Two enthusiast cameras, the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon EOS 80D were introduced in successive years in 2013 and 2016. Both cameras have an APS-C sensor and are DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex). The 80D offers 24 MP, compared to the 70D’s 20 MP resolution.
An overview of the two cameras’ primary specifications is provided below as a jumping-off point for the comparison.
|Canon 70D||VS||Canon 80D|
|Digital single-lens reflex||Digital single-lens reflex|
|Canon EF mount lenses||Canon EF mount lenses|
|20 MP – APS-C sensor||24 MP – APS-C sensor|
|1080/30p Video||1080/60p Video|
|ISO 100-12,800 (100 – 25,600)||ISO 100-16,000 (100 – 25,600)|
|Optical viewfinder||Optical viewfinder|
|3.0″ LCD – 1040k dots||3.0″ LCD – 1040k dots|
|Swivel touchscreen||Swivel touchscreen|
|7 shutter flaps per second||7 shutter flaps per second|
|Weather sealed body||Weather sealed body|
|920 shots per battery charge||960 shots per battery charge|
|139 x 104 x 79 mm, 755 g||139 x 105 x 79 mm, 730 g|
What distinguishes the Canon EOS 70D and Canon EOS 80D from one another, beyond this summary of essential features and traits? Which should you purchase? Continue reading to learn how these two cameras compare in terms of their body sizes, imaging sensors, shooting features, input-output connections, and reviews from industry experts. If you already have Canon 80D and looking to upgrade more, then you should read the comparison of Canon 80D Vs 90D that will clear up your mind regarding an upgrade.
The side-by-side comparison of the Canon 70D and 80D’s physical dimensions and weight is shown below. According to how big they are in comparison, the two cameras are displayed. The three consecutive views come from the front, the top, and the back. To the nearest millimeter, all width, height, and depth measurements have been given.
The Canon 70D and the Canon 80D are of comparable size when the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is used as a measure of their overall size. However, compared to the 70D, the 80D is 3% lighter. It is important to note that both cameras may be used in difficult locations or bad weather because they are both dust- and splash-proof. If you are a victim of Canon 70D Error 80 then don’t worry it can be resolved easily through different techniques.
The aforementioned size and weight comparisons are rather lacking because they do not account for the interchangeable lenses that are necessary for both of these cameras. Since both cameras in this instance have the same lens mount, the same lenses can be used on both. The Canon EF Lens Catalog has optical options that you may compare.
The 80D can take 960 pictures on a single charge of its LP-E6N power pack, compared to the 70D’s 920 shots from its LP-E6 battery.
The main physical details of the two cameras are listed in the adjacent table along with more options. Use the CAM-separator app to choose your camera combination from a wide range of options in case you want to display and compare another camera pair.
|Canon 70D||139 mm||104 mm||79 mm||755 g||920||Jul 2013||1,199||ebay.com|
|Canon 80D||139 mm||105 mm||79 mm||730 g||960||Feb 2016||1,199||ebay.com|
|Canon 90D||141 mm||105 mm||77 mm||701 g||1300||Aug 2019||1,199||amazon.com|
|Canon 6D Mark II||144 mm||111 mm||75 mm||765 g||1200||Jun 2017||1,999||amazon.com|
|Canon G3 X||123 mm||77 mm||105 mm||733 g||300||Jun 2015||999||amazon.com|
|Canon 7D II||149 mm||112 mm||78 mm||910 g||670||Sep 2014||1,799||ebay.com|
|Canon 6D||145 mm||111 mm||71 mm||770 g||1090||Sep 2012||2,099||ebay.com|
|Canon 60D||145 mm||106 mm||79 mm||755 g||1100||Aug 2010||1,399||ebay.com|
|Canon 7D||148 mm||111 mm||74 mm||860 g||800||Sep 2009||1,699||ebay.com|
|Canon 50D||146 mm||108 mm||74 mm||822 g||800||Aug 2008||1,299||ebay.com|
|Nikon D7500||136 mm||104 mm||73 mm||720 g||950||Apr 2017||1,299||amazon.com|
|Nikon D7100||136 mm||107 mm||76 mm||765 g||950||Feb 2013||1,199||ebay.com|
|Sony RX10 II||129 mm||88 mm||102 mm||813 g||400||Jun 2015||1,299||ebay.com|
|Sony RX10||129 mm||88 mm||102 mm||813 g||420||Oct 2013||1,299|
Evidently, relative prices will be taken into consideration while choosing a camera. The camera’s position in the maker’s portfolio and the larger market can be inferred from the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices. The two cameras under consideration share the same market niche and were released at the same price. Retail pricing typically remains initially close to the debut price before discounts become accessible after a few months. Further discounts and stock clearance sales frequently drive the camera price significantly lower later in the product cycle, especially when the replacement model is about to debut.
