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Canon EOS 80D 24MP DSLR

Information about the Canon EOS 80D camera

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Launched 18th Feb 2016

News and information about the EOS 80D camera. Updated with detailed specifications and review info once it is available.

Updated features in Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera include:

  • New 45-point all cross-type AF system
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with approx 100% coverage
  • Newly Developed 24.2 MP (APS-C) sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 2 and NFC2 capability
  • 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4

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power zoom fitted to 80D

80D reviews, previews and information

Latest 80D News

2019 August

7th Firmware Version 1.0.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix:

  1. Corrects a PTP communications vulnerability.
  2. Corrects a vulnerability related to the firmware update.

V1.0.3 from Canon (USA)

2016 July

1st Excellent review at CR


16th DxO publish some sensor analysis results


3rd The 80D is widely available with from most suppliers.


20th Testing suggests that Canon have improved DR and read noise for the sensor of the 80D [DPR]

19th Some RAW files are tested at different ISO etc – how much have Canon’s sensors improved since the 7D2 [IR]

18th In the US, have a date of March 25th for ‘release’ of the 80D


28th Full 80D manual can be downloaded [PDF]

18th As widely expected…

80D and EF-S 18-135 announced – full specs and info below

UK shipping is listed as:

· The EOS 80D is available from April 2016 with an RRP of £999.99/€769.99 body only
· The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is available from April 2016 with an RRP of £439.99/€610
· The Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is available from May 2016 with an RRP of £129.99/€179.99

In the UK, Park Cameras tell me that they are likely to start receiving the cameras in March, and that the body will sell for £999.

They have a pre-order offer whereby you can receive a FREE SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC class 10 card (worth £56), and be in with the chance to win a VIP ticket to the British Grand Prix

In the US:

The Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR camera and EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens are currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,199.00 for the body only, $1,799.00 with the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens and $599.99 respectively.

The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 are currently scheduled to be available in June 2016, for estimated retail prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively.

Press Information UK

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18 February 2016 – Canon today introduces the EOS 80D – a powerful, fully equipped DSLR providing you with everything you need at your fingertips to advance your photography and video skills. Ideal for enthusiasts who love experimenting with different genres and styles, the camera is highly customisable and shoots with exceptional speed and ease. Combining leading imaging technologies – including a new 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor, alongside a new 45 all cross-type point AF system and fast responsive 7 fps shooting rate – the EOS 80D is a versatile camera for capturing striking stills and Full HD movies.

Canon is also unveiling an all-purpose lens – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM – with new Nano USM technology, and an optional Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, for smooth zoom control when shooting movies and remote operation via Wi-Fi[i].

80D with 18-135 and powerzoom adapter

Excel in all areas of photography and video

Whatever subject you’re looking to explore – from sports, to wildlife, or action – the EOS 80D is extremely responsive, excelling in capturing everything in incredible, intricate detail. The new sensor provides stunning clarity and the freedom to crop in, while the new 45 all cross-type point AF system and 7 fps shooting can freeze action with ultimate precision. For pin-point focusing or wide-area tracking, the AF points are individually selectable or grouped into areas, giving you greater control over composition regardless of where your subject is in the frame. When using lens combinations with narrow apertures, 27 f/8 compatible AF points offer focus, in even the most extreme situations.

Designed to shoot in varying light conditions, the camera has a native ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 25,600, and the AF system will continue to work even under moonlight (-3EV). The 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor measures both visible light and invisible infra-red light, giving accurate exposures, while Flicker Detection ensures consistent exposure when shooting under flickering artificial lights. A new White Priority setting also helps you to reduce the appearance of warmer tones.

eos 80D top view with lens

A camera that adapts to you

The EOS 80D has been meticulously crafted to provide photographers with everything they need. The instinctiveness of the camera’s design means you can easily customise your shooting experience, with conveniently-placed controls giving you access to the most commonly used modes and settings. The Intelligent Viewfinder displays 100% of the frame, as well as the current settings – you can also quickly switch to the 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen, ideal for movie shooting, Live View mode, or accessing functions quickly.

