Canon EOS 80D

Verdict

It’s not innovatory, but the 80D is still an excellent DSLR for the right user. In order to get rid any kind of confusion or hesitation , read Canon EOS 80D Review till end. The Canon EOS 80D Review is written after undertaking a test by after experts. Canon EOS 80D Review covers all good and bad aspects of the machine.

24Mp sensor resolves detail well

The fast and effective AF system

Excellent screen

APS-C format rather than full-frame

Complex AF system requires time to master

Quick Menu not customizable

Key Specifications

  • ISO 100-16,000 (expandable to 25,600)
  • 45-point autofocus system with Dual Pixel AF technology
  • 7fps constant shooting
  • Full HD (1920×1080) video at 60, 50, 30, 25,24fps
  • 3in, 1040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen

What is the Canon EOS 80D?

Comparing Canon’s existing DSLR line-up with what it was three or four years ago highlights how, today, the manufacturer presents a wider range of models catering for all types of photographer and sizes of a financial plan. Canon once offered a pair of APS-C DSLRs for beginners, another couple for enthusiasts and two or three full-frame DSLRs for seasoned pros. By compare, today’s line-up features seven APS-C DSLRs and six full-frame models.

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For the advanced amateur photographer, Canon’s double-digit series of DSLRs have always been engaging, characteristically blending a comprehensive spec with a body-only price that falls just below £1,000. However, with rivalry in the high-end enthusiast DSLR segment escalating, new models have required to present something new or exceptional to keep on one step ahead.

In the case of the Canon EOS 70D, the stand-out feature was it’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system built into its 20.2-million-pixel sensor that redefined the speed of autofocus in live view and movie mode. This game-changing technology was always going to leave the 70D’s successor with big boots to fill and begs the question, is the Canon EOS 80D another radical DSLR or more of a modest update on what we’ve already seen before?

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Canon EOS 80D – Features

In the three years since Canon last released a double-digit DSLR, its engineers have been working hard to develop a new 24.2-million-pixel CMOS sensor. Much similar to the 70D’s 20.2-million-pixel CMOS sensor, this novel chip benefits from Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A further detailed justification of this technology can be found on page 47. To take it one step advance, Canon has introduced constant autofocus (AI Servo) in live view mode. This was primarily rolled out on the 760D.

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The dissimilarity with the Canon EOS 80D is that it has phase-detect pixels spread across the entire frame, which should present better performance. Photographers who like to track moving subjects will be grateful for having the choice to select AI Servo in live view mode. It’s also fine to see Canon adding extra control of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensitivity from the custom function menu. This allows users to adapt the focus to the shooting condition and create slow, natural or fast-focusing transitions.

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The focusing betterments don’t stop here. When shooting using the viewfinder the 80D features a newly developed autofocus module that is a grand upgrading on the 70D. There are now 45 AF points compared with the 19 AF points on the 70D, and all these are the cross-type. The AF system isn’t too diverse from the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, and out of the 45 AF points on offer 27 stay active when using a teleconverter and lens combination with the highest aperture of f/8. Moreover, the center point is sensitive down to f/2.8, and the performance range of the autofocus system (-3EV-18EV) is more in line with its closest rival, the Nikon D7200.

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Rather than utilizing Canon’s newest DIGIC 7 image processor, the sensor teams up with the manufacturer’s older, but still powerful, DIGIC 6 image processor. This pairing allows the 80D to shoot from ISO 100-16,000 (expandable to ISO 25,600), which works out to be a 1-stop sensitivity gain over the 70D. However, it’s no earlier at rattling out a stable burst than its forerunner, at 7fps. There’s as well the option to shoot at 3fps in the 80D’s soundless shooting mode, and it’s feasible to rattle off a burst at 5fps in live view mode.

It’s not unusual to notice features filter down from models higher up in a manufacturer’s camera range. One instance of this is the 80D’s flicker-detection technology. This can detect gleaming light and then time each shot to correspond with the peak brilliance of the light source for more constant results. The 80D also inherits Canon’s 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor that impressed us on the 750D and 760D, yet one more betterment on the 70D’s older 63-zone dual-layer sensor.