One of the most important factors affecting image quality is the imaging sensor’s size. Larger individual pixels on a sensor with a larger surface area tend to have better low-light sensitivity, a wider dynamic range, and a richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units on a sensor with a smaller surface area and the same technological generation. Additionally, a camera with a large sensor will give the photographer more options for using shallow depth of field to separate a subject from the background. The drawback of larger sensors is that they are more expensive to produce and frequently result in larger and heavier cameras and lenses.
The APS-C sensor and format factor (also known as “crop factor”) of 1.6 are shared by both of the cameras being considered. The review cameras fall into the category of medium-sized sensor cameras, which strive to balance portability and image quality, within the range of camera sensors. The sensor width to sensor height for both cameras is natively 3:2.
The 80D uses a more sophisticated image processing engine than the 70D (DIGIC 6), which has advantages for processing speed, color accuracy, and noise reduction.
Despite having identical sensor sizes, the 80D delivers a better resolution of 24 megapixels as opposed to the 70D’s 20 MP. The additional megapixels result in a linear resolution improvement of 10%. However, these sensor specifications suggest that the 80D has a smaller pixel size and a higher pixel density (with a pixel pitch of 3.75 m compared to 4.11 m for the 70D). However, it should be noted that the 80D is significantly more recent than the 70D (by 2 years and 7 months), and as a result, its sensor will have benefited from advancements in technology that more than make up for the 70D’s smaller pixel size.
The Canon 80D’s higher resolution suggests more freedom when editing photos or the capacity to print bigger images. The maximum print size for the 80D is 30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm) for high-quality output, 24 x 16 inches (61 x 40.6 cm) for very good quality (250 dpi), and for exceptional quality (300 dpi) (300 dpi) 50.8 x 33.9 cm, or 20 x 13.3 inches. For the Canon 70D, the corresponding sizes for prints of good, very good, and excellent quality are 27.4 x 18.2 inches (69.5 x 46.3 cm), 21.9 x 14.6 inches (55.6 x 37.1 cm), and 18.2 x 12.2 inches (46.3 x 30.9 cm).
The native sensitivity range of the Canon EOS 70D is ISO 100 to ISO 12800, and it may be increased to ISO 100-25600. The Canon EOS 80D’s comparable ISO settings range from ISO 100 to ISO 16000, with the option of expanding the ISO range to 100-25600.
Both cameras have CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) sensors, so they are both technologically advanced. The RGB colors are recorded by both cameras using a Bayer filter on a square grid of photosensors. The majority of digital cameras have this configuration.
DxO Mark has been publishing sensor performance measurements that are generated using a standardized technique since 2007. This service calculates a sensor’s overall rating as well as sub-scores for color depth, dynamic range, and low-light sensitivity (together, “DXO Sports” and “DXO Landscape”) (“DXO Portrait”). The 80D offers significantly better image quality than the 70D of the two cameras being compared. The benefit is based on 1.1 bits more color depth, 1.6 EV more dynamic range, and an increase of 0.3 stops in low light sensitivity. The physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings are compared across a group of comparable cameras in the table below.
|Canon 6D Mark II||Full Frame||26.0||6240||4160||1080/60p||24.4||11.9||2862||85|
|Canon G3 X||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||1080/60p||21.4||12.3||521||63|
|Canon 7D II||APS-C||20.0||5472||3648||1080/60p||22.4||11.8||1082||70|
|Canon 6D||Full Frame||20.0||5472||3648||1080/30p||23.8||12.1||2340||82|
|Sony RX10 II||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||4K/30p||23.0||12.6||531||70|
Many contemporary cameras have the ability to record videos in addition to still photographs. The sensors in both cameras under consideration have a fast enough readout speed to capture moving images, but the 80D offers a higher frame rate than the 70D. Unlike the 70D, which can only capture video in 1080/30p, it can capture movies in 1080/60p.