fold out rear screen for 80D

Become the videographer you aspire to be

Whether you’re creating a travel vlog, or cinematic-style movie, the EOS 80D offers total flexibility with Full HD movie shooting. Achieving accurate auto focus and smooth focus tracking is effortless thanks to Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Both AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be easily adjusted, giving you complete control over the pace and responsiveness of the AF to suit the style of your movie.
Serious videographers can be confident footage will achieve a professional looking result, with the ability to shoot at 60p in MP4 format – perfect for slowing down the action while still controlling focus. The EOS 80D includes both headphone and microphone inputs, allowing you to capture and have full control over audio during a shoot.
Easily connect, shoot remotely and share your work
Enjoy the freedom of remote shooting via your smartphone or tablet using the EOS 80D with Canon’s Camera Connect app. Built-in Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC connectivity makes it simple to connect with and share full resolution JPEGs to your smart device. You can also connect to and control your camera via a PC, without the need for a home Wi-Fi router, and quickly and easily save, view and share your photos and movies all from one single accessible location using Canon’s Connect Station CS100.

80D RH side view

Shoot stunning stills and movies with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1

To match the versatility of EOS 80D, Canon’s new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM provides high performance auto-focus for movies and stills with the focal range to shoot wide, or up close, within a single lens. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is the first of Canon’s lenses to feature Nano USM focus technology – delivering smooth, quiet AF for movies and blistering speed for stills. The new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is a compact and lightweight accessory designed for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM to enable smooth, fingertip zoom control when shooting movies, ideal for capturing professional-looking documentary footage, with the option to control via Wi-Fi[ii].

80D with popup flash

EOS 80D key features:

· A responsive camera to keep pace with the action

· Stunning photo and movie quality in a wide range of conditions

· Everything you need to develop your photography

· Perfect for creative videography

· Easily connect, shoot and share your images and movies

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM key features:

· Versatile focal range to capture a wide range of subjects

· Nano USM for fast AF for photos and smooth, quiet movie AF

· Pin sharp photos with 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer

· Record rock steady movie footage with Dynamic IS

· Compact, high performance lens with optional power zoom accessory

Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 key features:

· Compact and portable Power Zoom Adapter

· High quality smooth zoom when shooting movies[iii]

· Ideal for dramatic news and documentary shooting

· Wi-Fi remote control of zoom via Canon Camera Connect app[iv]

· Easily adjustable zoom speed for optimum control

Pricing and availability

· The EOS 80D is available from April 2016 with an RRP of £999.99/€769.99 body only
· The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is available from April 2016 with an RRP of £439.99/€610
· The Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is available from May 2016 with an RRP of £129.99/€179.99

80D Specifications

MSRP $1199 (body only), $1799 (w/18-135 lens)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 26 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DIGIC 6
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-16000 (expands to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon 14-bit CRW)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 45
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
Scene modes
  • Food
  • Kids
  • Candlelight
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close-up
  • Sports
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • High speed continuous
  • Low speed continuous
  • Silent single shooting
  • Silent continuous shooting
  • 10/2 sec self-timer/remote ctrl
Continuous drive 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Choice of ALL-I or IPB codecs
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I support)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11/b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 960
Weight (inc. batteries) 730 g (1.61 lb / 25.75 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 105 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.13 x 3.11″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

Press info US

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 17, 2015 – Artists looking to turn their passion into popular online videos or to show the world their unique perspective through social networks now have a new tool available to them that helps them tear down creative barriers and produce dynamic visual content for both still and video. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the new Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR camera, featuring an new 45-point AF system1, 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor for crisp images with fine detail. For the budding videographer or online video star, the camera features Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF) technology coupled with an intuitive touchscreen capability for easy focusing when shooting video.

Canon is also introducing a new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens optimized for high-speed autofocusing when shooting stills and quiet and smooth zoom when shooting video. The lens is also compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter for smooth cinematic ‘pulls’ when changing focal length on a subject, and responsive adjustments at the push of a button for stills or video.

80D with grip

Updated features in Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera include: 

New 45-point all cross-type AF system
Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage
Newly Developed 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
DIGIC 6 image processor for enhanced image quality
Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with video and stills
Built-in Wi-Fi 2 and NFC2 capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
1080/60p Full HD video to capture brilliant results in MP4 format for easy movie sharing on select social networking sites
Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors
“In today’s world, where everyone is a photographer or videographer, we at Canon are looking to provide the tools and features that help creative-minded people stand out from the pack and get noticed. The right technology cannot make someone creative, but it will help bring a creative vision to life,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The right combination of camera and lens helps those with a vision stand out and be recognized. We look forward to seeing what this new generation of passionate artists will create with these new tools.”

