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Quick Review of the New Canon 80D

EOS 80D

This morning i woke up to an e-mail fro Wex Photographic heralding the arrival of the new Canon 80D camera. Having been a former owner of the Canon 70D i thought it would be useful to do a quick un-sighted review of the 80D and see if it addresses some of the issues that i sold my 70D for. My 70D was my first “Enthusiast” level EOS camera and overall i was pretty happy with it, however i believed like many the AF system was flawed. Personally i didn’t think the AF  system on the 70D had a fault per say but more suffered from over expectation from users with in many cases 3rd part lenses or with long wildlife lenses that fell into the f8 non-AF trap. Image quality on the 70D was only “OK”, when i sold mine, i got a 7DmkII which has a clear image quality improvement of 10-20%. With that in mind lets have a look at the 80D

Sensor comparison

The 80D has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor – this seems similar in spec to the sensor used in the 750d and 760D, although some sources mention a new “miniaturization” process so the actual design of the sensor could be slightly better. 24.2MP compares to the 20.2MP in both the 70D and 7DmkII adn interstingly if it is the sensor from the 750/760D then this is Canon’s best performing sensor outside of Canons FulL Frame range  according to DXOmark

Image Processor

The 80D appears to utilise the Digic6 processor found in both the Canon 5DS and 7DmkII cameras that i use. The 7dMkII uses Dual Digic6 processors to process the 10fps that it acheives, whilst the 5DS achieves 5fps using a single Digic6 processor but with file sizes twice the size. With the new 80D running at 7fps for shooting action and wildlife i would imagine buffer performance is still going to be similar to that of the 70D given the slight increase in file size. Shooting JPEG on the 70D i hardly ever ran into buffer issues, however if you are shooting RAW i seem to remember hitting the buffer on a couple of occasions and it appears whilst there is an improvement in jpeg, the 80D only offers an improvement of 10RAW files in burst mode before hitting the buffer.

70D burst shooting – 7fps 40 JPEG 15 RAW

80D burst shooting – 7fps 110 JPEG 25 RAW

7dMkii burst shooting – 10fps – 130 JPEG 31 RAW

 

Auto Focus

AF was indeed the biggest issue i hit when using the 70D. At the time i was using a Sigma 150-500 f5-6.3 lens and to be fair it was probably more lens than camera, however interestingly using a tele-convertor on the Sigma it was still possible to get AF above f8 (sometimes) as it was a 3rd party lens. When i swapped to the Canon 100-400 mk II lens image quality improved significantly but i was left unable to get beyond 400mm on the 70D as it wasn’t considered a pro body and Canon disabled AF at f8 – so using a TC (without some kind of trick) was impossible and slightly frustrating. On the new 80D this appears to have been resolved allowing 27 of the 45 focus points to work at f8 !!! this was probably one of the key reasons for me dumping the 70D in favour of the 7Dmk II.

Exploring AF further  the 70D had 19 cross point AF, this has been expanded on the 80D to 45 cross points, still short of the amazing 7dMkii with 65point AF, however the AF on the 80D appear to be significantly upgraded over the 70D

 

Metering and ISO sensitivity

The 80D has an ISO range of 100-16000 expandable up to 25600 and this is a slight improvement over 70D which was 12800 expandable to 25600 – Interestingly on DXOMARK the 70D scores higher than the sensor on the 750/760D for low light performance so it will be interesting to see if the pixel density increase on the 80D has slightly disadvantaged it.  Currently the 7DmkII scores the highest of Canon’s crop sensor range.

The metering system on the 80D appears to be a re-work and upgrade of 70D 63 zone metering system rather than deploying the 252 Zone system on the 7d MkII

 

Conclusion

If is was looking at buying a fast Crop sensor for Wildlife or sports again, i’d have to seriously look at the 80D, but some key issues may put me off. Firstly i suspect that being a lower level enthusiast body, the weather proofing may be less than the 7DmkII, and whilst the articulating screen is handy for some wildlife shots, in the field i’ve grown to appreciate the robustness that a fixed screen offers. The shutter life on the 80D could be another big factor, its only rated to 100,000 shots, i’d burned though 20,000 in a year with my 70D so when shutter life expectancy is half that of the 7DmkII it starts to become worth while considering a used 7d with low mileage. I’m also not convinced about the image quality improvement over the 70d and 7DmkII, whilst those 3 extra megapixels may assist slightly with cropping in post processing, the overall score on DXOMARK didn’t jump out at me and say its a dramatic improvement. As a photographer, i haven’t really talked much about video, whilst it was one of my original thought processes with the 70D purchase to shoot video, i never actually shot a frame. If i was going to seriously look at shooting video then the 80D may be an option. The 80D definitely represents an improvement over the 70D and as as a mid range APS-C DSLR for general use its improvements in AF will certainly make it fly but it feels more like the camera the 70D should have been rather than an industry leading mid range DSLR.

Canon 80D

Canon 80D

 

Specifications –

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

22.3mm x 14.9 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.20 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 25.80 megapixel

Aspect Ratio

3:2

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 6

LENS

Lens Mount

EF/EF-S

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type

TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor

AF System/ Points

45 cross-type AF points
(45 f/5.6 cross-type AF points, 27 f/8 points [9 cross-type], centre point is f/2.8 and f/5.6 dual cross-type)¹

AF working range

EV -3 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)

AF Modes

AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection: 45 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

Selected AF point display

Indicated by a transmissive LCD in viewfinder and Quick Control screen

Predictive AF *

Yes, up to 8m

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.

