Read detailed Canon EOS 80D DSLR review in this post
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF
- 45-point AF system with all cross-type points
- 3″ 1.04M-dot articulating touchscreen
- 1080/60p video capture
- 7 fps continuous shooting with AF
- Weather-resistant body
- 7560-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
- Wi-Fi + NFC + Bluetooth
- 24MP sensor gives excellent details
- Fast and effective AF system
- Excellent touch screen and control
Canon has created an excellent EOS 80D that makes it a worthwhile successor to the old 70D. Canon EOS 80D DSLR has sensibly arranged controls, good ergonomics, an extensive feature set, and can be set up to suit your shooting style. Most importantly, the image quality is superb with lots of detail. Canon EOS 80D features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, an updated Dual-Pixel CMOS AF system. It additionally offers continuous autofocus during live view stills shooting, an Intelligent Viewfinder which displays 100% of the frame. Further, a 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen, 1080p Full HD video up to 60fps in MP4 format with new time-lapse and HDR movie modes and a headphone port, 7fps burst shooting, a new 45 all cross-type point AF system, DIGIC 6 image processor, 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering system, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, Anti-Flicker mode, and an ISO range of 100-25600 are some of the great features in 80D.
For enthusiast photographers or people who want to be able to shoot a huge range of subjects in a variety of conditions, 80D is a good option.
- Canon has given the 80D a new 24-million-pixel sensor along with a Digic 6 processing engine with Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor.
- The 80D’s sensor and processor combination brings a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000 and a maximum expansion value of ISO 25,600
- The maximum continuous shooting rate is at 7fps and the burst depth has been increased to 110 JPEGs or 25 Raw images when a UHS-1 SD card is used.
- The reflex mode system, for instance, has 45 AF points, all of which are cross-type, whereas the 70D has 19 points. This means the new camera has better AF point coverage, making it more able to find and follow subjects around the frame.
- Furthermore, all of the points are cross-type with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or greater while the central 27 operate at f/8 and nine of them are cross-type at f/8. That’s good news for anyone using telephoto lens/teleconverter combinations that reduce the maximum aperture to f/8.
- The 80D can also use colour information from the 7560-pixel RGB+IR (infrared) metering sensor to help with subject tracking.
- Turning to the Live View and video autofocus system, the 80D uses Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It has phase detection points on the imaging sensor itself.
- 80D can record in MOV or MP4 format whereas the 70D can only shoot in MOV format.
- The majority of the button controls are located on the right side of the camera, either on the back or the top-plate and are within easy reach as you hold the camera for use.
- Some features, like the AF, Drive and Metering buttons, are designed for use in conjunction with the Main Dial or Quick Control Dial while you look at the secondary LCD screen on the camera’s top-plate rather than through the viewfinder.
- Canon has increased the number of Custom Mode settings accessible via the mode dial from one on the 70D to two on the 80D. This means that you can be shooting with one collection of settings and quickly switch to two alternatives.
- The 80D has a handy dedicated Q button on the rear which opens the Quick Control screen. Depending on which shooting mode you’re using, this lets you set various parameters via the LCD screen, using either the four-way controller or the touch-screen to move around the various options.
- The 80D can tag your images with GPS data (latitude, longitude, altitude and shooting time) just like many of the company’s compact cameras.
- The EOS 80D provides a number of auto shooting modes like portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, hand-held night scene, and HDR backlight control. Now grouped under the SCN option on the Mode dial on the top-left of the camera, which comes complete with a central lock button to prevent accidental movement. HDR Backlight takes three shots at different exposures and combines them into one with greater shadow and highlight detail. Hand-held Night scene mode takes multiple images at fast shutter speeds and blends them together for a sharp result. The fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene in front of you and automatically picking the best settings, much like the systems used by lot of digital compacts.
- There are, of course, manual and semi-automatic modes for users who want more advanced exposure control. Canon refers to these advanced operations as the ‘creative zone’ and provides all the normal settings including Program, Aperture and Shutter Priority and the full manual mode.
- The 80D offers ten creative filters, which are only available when shooting in Live View mode and for JPEGs, not RAW files. These include Soft Focus, which dramatizes an image and smooths over any shiny reflections, Grainy Black and White creates that timeless look, Toy Camera adds vignetting and color shift, and Miniature Effect makes a scene appear like a small-scale model, simulating the look from a tilt-shift lens.
- In addition, a feature called Basic+ applies a creative ambience to images when shooting in the Basic modes. Essentially a more extreme version of the well-established Picture Styles, Basic+ enhancements that can be applied to the scene modes include Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool and Brighter. There’s also some control over what is essentially the white balance via the Shoot by Lighting effect, with the options being Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Flourescent and Sunset.
- The 80D is the latest EOS camera to include infra-red and flickering light sensitivity, with the flicker detection mode automatically compensates for tricky indoor lighting by only taking the shot when the light levels are at their brightest level.
- The 80D with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is also a very quiet performer, thanks to the built-in USM (ultra-sonic motor), which makes this lens very well-suited to video recording and more candid photography.