Canon 80D Review

Canon 80D Review

With the Canon 80D, the EOS 70D gets an improved successor model. For example, a new 24-megapixel APS-C large CMOS sensor with dual-pixel AF is used for the video function. The phase autofocus has also been improved and now uses 45 measuring fields. Image processing is to be accelerated by the Digic 6 image processor; the Canon 80D achieves seven serial images per second. The video resolution remains at Full HD but now records up to 60 instead of only 30 frames per second.

The Canon 80D holds its own in the test as a strong DSLR with solid image quality and a brisk pace. Particularly praiseworthy: The autofocus works now also in the Live View mode always snapshot-suited fast. Criticism, on the other hand, is leveled at the equipment: splash water protection, shoulder display, and WLAN all sound good. A larger viewfinder and Ultra-HD would have been desirable from the manufacturer.

Pros And Cons Of The Canon 80D

     Pros
  • Splash guard
  • WLAN and NFC
  • Swivel display
  • Autofocus fast also in Live-View
    Cons
    • Hardly anything new
    • Relatively small viewfinder
    • Ultra HD is missing given the price range

     

    A 24 megapixel resolving sensor is already known to Canon connoisseurs from the 750D/760D, but the sensor of the 80D is said to have been further improved.

    The light sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 16,000 and can be extended to ISO 25,600. The improvement of the sensor also concerns the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is used in Live-View as well as for video recordings.

    It should now not only offer an improved AF speed but also have a finer autofocus control, for example for pull-focus effects in video recordings. Another new feature is that the Dual Pixel CMOS AF should now work with all EF and EF-S lenses.

     

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    Thanks to WLAN and NFC, the Canon 80D can be connected to a smart device to transfer photos wirelessly or remotely control the camera using the appropriate app. [Photo: Canon]

     

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    The new Canon 80D has a splash and dustproof body and a new 45 point autofocus.

     

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    The Canon 80D’s 7.7-centimetre touchscreen can be swivelled and rotated. The viewfinder now covers 100 percent of the image field, but still enlarges only 0.59 times in 35mm equivalent. [Photo: Canon]

     

    canon 80dThe new CMOS sensor of the Canon 80D has APS-C size and resolution of 24 megapixels. It supports focusing using dual pixel CMOS AF for fast live view and video autofocus. [Photo: Canon]

     

    canon 80dA display on the top of the Canon 80D shows important shooting settings.

     

    Ergonomics And Workmanship

    The camera works with 45 cross sensors and a sensitivity of -3 LW. The cross sensor in the center is particularly sensitive and supports especially F2.8 fast lenses for particularly precise focusing even with open apertures. 27 of the autofocus sensors also work with F8 low-light lenses or lens/teleconverter combinations, with nine of the 27 sensors still working as cross sensors.

    Also improved is the light meter, which now has 7,560 RGB+IR metering pixels and, with flicker detection activated, ensures that the shutter is released at the right moment to achieve a constant exposure. If you want, you can switch the white balance to a white priority so that it works really neutrally instead of capturing the color mood in warm light.

    Video recordings are made at maximum Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) at up to 60 frames per second, stored in MP4 format.

    Instead of the integrated stereo microphone, an external one can also be connected via the 3.5mm jack socket. New is the possibility to control the sound with headphones (also 3.5 mm jack).

    The interval function allows the individual frames to be automatically combined to form a Full HD video. The rotating and swiveling 7.7 cm touch screen also allows unusual perspectives. It has a resolution of 1.04 million pixels. The classic SLR viewfinder has also been slightly improved. Although it still enlarges only 0.95 times (0.59 times compared to 35mm), it now covers 100 percent of the image field instead of 98 percent.

    Like its predecessor, the Canon 80D enables continuous shooting at seven frames per second, but can now hold out for 25 raw or 110 JPEG shots if a UHS-I-SDHC/SDXC memory card is used. The EOS 80D enables wireless transmission of images to a smart device via WLAN and can also be remotely controlled via app. NFC makes it easy to connect to compatible smartphones.

    The Canon 80D presents itself as luxuriously equipped as no other DSLR of the manufacturer. Strong image sensors, first-class professional features, and many modern extras hardly miss anything at first glance. No question, the Canon 80D has what it takes to become one of the best APS-C DSLRs. But why does it miss this goal – albeit only narrowly – after all? To anticipate: Unnecessary modesty would be the right answer with regard to some equipment features.

    Image Quality For The Canon 80D

    At the heart of the Canon 80D is a 24-megapixel sensor in APS-C size. The adjective “new” is deliberately missing because it is probably the same image chip that is already used in the sister models EOS 750D and EOS 760D.