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Like the 70D, the 80D’s viewfinder displays a camera-level indicator to avoid skewed horizons. In its place of 98% coverage, it now displays 100% of the frame with 0.95x magnification. In the long-ago, full viewfinder coverage has been exclusive to the more costly premium models, so it’s good to see this finally filtering down to more reasonably priced enthusiast DSLRs. Underneath the viewfinder, you’ll find a vari-angle 3in, 1.04-million-dot touch-sensitive display that is matching to the 70D’s.

The 80D doesn’t feature 4K video but does provide videographers with the choice to shoot full HD (1,920×1,080) movies up to 60p in the MP4 or MOV file formats. Full control audio levels can be taken directly from the touchscreen. Those who’ve been calling for an earphone socket will greet the actuality that one has been added below the mic port.

To speed up the connection rapidity between the camera and android devices, Canon has built-in one-touch NFC connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi connectivity. There’s also the choice to regulate exposure settings, fire the camera remotely, and transfer full-resolution JPEGs and MP4 movies to smart devices using Canon’s free Camera Connect app. A novel fine-detail effect has been added to the list of picture styles, which regulate the sharpening and noise reduction to improve the performance of fine textures in JPEG files. Finally, just similar to the 70D, the 80D accepts the extensively used LP-E6N battery.

Canon EOS 80D – Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology

For those unfamiliar with the phrase Dual Pixel CMOS AF, it refers to the 80D’s sensor-based autofocusing system. When the camera is switched over to live view mode, the interior mirror is lifted out of the way of the image sensor, permit the camera to constantly record the light entering the lens and transmitting the data to the rear screen as a live image.

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The disadvantage of this process is that without the mirror in position, the camera can no longer utilize the chief phase-detection AF system in order to focus repeatedly. One solution to this difficulty was to incorporate AF sensors on the face of the image sensor itself. Formerly, these AF sensors have been of the contrast-detect variety, which is normally slower and less precise at locking on to targets than phase-detection – particularly when tracking moving subjects.

To conquer slow focusing speeds in live view, Canon has developed a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that supports sensor-based, phase-detection autofocusing. The system works by splitting all the effectual pixels on the surface of the sensor into two individual photodiodes – one for left and one for right. Each of these photodiodes can be read individually, allowing more rapidly phase-detection autofocus while simultaneously being used for image capture. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is helpful to both photographers and videographers who’d like to create and shoot rapidly without having to put up with a slow and awkward autofocus performance.

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Improving where the 70D left off, the 80D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system now supports Servo AF when shooting still images in live view. This permit the user to choose focus on a subject and then track it through the frame all the while the shutter key is half depressed. It’s principally effectual for moving subjects and was used to capture the shot above. The Servo AF mode has effectively maintained focus on the car, which was traveling at 30mph.

Canon EOS 80D – Build & Handling

Canon has spent many years refining the design of its enthusiast series of DSLRs and we seem to have reached a point where all new models look incredibly similar to the last. In the case of the 80D, it shares a close similarity to the 70D. The only important change at the rear of the body is an enlarged thumb rest that adorns the same rubberized grip as the front of the camera. Directly on top of the thumb rest, users have the choice to take benefit of an AF-ON button – a feature exclusive to Canon’s more advanced DSLRs. This can be used to detach AF activation from the shutter release and perform back-button focusing.

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To keep things the same at the rear, the playback and fast menu buttons are now round to match the menu, info and zoom buttons. Meanwhile, a glance above the on/off switch reveals you can now take control of creative filters and access a second custom setting (C2) direct from the mode dial. The LCD on the top-plate is also better than that on the EOS 760D, meaning there’s more space to glance at what metering and drive mode you have the camera set to.

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Videographers will be satisfied to read that Canon has cautiously considered the placement of the microphone and headphone inputs to make sure the screen can be completely articulated when audio components are plugged in. The same can be said for the cable-release input, which is positioned just beneath. Photographers and videographers looking at the 80D as a probable upgrade option from the 70D will also be grateful for that it’s completely compatible with the Canon BG-E14 battery grip (£134).

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The body is constructed from aluminum and polycarbonate resin with goblet and conductive fiber. In the hand, it feels fine built and reassuringly solid. However, Canon admits it’s not constructed to the similar weather-resistant standard as the EOS 7D Mark II. During my testing I was caught out in a few light rain showers, but these caused no issues with performance or function, and I was surprised at just how well the touchscreen responded to wet fingers and water droplets across its surface.

