Ted's - Canon EOS 80D Review

9 Jun 2016 4:12:02 PM

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Find out about the great new features in the Canon EOS 80D, with this great Teducation review from James at Ted's Melbourne

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Hi I'm James and welcome to Get Teducated.

We've got here the Canon EOS 80D, the latest in Canon's enthusiast range of DSLR's, and it's really everything you could want in an update of the older EOS 70D. Essentially more of the same, but bringing improvements to every component.

The body itself is marginally lighter, though the design is very similar, so those familiar with the 70D will feel right at home. The 80D features Canon's new 24 Megapixel image sensor, and the DIGIC 6 image processor, bringing it more in-line with models like the EOS 750D and EOS 760D. This particular sensor though incorporates the Dual Pixel Autofocus system, which seems to work even faster than what I've seen on the 70D and the 7D Mark II, a huge advantage for people that prefer to use the LCD screen to shoot.

This is most likely to be those using the 80D to shoot video, and when combined with a lens like the new EF-S 18-135mm IS USM, the autofocus during video is absolutely brilliant. Fast, smooth, silent and accurate, you really couldn't ask for more. Or could you? One of the more difficult aspects of video is trying to get a smooth, consistent zoom while recording, which with conventional lenses is quite a challenge. Canon have created a new attachment specifically for this purpose, the Power Zoom adapter PZ-E1. The 18-135 IS USM is specifically designed for the adapter which connects just underneath the lens. It's essentially an electronic zoom motor, which will provide that smooth, consistent zoom for professional looking video.

For professional sounding video, the 80D still has a standard microphone jack for attaching all sorts of microphones, and also now has a headphone jack as well, handy for monitoring audio levels while filming. Full HD video frame rates have also been bumped up now to 60 frames per second, which should help out with fast moving subjects.

Speaking of fast action, the 80D maintains the 7 frames per second burst shooting as we had on the 70D, but now has a new 45-point all cross-type autofocus system. More points covering a larger area will give you more flexibility when composing your image and help with tracking moving subjects as well, giving you a better chance of getting sharp, focused action shots.

If you're just starting out with the Canon EOS system, I do usually recommend the kit EF-S 18-135 IS USM lens that I mentioned earlier as it offers a versatile zoom range to cover most needs, and was specifically designed to match the focusing technologies in the 80D body so it works quickly and smoothly. WiFi and NFC are built-in, so with an Android or iOS smart device you can remotely control the camera - including zoom, if you've got the Power Zoom adapter - or download images via the Canon Camera Connect app.

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