Canon 80D review – in comparison with Canon 70D

Quick review of the specs of Canon 80D Canon 80D comes with a APS-C CMOS senior with 24 MP which is a slight upgrade from the brother 70D which will […]

  1. Quick review of the specs of Canon 80D

Canon 80D comes with a APS-C CMOS senior with 24 MP which is a slight upgrade from the brother 70D which will be used as a benchmark for this review as the starting point. 24 MP means 6000 pixels by 4000 pixels which I believe is more than enough for any normal average photography enthusiast and even for a professional. I always thought that the higher the better, however after my first 10,000 photos taken i realised that the number of hard rives are increasing fast and i record more and more data that starts to become too much

back to business, 80 D comes with DIGIC 6 processor, the latest and the greatest from Canon, touch screen swivel screen which is very good to have and I will explain later why. it shoots 7 frames per second, just like the little bother 70 D and slower than the 7D mark 2 which is 10 frames per second. pretty good for the price point if you ask me.

It has built in flash, shutter speed from 1/8000 to 30 seconds. ISO 100-16000 extendable to 25,600, and 45 focus points that can be used in a wide variety of modes and combinations.

it shoots video in 2 formats , MOV and MP4 which is a nice upgrade from 70D and in mp4 it can go 50 fps is full hd 1920×1080 p.

it uses SD card only and that is a down side from the bigger brother who are having dual cards facilities


2. physical features, dials, back screen – Canon 80D


the Canon 80 D is virtually identical with 70D with very small variances. it is a medium size DSLR, bigger than 100D, 1200D, and smaller than 60D, &D Mark II, and %D mark 3 series and above. It weight 730 grams with no lens.

typical canon set up, top dial, top LCS screen with the buttons AUtofics, Drive, ISO, metering, shutter button on the right, and the on/off button and the shooting mode dial on the left.

back buttons almost identical with 70D, with a slight design variations – i guess someone from Canon design departments must be kept busy, and we have Autofocus, zoom, star buttons with the same functions like other models, video and photo mode select, menu and info, quick select button, play, the set dials, trash and lock. not much changes

on the right hand side is the SD card slot, and on the left we have the USB, HDMI ports, 3.5 microphone jack and era phone jack whips is an addition from 70D and it is very useful for people shooting video. Otherwise you need to make other arrangements to hear what you are shooting. for me this is a nice feature as it tells me the quality and the intensity of the sound getting into the footage, as belief me, I have stuffed up before.

flash button and the lens release buttons as usual.

on the bottom, the battery slot. 80D canon takes LP-E6n batteries like most of the mid range and high end cameras so no comments here other that thinks canon for not changing this.

swivel touch screen is very useful for the easy of use, especially for video when you turn the camera towards yourself. this makes the perfect camera for the typical youtube vlogger and I see seeing this more and more.

3. menu and settings – canon 80D

The menus and settings are typical for the canon users. few changes have been operated in comparison with eh 70 D, but not much, slightly different.

now this part is a bot dry for whoever wants a quick review but I am convinced that someone seeking to purchase this camera might stick around for few minutes

In photo mode we have 6 tabs for shooting, 3 setting tabs for images already captured and need some organisation, 4 tabs for camera settings,  1 tab for custom functions, and one custom tab that you can create with your favourite settings.

tab 1  with 6  sub tabs

image quality, review, Beep, release shutter without card, lens aberration correction, flash control, red eye reduction,

exposure compensation, ISO settings, Auto light optimiser, white balance, Custom white balance, whose balance bracketing, colour space.

picture style, long exposure noise reduction, high ISO noise reduction, highlight tone priority, dust delete data, multiple exposure, HDR mode. About this HDR mode, it is a mistake to believe that you will spit out those highly spectacular HDR images you see online. those are produce by softwares. this will give you something that you really wonder yourself if this is actually HDR. if you disagree your are welcome to tell me otherwise. anyway that is outside today’s video

we have intervalometer – so no external one required if you want to do timelapse. This is an upgrade from 70D which does not have it. so if you are into this, 80D is the camera to start considering.


continuing: live view shoot, autofocus method, touch shutter, grid display, and exposure simulation

silent LV shooting, and metering timer

Tab 2 with 3 sub tabs:

protect images, rotate, erase, print order, photo book, creative filters, RAW image processing

cropping, resize rating, slideshow, image jump

highlight alert, Autofocus point display, playback grid, histogram display, control over HDMI.

Tab 3 with 4 subtabs

select folder, file numbering, autorotate, format card, wireless communication. Interesting fact 5D mark II does not have this feature which an be pretty useful if you want to control your camera with your phone from a distance. for the experiences user this can be awesome. think about it, you can leave camera in the bush and shoot from someplace else.

continuing, autopiler, LCD brightness, LCD on off, date/time/sone, language, viewfinder display, GPS devise settings. This does not mean you have  GPS embedded in the camera, but an external one.

video system, feature guide, touch control, battery info, sensor cleaning, info Button display options, and info button LV options.

multifunction lock, custom shooting, clear camera settings, copyright, certificate and firmware –

Tab 4 is for custom functions , exposure, autofocus, operations, and clear. this is not the time and the video to get into these

last tab is custom menu, where you can add manually the settings you use the most and do not want to scroll left an right and top and down all the time. can be useful


4. video settings Canon 80D

once you turn the camera into video mode, few settings are being changed so you can canotrl the footage

so we go to Tab 1 sub tab 4 and we have

movie servo autofocus, which is the staff the revolutionised the DLSR auto filming as the focus will follow the subject without any human intervention. the youtube blogging would look different today without this feature.

we have autofocus mode, movie record quality with 2 modes, MOV and MP4 files, where we have only 5 options: 3 full HD options 1920/1080 with 25 and 50 FPS, and 2 HD options 1280×720 with 25 and 50 fps.

now, as my personal view, is these will die in the future as more and more 4K video is introduced into the market, and slowly but surely these will become obsolete. but I believe we are not there yet, so do not let this matter stop you using this camera for few more good years.

continuing our menu mode review, we have digital zoom, sound recording mode which is important to master and understand when shooting video, and movie servo autofocusspeed and movie servo autofocus

5. photo test

today I am going to test the 80D next to the 70D to see if there are any difference in quality. Both camera will have the same kit lens 18-55mm and used with the same settings.

6. video test

we are going to use the 80D together with the 70D next to each other in full daylight and low light to see differences between tham

7. pros

– in my opinion this is the best all rounder camera with the mid range price. It does everything well, photos, and videos, with all the goodies and feature a photographer/videographer want

  • the best feature i love is high quality flip out touch screen. this will allow you to shoot photos and videos in difficult positions

– 7 frames per second is pretty decent to try for some action shots

– image and video quality are outstanding as you probably can expect from all Canon products

– it comes with the added feature for time-lapse

– it comes with the audio 3.5 jack for checking the sound as you are filming

  • for a serious enthusiast the price is not that bad. for what is does, this is an awesome deal

8. cons

– i cannot figure out a cons other than price. This is not a very cheap camera, not expensive either. There are plenty people in the world would would find this camera expansive above $1000 USD

9. where to buy Canon EOS 80 D

without me leaving links and advice where to buy, I amptrheey sure if you just google it , you will find your nearest store in no time.

10. conclusion

this is probably one of the best cameras to do everything well.Photos, and videos within very high quality expectations and for its price point is one of the best deals out there. Good enough to be used professional if you really wanted to, without much fuss. not too heavy to have it with you when you travel

in my personal case I found myself pulling the 70D out of the bag more frequently than the bigger brothers and I am starting to carry with me all the time. 80D would probably do the same when I will decide to upgrade it.


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