with its video bias had neither headphone nor second card slot. Both are necessary when shooting video. Nikon included both features on for its 70D competitor.

Sleeping on the sidelines of Canon news zzzzz

Looks like it suprseeds all other APSC canon models w/o (-4k).

On the G7X not much changed. The beefer grip willhelp. Now if they move the video record button so that one can hold the camera without engaging the recording while shooting stills. Also, Faster is always nice

I guess I will have to be content to shooting 4K video with my GoPro and stills with my 6D.

Canon needs to add additional FPS rates like 120fps and/or 240fps in 1080P, at least, to the next generation of DSLR's.


Hi Pat,

You will not be able to adapt this new lens to the Canon G15.

typical canon incremental improvement... yawn.

Yep, I would have to agreee, that about sums it up............

The "versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens"

with a price of $599.00 (B&H # CA18135ISUSM MFR # 1276C002), yet you still need
to buy the "optional EW-73D Lens Hood."  another 35 bucks.

Come on Canon!  You going to try sell us gasoline next or maybe printer ink? 

It kills EOS7D Mk2 !

If you're talking about the 80D, then according to the specs above, yes. Just frustrated they didn't go 4k! Seriously, if they can add it to phones, why not the 80D? Am I missing something or is this just brutal marketing by Canon to make us buy up (or elsewhere)?

I think their thing is to market these for their "prosumers" and leave the single digit cameras to the pro market. 4K is not considered "prosumer" feature I guess?? (really canon?)

There are a couple big improvements, but yes, I think that by next year, any new camera made by other manufatures wiill have 4K as an option - (some do it right, some don't but that's another story) - 

there are some large things here - true 16x9, much better max res - lots more focus points... all these things point to better video use, but then to omit 4K? -  guess this just means that the 70D's will be cheaper now :-)

I just don't understand how a company that is the leader in lens manufacturing, and EOS system flexiblity isn't as innovative as sony or sometimes Nikon... even the 5D Mark 4 is not really the camera I thought they would deliver... Then again, we all want something for nothing I guess?

It's just sad, because we've been a loyal Canon buyer for decades. We've produced videos with the 60D, then 70D, but with the lack of 4K on the 80D, it might be time to move to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 that has articulated screen, 4K, 1080p 120 (maybe 96, don't remember). It just doesn't make any sense, in my opinion. They'll make their money, we're just a drop in the bucket. But it may actually be time to make a move, albeit reluctantly.

Does it have a headphone jack?

Hello Heerak,

The 80D will have a headphone jack, which is in my opinion a major improvement compared its predecessor the 70D. If you would like to know more about the differences between these two models, the spec sheet at the end of the article puts all the information side by side to make it easier to view. Hope this helps and thanks for reading!