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Canon EOS 80D Expert Review - Verdict

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Canon Eos 80d With 50mm Lens

Value For Money

The Canon EOS 80D is available for £999 body only, which makes it reasonable value for money, although we would expect this to drop over time as it is more than a number of competitors:

Nikon D7200, 24mp APS-C, 6fps, Wi-Fi / NFC, £714 body only
Pentax K-3 II, 24mp APS-C, 8.3fps, GPS, £709 body only
Sony Alpha A77-II, 24mp APS-C, 12fps, Wi-Fi / NFC, £764 body only
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 20mp APS-C, 10fps, GPS, £1179 body only

Mid-range mirrorless CSCs with an electronic viewfinder include:

Olympus OM-D E-M1, 16mp M43, 10fps, Wi-Fi, £849 body only
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 16mp M43, 10fps, Wi-Fi, £749 body only
Panasonic Lumix GH4, 16mp M43, 4K video, 12fps, Wi-Fi, £999 body only
Sony Alpha A7, 24mp Full-Frame, 5fps, Wi-Fi, £799
Sony Alpha A6300, 24mp APS-C, 4K video, 11fps, Wi-Fi, £999

Have a look at more APS-C DSLRs in our Top 10 Best APS-C DSLR Cameras 2015. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon EOS 80D Verdict

The Canon EOS 80D is a welcome update to the EOS 70D, and offers some of the features the original camera was lacking, with a headphone socket, improved focus system, and larger optical viewfinder. As part of the Canon EOS system, there is access to an excellent range of lenses, with a number of them particularly good value for money, for example the 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is under £90. 

Live view focus and shutter response has been improved and there is now almost no difference between shooting through the optical viewfinder and rear screen in terms of speed and camera responsiveness. With new auto white balance options, you can choose whether you want warm results or more accurate white results, which is excellent for product shots, and it's great that you have the choice of both, without having to set white balance manually, or correct images later, which could save someone hours of additional work. There are also new options regarding image sharpness, and with the new 24 megapixel sensor you can get sharp, detailed images straight from the camera, with lower levels of noise than the 70D. 

The Canon EOS 80D is an impressive update to the 70D, and whilst it may not be a particularly revolutionary update, the evolutionary update to an already good product, is definitely a good thing. If you're not looking for a traditional Digital SLR, with an optical viewfinder, than there are a range of mirrorless CSCs available that offer quicker continuous shooting, and a more compact camera body, with some also offering 4K video recording. If you want quicker shooting from a Canon DSLR, then you'd need to look at the more expensive Canon EOS 7D Mark II, with 10fps continuous shooting. For those that want to record video, the EOS 80D offers everything you would need, with microphone and headphone sockets, although there may be some who would have prefered to see 4K video recording, and if you need this, then you'll have to look elsewhere.

With the Canon EOS 80D offering a new 24 megapixel sensor, improved image quality and additional shooting options and controls, the Canon EOS 80D is one of the best mid-range Digital SLRs Canon has ever produced. 

Canon EOS 80D Pros

Excellent image quality
Improve noise performance
Excellent focus and shutter response speeds
Live view focus and shutter response is equally fast
Auto White Balance options
3inch vari-angle touch-screen
Larger 100% view viewfinder
Excellent battery life
Electronic level
Wi-Fi / NFC built-in
Mic and headphone sockets
Stereo mics built-in

Canon EOS 80D Cons

No auto panoramic shooting mode
Some competitors at this price point offer quicker continuous shooting


The Canon EOS 80D is an excellent Digital SLR that offers impressive image quality.


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Nigeyboy 12 927 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2016 6:54AM
This is great, as it means the price of the 70D will come down, and I am looking at getting one of those!!

Wonder when the 6D mkII will be announced . . . . .?

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Chaitanya 10 14 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2016 3:31PM
@Nigeboy: Most probably Canon will release 6D mark II and 5D mark IV at Photokina in september. There was also a rumour about SL2, which might come during April/May timeframe. This CP+ is going to be exciting one with Sigma planning to release 50-100mm f/1.8 lens and Tamron releasing 85mm VC lens.
vickylou 9 42 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2016 11:40AM
Has anyone directly compare to the 7D mk2?
wicksy 14 79 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2016 5:15PM
under lens performance you have given a link to the old version of the 18-135 lens not the one that comes with this camera which has been upgraded. any chance an up to date review?
SOcameras 5 5
5 Aug 2016 12:30PM

Canon 80D is great camera for vloggers and video. check out video:
ShaunsPics 9 87 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2016 6:07PM
the pictures from this camera are a joke no wonder I've never bought a canon and never will.

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