Canon EOS 80D Review

Introduction

The Canon EOS 80D is an enthusiast-level digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera and successor of the Canon EOS 70D. It was announced in February 2016 and was released for sale in March of the same year. It comes with a new 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor that is similar to its predecessor, which offers a detection autofocus system. Apart from this, it has a new 45-point hybrid AF (Autofocus) system. The 80D feature has a body sealed against moisture and dust, which is made of a polycarbonate and magnesium alloy chassis. In terms of design, it is identical to its predecessor, having most of its controls accessible through an articulating rear touchscreen with an inclusion of physical control points for easy accessibility. The complete package of 80D is the video; however, it cannot shoot 4K but do offer capture of 1080/60p and with a continuous autofocus feature during videoing. In order to complement its microphone port, a headphone socket was included in this upgrade to the 70D.

Canon EOS 80D key features of Canon EOS 80D

  • 1080/60p video capture
  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • 7 frame per second (fps) continuous shooting with autofocus
  • 45-point AF system with all cross-type points
  • Weather-resistant body
  • 3 inches 1.04M-dot articulating touchscreen
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor

Comparison with its sibling

Sensor: It has a 24MP APS-C when compared to others (Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS 70D, and Canon EOS 6D) with 20.2 MP APS-C.

Weight: Among the three compared above, it has the least weight, which is about 730g

Performance

Autofocus: The autofocus (AF) functions perfectly with a variety of adjustable menu, settings, and optimizations like the Canon’s professional cameras. The AF can be fine-tuned with adjustment to the priorities and timing of the tracking systems.

Distortion: The 80D comes with an automation correction distortion, assuming the right lens profile is loaded. It is important to note that the distortion is not always removed.

Exposure: This is typical for most Canon because the exposure is great and has low-contrast subjects.

Finder: It has a good finder with everything sharp, big, and clear.

Image Quality: The quality of the image is top-notch with great tonal rendition and colors that are common to all Canon’s DSLRs.

Pros of Canon EOS 80D

  • Very easy to use
  • Improved dynamic range when compared to its predecessor
  • Headphone and microphone port
  • Continues AF when capturing movie is excellent
  • It has a good battery life
  • Excellent Auto ISO implementation
  • Articulating touchscreen LCD
  • Good ergonomics with weather resistant body
  • Dual Pixel AF, which give room for accurate and faster continuous AF during live view.
  • Seven frames per seconds burst speed.

Cons of Canon EOS 80D

  • No clean HDMI out or 4K video
  • The dynamic range is behind its competitors
  • There aren’t any zebras to analyze exposure
  • The Canon Connect app is not easy to use and has limitation in its shooting abilities
  • The multi live view focus mode is not easily understandable

Conclusion

Canon EOS 80D is a wonderful amalgamation of the optimal features contained in all Canon DSLRs. It is a well-rounded camera with an easy to use design and ample control points. Though the quality of the images lags behind slightly with some of the best cameras in its category, however, it is extremely competitive. It is important to be aware that the Canon EOS 80D offers the best raw dynamic range among any of the APS-C Canon cameras. The 80D is indeed a perfect choice especially for enthusiasts looking forward to a still or video hybrid camera for daily documentation.

 

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