AF Assist Beam

Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

AF Microadjustment

C.Fn II-16
+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes

7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
Metering with the area divided into 63 segments (9×7)
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.0% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder)
(4) Center-weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)

AE Lock

Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB

2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity **

Auto (100-16000), 100-16000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to H: 25600
During Movie shooting: Auto (100-12800), 100-12800 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 25,600

SHUTTER

Type

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Speed

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type

Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings

AWB (Ambience priority, White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

VIEWFINDER

Type

Pentaprism

Magnification

Approx. 100%

Eyepoint

Approx. 0.95x¹

Dioptre Correction

Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Focusing Screen

Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)

Mirror

Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 IS USM or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: AF points, focus confirmation, AF area selection mode
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Grid, Electronic level, Aspect Ratio
Other information: Battery check, Alert symbol, Flicker Detection

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece shutter

On strap

LCD MONITOR

Type

Touch screen Vari angle 7.7cm (3.0″) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx 170°

Coating

Anti-reflection, Solid Structure and Anti smudge

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Electronic Level

FLASH

Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)

12

Built-in Flash Coverage

up to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 27mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 3 seconds

Modes

Auto, Manual flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes – with red-eye reduction lamp

X-sync

1/250sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ No

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless optical multi-flash support

External Flash Control

via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes

Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie), No Flash, Creative Auto, SCN(Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Food, Kids, Candlelight), Creative filters, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination and Chromatic aberration correction
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect)
Multi-exposure
RAW image processing – during image Playback only
Resize to M or S1, S2, S3

Drive modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continous shooting

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 7fps. (speed maintained for up to 110 images (JPEG)(1)(10)(with UHS-I card), 25 images (RAW)(with UHS-I card))¹²

Intervalometer

Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited. Bulb timer possible

LIVE VIEW MODE

Type

Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

30 fps

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Tracking sensitivity (-3 to +3) and Movie Servo AF Speed (-7 to +2)

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor.
Evaluative metering, partial metering, spot metering, center-weighted average metering.

Display Options

Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Electronic level

FILE TYPE

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG, M-RAW + JPEG, S-RAW + JPEG possible.

Image Size

JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 3984 x 2656, (S1) 2976 x 1984, (S2) 1920×1280, (S3) 720×480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328×4000, (M) 3552×2664, (S1) 2656×1992, (S2) 1696×1280, (S3) 640×480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000×3368, (M) 3984×2240, (S1) 2976×1680, (S2) 1920×1080, (S3) 720×408
JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000×4000, (M) 2656×2656, (S1) 1984×1984, (S2) 1280×1280, (S3) 480×480
RAW: (RAW) 6000×4000, (M-RAW) 4500×3000, (S-RAW) 3000×2000

Movie Type

MOV / MP4 (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM / AAC, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame
1280 x 720 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB (If file size exceeds 4GB a new file will be created automatically)

Folders

New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions

26 Custom Functions

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera)

LCD Panel / Illumination

Yes / Yes

Water/ Dust resistance

Yes

Sound Memo

No

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Playback zoom

1.5x – 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) 36 image index
(6) 100 image index
(7) Jump Display
(8) Movie edit

Slide Show

Image selection: All images, by Date, Folder, Movies, Stills
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10/20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Background music: On/Off
Transition effect: Off, Slide in 1, Slide in 2, Fade 1, Fade 2, Fade 3

Histogram

Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x6)
(2) Playback menu (x3)
(3) Setup menu (x4)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer

Hi-Speed USB

Other

Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge

PictBridge

Yes

STORAGE

Type

SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)card

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7(*)
* With Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is installed.
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

SOFTWARE

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional 4.4.0 (RAW Image Processing)

Other

EOS Utility
EOS Lens Registration Tool
EOS Web Service Registration Tool
EOS Sample Music
Picture Style Editor

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied), built in for date & settings

Battery life

Approx. 960 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)¹
Approx. 860 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

6 levels + percentage

Power saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter AC-E6(N), DC coupler: DR-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials

Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 730g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)

ACCESSORIES

Viewfinder

Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II, Angle Finder C

Case

Leather case Eh31-L

Wireless File Transmitter

Built in Wi-Fi transmission
Connectivity to Smart devices is possible with Android version 4.0-4.4/5.0-5.1 or iOS 7.1/8-8.3.
NFC connectivity is possible only with compatible Android devices.
Remote Wi-Fi zoom operation of EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM via the optional Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is only possible on EOS 80D using a compatible smart device (as above) or while using supplied EOS Utility software

Lenses

All EF and EF-S lenses

Flash

Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III-RT, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Battery Grip

BG-E14

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-6

Other

Hand Strap E2, GP-E2

Disclaimers

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

*with EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph

** Recommended Exposure Index

Footnotes

AF System/ Points – ¹ Number of cross-type points depends on the lens used

Eyepoint – ¹ with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt

Continuous Shooting – ¹ Based on Canon’s testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
² Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level

Battery life – ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

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