The Canon 80D is the latest in the Canon’s mid-range enthusiastic cameras. On first glance, the Canon 80D looks like an improvement of the Canon 70D that was released earlier. This is, especially, when you consider that the 80D comes with a dual-pixel 45 point auto-focus. Although the 80D is not as advanced as the Canon 70D Mark II, it is an impressive model that has more specs than other cameras of the same range.
Right from the box, the 80D comes with a power zoom and an 18-200mm lens. Other items that are packaged with the camera include the battery, charger, user manual and a strap. The camera comes with the following specs;
- DIGIC 6 processor
- 24.2 mega pixel APS-C sensor
- ISO 100 – 25,600
- 3″ 1.04mp LCD screen
- 45 cross-type point phase-detect multi-mode autofocus
- 63-zone 7,560 pixel metering sensor
- 7fps burst mode
- 1080p 60fps FHD video recording, MPEG4 AVC/H.264
- SD/HC/XC card formats supported
Design & Features
The 80D falls within the mid-range Canon cameras that are suitable for all kinds of weather. From the outlook, the camera has a square shape and this is attributable to its battery. In comparison, the 80D looks somewhat similar to the 70D in size. Despite having a larger battery, the 80D has 5% less weight than its predecessor. Although the 70D and the 80D look similar on the outside, they have big differences in the internal parts. Coming to the menu, the Canon is still one of the best cameras out there.
The touch screen on the 80D is worth special mentioning. Although its predecessor, the 70D, had a good touch screen, the 80D takes this to the next level. In fact, it does not have accidental shootings such as the one that happens when the nose touches the screen.
The auto-focus has been upgraded to feature additional cross-type focal points. This has been raised from 19 on the 70D to 45 on the 80D. The auto-focus works really well with live-view and touch focusing. This feature enables it to capture moving targets with ease. The most amazing thing with this camera is that it tracks through distant objects very well. This is possible even when you are trying to capture images through the forest as it will make clear images.
The video feature on the 80D has been upgraded as well. It, however, does not include the 4K video. This is a downside of the 80D that many people may not like. The 80D comes with a headphone and microphone jack. This is to enable one to listen to videos in privacy. With an anti-flicker white balance, the camera is able to take very clear shots. And just like other Canon models, the 80D comes with WIFI. As a result, you can browse your favorite websites or add the camera to a wireless network.
The battery is very impressive as it can take hundreds of shots on a single charge.
The crown of the Canon 80D is the presence of the 24MP sensor. Besides having a good resolution for clear images, this sensor is good for both distant and near images.
The Canon 80D has amazing features that sets it apart from the rest. It is a strong camera that has the following strong points;
- clear images owing to the 24MP sensor
- very quick auto focus
- ability to capture moving images
- great value for money
- Problematic using third party lenses
- Adjusting AF manually is tricky. The camera does not select a single point with ease.