With the 80D, Canon delivers a correct update of its popular EOS 70D. He inherits a new version of Pixel CMOS Dual sensor that incorporates a setting faster focusing system. The Live View performance is significantly better than the 70D. It is certainly not as fast as a hybrid interchangeable lens, but it has become quite usable for moving subjects. And improved overall performance will appeal to photo enthusiasts of action who buy this kind of reflex. If you’re picky about the colors, remember that you need to make some adjustments. The 80D is sold for 1290 euros bare box and 1730 euros for the kit with a 18-135mm IS USM lens.
Beautiful images, but you must change the settings default
the EOS 80D is fully capable of producing excellent pictures provided to work in RAW or change the default settings in JPEG. The automatic white balance is not very good. Under the lighting in our test lab, we had to resort to manual settings to get a result that can be compared to other cameras. We encountered the same problem with the D7200 Nikon and other Canon models, but we must say that the problem is particularly pronounced on the 80D. This is a little better in natural light, although one also finds some flaws, including a tendency to turn blue flowers in purple. We have not managed to find a white balance preset that produces accurate colors.
Another pitfall relates to the Auto Picture Style that grows too much saturation and contrast and tends to overemphasize edges. The Fine Detail option is much better in terms of the treatment of edges. It gives results comparable to RAW at ISO 1600 with a clarity of lines equivalent to devices with APS-C sensor. It would really be it the default setting. very good results are obtained in RAW until 6400. But be aware that beyond ISO 1600, the available dynamic range is not enormous.
With its new sensor and Fine Detail option, the 80D product much better than JPEG 70D. But the balance of automatic white it is more accurate. Furthermore, the noise profile of the 80D is much cleaner over the entire ISO range.
As for the videos, they are as good as the 70D, with however similar defects in picture settings and colors. Note that the 80D manages the Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second.
A Live View fastest
The first thing we noticed on the 80D is the Live View is finally usable thanks to a mechanical full autofocus. It is not as fast as that of a hybrid but still two to three times faster than the 70D. It is also faster in low light and maintains this performance even with third-party trademarks of goals as the Sigma 24-35mm f / 2.0 we tried.
The continuous autofocus system is very effective AI Servo continuous shooting and it also works when shooting. The RAW mode the burst speed increased from 17 to 21 frames / second. The autofocus of 9 zones is very good, as on most devices. But that happens less if working over a wider area and with 45 points available because it still has trouble choosing the right target.
A design that evolves slightly
the design changes of the 80D compared to 70D are minimalist, but all welcome: a headphone jack, another position of custom settings on the dial and a 100% viewfinder. as you immediately notice the softer and quieter operation of the shutter. Apart from these adjustments, the 80D is almost identical to his eldest: comfortable to hold and well designed, optimized touch screen to shoot
However, the features are a little. dated compared to what can be found on equivalent hybrids. Of course, there are Wi-Fi along with a rather correct application and a HDR mode, but the range of effects available is rather disappointing. Time Lapse movies are limited to a HD resolution with exposure and focus set on the first image. The only somewhat original option that offers the 80D is the HDR mode for movies that, like what the Panasonic devices, combines multiple exposures for each image and thus manages to draw details. But it is only available in automatic mode with a higher compression ratio.
The Canon EOS 80D really an improvement compared to the 70D. But he still shortcomings. It is fast and you can really get much better pictures and movies provided they do not leave the default settings. But if you like filters, you want an image stabilization on the housing in order to choose your goal with more freedom or want to shoot in Ultra HD, there are alternatives cheaper and equally valid among devices Photo hybrid interchangeable lens.