Features & Controls

Sporting Canon's EF-Mount, the EOS 80D has access to one of the greatest collections of lenses available anywhere. It works with all of Canon's EF and EF-S lenses; not to mention the vast collections from Tamron, Sigma, Rokinon, etc.; assuring you that there is a great lens for any shooting situation that you come across. Inside the mount you can see the camera's mirror that allows you to see through the lens via the fixed-pentaprism optical viewfinder. Behind the mirror you will find the 24.2-Megapixel APS-C sized imaging sensor. This sensor includes a self-cleaning unit and low pass filter to keep it clean and eliminate moiré effects in your images.

Controlling the camera is a DIGIC 6 image processor, which handles the camera controls, shooting modes, video capture capabilities, Auto Focus, and is still able to produce burst rates of up to 7fps. The processor also works to reduce image noise within your images, especially with low-light and long exposure shooting.

The EOS 80D is available as body only or as a kit with the 18-55mm lens or 18-135mm lens, depending on your needs and what you are looking for. The camera is shown here with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS USM, which is one of the kit lens options.

Above is the built-in, pop-up E-TTL II flash unit. The flash can be popped up any time you want to use it with a button on the side, but it will also pop on its own when it is required with an automatic shooting mode. It has a range of up to 12M (39.4ft.) at ISO 100, making it very effective at short ranges as either the main source of light or as a fill. With the hot shoe on top of the camera, the camera also works with any of Canon's EX speedlite flash units for increased power.

On top of the camera you will find a set of controls that are familiar to anyone that has used a Canon dSLR before. On the left you will find the locking mode dial. The hot shoe for powered accessories is in the middle, and to the right you see the LCD shooting display panel. Above the LCD dispay panel are the buttons to change the AF, Drive Mode, ISO, and metering mode. There is also a button for the light on the LCD panel, a command dial, AF area selection button, and the shutter release at the very top.

On the back you will find the Menu and Info buttons on the left side above the LCD screen. To the right you will find the Live View button. This button also acts as a switch between still image capture and video capture, while the button on the inside starts and stops video capture. Further to the right are the AF start, AE Lock/FE Lock and AF point selection buttons. The two buttons on the far right also allow you to zoom in and out and enter index mode when the camera is set to Playback. Underneath are the Quick menu, Playback, and Delete buttons. An 8-way controller surrounded by a second command dial sit within easy reach of your thumb, for quick setting adjustments. Inside the controller is the SET button for choosing your selection. Finally at the very bottom is the multi function lock button.

You have two options for composing your images with the 80D. First, the high-quality pentaprism optical viewfinder features a translucent LCD screen, which provides you with a plethora of shooting information, including showing you your focus points. The viewfinder has an approx. magnification of 0.95x, and a -3 to +1m-1 dioptic adjustment.

Your second option for composing, and your only option for viewing your captured images, is the 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot Vari-Angle Touch LCD screen. The screen offers the ability to shoot over/under and around objects with ease by moving it to make sure you can see to compose your images. Touch operation allows for easy selection of settings in the menu systems and even allows for touch-to-focus and touch-to-capture features. Unlike the OVF, the LCD will show in real time your shooting setting adjustments, so there is no guessing to how your images will come out. It also allows you to view your captured images and videos with a great deal of detail when a computer or monitor is not available.

To store images and videos captured with the 80D, it relies on a SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory card. To get the most out of the camera's performance and quality capabilities, you will want to use at least an UHS-1 speed card, so that it has the ability to keep up with the camera. Shown above with the camera is the Panasonic UHS-3, 16GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera.

Powering the 80D is the LP-E6 battery pack; which is a 7.2V, 1800mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This pack is used in many of their EOS cameras. According to Canon, this battery will power the 80D for up to 960 images with the optical viewfinder or up to 300 images in Live View mode,using CIPA testing standards. These numbers can be doubled by adding a battery grip with a second LP-E6 battery. Also included with the camera is the portable charging unit shown above. This unit makes it easy to keep your battery and a spare charged and ready to go at all times. Additional chargers and batteries are also available from Canon.

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