Canon EOS 80D review : The mid-range master

If you’re looking to drop a four-figure wedge of cash of a mid-range DSLR – one that’ll last you for a good stretch of time – then Canon is one of the names that so often floats to the surface; the crema on the coffee, if you will. And in the 80D that layer of pro-made goodness is more pronounced than ever before, thanks to an autofocus system hike and viewfinder improvements.

It’s a necessary boost too, given the release of the 750D and 760D mixing up the company’s DSLR pot and, in our view, muddying the waters. Now in the 80D there’s clearer differentiation between the ranges; this mid-ranger pulls in a 45-point autofocus system, adapted from the 1D MkIV’s, and, finally, achieves a what-you-see-is-what-you-get 100 per cent field-of-view optical viewfinder. It’s enough to make you think twice about the Nikon D7200 (which is probably due an imminent update anyway).

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