Cameras can and do differ across a multitude of attributes in addition to body and sensor. In that they both have an optical viewfinder, the 70D and 80D are comparable to one another. Even in environments with strong lighting, the latter is helpful for getting a clear image for framing. While the viewfinders in both cameras have the same magnification (0.59x), the 80D’s has a wider field of view (100%) than the 70D’s (98%), making more of the photo visible. The Canon 70D, Canon 80D, and comparable cameras are broken down into some other key feature differences and similarities in the table below.
|Canon 70D||optical||3.0 / 1040||swivel||1/8000s||7.0/s|
|Canon 80D||optical||3.0 / 1040||swivel||1/8000s||7.0/s|
|Canon 90D||optical||3.0 / 1040||swivel||1/8000s||11.0/s|
|Canon 6D Mark II||optical||3.0 / 1040||swivel||1/4000s||6.5/s|
|Canon G3 X||optional||3.2 / 1620||tilting||1/2000s||5.9/s|
|Canon 7D II||optical||3.0 / 1040||fixed||1/8000s||10.0/s|
|Canon 6D||optical||3.0 / 1040||fixed||1/4000s||4.5/s|
|Canon 60D||optical||3.0 / 1040||swivel||1/8000s||5.3/s|
|Canon 7D||optical||3.0 / 920||fixed||1/8000s||8.0/s|
|Canon 50D||optical||3.0 / 920||fixed||1/8000s||6.3/s|
|Nikon D7500||optical||3.2 / 922||tilting||1/8000s||8.0/s|
|Nikon D7100||optical||3.2 / 1229||fixed||1/8000s||6.0/s|
|Sony RX10 II||2359||3.0 / 1229||tilting||1/3200s||14.0/s|
|Sony RX10||1440||3.0 / 1229||tilting||1/3200s||10.0/s|
Both cameras feature a back screen that can be tilted to face the front and is articulated. Those who are interested in capturing selfies, such as vloggers and photographers, would particularly like this function.
There is an intervalometer incorporated into the Canon 80D. By doing this, the photographer can take time-lapse photos of events like a flower blooming, a sunset, or the rising of the moon without having to buy an external camera trigger and associated software.
Both the 70D and the 80D write their imaging data files to SDXC cards for storage. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which offer up to 104 MB/s of Ultra High-Speed data transfer.
The degree to which a camera can communicate with its surroundings can be a crucial consideration when choosing a camera for some imaging applications. The connectivity of the Canon EOS 70D and Canon EOS 80D is broken down in the table below, with a focus on the interfaces that the cameras (and a few selected competitors) offer for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|Canon 6D Mark II||stereo/mono||mini||2.0|
|Canon G3 X||stereo / mono||mini||2.0|
|Canon 7D II||stereo / mono||mini||3.0|
|Canon 7D||mono /||mini||2.0|
|Sony RX10 II||stereo/mono||micro||2.0|
It is noteworthy that the 80D contains a headphone port, allowing users to connect external headphones and assess the sound quality while recording. There is no such headphone port on the 70D.
Although the 70D and 80D have both been retired, old examples may still be found on eBay. The Canon 80D took the place of the Canon 70D, and the Canon 90D came next. The free PDF manual for the Canon 70D or the online manual for the Canon 80D each contains additional details on the features and functionality of those cameras.
What is the final verdict then? Is there a certain favorite among the Canon 70D and 80D? What camera is superior? The list below provides a summary of each model’s relative strong points.
Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 70D:
- More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in July 2013).
Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 80D:
- More detail: Has more megapixels (24 vs 20MP), which boosts linear resolution by 10%.
- Better image quality: Scores substantially higher (11 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
- Richer colors: Generates noticeably more natural colors (1.1 bits more color depth).
- More dynamic range: Captures a broader range of light and dark details (1.6 EV of extra DR).
- Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 5+).
- Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
- Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
- More complete view: Has a viewfinder with a larger field of view (100% vs 98%).
- Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low-frequency shooting.
- Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
- More modern: Reflects 2 years and 7 months of technical progress since the 70D launch.
The 80D is the contest’s undisputed winner if the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is used as a guide (12 : 1 points). However, the importance of specific attributes will vary across photographers, so while considering and selecting a new camera, you might wish to use your own weighing system to compare the summary points. A professional wedding photographer will regard camera differences differently from a travel photographer, and a cityscape photographer will have different needs from a macro photographer. As a result, choosing the best and most worthwhile camera is frequently a very subjective process.
What about further options? Do the Canon 70D and Canon 80D cameras rank among the best in their class based on their specifications? Check out the most recent Best DSLR Camera ranking to see if the two cameras are among the best.