    The Canon 80D serves just over 1,700 line pairs per image height with a minimum light sensitivity of ISO 100. The high edge sharpness is maintained up to and including ISO 1,600. Even detail fidelity and noise remain in the good range until then. Shooting in twilight is therefore hardly a challenge for the DSLR – great!

    From ISO 3,200, however, owners must show a willingness to compromise: Details visibly decrease, noise clearly increases. However, those who don’t search their shots with a magnifying glass or in the 100-percent view, respectively, should take it lightly. However, it becomes more critical in the highest ISO levels of 12,800 and 25,600. Even shots that are reduced by half are characterized by a lack of detail and image noise. For an APS-C sensor, however, this can be regarded as a solid result overall – even there is still air upwards.

    Equipment And Features

    This also applies to the equipment. Because at first glance the Canon 80D doesn’t miss much. Starting with the high-quality processed and handy housing, which consists of robust hard plastic and is sealed against splash water as well as dust. This is decorated with numerous direct keys for exposure modes, shooting mode, and sensitivity, for example. The left shoulder is also emblazoned with a push-button secured mode wheel that provides access to the usual exposure modes in addition to ten practical scene programs and creative modes.

    The orange illuminated shoulder display always shows the current settings. The bright optical viewfinder, which covers 100 percent of the field of view but is somewhat small at 0.6, plays a decisive role in finding the right subject. Here we are, this unnecessary modesty. This is more reminiscent of cheaper entry-level models than a DSLR for 1,300 euros. If you want to work more precisely, you have to make do with the Live View mode and the display on the back. With over a million subpixels, the 3.0-inch screen is pleasantly sharp.

    Filmmakers, in particular, should welcome the fact that the monitor can not only be swiveled in all directions, but also has a modern touch function. Set the focus point, trigger it directly, or surf through the picture gallery, all this and more works conveniently with a fingertip.

     

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    Canon 80D: Numerous options can be controlled directly via the touch screen.

     The 80D is likely to be criticized by videographers: The Canon model is limited to a maximum of Full HD and 60 full frames per second. Ultra HD, on the other hand, lacks any trace. It seems that Canon has artificially reserved 4K resolution for its top model EOS 1D X Mark II. This is also incomprehensible because the half as expensive competition, such as the Panasonic Lumix G70, has this feature. And because the Canon 80D with headphones and microphone connection including audio level control seems to have been created for professional filming.

    Almost without exception, however, the pace is satisfactory. The series shooting at seven frames per second is fixed enough for animals, athletes and other dynamic subjects. About 140 JPEG images before the camera starts stuttering can also be considered remarkable. However, the high performance of the predecessor EOS 70D with unlimited series length is not quite achieved. In RAW format, the DSLR treats itself to small writing breaks after only 25 shots.

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    Canon 80D: In the dark, the shoulder display glows orange.

    The autofocus is hardly a reason for complaint. The 45 focus measuring fields – all precise cross sensors – provide fast enough focus for snapshots in both daylight and low light. Surprisingly, this also applies to the Live View mode. Surprising because the contrast measurement has so far proven to be a crutch for DSLRs. In other words, focusing in Live View usually took twice as long with previous models as when using the viewfinder. This has now improved significantly and almost reaches the level of phase recognition. The in-house dual-pixel technology also enables smooth focus transitions for videos.

    Battery Life 

    In addition to the fast tempo, the battery life is also convincing. If you take a picture with a viewfinder, the memory can withstand up to 3,100 trips. Most SD cards should be full by then. The value depends strongly on the use of the flash with guide number 12 at ISO 100. The display, on the other hand, pulls noticeably on the battery: between 750 and 360 images are possible in Live View mode. That sounds comparatively little. For a DSLR, however, this is a surprisingly high value. The maximum video recording time of almost 230 minutes is also remarkable.

    Conclusions: Is The Canon 80D Worth It?

    All in all, the Canon 80D knows how to please: convincing image quality, modern equipment, a speed that can hardly be improved any more. Measured by the price, however, it should have been a little more, especially in video mode and the size of the optical viewfinder. In addition, the biggest leap from the previous model is mainly in the resolution from 20 to 24 megapixels. If you can do without four megapixels, the EOS 70D is only slightly worse, but much cheaper.

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    Canon 80D: For the PZ-E1 zoom motor, new lenses such as the new 18-135 mm are needed.

