Entry-level DSLRs provide an opportunity to the amateur photographers who want to take their photography to the next level by offering them more advanced cameras with better controls and tactics. As the level of the photographer matures with the passage of time, the photographers would want to capture more details and excitement from their images and videos. In short, the amateur photographers are evolved into enthusiast photographers who want to shoot a different kind of subjects in a variety of conditions. They want something more than their entry-level DSLR but less than a fully featured professional grade camera.
At this point, the mid-ranged DSLRs come into play. They are designed to cater the needs of the enthusiast photographers. They carry a plethora of features including various manual controls, lighting options and interchangeable accessories. The EOS 80D is one of those cameras manufactured by the industry giants Canon. Let’s see what it carries for the enthusiasts who want something more from their photography.
What’s the Canon EOS 80D?
Canon has always been targeting the enthusiast photographers through its double-digit series of EOS DSLRs. The successor to EOS 70D, the EOS 80D is also one of them. It comes with a lot of new features when compared to its predecessor at a very good price. Let’s have a detailed look at what this device has to offer.
Design, Ergonomics & Feel
In terms of design, the 80D isn’t much different than the 70D. At the first glance, it pretty much looks like the 70D with a bulky body and heftier design in all black colored body. The body is protected against moisture and dust using special sealing. The overall design of the body is made using polycarbonate and magnesium alloy.
When taking the measurements into consideration, the 80D measures at 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 inches and weighs at 1,270 grams with battery and lens attached. The 80D offers a sizable handgrip alongside the ergonomic contours. There is a textured coating made of rubber to provide a comfortable and tight grip on the camera.
Efficient and simple control scheme
Since the 80D has a touch-enabled LCD, the controls can be accessed using the touch of your finger on the screen. However, if you don’t feel comfortable while tweaking with the settings and controls using touch display, you can also use physical control points.
The control scheme is fairly easy and simple. Starting from the top, the left side of the camera contains the mode dial and the right side contains the LCD and direct access to AF mode, Drive, ISO and Metering functions. The rear side of the 80D contains the playback button and the quick menu button on the right hand side. The quick control dial is also there and the menus on the screen can be easily used by navigating on the control dial.
The major change at the rear side of the body as compared to the 70D is the enlarged thumb rest which provide additional grip over the camera. The AF-On button is directly above the thumb rest for quick and easy access.
The enthusiast-friendly 80D boasts a 24.2 MP, APS-C CMOS image sensor as compared to the 20.2 MP of the 70D. Although, it’s not much of a difference but it does assist in building the image details while doing extensive enlargements. It is powered by the same old DIGIC 6 image processor providing great speed and efficiency. The continuous shooting range which the 80D offers is 7 fps which might seem a little too low for the professional users. But, given the price and the fact that it is a mid-range DSLR, the rate of 7 fps justifies itself pretty well. On JPEG, you can take 110 shots as compared to just 40 shots of the 70D. The ISO range is also increased as the range in this camera varies between 100 to 12,800 and expandable to 25,600.
Autofocus – A major upgrade
One of the strongest points of the 80D is the new autofocus system which offers 45 focus points (all of them being cross types) as compared to the 19 of 70D. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is also improved providing bigger buffer for continuous shooting and enhanced ability of object tracking. The 80D would be appreciated by those who want to shoot fast moving objects like sports or the wildlife. Using the Live View is a delight thanks to the rapid fast autofocus.
Viewfinder & LCD
The D80 has an optical viewfinder which is similar to that of the D70’s, except for the fact that it cover 100% of the scene instead of 98%. The viewfinder incorporates a pentaprism instead of the pentamirror. The pentaprism transmits more light due to which the viewfinder is clearer providing better framing and perception.
The LCD is also similar to that of the 70D. it is touch-enabled and is fully articulated due to which taking self-portraits and shooting in crowded places is easier. The size of the LCD is 3 inches and it contains 1,040,000 dots on it. It offers a sharp and vivid display of the images and information shown on the edges.
Video – No 4K
The 80D can record some very good videos. The advancement in this sector is the 1080/60p from the 1080/3op of the 70D. However, 4K video is still not supported which is like a drawback for most shooters. There is an addition of the audio jack in the 80D due to which the videographer could monitor the audio while recording a video. External microphone could also be attached as there’s a dedicated port for this purpose in the camera.