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Canon EOS 80D Camera Review

The Canon EOS 80D is the latest in the Canon XXD line of cameras targeted at Advanced Amateur photographers looking for a camera a little more featured than the Rebel series, but still within a “budget” price point. The 80D features an all new 24mp Dual Pixel CMOS sensor and adds a headphone jack to monitor audio when recording video as well as a 100% viewfinder. I have not formally reviewed the 80D yet, but have been impressed with the little time I have had with it and look forward to putting it through it’s paces in the near future.


  • Canon EOS 80D Body Only - $1199.99
  • Canon EOS 80D w/ Ef-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens - $1399.99
  • Canon EOS 80D w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens - $1799.99

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Size & handling

Overall the Canon EOS 80D feels pretty good, although some photographers might feel it is a little on the large size, especially when compared to mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A6000 camera that offers similar performance. The controls are very easy to reach and don’t require you to re-position your grip to reach most of the buttons, except for the power switch. I really wish that Canon would put the power switch by the shutter button like Nikon, Pentax and Sony. This makes turning the camera on a little more difficult, but it is not a deal breaker by any means.

Build Quality

The Canon EOS 80D features a magnesium alloy body except for the top plate which is plastic to allow the WiFi signal to get out. The camera is environmental sealed against minor rain, snow and small splashes, but it is not “waterproof” and should not be submerged. I have heard stories of photographers shooting on the beach or a dock and having a big wave hit them and the camera survives, but I would not recommend doing that often.

What I Like

  • Tilt and Swivel LCD Screen
  • Image quality
  • Headphone Jack for monitoring audio when shooting video
  • Touchscreen
  • Autofocus Performance
  • Wireless TTL control with built in flash
  • 100% Viewfinder

What I Don't Like

  • No direct White Balance control button
  • No built in GPS
  • No 4k Video

The Bottom Line

The Canon EOS 80D is a solid update to the already great Canon EOS 70D with an all new 24mp sensor featuring Canon’s awesome dual-pixel CMOS sensor for great autofocus performance when using live-view and shooting video. In addition to the new sensor the 80D also has a headphone jack, something I felt the 70D was really missing based on it’s great video capabilities. I have previously owned several of the XXD bodies from Canon beginning with the 20D up to the 70D, which I traded towards my current camera, the Canon EOS 6D. I sometimes toy with picking up an 80D for wildlife and sports to supplement my Sony A6000. The Video Creator kit is a great option if you are an aspiring videographer as it includes the new EF-S 18-135mm IS USM lns, a Rhode mic and the new power zoom module as well as an SD memory card.

Side-by-Side Comparisons

Overall User Rating

4.67 out of 5

based on 353 user reviews online.

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Sensor Size APS-C (1.6x)
Megapixels 24
Body Construction Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.47 x 4.14 x 3.09
Weight 1.61
Weather Sealed Yes
Memory Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Dual Command Wheels Yes
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100
ISO Range 100-25,600
Mirror Lock Up Yes
Burst Rate 7
LCD Size 3
LCD Resolution 1,040,000
Articulated LCD Screen Tilt & Swivel
Touchscreen Yes
Image Stabilization No
Remote Shutter Release Wired & Wireless (InfraRed)
WiFi Yes
GPS Optional
AF Points 45 (all cross type)
AF Sensitivity -3ev
Minimum Shutter Speed 30
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000
Flash Sync Speed
Built In Flash Yes
Wireless TTL Flash Yes
Video Specs 1920 x 1080 @ 60fps
Mic In Yes
Headphone Out Yes
Built In Mic Stereo

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