The new Canon EOS 80D joins the Canon APS-C lineup, supplanting the EOS 70D. We take a closer look at the differences between the two models
1. Sensor and processor
A new sensor bumps the resolution of the Canon EOS 80D up to 24MP, an improvement on the 20MP of the EOS 70D.
Operation of the 80D should also be a measure better thanks to the inclusion of the DIGIC 6 processor, a step up from the DIGIC 5+ that we saw in the EOS 70D.
The original 70D had a maximum native ISO sensitivity of 12,800, with an option to expand to 25,600. The 80D gives this a nice little bump up to 16,000 native, with the expandable maximum once again at 25,600.
The 70D was well-liked for the stellar performance of its 19-point AF system, and the new 45-point all-cross-type system on its successor looks as though it’ll be even more impressive. Canon says that 27 of the focal points will work with f/8 lenses – handy for users of teleconverters. The AF system will work down to -3EV – strong enough, Canon says, to focus by moonlight.
4. Reworked grip
The redesigned body of the EOS 80D should make it more comfortable to hold and use, with an increased depth of grip contour. The difference is subtle, but this slight adjustment is instantly noticeable when you pick the camera up, greatly improving comfortability when holding the camera for extended periods.
5. Mirror flipping tech
Some of Canon’s latest mirror box technology has made its way into the EOS 80D, using CAMs to reduce blackout time. The mirror-flipping tech has been present in many of Canon’s recent releases, and also serves the purpose of eliminating minute shake issues caused by mirror slap.
6. Near field communication
While both the EOS 70D and 80D include Wi-fi connectivity for image-sharing and remote operation, the EOS 80D also throws in NFC connectivity, allowing for instant connections with a compatible smartphone when the two are placed within close proximity. Useful for getting your images online without fumbling through menus.