Canon 80D Image Quality Comparison: Putting its new sensor and image processor to the test


posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 4:54 PM EDT


Hot on the heels of our recent Field Test comes our in-depth image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the new mid-grade, enthusiast-class Canon 80D. Sporting an all-new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and faster DIGIC 6 image processor, the 80D's imaging pipeline is a nice step up from the 20MP Canon 70D from 2013. Further, with the upgrade in image resolution, the 80D finally joins the ranks, at least in terms of resolution, against a number of competing enthusiast and prosumer cameras like the Nikon D7200 and new Sony A6300.

We've now completed our detailed Image Quality Comparison, which pits the new Canon 80D up against a number of competitors, including the 70D and Nikon D7200. We've also compared it to the new Sony A6300 as well as the recent Olympus PEN-F to give you a comparison between an APS-C camera and a Four Thirds camera.


Ready to see how the 80D stacks up against some other heavy-hitters? Jump over to our Canon 80D Image Quality Comparison to get the low-down on its image quality performance at both base ISO and some higher sensitivities. You can, of course, head over to our Comparometer and, well, compare the 80D's images against any number of our previously-tested cameras.

To finish up, we've also put together our classic Print Quality Analysis for the 80D. Viewing images on a screen are one thing, but sometimes it's nice to hold a print in your hands. Check out our print results here to see what sized prints you can expect to achieve with good image across its entire ISO scale.

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