    Specifications Of The Canon 80D

    Canon 80D Datasheet

    Electronics

    Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 22.5 x 15.0 mm (crop factor 1.6) 25.8 megapixels (physical) and 24.2 megapixels (effective)
    Pixel pitch 3.7 µm
    Photo resolution
    6.000 x 3.368 pixels (16:9)
    5.328 x 4.000 pixels (4:3)
    4.500 x 3.000 pixels (3:2)
    4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
    3.984 x 2.656 pixels (3:2)
    3.984 x 2.240 pixels (16:9)
    3.552 x 2.664 pixels (4:3)
    3.000 x 2.000 pixels (3:2)
    2.976 x 1.984 pixels (3:2)
    2.976 x 1.680 pixels (16:9)
    2.656 x 1.992 pixels (4:3)
    1.920 x 1.280 pixels (3:2)
    1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (16:9)
    1.696 x 1.280 pixels (4:3)
    720 x 480 pixels (3:2)
    720 x 408 Pixel (16:9)
    640 x 480 pixels (4:3)
    Picture formats JPG, RAW
    Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
    Metadata Exif, DCF standard, IPTC
    Video resolution
    1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
    1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
    1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
    1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
    1.440 x 1.080 (4:3) 30 p
    Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
    Video format
    MP4 (Codec H.264)

    Lens

    Lens mount
    Canon EF-S

    Focusing

    Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 45 cross sensors, autofocus working range from -3 EV to 18 EV
    Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Area autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light, Focus Magnifier (10x)
    Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button

    Viewfinder and Monitor

    Reflex viewfinder Single-lens reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 22 mm eye relief with 0.95x magnification, diopter compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), grating can be faded in
    Monitor 3.0″ (7.0 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, viewing angle 170°, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, tiltable 180° upwards and 90° downwards, tiltable 180°, with touch screen
    Info display additional info display (top)

    Exposure

    Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 63 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 4 % of the image field)
    Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto) 1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual) Bulb Function
    Exposure control Fully automatic, Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
    Bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with a maximum of 7 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV,  HDR function
    Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
    Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 16.000 (automatic) ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (manual)
    Remote access Remote release, infrared release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
    Scene modes HDR, candlelight, children, landscape, food, night scene, night portrait, close-up, portrait, sport
    Picture effects Fisheye, landscape, miniature effect, monochrome, portrait, softer, toy camera, 8 more image effects
    White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Fine-tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp, Incandescent lamp, Kelvin input, Manual 1 memory locations
    Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
    Continuous shooting Continuous-advance shooting max. 7.0 fps at the highest resolution and max. 110 stored photos, 7 fps max. 25 shots (RAW)
    Self-timer Self-timer every 10 s, special features: or 2 seconds
    Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 99 recordings
    Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

    Flashgun Of The Canon 80D

    Flash built-in flash (hinged) flash shoe: Canon, standard center contact
    Flash range Flash sync time 1/250 s
    Flash number Guide number 12 (ISO 100)
    Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction by lamp, Master function, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

    Equipment And Features

    Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
    Memory
    SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
    GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver)
    Microphone Stereo
    Power supply Power supply connection
    Power supply 1 x Canon LP-E6N (Lithium-ion (Li-Ion), 7.2 V, 1,865 mAh) 960 ImagesCanon AC-E6N AC adapter
    Playback Functions Video editing, image cropping, image rotation, image protection, highlight/shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier with 10.0x magnification, image index, slideshow function with music and crossfading effects
    Face recognition Face recognition
    Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
    Special functions Grid display, orientation sensor, Live View, user profiles with 1 user profile and 26 options
    Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
    : USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
    : available NFC
    : available
    AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C), USB/AV output Audio input
    : yes (3.5 mm stereo microphone jack)
    Audio output: yes (3.5 mm stereo jack, 3-pin)
    Supported direct printing methods DPOF, PictBridge
    Tripod socket 1/4″ in the optical axis
    Case Splash guard
    Features and Miscellaneous DIGIC6 Image ProcessorPrediction AF
    (maximum 8 m)
    AF Fine Adjustment (maximum 40 lenses can be stored)
    Picture Styles (eight modes plus 3 custom)
    Automatic Exposure OptimizationMulti-exposure Speed ReductionCorrection of lens errors (vignette, chromatic aberration)

    Size and weight

    Dimensions W x H x D 139 x 105 x 79 mm
    Weight 730 g (ready for operation)

    Other

    included accessories Canon LC-E6 charger for special batteriesCanon
    LP-E6N special battery
    optional accessory Canon AC-E6N AC AdapterCanon
    CBC-E6 Charger for Special BatteriesCanon
    DR-E6 Battery Compartment Adapter Cable
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    Peter Dench
    I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.