side view of 80D

New AF System and Dual Pixel CMOS AF

The 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system in the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera, compared to 19-points in the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera, is now wider both horizontally and vertically for easier compositions with off-center subjects. Low light AF performance has been improved all the way down to EV-3 at the center point to achieve sharp results even in extreme low-light situations. The camera’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) Servo AF II autofocusing system utilizes color tracking with a 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor that automatically detects skin tone and colors to enhance tracking sensitivity, even with moving subjects that are rapidly changing pace or direction. Enhancing the ease-of-use of the new AF system is the Canon EOS 80D’s new Intelligent Viewfinder which features approximately 100% viewfinder coverage. The full coverage helps prevent photographers from missing objects that are in the corners of the scene, which can reduce the need to crop images later on.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a new Canon CMOS sensor with which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in the Canon EOS 80D camera features enhanced tracking sensitivity and is compatible with the full line of Canon EF Series lenses, including the new Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens.

80D rear screen

High-Quality Still and Video Image Performance

Featuring a new 24.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 6 Image Processor, as well as an improved still image ISO range of 100–16000 (Video ISO range 100–12800, both expandable to 25600), the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images and videos even in low-light conditions. High-speed continuous shooting up to seven frames per second (fps) combined with the 45-point all cross-type AF allows photographers to capture fast moving subjects easily and accurately, while the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light.

HDR mode provides creative filter effects, such as natural, art standard, art bold, art vivid and art embossed. For added convenience, the Canon EOS 80D camera features Anti-Flicker shooting, similar to that found in the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera. Anti-Flicker shooting produces consistently high-quality results even when shooting in areas with fluorescent lighting or other flickering light sources by detecting the flicker cycle of the light source and shooting when brightness is near its peak.

When users select the EOS Movie mode, the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 60 fps, compared to 30 fps in the Canon EOS 70D, in MP4 format and in either ALL-I or IPB compression modes with optional embedded time code. For expanded creativity the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera features HDR movie and Time-Lapse movie modes and Movie creative filters like fantasy, old movie, memory, dramatic monochrome and miniature. Movie Servo AF custom settings allow users to speed up or slow down focusing speeds, enhancing creativity and artistic expression. For added flexibility, the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera also features a built-in headphone jack, a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment, and an additional stereo microphone jack.

News Lens, Power Zoom Adapter, and Directional Stereo Microphone Enhance Video Quality
In addition to the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera, Canon U.S.A., Inc., is also introducing the Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, a newly designed lens with a premium exterior design that will serve as the kit lens for the new Canon EOS 80D camera. This the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM, a new type of focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet movie AF, and improved AF speeds up to 4.3x (Tele) and 2.5x (Wide) faster than the previous model. The Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization. A new lens hood, the EW-73D, is included with the new lens.

To further enhance the ease-of-use when shootings movies with a Canon DLSR or Cinema EOS cameras, Canon is introducing the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, specifically constructed to be compatible with the design of the new Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is the world’s first detachable zoom adapter that provides silent and smooth zoom and can adjusted incrementally to 10 different levels of zoom speed3. Additionally, the PZ-E1 can be controlled remotely using the Canon Camera Connect app4.

In addition to the new lens and power zoom adapter, Canon is introducing the first Canon-branded external microphone for the EOS system, the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1. This new accessory microphone will help improve sound quality while shooting video, allowing users to rotate the direction of the microphone up and down from 90 to 120 degrees depending on the shooting situation. The DM-E1’s durable shock mount construction helps to reduce camera operation noise and lens drive sounds and is built to withstand the rigors of a variety of shooting situations. Featuring a frequency response range of 50Hz to 16kHz, the DM-E1 comes with a wind screen to help limit peripheral sound from wind and other outside factors, allowing shooters to utilize the microphone in a broad amount of shooting situations. Featuring a built-in power supply from a single “button-type” lithium cell battery, the DM-E1 also has a power indicator lamp allowing users to easily check its battery level.


The Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR camera and EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens are currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,199.00 for the body only, $1,799.00 with the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens and $599.99 respectively.

The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 are currently scheduled to be available in June 2016, for estimated retail prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively.

