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Canon 80D review

Canon 80D review

| On 04, Jan 2017

I’ve been waiting patiently for the Canon 80D review unit, and it arrived in late December.

The photos, and their EXIF data are available on flickr.

You can check the current U$ price at B&H and Amazon

Behind the Scenes
On camera scenes are recorded with a Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 16-55 lens, and the VPB-XT2 grip. The vlogging scene recorded on the 80D. Closeups of the 80D were recorded with the X-T2 using the XF 60mm macro lens. Menus were recorded using an Atomos Shogun.

The viewfinder is recorded using an iPhone – the only “camera” I have that has a lens small enough.

On camera audio is recorded using a Rodelink Filmmaker wireless kit, narration recorded using a Rode NT-USB. Manfrotto tripods are used. I edit using Final Cut 10.3.1 on a 5K iMac.

I do read and respond to all comments, which are moderated. If, either here or on youtube, you leave a relevant and civil comment without links (which are filtered by youtube) it will be posted.

For your guidance –
The products reviewed are on loan, and returned after the review unless otherwise mentioned.
I am not sponsored or compensated by any manufacturer, I have not accepted payment to review any product. I am not compensated for my reviews except through Google Adwords.
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  1. Julie Childers

    Dear Mr. Heilbron,
    I have been researching cameras for a month. It was refreshing to find your knowledgeable and well thought out video.

    I would like to purchase a DSLR for my safari trip in February 2018. I am a beginner; this will be my first DSLR. After my last trip, I realize the difference a telephoto lens makes. But, I also want to continue to use the camera after I’m home, and for other future trips.

    I have narrowed it down to the Canon 80D and the Nikon D5600. I really like the idea of a full swivel screen. (If only the D7500 had one, it would be my choice.) I like the Canon’s weather sealing. But, the Nikon is smaller and less expensive. Then there are all the different specs to consider, which I have no real world experience with, such as shutter speed and ISO.

    I would appreciate your advice.

    Julie Childers

    • Maarten

      Thanks for writing, and your confidence. Both are good choices for a wide variety of photo tasks. If the swivel screen is appealing, go with that, as it is a useful feature to have. While there may be lots of specs to consider, both models have all the shutter and ISO flexibility you need, particularly for travel and safari photography. What you will need for the best shots of animals in the wild is a long zoom – 400-500mm. It is worth considering that a bridge mirrorless camera (like the Sony RX10 III, which has an integrated lens that zooms to 600mm) might also be an excellent choice. I found lots to like when I reviewed it last year. It does have a smaller (one inch) sensor, and although it is the smallest size I can recommend, I’ve taken lots of great photos – some of which are enlarged on my walls – with one inch sensor cameras.
      Hope this helps,

      • Julie Childers

        Thank you for responding. I really appreciate it. I will look for your Sony RX10 III review and consider it also.
        Thanks again,

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