Canon 80D Review: Upgrades aplenty, but does the 70D successor earn a spot in your camera bag?


posted Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM EST


The Canon 70D made big headlines with its stellar Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Not only was it a solid upgrade for a stills camera compared to the earlier 60D camera, but it was also much more robust and capable as a video camera now with fantastic live view autofocus. The follow-up Canon 80D continues this multimedia tradition laid out by the 70D. Featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF, of course, the 80D also sports a new, higher-res 24MP sensor, a faster processor and an upgraded phase-detect autofocus system.

The Canon 80D is therefore definitely improved on multiple fronts, so how does it stack up to the competition and is it worth your hard-earned dollars to upgrade?

We've just completed our full Canon 80D Review, and simply put, it's an all-around excellent DSLR with a good combination of image quality, advanced features, great build quality, and a good price point. The new sensor makes this class of Canon camera more closely matched to a number of big competitors, and we do see image quality improvements compared to the 70D...but it still lags behind the best of its competitors in a few areas. Speed and performance were quite good but not lightyears ahead of the older model.


For all the details and our final verdict, check out our full, in-depth Canon 80D Review. Get the lay of the land there first, or cut right to the chase with our Canon 80D Conclusion. Be sure to read over our completed lab testing results for Optics, Exposure and Performance as well as our Image Quality Comparisons and our detailed real-world Field Test.

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