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Canon EOS 80D Review

Is this impressive-looking Canon the best enthusiast DSLR out there?

Canon EOS 80D specifications

Sensor    APS-C format with 24.2 million effective pixels

Focal length conversion    1.6x 

Memory    SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-1) 

Viewfinder    Optical covering 100% 

Max video resolution    Full HD (1920 x 1080)

ISO range    100-16,000, expandable to 25,600

Autofocus points    45, all cross-type 

Max burst rate    7fps

Screen    Three-inch 1,040,000-dot Clear View II TFT

Shutter speeds    30-1/8,000sec, Bulb 

Weight    650g (body only)

Dimensions    139 x 105 x 79mm 

Power Supply    Lithium-ion LP-E6N (supplied)

Lab results

We use Imatest and DxO Analyzer hardware and software to test cameras for their colour accuracy (colour error) signal to noise ratio (the amount of noise in the images) and dynamic range (their ability to capture detail in very bright and dark areas). We also pick three rival cameras to test them against. 

Colour error

While colours aren’t as saturated as in images from the Pentax K-3 II, the 80D’s shots are a little more saturated than is technically correct. Still, they make for attractive results.

Sigma-to-noise ratio

On the whole, the Canon 80D’s images are a little cleaner than the 70D’s. It only drops slightly behind the Pentax K-3 II and Sony Alpha 77 II at the top sensitivity values.

Raw dynamic range

Canon has squeezed more dynamic range from the 80D than the 70D, indicating images have a better range of tones. However, the K-3 II achieves higher values.