Canon 80D

Canon EOS 80D front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Push to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 730g - 139 x 105 x 79mm
  • Revealed February 2016
  • Old Model is Canon 70D
  • Replacement is Canon 90D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 80D overview

Canon 80D is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera first launched on February of 2016. It has got a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Canon introduced this camera in an effort to upgrade the earlier Canon 70D (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the updated Canon 90D (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The 80D is rated #10 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all-around #76 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 80D family

The Canon 80D comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can view all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
80D vs 90D
33MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-80D front thumbnailCanon 80D24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-70D front thumbnailCanon 70D
80D vs 70D
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-60D front thumbnailCanon 60D
80D vs 60D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-50D front thumbnailCanon 50D
80D vs 50D
15MPAPS-C6.3 fps2008
Canon-EOS-40D front thumbnailCanon 40D
80D vs 40D
10MPAPS-C6.5 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-30D front thumbnailCanon 30D
80D vs 30D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-20D front thumbnailCanon 20D
80D vs 20D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-10D front thumbnailCanon 10D
80D vs 10D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 80D Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon 80D based on features which are normally seen as essential in a camera.

built-in touchscreen
comes with external microphone support
comes with HDMI out
comes with headphone support
comes with Top LCD display
exports RAW files
features touch focus
focusing manually
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good sized screen (3 inch)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
NFC connection
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
screen can move to multiple angles
screen is selfie friendly
supports phase detect auto focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
very good screen resolution (1,040 thousand dots)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
weather proofing
lack of image stabilization
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Canon 80D Sensor specifications

The Canon 80D houses the DIGIC 6 processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon 80D is 22.5mm x 15mm (APS-C). The 338 mm² sensor is able to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 16000. This ISO can also be increased electronically to a high of 25600. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the 80D's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The 80D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 80D dimensions

Canon 80D weighs about 1.61 pounds (730 gr / 25.75 oz) and features outer measurements of 139mm x 105mm x 79mm (5.5" x 4.1" x 3.1"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr so the Canon 80D is very similar in comparison with other rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon 80D alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS 80D dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button design on the 80D.

Canon EOS 80D topview buttons dials

Canon 80D Lens specifications

The 80D uses the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses on sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the 80D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-400mm-F2.8L-IS-III-USM lensCanon EF 400mm F2.8L IS III USM400mmf/2.8 2840g
Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2600g
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Tokina-atx-i-100mm-F2.8-FF-Macro-Canon-EF lensTokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF Macro100mmf/2.8530g
Sigma-10-20mm-F4-5.6-EX-DC-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/4.0-5.6 470g
Sigma-50mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Canon-EF lensSigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro50mmf/2.8 320g
Canon-EF-24-70mm-f2.8L-II-USM lensCanon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM24-70mmf/2.8 805g
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Tamron-28-300mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-VC-PZD-Canon-EF lensTamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD28-300mmf/3.5-6.3 540g
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Canon 80D Connectivity

The 80D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer photos and at times change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Canon 80D Video specifications

The highest video resolution in the Canon 80D is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance between quality vs file sizes but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does come with both headphone and microphone support making it extremely useful while recording audio.

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Canon 80D Weather Sealing

Canon 80D has got weather sealing making it a excellent selection to use during rough locations. This is particularly valuable when you are not sure about the elements you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Canon 80D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 80D has got a 3 inch fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits as well as group photos when necessary. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you can easily switch focus points plus adjust settings with your fingertips. The 80D also has a builtin Top LCD display so you're able to quickly see camera settings.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon 80D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are very helpful.

Canon 80D Shutter specifications

Canon 80D continuous shooting rate is 7.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Canon 80D Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon 80D boasts both built-in flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/250s.

Canon 80D Autofocusing specifications

Canon 80D boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it helpful for portrait photography.

The AF system has got 45 focus points to choose from. Canon 80D has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift where you focus. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Canon 80D features manual focus if required during low light conditions or you want more precise focus control.

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Canon 80D Battery life

The battery power (LP-E6N) in the Canon 80D is built to last for 960 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it similar to its competitors. The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 features the highest (2260) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
80D vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
80D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
80D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
80D vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
80D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 80D for various kinds of photography

The following diagram presents a summation of the Canon 80D for various kinds of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon 80D

The Canon 80D gets a rating of 80 which is very high, and means the camera is a superb fit to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the potential to use off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW formats

Canon 80D as a Street photography camera

Getting a above average rating of 69, the Canon 80D is a respectable pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
environment sealing
no image stabilization

Canon 80D Sports photography highlights

A brilliant sports photography points total of 76 indicates the Canon 80D is a tremendous choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have excellent tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization

Canon 80D Travel photography features

Weight is extremely important when selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon 80D gets a superb 77 as a travel camera which is a excellent choice to purchase for your journeys.

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environment proof
has touch focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly

Canon 80D Landscape photography features

When you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 80D with it's impressive rating of 76 as a landscape camera is a outstanding choice within the current marketplace.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
no image stabilization

Canon 80D Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon 80D is a respectable option as a vlog camera as it delivers a very good score of 70.

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display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
supports face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone support
does not have image stabilization

Canon 80D Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the 80D, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart just below provides you a bird's eye view of the 80D vs it's top ranked competitors listed earlier.

Following are several cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 80D
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.5 x 15mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW images
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Max video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
730 grams (1.61 pounds)
Physical dimensions
139 x 105 x 79mm (5.5" x 4.1" x 3.1")
Battery life
960 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I support)
Card slots
Price at launch