A Closer Look at the New Canon 80D DSLR Camera

While most professionals may have overlooked the latest DSLR to come out from Canon, the 80D, there are a few new features that are important to note. Whether you're a Canon shooter or not, keeping up with the featureset that's included with a modestly priced ($1200) compact camera is a good way to stay plugged in to where certain manufacturers are at, especially when it comes to having a lower-cost, backup camera. Here's a few videos that go in-depth with the 80D, and point out some of the more notable tricks this little camera has up it's sleeve.

Our own Adam Ottke first dropped info on the Canon 80D, as well as some of the new accessories, in this post here.

The first video is above, a preview of the 80D from Tony Northrup, and he gives his thoughts on some of the features and specs. Having used the 70D quite a bit, he's able to offer a great comparison, specifically noting possible issues with the wireless capabilities, but also praising the autofocus, among many other things. It's definitely worth a few watches if you're considering purchasing this camera, as Northrup also touches on the cost of the 80D compared to other cameras in a similar price range.

In the second video below, Daniel Norton with AdoramaTV quickly runs through some of the camera specs and features that Tony doesn't cover, including some comments about the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens and PZ-E1 adapter, that adds servo zoom control.

This last video is a more straight-forward look at the features of the 80D, from Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Product Trainer Jon Lorentz.


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Tony's rant of the 80D not having an EVF: I don't know if there is a DSLR that uses an EVF. The mechanics of DSLR hasn't changed from the SLR days. There's a mirror between the lens and the film plane or image sensor that reflects the image up to the pentaprism that orients the image as we normally see (no upside down or left to right reversed) and that flips up to expose the image to the sensor or film.

OVFs don't require any battery power; there are some information projected to the viewfinder using LCDs or LEDs. But, EVFs require battery power. I can look through my DSLR or SLR and see the image without the camera powered on; that won't happen with EVFs. I don't know if there are other DSLR manufacturers that equip their cameras with EVFs (I don't follow Nikon).

For me, I turned off the image review on my Canon 5D Mk III. It was cool when I first bought the camera, but I don't look at the image after I take the photo; I'll review afterwards. but never now. That probably has an effect on extending battery life.

The Sony Alpha DSLR cameras have EVFs. That's why I never purchased one.

in the first video the guy calls the 80d an advanced amateur camera. what classifies it as an amateur camera? i'm curious..