The Canon 80D is the latest in Canon’s line-up of mid-range, enthusiast level DSLRs. On paper, the 80D looks to be an improvement in practically every regard over the 70D of 2013, especially with the introduction of a new dual-pixel 45 point auto-focus.
Canon released a couple of other items at the same time as the 80D, including a new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 “Nano USM” kit lens and a powered zoom adaptor.
- 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor
- DIGIC 6 processor
- ISO 100 – 25,600
- 7fps burst mode
- 1080p 60fps FHD video recording, MPEG4 AVC/H.264
- SD/HC/XC card formats supported
- 45 cross-type point phase-detect multi-mode autofocus
- 63-zone 7,560 pixel metering sensor
- 3″ 1.04mp LCD screen
The 80D is a “mid-range”, weather-resistant EF-S mount DSLR. Size-wise it sits reasonably squarely between the 760D and the 5D-III. Actually, the biggest difference in physical size comes from accommodating the LP-E6N battery, otherwise it’s more in line with the smaller 760D than the other “mid-range” cameras.
The vast majority of changes between the 70D and 80D are internal and although there have been some cosmetic tweaks I didn’t really find anything significantly different. Generally most of the buttons are laid out in a more intuitive and sensible location on mid-range size bodies like the xxxD and xxD, rather than on the full-size SLRS, but to be totally honest it’s “more of the same” and any Canon shooter will adapt extremely quickly.
The touchscreen is worth a special mention. It was pretty good on the 70D and it just *feels* better here. No accidental shooting when your nose touches the screen as you raise the camera to your eye!
Video features have been up-rated too, albeit stopping short of including 4K video. I think this is a mistake, whether it’s true or not it feels like now Canon are deliberately hamstringing their cameras, we know the tech is available so when it’s omitted it gives the wrong impression. Still, the 80D now shoots Full HD at 60p, increased from the 30p of the 70D. The 80D also has headphone and microphone jack sockets now too, meaning the need to hack/workaround to monitor audio while recording can be done directly.
Other features include the anti-flicker white balance mode (very handy), WiFi and NFC (couldn’t test NFC, WiFi worked as well as other Canon cameras) and an improved metering sensor. For the latter, it’s the same metering sensor found on the 760D.
Battery Life seems really good and can easily go upto 1200 shots which can be very interesting to notice feature.