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Canon EOS 80D Vs Canon EOS 70D

We compare the new Canon EOS 80D with its predecessor to see what's new, what's stayed the same and to find out if it's worth upgrading.

|  Canon EOS 80D in Digital SLRs
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1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 250
 

Canon's DSLR lens line-up has expanded by the factor of two over the last month with the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II powerhouse arriving at the start of February and the EOS 80D making its debut this week. 

The EOS 1D X MII sits towards the top of Canon's DSLR line-up hierarchy, updating the 18Mp 1D X in the process while the new 80D, which is aimed at enthusiasts, sits more to the middle of the pack and is an update for the EOS 70D released way back in 2013. 

When Canon gave us the chance to get hands-on with the new EOS 80D, they actually had its little brother to hand so we could get a better understanding of what had been improved and we thought it would be something you guys would also be interested in learning more about. 

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 250
 

When you first pick up the new EOS 80D, the term: 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' springs to mind as the design is pretty much identical to the EOS 70D. The majority of buttons and dials can be found in the same places with a few on the back changing shape / size a little to accommodate a slightly wider grip and the EOS 80D also features a deeper, more tactile handgrip to the front. They're pretty much the same size, too, with the newer camera just beating the older version to the top of the 'I'm tallest' chart with its 1mm height difference. As for weight, the EOS 80D is 25g lighter than the EOS 70D which when you think is about 7 cubes of sugar, it's negligible. Battery life has also increased slightly on the EOS 80D with its CIPA rating sitting at 960 shots compared to the 920 of the EOS 70D. 

 

Above: EOS 80D

 

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Body Only (2)
Above: EOS 70D

 

Continuous shooting speed still sits at 7FPS but you do get slightly more when capturing video with 60 and 50 FPS options been added to those listed for the EOS 70D. A headphone socket's also been added to the EOS 80D, something that was requested by videographers who previously captured movies with the 70D. You also get an extra custom mode on the mode dial of the EOS 80D and more AF points (45 compared to the previous 19).  

The ISO rating of the EOS 80D has been improved making it one stop higher (ISO16,000) than that found on the EOS 70D (ISO12,800), although both can be extended to ISO25600, and the sensor found in the EOS 80D is higher in resolution too, sitting at 24.2Mp compared to 20.2Mp of the EOS 70D.

  

Above: EOS 80D

 

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Body Only (3)
Above: EOS 70D

 

The rest of the specs, which you can check out below, are pretty similar. Do take a look at our hands-on with the EOS 80D, too. 

 

Comparison Table

Canon EOS 80DCanon EOS 70D
ManufacturerCanonCanon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.6x1.6x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.2Mp (Megapixels)20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60005472
Pixels (H)40003648
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)22.3mm22.5mm
Sensor Size (height)14.9mm15mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution1040k dots1040k dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3+/-5
Viewfinder
Magnification0.95xNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting7fps7fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps30, 25, 24
Stereo SoundNo DataYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied), built in for date & settingsRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6
Battery Life (CIPA rating)960shots920shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
Dimensions
Weight730g755g
Width139mm139mm
Height105.2mm104.3mm
Depth78.5mm78.5mm
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Comments


28 Feb 2016 5:59AM
Hello, I am looking to buy my first dslr, mainly for video but I would also love to shoot pictures now the problem is I was planning to buy canon 70d which I was getting for $ 970 and canon 80d will be around $1250 . Please help me, is it worth to buy 80d (for the extra dollars) or should I get 70d and invest in some quality lenses instead? Please reply. Thank you.

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