For more information visit,

1. The number of AF points, cross-type AF points and dual cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.

2. Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, AndroidTM smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

3. As of 2/17/2016.

4. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

Prerelease rumours and info

2016 February

17th Another leaked image

The new 80D

16thback view of 80D Leaked specs and photos of the 80D (updated list) [DCI -Google xlt]

– New 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Adopt a new miniaturization process
– Dual Pixel CMOS AF
– Image processing engine DIGIC6
– Regular sensitivity ISO100-16000 (extension 25600)
– 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
– AF 45 points (all points cross type). 27 points @F8 -3EV
– Four of the AF area selection modes, including a new “L zone AF”
– Continuous shooting 7 frames / sec. 3 frames / second at the silent continuous shooting mode
– The number of pictures 77 copies in JPEG. 20 sheets in RAW
– Continuous shooting in live view mode 5 frames / sec. (AF tracking)
– New mirror vibration control system to keep the mirror shock (MVCS)
– Finder is 100% field of view, magnification 0.95 times
– Shutter 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro 1/250 sec
– 3 inches 1.04 million dot Vari-angle LCD monitor
– Built-in flash (guide number 12)
– Electronic Level
– A new Picture Style “fine detail”
– 10 kinds of scene mode
– Anti-flicker
– Video is full HD 60fps. AF tracking
– HDR movie
– Time-lapse movie
– Five types of movies Creative Filters
– Wi-Fi, NFC. Remote shooting
– Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
– Durability of the shutter is 100,000 times
– USB terminal, HDMI terminal, microphone jack, headphone jack, remote control terminal
– Improved dust and water
– The battery LP-E6N / LP-E6
– Start-up time is 0.16 seconds
– EF-S18-135mm F3.5-5.6 enables remote shooting using the power zoom function in combination with IS USM and the power zoom adapter PZ-E1
– The size of 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm
– Weight 730g (650g body only)

A new 18-135mm lens is also announced including an external power zoom unit. (see lenses page)

Top view of 80D

14th The 80D is listed (just as a model mumber) in some Canon support info that was updated a few says ago to include the 1DX2 [CR] – NFC appears in another listing at the same Canon site

Nothing else new, so it looks as if the 100D isn’t going to get an update for a few months at least.

13th No specs yet but at [DCI -Google xlt] they are pretty sure that the 80D is coming soon, along with a G7X mk2

4th With the 1D X mk2 launched, is it time for updates to the 70D and 100D?

At the moment I’ve seen no solid info for either appearing at CP+


29th A suggestion that there may well be an 80D announcement in February [CR]

I’d just note that the 5D3/6D/100D are all older 

2015 November

16th A bit of a flurry of 80D mentions [CR]

As ever, do have a look at the current camera timeline just down this page for an idea about what is looking good for an update

An 80D might make the mix later next year, but if the latest info is anything like some of the stuff we’ve seen, it looks rather too like deliberately made up guesswork from a few sources trying to salt the ground ;-)

Note to (some?) senders – sort out your network settings if you want to try and pretend to be multiple sources ;-)


17th Some comments about the 80D [CR] Too far away for specs, but a suggestion that the MP count might be going up somewhat.

6th Don’t get too excited – an 80D ‘rumour’ appears on a DPreview forum.

Given its claim of a Q2 2016 release I’ll put the specs up here, to see how often it gets repeated over the next six months.

If there was any truth in this one, it would be by far and away the longest advance leak of specs I’ve seen in nearly 12 years of following rumours. 

Basically, any rumour more than a month away from launch that has accurate specifications should be suspect ;-)

24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & Digic 6+ or 7 Image Processor
3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Full HD 1080p Video Capture
49-Point AF System
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Continuous shooting rate of up to 8 fps

This sort of stuff appears quite regularly – but gets picked up and reposted with minor changes (thanks for sending BTW)

2015 July

16th A mention of the 80D is spotted (thanks) in a Dutch camera book title [VDM] Expected 11th Nov 2015
80D book

It’s always worth noting that book publishers have a long history of announcing books with speculative titles.
The 24MP APS-C sensor has to go somewhere… Maybe a minor update for the 100D(SL2) and 70D this year?


5th That picture was the 760D, confusion coming from the 750D/760D fork in xxxD camera design.
Of course, the new 24MP sensor in the (no DPAF) and 760 design pushes things much closer to the 70D, so where does this leave the 40-50-60-70D line going?


8th A new partly seen camera might be an 80D, but a 750D is perhaps more likely. Pictures on main rumour page.

