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Canon EOS 80D: Full Review

The Canon EOS 80D is an SLR camera introduced in 2016 as an evolution of the highly successful EOS 70D, then on the market for three years. The machine is therefore in the segment of semi-professional SLRs, designed especially for those who have already experienced with a lower-end DSLR and want to switch to a more performing model.

Canon EOS 80D: Technical Data Sheet and General Characteristics

The Canon EOS 80D features a 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor and an innovative Digic 6 image processor. Like all cameras in this range, the 80D is equipped with an APS-C sensor, whose multiplication factor is 1.6x… Compatible lenses are those with EF and EF-S attachments.

The machine body is completely tropicalized and therefore resistant to rain and dust. A feature by no means obvious, which will surely be much appreciated by those used to photographing in any condition.

The autofocus has as many as 45 AF points, all of the “cross” type: a nice leap forward compared to the previous 70D, which counted just 19. The Canon EOS 80D gives the possibility to use the continuous autofocus even while shooting in Live View mode.

The integrated WiFi  module allows you to associate the camera with other devices, both desktop, and mobile. This way you can shoot from a distance using your smartphone as a remote control, view and transfer photos quickly.

The sensitivity range offered by the Canon EOS 80D ranges from 100 to 16,000 ISO and is expandable up to 25,600. In this regard, we anticipate that noise resistance, using high sensitivity, is very satisfactory for a reduced sensor machine. The LCD is one of the most interesting components of the camera. The screen has a diagonal of 3 “and is completely articulated, a very useful feature when you find yourself shooting from uncomfortable positions. The display has touch screen functionality and you can then move between the tabs of the menu, focus, select items, etc., simply with a finger. The Canon EOS 80D also allows you to use continuous focus even when shooting in live view.

Alongside the LCD display, there is a large optical viewfinder which has a 100% scene coverage.

Canon EOS 80D: Design and Ergonomics

Aesthetically, the Canon EOS 80D looks rather similar to the previous 70D. By holding the camera, made of magnesium alloy, there is a clear feeling of strength and solidity. A good part of the machine body, near the points of support of the fingers, is covered by a layer of rough rubber that further improves the grip.

Overall, the command layout is excellent, as is the size of the buttons. Those coming from older models may initially have some minor difficulties in finding “touch” buttons (live view and “Q” key in the first place). The overall weight of the camera, including battery and SD card, is 730 grams, while the dimensions are attested to 139 × 105.2 × 78.5 mm.

Arrangement of commands

The layout of the controls of the Canon EOS 80D is virtually identical to that of the 70D. With respect to it changes only the shape of some buttons, which now have softer shapes.

On the upper side of the camera, we find the small additional LCD panel, typical of the SLRs of this segment, whose purpose is to always keep the shooting parameters under control. Next to the display are 4 physical buttons and a small ring dial, which allow you to change the autofocus mode, single/continuous shooting mode, ISO sensitivity, and exposure metering mode. A fifth key, in a more withdrawn position, allows instead to illuminate the display itself.

To the left of the built-in flash is the main dial for selecting the shooting modes. In addition to the classic PASM modes, we find two completely customizable modes ( C1 and C2 ), the Automatic mode, the ” Without Flash ” mode, Bulb, ” Creative Filter “, ” Scene ” and ” Automatic Creative “. We will take some further considerations on some of these modalities.

The back of the Canon EOS 80D is largely occupied by the LCD display. To its right, we find the multi-control ring that incorporates the directional keys and the central button.

Above the ring are the play button, the ” Q ” button (which we will discuss later in the review), and a button that allows you to activate the live view or switch to movie mode.

In the lower part, we find the ” Lock ” switch: its function is to prevent accidental variation of parameters by moving the dials of the camera.

On the right side of the Canon EOS 80D, we find the housing for the memory card, while on the left side we find 3 small rubber doors. They protect the input for the external microphone, the one for the remote control, the USB input and the mini-HDMI terminal.

Canon EOS 80D: Functions and Use

We continue our review of the Canon EOS 80D by analyzing camera functions and shooting experience.

The ” Q ” button is a very interesting “shortcut”. This key gives access to a screen that summarizes all the shooting parameters currently in use. Depending on the shooting mode used, it will be possible to change shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, autofocus mode and much more.

