We have tested Canon's latest advanced SLR , the EOS 80D . A camera that outperforms the model it replaces, the Canon EOS 70D and from which we can anticipate that it has pleasantly surprised us in its handling. The Canon EOS 80D is a camera with a new integrated 24 megapixel CMOS sensor that is accompanied by a Digic 6 image processor and in which, in addition, the viewfinder has been improved , something that brought the users of its predecessor on their toes, the EOS 70D (with 98% viewfinder coverage). The EOS 80D has 100% viewfinder coverage of the frame . Amaximum shooting speed of 7 frames per second and ISO speed of ISO 25,600.
In addition to these improvements in image quality, it also includes new features in the components of the body, something that, to be deceived, is to be appreciated. The EOS 80D incorporates a 3-inch retractable touchscreen LCD with over a million pixels of resolution and also has a Dual Pixel focusing system . Regarding video recording, it seems that Canon has not decided to jump to 4K in this model and continues with the Full HD format.
The lens used for our tests has been the basic 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S IS USM zoom that accompanies the 80D body in sales packages and despite being a fairly limited lens, we have achieved very good results.
But let's see step by step what this professional SLR from the Japanese company offers us.
Layout and controls
Let's start by talking about the design of this SLR. It is obvious that it is a camera for advanced users although not necessarily professional , although it could be used as a second body for expert photographers. Let's say that in design practically nothing has changed compared to the previous model, the dimensions are almost the same ( 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5 mm) and the weight has dropped a few imperceptible grams, from 755 to 730 grams. If there is something good that there are no changes, it is that what was good before is still good now, and that is, the Canon EOS 80D has perfect ergonomics.The size and weight (even with the lens mounted) make it very handy and access to the controls is quick and intuitive. The material from which it is made makes it resistant and non-slip and not only because of the handle it has for this purpose.
The articulated 3-inch touch screen also offers a resolution of 1,040,000 dots which, coupled with the fact that it is retractable, tempts us to use it instead of the viewfinder. We are talking about a 0.95x magnification pentaprismun viewfinder with 100% coverage versus 98% coverage offered by the D70 . Viewfinders have long been Canon's weak point and with this one, although it still doesn't quite match the Nikon D7200, it 's very close. In addition, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system makes the automatic focus from the screen without a doubt one of the best that we can find in a SLR.
Turning to the technical specifications have to control this machine one sensor C MOS 24 megapixel resolution increases we had in the EOS 70D, which had one of 20 megapixels. In addition, the DIGIC 6 processor allows us to bring sensitivity up to 25,600 ISO. Together with a burst shooting speed of seven frames per second and the new autofocus system with 45 detection points, we achieve a perfect setting for some very interesting results. Detection points can be chosen individually or grouped by areas, so that from the screen we can select the focus area that best suits our needs at that time. The Dual Pixel technology in the sensor allows better focus mode when using Live View.
If we talk about quality, color or dynamic range, we can ensure that the results of the photographs obtained have no drawbacks, especially shooting in RAW . Image quality surpasses the previous model and better noise control is noticeable at higher ISO sensitivities. In the focus we have also noticed improvements with an autofocus of 45 points , all of them in cross and also in the viewfinder the coverage of the focus area is greater both horizontally and vertically. Speaking of video recording, Canon has not incorporated 4K technology into this camera, so the maximum achievable is 60 frames per second in MP4 format in Full HD.
Let's see some test images taken with the Canon EOS 80D.
Low light exterior 1/60 8.0 ISO 6400
Exterior no light 1/125 11 ISO 16,000
Exterior low light-cloudy 1/30 11 ISO 6400
Indoor artificial light 1/80 4.0 ISO 3200
Outdoor macro natural light 1/100 5.0 ISO200
Exterior natural light 1/100 5.6 ISO250
Natural light macro 1/200 7.1 ISO 100
Connectivities and autonomy
The autonomy is one aspect to highlight of this camera. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery LP-E6N that, working with the viewfinder, allows us to reach a thousand shots with a single charge and it is not that the house says so, it is that we have verified it for ourselves. What's more, shooting with burst flash more than 600 shots, the battery only dropped a charge level.
As for the connections, they are the usual ones in this type of cameras: Hi-Speed USB and HDMI output to connect directly to the monitor and minijack input to control the sound and complement the microphone. We also have a connection through a WiFi port with NFC technology that allows us to quickly transfer images to other devices.
