The Canon EOS 80D is a prosumer segment DSLR camera based around an APS-C sensor. It has a resolution of 24.2 megapixels and is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processing engine. The EOS 80D is the successor to the EOS 70D, the previous undisputed video champion among Canon’s APS-C sensor based DSLRs. It featured the revolutionary new dual-pixel CMOS auto-focusing system. With the 80D, that technology is now merged with an improved set of functionalities. Let’s take a deeper look into its features and find out more about it.
Some of the main features of the camera have already been sketched above. Apart from the new 24.2 megapixel sensor and the DIGIC 6 image processing engine, the camera also has a 45-point (all cross-type) hybrid auto-focusing system. It shoots full HD at up to 60 fps and has a decent 7 fps continuous shooting speed. The 80D loses out against the 7D Mark II, which is the current APS-C flagship camera in the Canon stable, in terms of shooting speed and AF performance.
Additionally, the 80D has a 7560 pixel RGB+IR metering system that is significantly better than the previous system. This system is a better one than the older 63-zone dual layer metering system in older Rebel series cameras and in the predecessor, the EOS 70D. Apart from the improved metering for landscapes and such other complicated metering requirements, the system is also extremely suitable for the purpose of subject tracking such as when shooting portraits of children and so on.
Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processing engine handles image processing on the EOS 80D. The DIGIC 6 also handles image processing on the much vaunted 7D Mark II as well as the EOS 5DS R.
The 80D’s auto-focusing is a much improved one compared to that of the 70D that it replaced. The 80D gets a 45-point all cross-type hybrid auto-focusing system. The number of AF points has a major bearing on the tracking efficiency, when shooting fast action as well as when recording videos. The 45 point all cross-type AF system on the EOS 80D is a much better solution when it comes to tracking a subject, compared to the 19 point system on the older camera. This, however, is no match for the 65-point system on the beefier 7D Mark II.
The 80D has the dual-pixel CMOS auto-focusing technology that we have now seen in a number of Canon systems. This revolutionary technology ensures that a camera is able to lock focus when shooting videos as well as when shooting in live-view (stills) much master than traditional cameras driven by contrast detect AF systems.
Still performance with the 80D is an improved experience over that of its predecessor. The larger number of AF points definitely helps. What also helps is the better metering system. Subject tracking has improved as well. Though the whole system is not at par with the 7D Mark II’s intelligent tracking and recognition, it is not bad. Low light shooting has improved too. Being the highest resolution APS-C sensor (with smaller effective pixel size) it might seem that the camera would produce more noise. However, it is not the case with the EOS 80D.
ISO range on the 80D is 100 – 16000
Viewfinder & LCD Screen
The pentaprism powered viewfinder of the EOS 80D is bright and gives 100% coverage of the scene captured through the lens. For live-view shooting or when shooting videos the 3” LCD screen is just perfect. The LCD screen also gives 100% frame coverage and the screen has a 170 ˚ viewing angle ensuring you can shoot from really acute angles without any issues monitoring what you are shooting.
This is no 1DX and there is bound to be some cost cutting when developing an APS-C DSLR. Still then build quality is pretty ok. Exterior elements of the camera are designed in poly-carbonate hiding the magnesium alloy chassis underneath it. Weather sealing has been provided. However, don’t go overboard with it as this is not a completely weather sealed camera.
There are some nice new touches in the 80D including one that has been borrowed from the 5Ds inspired motor driven mirror technology. In normal spring driven mirror mechanisms a lot of shake is induced when the mirror flips away and locks. This is a prime candidate for image blur. With motor-driven mirror, the speed is controlled. There is no ‘slamming’ when the mirror flips away. Resultantly there is no exaggerated shake.
The biggest drawback of the EOS 80D is its incapability to shoot native 4K videos. The photography world is moving steadily towards a 4K standard. Having said that the full HD video recording of the 80D is crisp. It offers two compression options. You can choose to record in MP4 version, in which case the recorded video is optimized with standard IPB compression. Alternatively, if you need slightly higher quality opt for the MOV version with All-I compression.
Video recording is where the dual-pixel CMOS AF systems really kicks in. Add to that the touch to focus feature of the 3” sensitive touchscreen. All you need to lock focus during movie or still shooting is to tap with your finger and voila! You have focus.
The EOS 80D comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.
If you already own a full-frame camera and an array of lenses designed for the larger sensor, the 80D gives you a focal length multiplier of 1.6x, for all your lenses. That too without the associated disadvantage of a drop in maximum aperture. That means, buying the EOS 80D makes most of your long lenses now suitable for birding, wildlife and those sort of requirements.
Add to that the fast continuous shooting speed of 7 fps, improved metering and low light capabilities. The 80D is a formidable camera, make no mistake about it. It is a good camera to shoot stills with and to shoot videos with. Having said that, it is not the best that the crop sensor segment can offer. The 7D Mark II in the Canon line-up is a much better product with distinctly faster shooting speed, better metering technology and better ergonomics. It is definitely a better choice if you have a higher budget.Check Current Price