In Depth Review of the Canon 80D DSLR Camera

As part of our review series on budget filmmaking cameras, we take a look in greater detail the Canon 80D DSLR.

Canon caters a wide range of cameras to satisfy the demands of all types of photographers and budget sizes. The wide range of Canon includes APS-C DSLRs for beginners, cameras for enthusiasts and full-framed DSLRs for pros.

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The enthusiast-level DSLR, Canon EOS 80D sports a 24 MP APS-C CMOS processor. It offers on-sensor phase-detection autofocus system. Rather than using latest DIGIC 7 processor, it uses powerful DIGIC 6 processor.

Canon 80D camera features flicker-detection technology which can detect flickering light and coincide with the peak brightness of the light source. It is due to this technology that results are more consistent.

Read on to know more about the features of Canon 80D.

Design and handling of the Canon 80D Camera

Nearly identical to its predecessor, the body of Canon 80D is sealed against dust and moisture. The camera has a polycarbonate exterior and its chassis is made up of magnesium aluminum alloy.

All the majority controls of the camera are accessible via the articulating rear touch screen. The camera features one-touch NFC technology in addition with Wi-Fi connectivity. There exists a large thumb rest on the rear body of the camera, which is a remarkable change in its build.    

AF and performance

As compared to the 19 AF points of its predecessor, Canon 80D has 45 AF points. All the AF points are cross type. Out of 45, 27 points are more active when using a teleconverter and a lens combination with a maximum aperture of f/8. Canon 80D features dual pixel CMOS AF technology that refers to its sensor-based autofocus technology.

While in live view mode, the internal mirror lifts out and allows the camera to record light properly. The dual pixel CMOS AF sensor is beneficial to both photographers and videographers.


The introduction of continuous Auto Focus in live view is the most notable improvement in the camera. It works amazingly well with objects moving close and far. The performance of the camera lowers, when used in low-light environments.

Its auto focus feature is snappy and responsive out of live view. The camera boasts a higher buffer depth and can record 110 JPEGs or 25 files up to 7 fps.

Canon 80D offers the best view finder. With this camera, you record exactly what you see.

Image Quality 

Canon 80D’s Dual pixel CMOS AF sensor and 24-million pixel sensor gives you the freedom to crop the images to any desired extent. It also helps in preserving a high level of detail. Canon 80D is known to provide an impressive 3400l/ph resolution at higher sensitivities.

The dynamic range of 80D at ISO 100 results 12.6 EV, it drops below 12 EV when ISO doubled but stays above 800 when ISO is up to 400.


Sample footage of the Canon 80D at work.

Canon 80D shows an excellent improvement in resolution in the sensitivity range. When pushed harder, luminance noise softens the finest detail and reduces resolution. Luminance noise works effectively between ISO 3200 and 6400. After ISO 6400, chroma noise takes the course.

In conclusion, this review gives the Canon 80D DSLR camera a thumbs up and a good entry level camera for the budget conscious filmmaker.