A feature that we really appreciated in the Canon EOS 80D is the fact that the ” Pus B ” is directly accessible through a position of the program ring. This mode is very well taken care of: the advanced settings (reachable from the menu) allow you to set the duration of the shot in advance, defining it in minutes and seconds. The timer, on the other hand, allows delaying the shot to avoid generating vibrations by pressing the shutter button.

It is, therefore, possible to carry out long exposures without using any accessory instrument for remote control and to time the exposure time. Definitely a good news for those who love to photograph the stars or try their hand at the long exposures in general.

The menus can be reached through a special button on the left side of the back. All camera settings are grouped into different tabs, all of the different color. A structure very familiar to those who have already owned other DSLR cameras.

The video compartment of the Canon EOS 80D shows lights and shadows. On the one hand, there have been considerable improvements compared to the previous model: the efficiency of the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system is particularly evident during the shooting of the movies and the connector for the external microphone has been introduced.

However, the 4K format is still missing: the camera only stops at the 1080p format. This certainly represents one of the main notes of the Canon EOS 80D, although irrelevant for those interested exclusively in the photographic side.

Another strength of the Canon EOS 80D is battery life. Using only the optical viewfinder, you can exceed 900 shots with a fully charged battery. Turning on the live view the autonomy drops to a little more than 300 photos, however, a remarkable result.

Basic zone mode

Despite the Canon EOS 80D is a semi-professional camera in all respects, there are some automatic modes and some “creative filters”. Canon defines the set of these ” Basic Zone ” modes, as opposed to the ” Creative Zone “, which instead contains the PASM shooting modes.

The Scene modes, those that are typically found on the compact, are accessible through the appropriate position of the “SCN” ring. To determine which specific scene to use, you must instead use the menus. The available scenes are Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Food, Children, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Manual Night Shot and HDR Backlight Control.

Another position of the selection dial shows the letters ” CA “, the acronym of [mode] ” Automatic Creative “. This mode allows you to set the background blur on different levels. Basically, the diaphragm will be opened or closed depending on the value chosen by the user.

Finally, there is the ” Creative Filter ” mode, which allows you to apply some special effects to the shot. There are 10 filters available, among them “Black and White”, “Miniature Effect”, “HDR Effect” and “Watercolor Effect”.

However, we have serious doubts about the fact that the owner of an SLR of this price range can appreciate the features of this kind.

Canon EOS 80D: Image Quality

Despite the 24 megapixels on an APS-C sensor, the image quality offered by the Canon EOS 80Dis excellent. When used with good quality lenses, the camera is able to churn out raw files that are very workable and rich in detail.

The noise is quite limited up to 800-1600 ISO. Over 3200 ISO quality starts to decline significantly, but even the highest sensitivities are generally usable. The RAW files produced by the camera have an average weight of 27 Megabytes.

Canon EOS 80D: Speed and Reactivity

With the Canon EOS 80D, autofocus takes a leap forward compared to the previous model. In addition to having more than doubled the number of AF points, this camera adopts a renewed Dual Pixel CMOS system with excellent performance. Autofocus is reliable even in low light conditions and, as anticipated, it can be used in continuous shooting mode even in live view.

Of the 45 AF points, 25 (9 crosses) remain in function up to f / 8. This is extremely relevant when using the camera associated with the focal multipliers.

Even the burst offers very interesting performance: the Canon EOS 80D allows you to shoot at 7FPS. Shooting in RAW, this speed is actually maintained only for the first 15 shots, then it comes down to only 2FPS up to a maximum of 25 shots. In JPEG format, instead, it continues at 7FPS up to 110 shots.

Canon Eos 80D: Opinions

Our opinions on the Canon EOS 80D are excellent: we think that, with this camera, Canon has succeeded in not being able to improve an already excellent product, such as the previous EOS 70D. The steps forward are evident a little on all fronts: image quality, resistance to high ISO and – above all – efficiency of autofocus.

We believe that the technical characteristics of the camera are in line with the target to which it belongs. As we said at the beginning of our review, the Canon EOS 80D is a camera designed for those who already have a certain familiarity with the world of photography and looking for a product more advanced than the entry-level SLR.

Canon EOS 80D: Pro and Cons

Excellent autofocus

WiFi support

Articulated display

Battery life

Only one SD slot

The absence of 4K format (video)

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