Canon EOS 80D

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | Fully articulating touchscreen LCD

What we like:

  • Good image and vastly improved dynamic range
  • Fast, accurate continuous AF in live view
  • Microphone and headphone sockets

What we don't:

  • Lacks video-making tools
  • Subject tracking through viewfinder not as reliable as competition
The Canon EOS 80D sports a 24MP sensor with vastly improved dynamic range compared to its predecessors. Its sensor also makes use of Canon's Dual Pixel autofocus system, which enables fast, continuous autofocus in live view mode when shooting both stills and video.
The 80D is well-sized, with ample control points, while remaining reasonably light. It is constructed of an aluminum alloy and is sealed against moisture and dust. Its articulating touchscreen display is especially handy when used in conjunction with the camera’s Quick menu to access and adjust settings.
The 80D is a solid choice for enthusiasts
When shooting through the viewfinder, the camera uses its 45-point phase detect autofocus system which provides accurate, reliable focus in most shooting scenarios, even in low light. It can subject track with some degree of success when shooting subjects well separated from their background, but not as reliably as higher-end EOS cameras. In live view, the 80D uses Dual Pixel AF to focus, whether you are shooting stills or video. When shooting subjects like friends and family at a close distance, the 80D is able to easily lock and maintain focus on a face. Switching which face it tracks is as simple as tapping the touch LCD. However live view tracking is less useful when shooting subjects at a distance. The 80D is powered by a LP-E6 rechargeable battery, rated for 960 shots per charge.
The 80D's sensor sees a minor bump in resolution and straight out of the camera image quality is roughly the same as its predecessor in both both Raw and JPEG modes. Raw dynamic range, on the other hand has been increased substantially, and if you're prepared to spend some time manipulating the 80D's Raw files, the extra latitude can make a big difference to the camera's photographic potential in some shooting situations, compared to the 70D.
Shooting decent-looking video is very easy with the 80D. In fact, the 80D offers some of the best autofocus during video capture of any DSLR around. Video quality is good, but bested by quite a few other cameras in this class. Also, the 80D does not offer video making tools like zebra stripes, focus peaking or a C-Log gamma option (a very flat tone curve useful for color grading).
The 80D exemplifies ease of use. It offers the best dynamic range of any APS-C Canon camera to date and features Dual Pixel AF, allowing for continuous focus during both video and still capture. The articulating touchscreen is especially handy in live view mode. And while the camera's image quality and video resolution lag behind the competition, the 80D is still a solid choice for enthusiasts.

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