The EOS 70D impressed us when it arrived on the scene three years ago. Michael Topham tests the new Canon EOS 80D to find out how it improves on what we’ve seen before

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Canon EOS 80D Review – Image Quality

Canon has used a 24-million-pixel sensor before, in the EOS 750D and 760D. However, these two models don’t feature the 80D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. The jump to a 24-million-pixel sensor is good news for those who like freedom to crop tightly and, at the same time, preserve a high level of detail. Unlike the Nikon D7200, and some other recent high-resolution APS-C sensors, however, the 80D continues to use an anti-aliasing filter. With this in place, it has its work cut out to achieve the same levels of resolution. At ISO 100, the 80D delivers an impressive 3,400l/ph resolution, much like the Nikon D7200, but at higher sensitivities the D7200 has the edge.

To view more sample images taken on the Canon EOS 80D, visit our sample image gallery.

Dynamic Range

At ISO 100, the 80D’s dynamic range result measured 12.6EV – a figure that’s almost identical to the 12.7EV recorded by the EOS 7D Mark II at the same sensitivity. As the graph illustrates, the figure drops below 12EV beyond ISO 200, but stays above 10EV up to ISO 800. Results at ISO 1,600, 3,200 and 6,400 drop to 9.2EV, 8.0EV and 7.1EV respectively, with shadowed areas gradually getting nosier as you push closer towards the top two sensitivity settings. It’s only when you push beyond the 80D’s native ISO range and up to the extended setting of ISO 25,600 that the figure drops below 6EV. Although the 80D’s results aren’t as high as those recorded by the EOS 7D Mark II at higher sensitivity settings, this is a better than average dynamic range performance.

Canon EOS 80D DR

Resolution

The 80D resolves an impressive 3,400l/ph at ISO 100, which is higher than the 2,800l/ph the 70D resolves at the same sensitivity setting. This improvement in resolution continues through the sensitivity range, with the 80D attaining 3,000l/ph at ISO 400 and 2,800l/ph up to ISO 1,600. As you begin to push the sensitivity higher, luminance noise starts to soften the finest details and reduces resolution. The sensor resolves 2,400l/ph at ISO 6400, beyond which point there’s a noticeable drop in resolution to 2,200l/ph at ISO 12,800, ending up at 1,800l/ph at its expanded ISO 25,600 setting.

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_100

Raw ISO 100

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_200

Raw ISO 200

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_400

Raw ISO 400

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_800

Raw ISO 800

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_1600

Raw ISO 1600

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_3200

Raw ISO 3200

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_6400

Raw ISO 6400

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Raw ISO 12800

Canon 80D_Res_RAW_25600

Raw ISO 25600

Noise

A close study of our JPEGs between ISO 100 and ISO 400 revealed no signs of noise and a high level of detail. Luminance noise starts to make its presence known at ISO 1,600 and is joined by chroma noise as you push towards ISO 3,200 and 6,400. Users can be confident of producing acceptable images straight out of the camera at ISO 6,400, but it’s worth bearing in mind that fine detail does get lost beyond this point. Inspecting our raw files, having first converted them in Canon’s Digital Photo Professional 4 software, revealed a strong set of results. Chroma noise is absent right up to ISO 6,400 and, although luminance noise is evident at ISO 3,200 and 6,400, it’s well controlled, allowing files to retain a high level of detail. Detail in raw files captured beyond ISO 6,400 takes a hit and the five-digit ISO settings are best avoided if you want to produce the best results.

DIO 80D ISO 100

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 100

DIO 80D ISO 200

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 200

DIO 80D ISO 400

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 400

DIO 80D ISO 800

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 800

DIO 80D ISO 1600

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 1600

DIO 80D ISO 3200

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 3200

DIO 80D ISO 6400

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 6400

DIO 80D ISO 12800

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 12800

DIO 80D ISO 25600

Canon EOS 80D Raw ISO 25600

  1. 1. Canon EOS 80D Review - Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EOS 80D Review - Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
  3. 3. Canon EOS 80D Review - Build & Handling
  4. 4. Canon EOS 80D Review - Performance
  5. 5. Canon EOS 80D Review - Image Quality
  6. 6. Canon EOS 80D Review - Verdict
  7. 7. Canon EOS 80D Review - Full Specification
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