One of my criticisms concerning the design of the 80D is Canon’s decision not to comprise a dual card slot – a tremendously helpful storage feature for both back-ups as well as overflow, should you reach a card’s capacity. Those who experience this is a must-have feature will desire to look at the 7D Mark II, which, at the moment of writing this review, works out at only £79 more costly than the 80D, with Canon’s £100 spring cashback endorsement (available until 18 June) taken into consideration.

Canon EOS 80D – Performance

Unluckily, Canon’s new kit zoom, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and its clip-on PZ-E1 power zoom adapter were not accessible to test with the 80D. Instead, the 80D was tested with the little older Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens as well as a choice of other optics, counting the new Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art.

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As mentioned earlier, the outstanding betterment on the 80D is the introduction of constant autofocus (AI Servo) in live view. This is the first time we’ve seen the feature on a dual-pixel AF camera. To get an idea of how well it works, I tested it outdoors where I had the opportunity to constantly focus on subjects moving at slow and high speeds. Activating live view, and using the AF button on the top-plate, presents the choice of selecting the AF method via the command dial on the top-plate and the AF mode with the scroll dial at the rear. After setting the AF method to FlexiZone Single AF, and the AF mode to Servo AF, I utilized the touch screen to choose my subject in the frame and kept the shutter half-depressed while panning. The 80D was rapid at keeping up with ducks as they moved closer and farther away from the lens, and I found I was able to shoot a larger number of sharp shots in rapid succession than was probable using one-shot AF.

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To photograph a moving car, I switched the AF method to FlexiZone-Multi and pinpointed the subject centrally in the frame. Again, the 80D had no complexity incessantly focusing in live view as I panned and tracked the vehicle side-on. However, attempting to constantly focus on a group of fast cyclists heading directly towards the camera proved much more of a challenge for the camera, and resulted in a few out-of-focus frames. The merely other time the camera struggled to find focus precisely with live view and servo deployed was when it was asked to focus on enormously low-light environments.

Out of living view, the autofocus is snappy and receptive. It is supposed to be noted that the 45 AF points do gather towards the center of the frame, but the broad working range of the autofocus system (-3EV-18EV) sees the camera make light work of focusing when the light levels drop. It’s obviously more precise in demanding lighting conditions compared to the 70D, which could only focus down to a conservative -0.5EV.

In addition to the improvements to autofocus, the 80D boasts a higher buffer depth, meaning it can now record 110 JPEGs, or 25 raw files, at up to 7fps. Those who shoot games, action, and wildlife are most expected to take benefit of this improvement. This is quite a step up from the 70D, which only used to manage 65 JPEGs or 16 raw files before its buffer required time to refresh.

Something I noticed while rattling out a constant burst with the camera set to its quiet mode is that though slap of the shutter mechanism is dampened, it’s not fully silent. Calling it a ‘quiet’ shutter mode, in its place of ‘silent’, would be more perfect.

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Canon’s menu systems are exceptionally intuitive and the 80D’s is no exception. The company is the pioneer of touchscreen control on DSLRs and the way the 80D’s responds to light touches makes navigating its settings a breeze. Creative filters are obtainable for those who’d like to experiment with the look of their images. Users are able to preview creative filters in Live View mode, however, it’s not feasible to record an uncompressed raw file at the same time.

The viewfinder is the most excellent we’ve seen on a double-digit Canon DSLR. It’s great to know that what you see is accurately what the sensor records, thanks to its 100% field of view. I glanced at the electronic level overlay in the bottom corner on many occasions and found it principally helpful when shooting landscapes outdoors on a tripod.

In other areas, the metering system performed fine, producing bright and precise exposures that required little more than -0.3EV exposure compensation. Battery life was outstanding, too, with just under 1,000 shots captured from a single charge. Generally, I got the feeling the 80D is a polished and strong performing DSLR.

Canon EOS 80D – Image Quality

Canon has used a 24-million-pixel sensor before, in the EOS 750D and 760D. However, these two models don’t feature the 80D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. The jump to a 24-million-pixel sensor is excellent news for those who like the freedom to crop firmly and, at the same time, preserve a high level of detail. Unlike the Nikon D7200 and some other fresh high-resolution APS-C sensors, however, the 80D continues to use an anti-aliasing filter. With this in place, it has its work cut out to get the same levels of resolution. At ISO 100, the 80D delivers an inspiring 3,400l/ph resolution, much like the Nikon D7200, but at superior sensitivities, the D7200 has the edge.

