Canon's EOS80D an entry-level DSLR with 24 Megapixel sensor that is APS-C size with a 45-point AF system. It also has continuous shooting at 7 fps along with Full HD video with up to 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Providing an increase in performance, build quality, and features that are superior to the triple-digit EOS and Rebel DSLRs, however, it does not have the expense and bulk of semi-pro models like those of the 7D series.

The previous 20.2 Megapixel sensor in the EOS 70D has now been upgraded to a brand new 24 Megapixel sensor for the 80D. As with the predecessor, it uses Canon's dual-pixel CMOS technology for AF. This allows for 80 percent of the pixels on the sensor to double as AF points that are phase-detectable, ensuring smooth and secure continuous AF in live view as well as in movies. It's a great upgrade over the 70D Dual Pixel CMOS-AF that can be used on almost all lens models as well as being available at the highest framerate of 1080 frames per 60p.

Image Quality

 

Let's start with the image quality of the Canon 80D. Overall it appears that the Canon 80D offers solid performance in terms of image quality across the board with both higher and low ISOs. The new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor places Canon's Canon 80D more in line with several of the top competitors' cameras using APS-C which produces excellent pictures that are highly detailed. Even with the increase in resolution, however, the new Canon 80D sensor also offers small improvements, with higher maximal natural ISO than the 70D and reduced shadow noise, and better RAW images with high ISO performance.

Burst Rate, Autofocus, and Other Sensors

 

Although not as quick and fast-firing as its 7D Mark II big brother, Canon's capabilities are a nice and reliable middle ground that's fast enough to handle a wide range of actions, sports, and wildlife activities. With up to 7fps bursts continuously and our tests show that this is true even if it's a bit less than the specs. This is the same as the 70D's speed of bursts however, the buffer's performance is noticeably improved and should allow you to shoot for longer, and all regardless of the higher 24MP resolution. Based on our buffer depth tests the 80D was able to produce an impressive 53 top quality JPEGs but only 19 frames for JPEG + RAW. The buffer clearing speed was very impressive, with only 4 minutes in JPEGs as well as 13 seconds when RAW+JPEG is used, and the camera allows you to continue shooting shots or change settings while cleaning the buffer, so you can continue to capture.

The autofocus of the Canon 80D undergoes major improvements over the 70D's predecessor. It features a 45-point phase-detect automatic focus system, it's an extremely impressive upgrade, and is much more flexible than the 19-point autofocus system that came with the 70D. The 80D doesn't have full features in the AF Area options, but it does have the same features as the more expensive EOS cameras, such as that of the 7D Mark II but it does have AF capability that can be set to f/8, unlike the 70D. People who own super-telephoto lenses that are long and teleconverters will appreciate the new features.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology

Don't forget about Dual Pixel CMOS Focusing. It was first introduced on the 70D the enhancement of the on-sensor phase detection pixels on the sensor allows an enormously better live view focusing, both for video and stills. It also works well in Canon's Canon 80D. For stills, Live View's autofocus is extremely quick, and with the use of the touchscreen LCD that allows you to quickly shift the focus location, it's an extremely beneficial feature. For video-related work for video, the Dual Pixel system provides a pleasingly smooth, and cinematic-looking performance. Video focus speed can be adjusted to suit your style of shooting or your personal mood. The subject tracking is very good, which makes this Canon 80D a rather versatile video camera.

Design

When viewed from the front, EOS 80D greatly resembles its predecessor that was from the front, it is a lot like the EOS 70D, and you'd have to put the two models next to each other to see the subtle differences in style.. With 139x105x79mm dimensions, it's basically the same dimensions, and at 730g, including battery, it's only several grams less.

The 80D is lighter and smaller than its predecessor the EOS 7D Mark II (at 910g and 148x112x78mm with battery) that occupies a "higher-end position within the current lineup.

Build Quality


In regards to building quality, EOS 80D shares a similar design similar to its predecessor, the EOS 70D with a polycarbonate resin and glass fiber encased metal shell. In this way, it's less durable than the EOS 7D II. EOS 7D II, not to mention the earlier EOS 50D, with their full magnesium alloy shells. In a way, Nikon has taken an approach that is halfway between the D7200 as well as the D7100 prior to it, using magnesium alloy on specific elements of the body. fulfilling the wishes of many enthusiasts but without the cost or weight associated with a full magnesium alloy body like the D500 as well as the EOS 7D II.

In your hands, the 80D is, just like its predecessor, pleasantly heavy. There's plenty of space to put your hands in the handle, while to the rear, there's a large area where your finger can push against. Also, the D7200 can be a great camera to hold. It benefits from Nikon's hook-inner area within the grip to accommodate your fingers, but the thumb rest in its rear side isn't nearly as noticeable as it is on the Canon. It's all about individual preferences however I did feel that the rougher rubber texture of the D80D's surface was more sticky than the more smooth pattern on the surface on the D7200. Similar to their predecessors.

Composition

In terms of composition, the EOS 80D features a traditional optical viewfinder as well as a fully articulated touchscreen. Beginning by using the viewfinder that is optical, the 80D has Pentaprism heads that provide an unobstructed view of 100% and 0.95x magnification. The magnification is similar to the older 70D however, Canon has increased the coverage from 98 percent to 100% which allows it to compete with its Nikon D7200 in this way. Incredibly, both Nikon bodies offer a fractionally smaller magnification, 0.94x However, contrast them against those of Canon and you'll find that it's the Nikon Viewfinder's image slightly larger.

Screen

As with the EOS 70D as well, the 80D comes with a 3-inch screen that has 1040k dots (720x480 color pixels) resolution, and an aspect ratio of 3:2, which means images created using Live View or played back will be able to fill the screen. 

The EOS 80D screen comes with two significant advantages. In the first, as compared with the EOS 70D that preceded it the screen is articulated, which allows it to turn out and rotate to any angle, even inwards towards the subject. This is ideal for selfies or filming video clips to the camera. In fact, when combined with the excellent movie AF which is what makes the EOS 80D among the top choices for vloggers.

Conclusion

Overall, The Canon 80D is a solid and well-constructed multimedia DSLR. Performance is extremely good as well, decent burst rate, better buffer depths, great battery longevity, and a brand new flexible 45-point auto-focus system. With dual-pixel CMOS for quick live view AF, this Canon 80D is well suited to a wide range of shooting scenarios, which include general use, portraits, and traveling, and more difficult tasks like wildlife and sports. Video is also a prominent feature, and although it's not equipped with important features, such as 4K, it has good quality video and many features that are suitable for novices and experienced video makers.

Overall, although Canon's Canon 80D feels more evolutionary than revolutionary, it's a top DSLR that has a nice mix of image quality, modern features, excellent design, as well as an affordable price.