Introduction
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Introduction

The Sony a6300 and Canon EOS 80D are visually very different cameras. One looks like Canon DSLRs always have, the other looks a lot like Sony's original NEX line of mirrorless cameras.

Yet, despite their clearly distinct roots, dig a little deeper and you find hints of convergent evolution. The on-sensor phase detection of the a6300 helps it offer autofocus that can compete with DSLRs, while the dual-pixel design of the EOS 80D helps it offer better live view operation and focus than any previous Canon DSLR.

What's true of both is that they're their maker's offering for the stills enthusiast who might want to try their hand at video. In many respects they're still as different as they are similar, but their relative strengths and weaknesses aren't necessarily quite as you'd expect. All of which can make it hard to know which one to choose...