Dynamic Range

At ISO 100, the 80D’s dynamic range result measured 12.6EV – a figure that’s approximately identical to the 12.7EV recorded by the EOS 7D Mark II at the similar sensitivity. As the graph illustrates, the figure drops below 12EV beyond ISO 200 but stays above 10EV up to ISO 800. Results at ISO 1,600, 3,200 and 6,400 drops to 9.2EV, 8.0EV, and 7.1EV correspondingly, with shadowed areas increasingly getting nosier as you push closer towards the top two sensitivity settings. It’s only when you push beyond the 80D’s native ISO range and up to the extended setting of ISO 25,600 that the figure drops below 6EV. Although the 80D’s results aren’t as high as those recorded by the EOS 7D Mark II at superior sensitivity settings, this is improved than average dynamic range performance.

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Resolution

The 80D resolves a remarkable 3,400l/ph at ISO 100, which is higher than the 2,800l/ph the 70D resolves at a similar sensitivity setting. This development in resolution carries on through the sensitivity range, with the 80D attaining 3,000l/ph at ISO 400 and 2,800l/ph up to ISO 1,600. As you start on to push the sensitivity higher, luminance noise starts to soften the finest details and decreases resolution. The sensor resolves 2,400l/ph at ISO 6400, beyond which point there’s a noticeable drop in resolution to 2,200l/ph at ISO 12,800, ending up at 1,800l/ph at its expanded ISO 25,600 setting.

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Noise

A close study of our JPEGs between ISO 100 and ISO 400 revealed no signs of sound and a high level of detail. Luminance noise starts to make its presence known at ISO 1,600 and is joined by chroma noise as you push towards ISO 3,200 and 6,400. U

Users can be sure of producing satisfactory images straight out of the camera at ISO 6,400, but it’s worth bearing in mind that fine detail does get lost beyond this point. Inspecting our raw files, having first converted them in Canon’s Digital Photo Professional 4 software, revealed a strong set of results.

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Chroma noise is not present right up to ISO 6,400 and, although luminance noise is obvious at ISO 3,200 and 6,400, it’s well-controlled, allowing files to retain a high level of detail. The detail in raw files captured beyond ISO 6,400 takes a hit and the five-digit ISO settings are best avoided if you desire to produce the finest results.

Should I buy the Canon EOS 80D?

The 80D isn’t as revolutionary as the 70D was when it was released. Nevertheless, it’s better than its predecessor in numeral areas, counting the correctness of focusing both in and out of living view. The 80D is extra responsive at focusing in low light than the 70D, and although it doesn’t feature case studies in the AF section of the menu, like the 7D Mark II, it’s fine to see options being added to regulate the tracking sensitivity in the custom function menu.

Videographers who have been demanding for a headphone input have at last had their wish granted, and despite not featuring 4K the camera is equipped with all the advanced video functionality you require to shoot professional and smooth-looking movies at 60p.

The new sensor resolves extra detail than the 70D. It doesn’t match the resolution of the Nikon D7200 at high sensitivities, but users will find there’s a bounty of detail in images up to ISO 6,400. There was added chroma noise in JPEG files at high ISO than I had anticipated, but the correctness of color and exposure metering is just as fine as we’ve come to be expecting from Canon, and is hard to fault. Canon hasn’t cut corners with regard to building quality. The 80D feels fine constructed and should survive the test of time.

For amateurs and enthusiasts, the 80D is a well-rounded and very competent APS-C DSLR that’s worth a close look. Whether you settle for the 80D or 7D Mark II depends on what you shoot, but with £80 (at the instance of writing) being all that separates them, it doesn’t make it an easy choice. If a fully-articulated screen, higher resolution, and a somewhat smaller body are what you’re after, the 80D gets the nod. However, if you shoot sports or action and would like your DSLR to shoot at up to 10fps with a highly sophisticated 65-point autofocus system and dual card slots, I’d say it’s worth spending the extra for Canon’s rather outstanding EOS 7D Mark II.

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