The Canon EOS 80D is the much-awaited successor to the immensely popular Canon EOS 70D and takes its place in the Canon line up. Just like its predecessor, the Canon EOS 80D too is feature-packed and combines great image quality with high resolution. It has a more than capable AF system, a large viewfinder, a quick shutter combined with a very nice frame rate, an amazing LCD and of course it is compatible with a large range of lenses, flashes, and other accessories. 70D was one of the most favorite budget camera for Vloggers and video makers, the Canon EOS 80D is sure to replace it there as well with its 1080p 60fps video with great quality and never seen before “Movie Servo AF performance”.
When it comes to Canon, the EOS xxD line has been to integrate midrange models. These have been made to target the semi-Pro or amateur market, which is much appreciated in a country like India where people want maximum value for their money. The xxD series has always been famous and popular thanks to its pro-grade features at not so pro-grade prices.
The Canon EOS 80D comes many years after the release of the 70D and a lot of major overhauling was expected of it. However, there are a few changes compared to its predecessor. If you already have the 70D, you might not want to switch to Canon EOS 80D unless you want that [email protected] for videos. But if you carry a Rebel series camera (EOS XXXD) then you just might wanna grab this amazing piece of camera tech.
Following are the highlight-worthy Canon EOS 80D features :
Summary of Canon EOS 80D Features
- New 45-point all cross-type AF system
- Newly Developed 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
- Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage
- DIGIC 6 image processor for enhanced image quality
- Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with video and stills
- Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
- 1080/60p Full HD video to capture brilliant results in MP4 format (for easy movie sharing on select social networking sites)
- Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch, 1 million dots, Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors
Sensor and Image Quality – Canon EOS 80D
Following table displays the sensor sizes for most of Canon EOS DSLRs:
|Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.87x||95%||f/6.8|
|Canon EOS Rebel T6i,T6s / 750,760D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||3.7µm||6000 x 4000||24.2||.82x||95%||f/5.9|
|Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.80x||95%||f/6.8|
|Canon EOS 80D||1.6x||22.5 x 15.0mm||3.7µm||6000 x 4000||24.2||.95x||100%||f/5.9|
|Canon EOS 70D||1.6x||22.5 x 15.0mm||4.1µm||5472 x 3648||20.2||.95x||98%||f/6.6|
|Canon EOS 60D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.95x||96%||f/6.9|
|Canon EOS 50D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.7µm||4752 x 3168||15.1||.95x||95%||f/7.5|
|Canon EOS 7D Mark II||1.6x||22.4 x 15.0mm||4.1µm||5472 x 3648||20.2||1.0x||100%||f/6.6|
|Canon EOS 6D||1.0x||35.8 x 23.9mm||6.54µm||5472 x 3648||20.2||.71x||97%||f/10.5|
|Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R||1.0x||36.0 x 24.0mm||4.14µm||8688 x 5792||50.6||.71x||100%||f/6.7|
|Canon EOS 5D Mark III||1.0x||36.0 x 24.0mm||6.25µm||5760 x 3840||22.3||.71x||100%||f/10.1|
The Canon EOS 80D, like the 70D and all other models beneath the 6D, features an APS-C (1.6x) sized sensor. This means that all of Canon’s EF-S, EF, TS-E and MP-E series lenses are compatible with the Canon EOS 80D. Also, a lot of pro-photographers like to use an APS-C sensor camera for wildlife photography as the crop sensor means that they can get a longer focal length out of the same lens. (For eg. a 400mm focal length lens will act as a 640mm (1.6 x 400) with a non-full frame, APS-C sensor camera.
You can, of course, make out that the Canon EOS 80D has been upgraded in terms of pixels where it now has a 24.2MP sensor compared to the 20,2MP sensor on the 70D.
We are aware of the old 1/(focal length * 1.6) rule to determine one’s shortest shutter speed for clicking handheld on an APS-C camera. The increase in pixel density with the same size of the sensor means that this formula will no longer work properly. You may instead use the 1/(focal length * 2) formula on the Canon EOS 80D for handheld shooting.
The Canon EOS 80D comes with a nice 5DS like motor driven motor which further improves the sharpness of the camera and results in lesser vibrations. Also, as always, the better the lens, the better the image quality.
Canon EOS 80D performs well at ISO 100 and the results are very clean. The noise level increases with the increase in ISO but certain cameras process the image differently than others at same ISO. Like the 1DX would give a much better picture at ISO 6400 compared to 1300D at 6400ISO. Personally, I never try to go above 1600 ISO. Even though cameras like Canon EOS 80D allow you to click at 12800 or 25600 ISO, it does not mean that one should be clicking at those values if they wish to have usable images.
Canon EOS 80D ISO values are available in 1/3 stop settings from 100 through 16000 with extended H (25600) available. This means that you have values such as 100, 125, 160, 200.
Whereas on the Rebel line (xxxD) you have to go a full stop, like ISO 100, 200.