It seems like not too long ago the Canon EOS 70D that I use for my photography made its debut. Now we’re hearing reports of Canon EOS 80D being released within the next month or so. In fact, Amazon has already started accepting pre-orders and certain camera websites have received prototype review copies. The 80D will be shipped body-only, with the old 18-55 STM (see my review here), or the new 18-135 USM. At the same time Canon will also be releasing a power zoom adapter for the new 18-135 lens and hot-shoe stereo microphone that will be sold separately. The EOS 80D is not much different from the 70D, but features a more rounded design and better feel in hands. It has 45 autofocus points, all cross-type, which is a good improvement over the 70D’s 19 points, but still has less than the older 7D Mark II. Other improvements seen on the EOS 80D include a 24mp sensor, 60fps video capability, 100% viewfinder coverage, and f/8 autofocusing with the center autofocus point. The EOS 70D in comparison has a 20mp sensor and is limited to 30fps video, 97% viewfinder coverage, and minimum f/5.6 for autofocus. All of these improvements are definitely useful (except for the increased viewfinder coverage, which is unnoticeable and rather useless), but aren’t ground-breaking in comparison to some of the improvements being made to cameras from Sony, Nikon, or Lumix. If Canon doesn’t want to lag behind, they should probably up their game and give us some more innovation, as the EOS 80D is so far looking like a minor update to the 70D rather than a new camera as a whole. Like the EOS 70D, the 80D will also feature 7 frames per second in continuous burst, built-in WiFi, and a traditional top LCD display. Priced at $1200 body-only, $200 more than what the 70D retailed for, the 80D is meant for advanced amateurs and semi-professionals. I really don’t think the release of the 80D will be anything major considering its similarity to the 70D. Due in part to the rise of mirrorless cameras, I can’t imagine anyone who would be particularly interested in purchasing a 80D other than those upgrading from entry-level DSLR’s or people buying their first DSLR. In the meantime, I will be anticipating the release of a replacement for the 5D III, which is supposed to be release sometime this spring.