2014 October

1st With the 7D2 not appearing until Sept. 2014, and the 100D/700D/M still at 18MP, the 70D looks to be a fairly long lived model.

2013 July

2nd The 70D is announced:

20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
ISO 12800 (H:25600)
Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
Intelligent viewfinder
Full-HD movies

Expect a variant of this in the 7Dmk2 and the 750D, and maybe the next ‘new’ standard APS-C sensor to appear in the 80D or 7Dmk3


22nd So, we now have the 700D100D and EOS-M all using derivatives of the 18MP sensor that appeared in the 7D in 2009

2012 December

23rd No signs of a 70D this year – the 60D Is reportedly in short supply. There have been some comments that there won’t be a 70D…


8th The 650D is announced

2011 May

15th With suggestions that the 70D will be a 2012 camera – probably not much to see here until 2014 at the earliest…


7th The 600D and 1100D are announced

2010 August

26th The 60D is announced – signifying a ‘redirection’ for the XXD range – sitting between the XXXD and 1.6 crop XD.
22nd With the 60D expected next week, it’s interesting to note the way that almost all our XXD info from a few years ago was predicated on 12 or at most 18 month cycles – it’s been 24 months for the 60D
So, is the 80D set for a pre photokina announcement in 2014 with the big news at the show being the 5D Mk4?
Below – our (updated) EOS DSLR timeline.

2009 April

12th At last, the 70D appears in someone’s camera spec list [HDR
The 70D gets 12 fps and up to 11 auto-bracket frames.
Looks good until you see the form at the bottom of the page where you can add details for updates.
Should soon be time for someone to rediscover the bar code site and send me details of the 80D or something…
Follow the ‘Discussions’ [DPR

Last time I checked, not one person had scrolled down to the bottom of the page to see the data entry form :-)

2008 September

3rd We’ve had a load of 60D/ ‘future developments’ info sent to us, which suggest that the 70D will be here in August 2010 and will probably be ~20MP
Info on the 60D page (now updated with lots more info just received)


30th Already we have the first thread on the 70D at DPR some time in late 2009

(predicted content ;-)

#1 Have you seen this?
#2 What do they know
#3 FAKE!
#4 Could you elaborate on xxx
#5 Jeez, cant you people just get out more
#6 You don’t have to read it
#7 Those that really know can’t say
#8 70D AF issues
#9 Is that all?
#10 I’m switching to Nikon/Sony
#11 It probably back / front focuses
#12 What still no built in pro AF
#13 Why not 1.3 crop all cameras should be 1.3 crop
#14 Why not full frame – Canon are ripping is off again
#15 Its going to be so noisy I’ll have to keep my 10D
#16 The more MP are a waste, the lenses can’t resolve that
#17 It’s all lies from from crazy fan boy
#18 What, no built in IS:
#19 I’ll have to be the first to own one
#20 Why would anyone want one

Here’s our recent [2008!] techy hints we had from one of our more detailed sources

“The 50D sensor and image processing are a major step forward in what has been a multi-year strategy for Canon to take sensor technology to the limits of physics, simultaneously achieving higher ISOs, lower noise and higher dynamic range.  Note Chuck Westall’s announcement that the 50D sensor has 1 to 1 and a half stops better noise than the 40D sensor despite the smaller pixels.  Several core strategies have been pursued simultaneously for this:

