The Canon EOS 80D model poses great hope for the amateur photography enthusiasts. This DSLR is the successor to the 70D model of Canon’s former launch in the APS-C field. Compared to the previous models created by Canon, nowadays a considerable number of APS-C DSLRs and full-frame models are available. Ever since its initiation, Canon’s double-digited DSLRs have had a certain appeal for the passionate photographers. The 70D model was best known for its Dual Pixel CMOS AF system built into its 20.2 million-pixel sensor, creating a new buzz for its autofocus in its live view and movie modes. Now that the progenitor Canon EOS 80D has arrived, it begs a bigger question: Is it enough to fulfill the expectation as its predecessor? Also, find the Canon EOS 80D review 2018 here.
Canon EOS 80D is powered by an LP-E6N battery similar to EOS 70D, the EOS 80D has developed over its precursor’s 24.2 million-pixel CMOS sensor and introduced the continuous autofocus (AI Servo) in live view mode. This facility will be very helpful to photographers who track fast moving objects on the screen. It is also possible to shoot in silent mode (3 fps) and burst off at 5 fps in live view mode.
Few features to quickly take a note of the Canon EOS 80D review:
- 45-point all cross-type AF system
- Intelligent Viewfinder with approx 100% viewfinder coverage
- 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Shooting speed up to 7.0fps
- Built-in Wi-Fi2 connectivity
- Built-in Near Field Communication
- 3.0-inch clear view LCD touchscreen monitor
- Features DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is the 80D’s sensor-based, phase-detection autofocusing system. This system splits all effective pixels into 2 photodiodes- left and right. Each of these photodiodes can be read separately, enabling faster phase-detection autofocus and simultaneous image capture. This design was developed to subdue slow focusing speeds in live view and shoot quickly unlike with a slow and clumsy autofocus performance. The all-new Servo AF feature allows you to select focus and track subject(s) through the frame while the shutter is half-pressed- now you can shoot fast moving objects easily.
The in-built DIGIC 6 image processor is the older version of the updated DIGIC 7. However, the image quality obtained will be not at all inferior. One can shoot at ISO 100 up to ISO 16000 (it is expandable up to ISO 25600) with the 80D. furthermore, while using the viewfinder, the 80D has an increased 45 AF points compared to 19 AF points in 70D. Out of these 45 AF points, 27 are active while using a teleconverter and lens combination having max aperture value f/8. The working range of this AF system rivals that of its nemesis Nikon D7200.
Talking about viewfinders, the 80D has a camera-level indicator to avoid slanted horizon and provides a 100% screen display coverage- a feature previously available only on very expensive models. The magnification value reads X0.95. Beneath the viewfinder, there is variable angle 3”, 1.04 mil-dot touch-sensitive display, akin to the 70D.
One can shoot Full HD ( 1920 X 1080p) videos up to 60p, in either MP4 or MOV format (unfortunately it cannot shoot 4K quality video). Audio levels can be manipulated using the touchscreen. An extra headphone socket has been provided below the mic port, to enjoy audio functions also.
Let us move onto connectivity. Like any modern updated DSLR able to connect with Android devices, Canon 80D features 1-touch NFC connectivity tech along with Wi-Fi capability. It comes with Canon’s Camera Connect app which can be used for settings adjustments, to launch the camera remotely, and transfer full-resolution JPEGs & MP4 movies into any other device
Canon EOS 80D Review
Design and Performance
Like as has been said before, the 80D is an improvement over many of its precursor models. The camera body is made up of aluminum and polycarbonate resin, with glass and conductive fiber reinforcement. In spite of the fact that the 80D bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor 70D, akin to many Canon DSLRs, there is an important difference. A large thumb button (larger than ever) is present at the rubber grip in front of the camera. an AF-ON button is located above the thumb rest, which is used to isolate AF activation from shutter release and back-button focusing.
The playback and quick menu buttons are circular, thus matching menu, info and zoom buttons. There is an LCD display on top-plate larger than 760D, giving better viewing of metering and drive mode, which is currently on. Another feather in its cap is the suitable placement of microphone and headphone ports. This helps in full display of the screen as well as manipulating the audio components in use. The cable-release input installed in it operates by the same procedure. Users will be pleased to learn that the 80D is fully compatible with Canon BG-E14 Battery Grip, unlike 70D.
