Canon EOS 80D Overview
Whether you’re a photographer who’s in the market for a mid-range DSLR, or a big fan of the Canon EOS 70D who’s ready for an upgrade, you’ll want to take a look at the Canon EOS 80D.
A highly improved version of its predecessor, it’s designed for photography enthusiasts who want to take their hobby to the next level as well as professionals who need a backup camera. Take a look at the 80D’s specs to find out if it’s the right DSLR camera for you.
Design & Features
The Canon EOS 80D is built to be tough and durable. Its chassis is made of magnesium alloy while its exterior is made of polycarbonate, and its entire body is sealed against dust and moisture so it can weather harsh environments and last for a long time.
It’s also designed to be intuitive to use; you can navigate through menus and choose your desired settings by using the camera’s physical buttons as well as the three-inch Clear View LCD monitor (which can be rotated vertically and horizontally).
Under the hood, the 80D is built with a 24.2 MP CMOS sensor that paves the way for clear and sharp images. The sensor works together with the DIGIC 6 image processor to promote Dual Pixel AF, which enables continuous focus while taking pictures and shooting videos.
Canon also designed the 80D to have refined individual pixels that allow the camera to be capable of high ISO speeds, reaching ISO 12800 for video and ISO 16000 for still photos. (Both of these are expandable to ISO 25600.)
In terms of performance, the Canon EOS 80D has continuous shooting ability that lets it shoot 7 frames per second, capturing quick-moving subjects and ensuring you get the photo you want. Although it can’t shoot 4K videos, it can record in Full HD, which is usually enough for most people.
What sets the 80D apart from its predecessor is its 45-point AF system, which is composed of cross-type points and is paired with a 7560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. This setup allows the camera to easily track and capture subjects, particularly those that are moving quickly and are making hard-to-predict movements.
The 80D also allows you to choose from four types of autofocus area selection modes: single-point AF, zone AF, large zone AF, and 45-point AF auto selection. This means you can either manually bring your subject into focus or let the camera do it for you.
Pros and Cons
No piece of technology is perfect, which means that the Canon EOS 80D comes with drawbacks along with benefits. Here are some of the pros and cons that you need to know about:
Built-in Wi-Fi capability
The 80D can connect with any compatible mobile device that’s running on either iOS or Android and has the Canon Camera Connect app installed. By connecting the camera with your smartphone or tablet, you can control the camera’s exposure settings and take photos and videos — all through your mobile device! It’s a great feature to have when you need to take shots that are difficult to capture and require remote operation.
Built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) technology
NFC allows the 80D to seamlessly connect with the Canon Connect Station CS100 as well as Android smartphones and tablets that are running on Android 4.0 to 6.0. Through NFC, you can easily transfer your photos and videos to the Connect Station CS100 or to your Android device and share them with your family and friends.
Video recording in MP4 format
MP4 is one of the commonly used video formats nowadays. Fortunately, the 80D can record videos both in MOV and MP4 formats, so you can immediately upload and share your videos right after recording them.
AF system coverage
As mentioned above, the 45-point AF system of the Canon EOS 80D sets it apart from many of its competitors and is certainly an upgrade from the 70D’s 19-point AF system. Still, it’s a far cry from the 65-point AF system that’s found in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which is targeted to professional photographers.
Lack of 4K capability
We’ve pointed out that the 80D can shoot Full HD videos but not 4K videos. This can be disappointing for those who want to record 4K footage but, if you’re fine with 1080p videos, this shouldn’t hold you back from buying and using the camera.
The Canon EOS 80D is one of the best DSLR cameras for photography enthusiasts. It comes with a powerful sensor and processor and is built with exciting features that make photography and videography a breeze. It has several drawbacks but, for the most part, it offers many excellent benefits and can give great value for money.
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focus Mode||Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)|
|Autofocus Points||Phase Detection:45, 45 cross-type|
|Guide No.||39.37′ (12 m) ISO100|
|Max Sync Speed||1 / 250 seconds|
|Flash Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||eTTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Shutter Lag||0.06 seconds|
|Self Timer||10 seconds, 2 seconds|
|Connectivity||1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0|
|Battery||1x LP-E6N Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1865 mAh|
|AC Power Adapter||AC-E6N (Optional)|
32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)
Humidity: 0 -- 85%
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1″ / 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5 mm|
|Weight||1.61 lb / 730 g based on CIPA guidelines|
|Package Weight||3.6 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.5 x 7.1 x 5.4″|
Unboxing the Canon EOS 80D
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