Reducing the micro lens gap to capture all the light hitting the sensor.  This has been highlighted in the 40D, 1D III and 1Ds III sensors and the new 50D sensor now achieves effective 100% coverage.  Only very minor improvements are expected from this point on (e.g. shaping the lenses towards the corners of the frame to capture angled light.
Reducing the noise level of each pixel.  Canon have made changes over several generations of sensors to achieve this, bringing the amplifiers closer to each pixel, changing micro-circuit configuration and lowering voltages so the sensor runs colder.  Again the design of the 50D is a big step forward here from the 40D and 1D III etc.  Canon have one more big jump lined up, with low voltage cold running CMOS designs to gain at least an additional stop in lower noise at higher ISOs or long exposures.
Better digital noise reduction. These are the changes in DIGIC noise processing.  First with the Chroma Noise reduction in DIGIC III and now with more advanced multi-level noise reduction options in DIGIC IV.  Canon believe they have made most of the gains possible via processing algorithms but do still have some areas to develop.  The next focus will be faster noise reduction processing so that it does not come at an impact on frame burst rates (look to the 1D3 replacement for example)
Pixel binning for high ISOs.  A new technology enabled by the complexity and processing power of DIGIC IV where they can bin 2, 4 or 8 pixels together at the raw level and average out the noise between them.  This is seen by Canon as a key technology in balancing very high resolution sensors (in the 50mp range) with low noise at very high ISOs.  Right now they are not pushing this too much with the 50D so as to not create confusion in the market (they see more potential for the technology as sensors get larger and in the pro-market).
Increased image resolution – This is a newer strategy (most evident on the 450D where they have changed the anti-aliasing filter (thinner and closer etc) so as to achieve a crisper image per pixel without loosing the benefits of anti-aliasing filter on diagonal edges etc..  The 50D has the same technology.  One further option for the future is for Canon to drop the anti aliasing physical filter and do it in a future DIGIC generation where there can be smarter allocation of colour values than the blurring achieved by a light based filter.
Increased raw bit depth for improved dynamic range. Here Canon have made the jump to 14 bit and will move to 16 bit in their future sensor technology generations.  Canon see the main usage of extra bit depth as providing the dynamic range to translate the sensor image into a printable or viewable image with a higher dynamic range.  In other words mapping the 14 or 16 bits into an 8 bit viewable or printable image that mimics the dynamic range in the scene.
Dynamic range preservation options – Canon are putting a lot of focus into how to provide the photographer with the best options for preserving the dynamic range of the original image in both a RAW file and the 8 bit JPEG.  The highlight tone preservation option on the 40D, 1D III etc was the first step.  The new ‘automatic brightness’ options  in the 50D are another, where they try and optimise the brightness of various parts of the image to reduce the dullness from shadows.  Canon are planning much more in this area, down to the equivalent of varying the ISO level across the different parts of the sensor when the image is taken (easier in live view mode of course).

So what does this mean?

The 50D DIGIC IV sensor and image processing technology is felt to be Canon’s biggest jump in many years.

The same technology will allow a 21-25mp FF sensor to have 1 to 1.5 stops better noise performance than the 3 year old 12mp sensor in the 5D.

Canon are not going to watch market share be lost in the 1D range to Nikon and are actively planning to incorporate this technology in the 1 series as well, sooner than many might expect.

Canon have hit the limits on light gathering but believe there is a good 1 to 1.5 stops lower noise still to be achieved at the physical electrical level before they reach the limits of physics (background noise due to heat etc) and are working on the circuit design for this (native 12800 being one goal)

The other technologies in the image processing, pixel binning, dynamic range preservation space are seen as all offering room for significant further improvement in the image delivered to the photographer.  Canon have a vision where the imagine processing is so good that it is capable of transparently capturing the dynamic range of a scene and converting it into a JPEG in a way that for most consumers cuts out blown highlights and detail lost in shadow without further processing.”

26th The 50D is released – table below updated. Next August for the 60D or was the 50D just moved ahead for competition reasons?

Well… there is a 60D thread at DPR already discussing this ;-)

21st The 40D to 50D update is compared to the 20D/30D update in a post from someone who claims to have used one [DPR] – first mention of a 60D we see :-)

July 8th Is a 40D refresh being moved from the expected 18 month cycle (we’ll see it at PMA in 2009) or will new sensor technology make it into the 50D for Photokina [potn]

Whilst I’ve been sent various info on the new sensor developments, the only line that was slated for potentially moving to annual updates was the bottom end of the DSLR range.

Meanwhile here’s the recent history of similar models

Model Announced Effective pixels Auto focus Continuous (JPEG) LCD monitor
EOS D30 Apr 2000 3.1 mp 3 point 3.0 fps, 3 frames 1.8″
EOS D60 Feb 2002 6.3 mp 3 point 3.3 fps, 8 frames 1.8″
EOS 10D Feb 2003 6.3 mp 7 point 3.3 fps, 9 frames 1.8″
EOS 20D Aug 2004 8.2 mp 9 point 5.0 fps, 23 frames 1.8″
EOS 30D Feb 2006 8.2 mp 9 point 5.0 / 3.0 fps, 30 frames 2.5″
EOS 40D Aug 2007 10.1 mp 9 point 6.5 / 3.0 fps, 85 frames 3.0″ (Live view)
EOS 50D Aug 2008 15.1 mp 9 point 6.3 / 3.0 fps, 60/90 frames 3.0″ VGA

