Canon EOS 80D sensor review: Dynamic performer 2019

The Canon EOS 80D is the latest in a long line of DSLRs using APS-C-size sensors designed to appeal to enthusiasts. It is a replacement for the EOS 70D, and like that model, it emphasizes video as well as picture.

The EOS 80D, like its predecessor, adopts a new viewfinder-based AF system for stills and another separate on-sensor AF system for live view and video.

Canon EOS 80D senso Specifications and Features

Canon has increased the number of viewfinder AF points from 19 on the 70D to 45 and made them all vertical and horizontal line-sensitive (ie, cross-type), an impressive upgrade on paper.

 Although the 70D introduced Canon's impressive dual pixel on-sensor phase-detection AF system, the EOS 80D has been expanded by adding continuous focus capability to both video and still capture (live view mode).

Canon EOS 80D sensor

 Canon EOS 80D sensor

Other improvements over 70D include video capture up to 60 fps, and a 7560 RGB + IR exposure metering system can be connected to the EOS Rebel T6 and T6i (760D and 750D).

The EOS 80D adopts the same fold-out 3.0 ”1.04m-dot variable touchscreen LCD monitor at 70 times. The new model measures 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 ”/ 139 x 105.2 x 78.5 mm and weighs 1.61 pounds / 730 grams, body only (with battery and card). The Canon EOS 80D is now available for only $ 1,199 (USD).

    24.2-MPix APS-C CMOS Sensor

    Digic 6 Image Processor

    3.0 ”1.04m-dot variable touchscreen LCD monitor

    Full HD 1080p video at 60 fps

    45-point AF system (vertical and horizontal line sensitive)

    Dual Pixel CMOS AF

    With extension up to ISO 25600

    7 fps continuous shooting

    756k-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor

   Canon EOS 80D senso  Built wifi with nfc

Measurement: Significant bump in sensor dynamics at base ISO
Canon's newly developed sensor at 80D achieved an overall DxOMark score of 79 points - a new high watermark for the company's APS-C sensor designs. This is a marked improvement in performance with recent pixel counts on recent models such as the EOS 760 / 750D model at 70/71 points, and the semi-professional EOS 7D Mk II and EOS 70D at 68 and 70 points. Improvements in sensor design have led to gains in SNR, as well as attendant increases in color depth, dynamic range, and low-light ISO.
Canon-EOS-80D vs. Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II vs. Canon-EOS-70D: improvements limited to base ISO

Comparing the 80D's performance with its predecessor to the current flagship of the 80D, 20.2-Mpix 70D, and Canon's APS-C DSLRs, the 7D Mk II, the new sensor has 1 bit of additional color depth.

While this is an important benefit, it is not as straightforward as it appears. The measured base ISO is just ISO 64 and much lower than the measured base ISO of the 7D Mk II and 70D. At ISO similar to ISO 200, the 80D shows a small but meaningful improvement; However, from ISO 400, the noise level is practically the same, resulting in similar color depths at higher ISOs.

The lower noise of the base increased the dynamic range by over 70D and 7D Mk II, and at 13.2 EV, this is a respectable result. However, this advantage dissipates quickly, and even falls behind ISO 800 to 7D Mk II.

In our low-light ISO measurements, the 80D shows similar results to the 7D Mk II, an excellent and slight improvement over its predecessor, but so far most of the benefits of this sensor are based on its siblings' ISO.

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Canon EOS 80D vs Sony A 6300 vs Nikon D7200: Canon Closed on Class-Leading Sensor
While the 80D sensor has a welcome bump in the performance of its siblings, it is much stronger than the class-leading sensors found in Sony's A6300 and Nikon D7200. Both rivals can enhance not only the base ISO, but also better color sensitivity throughout the ISO range

. Higher color sensitivity means lower noise levels, and both the a6300 and D7200 have improved color depth and increased the usable dynamic range at each ISO setting. However, both rivals talk about this very differently.

 Graphically, the D7200 has a clear advantage over DR over 80D and a6300 from base to ISO 400, although we can see a slight bump in color sensitivity for the a6300 in the ISO 800 setting and again with ISO 6400.

Attendant increase in DR at those points. Lower noise levels from rival sensors also improve low-light ISO figures, with the 80D being about a third of a stop behind the D7200 and half a stop behind the A6300. Despite the slight loss of ground there, the 80D remains an excellent performer at high ISO.

The conclusion

The Canon EOS 80D has improved lower ISO noise and a more useful dynamic range and is closer to ISO based on its siblings. However, the class-leading sensors found in the Sony-6300 and Nikon D7200 still have more usable dynamic ranges, and are not only in the base, but also at higher ISOs.

While the 80D results on DR should appeal to landscape photographers who regularly adopt the base ISO settings, it's worth remembering that Canon probably had other priorities when developing this sensor.

Although there may be some trade-offs in DR at high ISOs, the noise level behind class leaders is not very high, and the dual pixel AF mode in live view and video seems promising for video and some static applications.

 Reducing the noise floor at the base while increasing the pixel count is an impressive feat, and ultimately the Canon EOS 80D sensor provides very good performance overall.

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