- The Canon 80D is weather-sealed, with very good controls and color rendition
- Autofocus is excellent, and it can shoot timelapse and 1080p slow motion
- It’s a good choice for vloggers, and photographer/filmmakers
The Canon 80D is a good choice if you’re a vlogger, or if you want a camera that’s good for video and stills.
What is it?
It’s a DSLR: a stills camera which can shoot video. Its video looks much more ‘film-like’ than shots from camcorders. That’s because of its big APS-C sensor, which is about the same size as the frame in a 35mm movie camera. Big sensors have less depth of field than smaller sensors, so it’s easy to get creative with shallow focus.
The 80D is an interchangeable lens camera, and Canon have a great range of high-quality lenses. You can also use an adapter to fit old manual focus lenses by makers like Nikon or Olympus, which is a cheap way to get really good glass.
Why the 80D?
Canon cameras are known for their good colours, and they’re easy to use; the higher-end Canons are the most-used DSLRs in the pro TV and film industry. The combination of Canon’s fast ‘dual-pixel’ autofocus and good colours, plus a fold-out touchscreen, made the previous 70D model very popular with vloggers. The 80D has even better autofocus than the 70D, and it also has a headphone socket and full HD slow motion (1080/60, or 1080/50 in Europe).
Like all DSLRs, it’s mainly designed for stills, so handling for video shooting isn’t that great. You’ll need accessories to get the best out of it. It’s bigger and more awkward to use for filmmaking than mirrorless alternatives like Panasonic’s. Although Canon colours are great, their video isn’t as sharp as the competition.
Unlike many of its competitors, the 80D can’t shoot 4K Ultra High Definition. But 4K takes up a lot more space and needs a faster computer for editing. If you’re shooting for the web, you almost certainly don’t need it.
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