EOS 80D posts highest image-quality scores of any APS-C Canon

Canon EOS 80D
Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
DxOMark is far from the only judge of cameras, but its standardized image quality testing provides some objective insight into how technology improves (or doesn’t improve) from generation to generation. The DxOMark sensor scores for Canon’s latest enthusiast-focused DSLR, the EOS 80D, show that the company has indeed improved, and considerably.

The 80D’s 24-megapixel sensor may look similar on paper to previous models, but it is entirely new. Evidently, Canon has moved the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to the sensor itself, shortening the electronic path the signal has to travel before being turned into ones and zeros. This has the effect of both lowering noise and increasing dynamic range, and brings Canon closer to par with other manufacturers who have employed on-chip ADC technology for a while.


The measurable effect of this is made clear in DxO’s testing, with the 80D demonstrating improvements across the board. Most notably, dynamic range has increased by over a stop compared to the next-best Canon. Furthermore, the 80D not only beats out the lower-priced Rebel T6-series, but even the higher-end 7D Mark II, which may put potential buyers in somewhat of a conundrum. Unless the high-speed shooting and extra ruggedness of the 7D are required, then the less expensive 80D is probably the better choice for just about anyone.


As always, there were a couple points of caution brought up in the DXO analysis. First, despite Canon’s significant gains, the 80D remains slightly behind current APS-C sensors from Sony, notably those used in the a6300 and Nikon D7200, the 80D’s closest competitors. However, in the real world, the difference is not likely to show up in most situations. Second, the 80D’s improvements over other Canon cameras are most notable at low ISO settings, with dynamic range and color depth decreasing as ISO is increased. Even so, the 80D outperforms its predecessors in terms of high ISO noise levels, so it still maintains an advantage in that regard.

The 80D also offers plenty of other advantages beyond image quality, like a new autofocus system and improved video features. Overall, it seems safe to say that Canon shooters who have been waiting for the right time to upgrade can finally make the move.


Sony’s new full-frame 600mm f/4 is a $13,000 monster of a lens

More expensive than a new Apple Mac Pro and Pro Display, Sony's $13,000, 600mm f/4 is a dream telephoto lens for professional sports and wildlife photographers. For the rest of us, Sony also announced a $2,000, 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods — we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our favorites, with all the features you want.

You don't need an epic budget to shoot epic photos with the best cheap cameras

You don't need a huge budget to shoot epic photos with the best cheap cameras. There are great deals to be found on both lower-end cameras and older versions of high-end cameras that you can still find new.

Amazon drops $700 discount on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR full frame camera

Whether you are a pro or a serious amateur looking to expand your skills in photography, you need a quality DSLR camera. Check out Amazon's awesome deal on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
Home Theater

The best noise-canceling headphones paint your music on a cleaner canvas

Drowning out the sound of babies, jet engines, and the outside world isn't as difficult as it seems. Here are the best noise-canceling headphones, whether you're concerned with style, comfort, or sound.

Save up to $100 on Samsung MicroSD EVO Select memory cards at Amazon

MicroSD memory cards can transform your mobile devices into massive digital storage units. Whether you create or carry your content, Amazon cut the prices on three Samsung Evo Select MicroSD cards in time for summer fun.
Product Review

It's a camera! It's a printer! And it's more fun than it has any right to be

By going digital and adding a built-in mobile printer, the Instax Mini LiPlay puts more features into a smaller form factor than previous Instax cameras, while still being every bit as fun.

Fujifilm black-and-white film returns from the dead — thanks to millennials

After discontinuing black and white film, Fujifilm is bringing back the monochrome thanks to demand from younger photographers. The updated Neopan 100 Across II is designed for sharpness and minimal grain.
Social Media

Will this deepfake of a power-hungry Zuckerberg make Facebook rethink fake news?

Just how committed is Facebook to earlier statements on leaving deepfake videos intact but demoted? A fake video of Mark Zuckerberg proclaiming power over your data has lasted for four days on the platform.

The GoPro Hero7 action camera gets price cut on Amazon ahead of Father’s Day

Got an adventurous Dad? If so, a GoPro action camera will make a great Father’s Day gifts. Ahead of Father’s Day, capture the GoPro Hero7 Black on Amazon for just $329, down from its normal $400. Don't just settle for socks again this…
Social Media

These are the best ways to make your own animated GIF to share

Love sharing GIFs with your friends and peers, but wish you could make your own? Here's how to do so in Photoshop, or using a few other methods that don't require you to shell out a premium fee with each calendar year.

Can’t afford this $150 tripod head? Just 3D print the Edelkrone Ortak FlexTilt

Edelkrone's FlexTilt tripod head retails for about $150 — or you could 3D print your own with a $30 part kit and the cost of materials. The Edelkrone Ortak FlexTilt Head 3D is a 3D-printed tripod head.

The Loupedeck Plus custom keyboard will make you feel like a pro video editor

With recently added support for Final Cut Pro X, the Loupedeck Plus improves speed and accuracy for video editors. With a collection of customizable buttons and dials, the Loupedeck can almost completely replace a mouse and keyboard setup.

What’s the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom CC has evolved into a capable photo editor, but is it enough to supplant Lightroom Classic? We took each program for a test drive to compare the two versions and see which is faster, more powerful, and better organized.