Our most recent info (originally on our 1Ds3 page) about Canon’s plans over the next few years was sent in August (shortly before the 40D was announced)

Sensor technology – Canon have mentioned that full frame sensor chips need two stepper passes. Sony now has the technology to do this in one pass and are preparing their own sensors and selling to them Nikon.  However, Canon have a new ‘one pass’ technology too. What’s more, it can do even larger than 35mm (36x24mm) in a single pass.
Canon is very excited about a next generation CMOS sensors they are working on.  Two full frame versions have 40M and 50M pixels at the -same- noise level as the current 1D series. Low power supply voltages give cooler chips and lower noise even with smaller pixels. Different circuit fabrication techniques also promise to make close to 100% of the sensor area active pixels. This technology won’t make any of the upcoming models, but is expected in 2009/10.

The competition – Canon were somewhat shocked by the success of the Nikon D80, D40 and D40X. Hence the ‘improved’ 40D and the improved 400D replacement in the works. Canon know what Nikon have coming (D300 and D3) and have planned the 40D, 1Ds III and 1D III as their answers.
However Nikon is moving to CMOS sensors to over the next couple of years.  Sony are moving CMOS to a near full frame (1.25 or so) and full (35mm) FF, so Canon is getting serious and starting to plan some aggressive upgrades.
Sony worries Canon somewhat, since with their manufacturing capabilities, they could move the whole price base down for SLRs. So far they haven’t and their lens prices and range are not a worry for Canon. The current Sony Alpha has been less than astounding in the market.
Moreover, Nikon have the camera credibility and certainly won’t stop with the D3 and D300. Their plans for the lower end (D40-D80 as well) are to replace them in much shorter timeframes than their previous 3-4 years.  Nikon have moved emphasis from the low end ‘point and shoot’ digital into R&D on the DLSRs. They’ve found this to be 3-4 times as profitable (note Nikon’s record profits over last 12 months).  Nikon is more than happy with trouncing Canon for the last 12 months in Japan (not so world wide).  So the next 2-3 years will see a major DSLR feature ‘war’.

IS Technology – This is being introduced in some of their consumer grade lenses. The technology has matured to the point that it can be added at only a small price premium. It gives product differentiation – a reaction to Sony and keeps them ahead of Nikon.

Digic IV – Digic III just won’t cut it for the new high density sensors. Digic IV can deal with with the transfer rates for higher bit per pixel images. One Digic IV chip beats the two Digic III in the 1D3.

16 bit RAW – Canon’s target for their next generation of sensors is 16 bits per channel giving true HD quality.  They are also looking at processing formats to retain that extra definition.

ISO sensitivity – Canon see their next generation lower voltage CMOS as easily doing ISO6400, with a boost to 12800.

60D/50D/7D comparisons

Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS 50D
Construction Polycarbonate resin with glass fibre on aluminum chassis Magnesium alloy body Magnesium alloy body
Sensor 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
15.5 million total pixels
15.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Processor DIGIC 4 Dual DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4
ISO range Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Adjustable Auto ISO limit
Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Auto ISO (100-1600)
ISO 100 – 3200
0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H1 (6400) and H2 (12800) expansion
Movie resolution 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
AF sensor 9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Metering sensor TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer (iFCL)
Metering range: EV 1 – 20 EV
TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
Metering range: EV 1 – 20 EV
TTL 35 zone SPC
Metering range: EV 0.0 – 20 EV
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism
96% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Approx. 1.0x magnification
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Fixed screen (Transmissive LCD screen)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Eye-level pentaprism
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
LCD panel 3.0 ” TFT LCD
1040,000 dots (3:2)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
3.0 ” TFT LCD
920,000 dots (4:3)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Coating : Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
3.0 ” TFT LCD
920,000 dots (4:3)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
Continuous shooting buffer Approx. 5.3 fps
Up to 58 JPEGs, 16 images (RAW)
Approx. 8 fps
Up to 126 JPEGs (with UDMA card), 15 images (RAW)
Approx. 6.3fps
Up to 90 frames (with UDMA card), 16 frames (RAW)
Memory format  SD / SDHC / SDXC Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA) Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA)
Dimensions 145 x 106 x 79 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in)
148 x 111 x 74 mm
(5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in)
146 x 108 x 74 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Weight (inc battery) 755 g (1.6 lb) 904 g (2.0 lb) 822 g (1.8 lb)