Canon's EOS 80D DSLR is designed for the semi-pro crowd

On paper, it will appeal to both photographers and videographers.

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Edgar Alvarez
February 18th, 2016
Canon's EOS 80D DSLR is designed for the semi-pro crowd

Today, Canon isn't just announcing a fresh set of PowerShot point-and-shoots. The manufacturer has also introduced the EOS 80D, a DSLR geared toward advanced amateurs and semi-professionals. This new camera, which replaces the 70D from 2013, features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 6 processor, 45-point all-cross-type autofocus (plus dual-pixel system), 7 fps continuous shooting and a native ISO range of up to 16,000 (25,600 and 52,000 on high modes).

Gallery: Canon EOS 80D hands-on | 13 Photos

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As is the case with most of the latest Canon shooters, the EOS 80D comes with NFC and WiFi as well, letting you easily transfer images via the company's Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. On the back, you'll find a 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot LCD, while the addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack will certainly be appreciated by people who want to record videos (1080p, 60 fps). What's more It uses the same battery as its predecessor, so you can use your old ones if you're planning to upgrade.

Although we weren't allowed to take pictures with the 80D, what I can tell you is that it feels great in the hand. There's a reassuring heft to it, similar to the 70D, 7D Mark II or most of Canon's other DSLRs -- it's as premium and sleek as any of those. Canon took time to reveal some accessories, too: a Power Zoom adapter (compatible with new EF-S lenses) and DM-E1 directional stereo microphone, both intended for videographers.

The EOS 80D hits stores in April for $1,200, body-only. Now, Canon didn't reveal when the Power Zoom and DM-E1 add-ons are scheduled to ship, but they'll sell for $120 and $250, respectively -- you can take a gander at them in the galleries above and below.

Gallery: Canon EOS 80D press images | 13 Photos

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