This camera does not include great news compared to previous models and it was not born to be the camera of the year. It is a battle reflex reflex, which includes - except for 4K recording - the latest features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity or the touch screen. In addition, its sensor has been improved and the focus system makes its handling and results improve considerably. As we said at the beginning, it is a semi-professional mid-range camera, so we recommend its use to advanced amateur photographers. In short, our sensations testing it have been good and the camera is perfectly located in the category and price range that it has to be.The lens used by us is the one that accompanies the camera and we recommend that if you want to take a further leap in this of the SLR, you get the pack that incorporates it, since despite being a basic zoom, the results it offers are very good ones.
Canon EOS 80D
|Type||22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS (APS-C)|
3: 2 format
Low-pass filter with fluorine coating
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
|Mount||EF / EF-S|
|Focal length||Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens|
|Type||TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor|
|System / AF Points||45 cross-type AF points|
(45 f / 5.6 cross-type AF points, 27 f / 8 points [9 cross-type points], the center point is f / 2.8 and f / 5.6 dual cross-type) (11) "
|Measurement modes||7,560-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor|
Measurement with the area divided into 63 segments (9i — 7)
(1) Evaluative metering (related to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.0% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
(4) Center-weighted averaged measurement
|ISO sensitivity||Auto (100-16,000), 100-16,000 (in 1/3 or 1 full stop increments) ISO sensitivity can be expanded to H: 25,600 During movie recording: Auto (100-12,800), 100-12,800 (in 1/3 increments or 1 full point). ISO sensitivity can be expanded to H: ISO 25,600|
|Type||Electronically controlled focal plane shutter|
|Speed||30-1 / 8,000 s (in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), ”B” (long exposure) (Full range of shutter speeds. Available range varies depending on shooting mode)|
|Type||Automatic white balance (AWB) with the image sensor|
|Personal target settings||Yes, 1 setting can be saved|
Screen and viewfinder
|screen||7.7 cm (3.0 ″) 3: 2 Vari-angle Clear View II TFT touchscreen, approx. 1,040,000 pixels|
Approximate 100% coverage
Transmitting LCD focus screen
Depth of field preview
|Guide number||12 (100 ISO, meters)|
|Modes and Features||Automatic, manual flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter|
Synchro-X 1 / 250s
|Compatibility||Compatible with EX series Speedlite flashes, possibility to fire multiple units via wireless connection|
|Modes||Scene Mode Intelligent Auto (photos and video), no flash, creative auto, scenes (portrait, landscape, close-ups, sports, night portrait, handheld night scene, HDR backlight control, food, children, candlelight), Creative Filters, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual (Photos & Video), “B” (Long Exposure), Custom|
|Continuous shooting speed||Max. approx. 7 fps (speed maintained for up to 110 images (JPEG) (1) (10) (with UHS-I card), 25 images (RAW) (with UHS-I card)) (2) (10)|
|Still image||JPEG / RAW|
Maximum image size 6,000 x 4,000 pixels
Simultaneous RAW + JPEG recording
|Video||MOV / MP4|
Maximum size 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD)
Up to 60 frames per second
|Length of videos||Maximum duration: 29 minutes 59 seconds; maximum file size: 4 GB (if the file size exceeds 4 GB, a new file will be created automatically)|
Connections and autonomy
|Memory card||SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) cards|
|Wired connections||Hi-Speed USB|
Video output (PAL / NTSC) (built-in with USB terminal)
Mini HDMI output (HDMI-CEC compliant)
External microphone (3.5mm stereo mini plug)
Headphone jack (stereo mini plug)
|Battery||Rechargeable Li-ion battery LP-E6N (supplied), built-in for date and settings|
Approximate maximum autonomy: 960 shots
|Dimensions||139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5 mm|
|Weight||730 grams (body only)|
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS USM lens
|Focal length||18-135 mm|
29-216mm 35mm film equivalent
|characteristics||Minimum focus distance: 390mm|
4-stop optical stabilizer
AF Nano USM motor
|Dimensions||77.4 x 96 mm|
Filter diameter 67 mm
Weight 515 grams
Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter
|Compatible lenses||EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM|
|Remote control||Possible with Wi-Fi compliant EOS bodies1 and smart devices using Canon Camera Connect application or PC / Macintosh computers with EOS Utility software|
|Dimensions and weight||83.5 í— 36.5 í— 73.5 mm|
Approximate weight 120 grams
|Release date||April 2016|