In any case, while a camera’s potential as a photographic tool can be revealed through a spec-based evaluation, little can be learned about, for instance, the shooting experience and imaging capabilities of the 70D and the 80D in actual use. User reviews, like those found on amazon, can sometimes provide helpful insight into these problems, but they are frequently insufficient, inconsistent, and unreliable.
This is where professional reviews come into play. The table below summarises the camera evaluations of some of the most popular photo equipment review websites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, professional reviewers generally agree on the quality of various cameras, but occasionally their opinions differ, supporting the earlier assertion that selecting a camera is frequently a very personal decision.
| Camera |
| AP |
| CL |
| DCW |
| DPR |
| EPZ |
| PB |
|Canon 70D||5/5||+ +||..||83/100||4.5/5||5/5||Jul 2013||1,199||ebay.com|
|Canon 80D||4/5||+ +||4.5/5||84/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Feb 2016||1,199||ebay.com|
|Canon 90D||4/5||+||4.5/5||85/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Aug 2019||1,199||amazon.com|
|Canon 6D Mark II||4/5||+||4/5||80/100||4.5/5||4/5||Jun 2017||1,999||amazon.com|
|Canon G3 X||3.5/5||+||..||..||4.5/5||4/5||Jun 2015||999||amazon.com|
|Canon 7D II||4.5/5||+||3.5/5||84/100||4/5||4.5/5||Sep 2014||1,799||ebay.com|
|Canon 6D||5/5||+ +||..||83/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Sep 2012||2,099||ebay.com|
|Canon 60D||5/5||+||..||79/100||4/5||4.5/5||Aug 2010||1,399||ebay.com|
|Canon 7D||5/5||+ +||..||84/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Sep 2009||1,699||ebay.com|
|Canon 50D||..||+ +||..||+ +||4.5/5||4.5/5||Aug 2008||1,299||ebay.com|
|Nikon D7500||4.5/5||+ +||4.5/5||86/100||5/5||4.5/5||Apr 2017||1,299||amazon.com|
|Nikon D7100||5/5||+ +||..||85/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Feb 2013||1,199||ebay.com|
|Sony RX10 II||5/5||+ +||..||82/100||4.5/5||4/5||Jun 2015||1,299||ebay.com|
|Sony RX10||5/5||+||..||80/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Oct 2013||1,299||ebay.com|
However, caution should be used when evaluating the review ratings above. The evaluations were made in comparison to cameras from the same technical generation that were similar. Thus, comparing ratings of extremely different cameras or ones that are widely apart in terms of their release dates has limited value because a score needs to be put into the context of the debut date and the launch price of the camera. Please keep in mind that some of the review websites have modified their reporting and methodology over time.
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Specifications: Canon 70D vs Canon 80D
For a quick review of their similarities and differences, the two cameras’ specifications are side by side compared below.
|Camera Model||Canon 70D||Canon 80D|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF mount lenses||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||July 2013||February 2016|
|Launch Price||USD 1,199||USD 1,199|
|Sensor Specs||Canon 70D||Canon 80D|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.5 x 15.0 mm||22.5 x 15.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||337.5 mm2||337.5 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||27 mm||27 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||20 Megapixels||24 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5472 x 3648 pixels||6000 x 4000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||4.11 μm||3.75 μm|
|Pixel Density||5.91 MP/cm2||7.11 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 – 12,800 ISO||100 – 16,000 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 – 25,600 ISO||100 – 25,600 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 5+||DIGIC 6|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||68||79|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.5||23.6|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||11.6||13.2|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||926||1135|
|Screen Specs||Canon 70D||Canon 80D|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||98%||100%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View||Live View|
|Rear LCD Size||3.0inch||3.0inch|
|LCD Resolution||1040k dots||1040k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Swivel screen||Swivel screen|
|Shooting Specs||Canon 70D||Canon 80D|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF||Phase-detect AF|
|Continuous Shooting||7 shutter flaps/s||7 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations||100 000 actuations|
|Time-Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer||Intervalometer built-in|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I||UHS-I|
|Connectivity Specs||Canon 70D||Canon 80D|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port||External MIC port|
|Headphone Socket||no Headphone port||Headphone port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in||Wifi built-in|
|Near-Field Communication||no NFC||NFC built-in|
|Body Specs||Canon 70D||Canon 80D|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||920 shots per charge||960 shots per charge|
|Body Dimensions||139 x 104 x 79 mm|
(5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 in)
|139 x 105 x 79 mm|
(5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 in)
|Camera Weight||755 g (26.6 oz)||730 g (25.8 oz)|