The body is officially certified to be weather-resistant, though not in the same standards as the super weather-resistant model EOS 70D Mark II. Another drawback in the design includes lack of a dual card slot. The dual card features come in extra handy when memory capacity overflows and there is dire need of proper storage and additional backup options- something Canon should have thought a bit more about.
Moving on to Performance issues, the greatest addition to the roster of Canon’s latest release 80D is its AI Servo in live view. When tested outdoors on an operational basis(with AF method set to FlexiZone Single AF, and AF mode on Servo AF) the touchscreen was used to select the subject in frame and shutter half-pressed. The 80D was adept at quickly shooting moving object(s) and was capable of taking a greater number of snaps in quick succession than was possible with the help of 1-shot AF. However, focusing on fast moving objects towards the camera screen, resulted in certain out-of-focus frames.
Without the live view, the AF is quick and responsive. The 45 AF points gather at frame center but the wider working range of -3-18 Ev makes the camera suitable for lowlight conditions. This is certainly a notable advantage over 70D, which could focus on a mere -0.5 EV.
This device is suitable for wildlife and sports photographer who shoot fast moving objects. This is because 80D has greater buffer depth and record 110 JPEGs (or 25 raw files) at up to 7 fps- an improvement over 70D’s 65 JPEGs ( 16 raw files).
The navigating features on touchscreen deserve special mention. It comes with special artistic filters for experimenting with your image looks. however, the shutter mechanism is not completely silenced during Silent Mode but rather muffled, making slight noise while continuous bursts.
The viewfinder is excellent with a satisfactory full-screen display. The metering system is par with standards. Battery lifespan is superb, enabling to shoot 1000 shots with a single charge up. The electronic level layout at the bottom corner is quite useful while shooting with a tripod.
Image Quality and Verdict
Former Canon models did not come with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. In addition to this, the 24-million pixel sensor gives users the liberty to crop pictures and maintain high details at the same time. The 80D uses an anti-aliasing filter to provide best quality resolution. At ISO 100, 80D delivers 3400 I/ph resolution rivaling the quality of pictures taken with Nikon D7200.
The 80D’s dynamic range measures 12.6 EV (ISO 100), almost same s EOS 7D Mark II. The range value lies drops below 12 EV ( above ISo 200) and stays above 10 EV (at ISO 800). Readings at ISO 1600, 3200, and 6400 are 9.2 EV, 8.0 EV, and 7.1 Ev respectively. When you go beyond ISO 256,000 reading drops below 6 EV. Summing up the entire statistical reading, it is safe to say that 80D has an average dynamic range performance.
The 80D has impressive resolution 3400 I/ph at ISO 100; this is above 2800 I/ph for 70D at same sensitivity. Readings increase up to 3000 I/ph at ISO 400 up to 2800 I/ph at ISO 1600. The greatest resolution peaks at ISO 6400 with 2400 I/ph, beyond which there is degradation of resolution with 2200 I/ph (ISO 12800), terminating at 1800 I/ph at maximally expanded ISO setting of 256,000.
Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen
The DSLR camera has a 3.0 inches Clear View LCD monitor that lets you capture the stills and videos at a variety of angles. The monitor has 270 degree of vertical rotation and around 175 degrees of horizontal rotation. The monitor has a touchscreen with many panel operations, easy setting access, and Touch AF. The touchscreen has the smudge-resistant coating that helps in minimizing the fingerprint marks on the screen and display a clearer and brighter image.
JPEG study between ISO 1000 and ISO 400 revealed no noise. The noise begins at ISO 1600 and increases with the addition of chroma noise as you move towards ISO 3200 and ISO 6400. It is possible to produce fine images with acceptable noise levels- however, it comes at the cost of losing fine detail. This can be rectified by converting these with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional 4 software.
Canon EOS 80D is built with Wi-Fi2 connectivity that enables the user to set the exposure using their smartphones wirelessly. Take pictures and transfer them and save them to your phone directly from the camera. Also, the DLNA compatibility and LAN connectivity ensure easy transfer of the media. The built-in NFC or Near Field Communication supports virtually seamless connection to various compatible Android smartphones.
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