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Pentax K-70 vs Canon 80D

Pentax K-70 vs Canon 80 image

Pentax is giving us excellent core specification at a very affordable price tag, the K-70 is a prime example of what other camera companies can also offer at the same price range.
Here we are comparing Canon 80D with Pentax K-70, the comparison may look biased to you since Canon 80D is made for professionals and K-70 is a mid-range camera made for serious amateur photographers. Take a look at

Pentax K-70 vs Canon 80D

Features/ Models Pentax K-70
Canon 80D
Sensor 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Image stabilization Sensor-shift No
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor PRIME MII DIGIC 6
AF system Phase detect +Contrast detect
Phase detect + Contrast detect
AF points 11 45
ISO Auto, 100-102400 100-25600
Shutter Min/ mix 60-1/6000 30 -1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 6fps 7fps
Video Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps
Display 3.0″ 921k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In Wi-Fi Built-In Wi-Fi
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life 410 960
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74 mm
147 x 115 x 81 mm
Weight 688 g 860 g

Before we start the comparison of both the camera I would like to talk a little bit about Canon 80D

Facts you must know– Canon 80D was announced after Canon 7D Mark II, the announcement was only few months apart but when have seen the sample images of the camera we are highly surprised that Canon 80D sensor was performing better than the Canon 7D Mark II, Take a look at the High ISO test of both the camera and the reason behind the better performance of Canon 80D compared to Canon 7D Mark II.

Both camera features physically almost same sensor size, the Resolution of both the camera is almost same as well as both camera supports hybrid AF system, despite of the fact that Canon uses entirely different technology in which the sensor doesn’t carry any single dead Phase AF pixels inside the sensor as the Pentax does have dedicated array of Phase AF pixels responsible for quick focusing while shooting at live view mode and video.

Advance Phase AF sensor inside the Canon 80D – Canon 80D uses advance Phase AF module inside the camera, the Canon 80D comes with 45 AF points on the other side we have Pentax K-70 camera that features 11 points AF, while shooting through the viewfinder Canon 80D will sure have better coverage compared to Pentax.

TIP: Click here to see Best Lenses for Canon 80D DSLR

Pentax-K70 the new low-light king? We have no doubt when we look at the specification sheet of the Pentax K-70 DSLR camera, the Pentax K-70 High ISO range goes upto 102400 which is completely unbelievable and Canon 80D remains limited to ISO 25600.. Which is really bad.

However we will add High ISO test between these two camera here as soon as we get any.

Canon 80D is offering bit better continues shooting speed as well as better shutter range compared to Pentax K-70 camera.

Verdict: Both the camera are good, finally you have to decide which camera you want to buy. If you want a camera that will perform better in low light condition then you should go with penatxc K-70 DSLr camera whereas Canon 80D is also a excellent choice.

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Also see – Canon 80D vs Canon 6D –  Crop sensor or Fullframe – which Canon camera should you buy right now.

Canon 80D vs Canon 6D

Canon 80D vs Canon 6D imageWhich camera should you buy ? Canon 80D or Canon 6D ?, Well we have done a detailed specification comparison review with High ISO test, to fine out the best camera for you.

Features/ Models Canon 80D Canon 6D
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor 20.2 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C – 22.5 x 15 mm Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Low pass filter No No
Image processor DIGIC6 Digic 5+
Image Stabilization No No
AF system 45 points (all points cross type) 11 Point AF
ISO 100-16000 Standard and 100-25600 Expandable 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
Shutter Min/ mix 30   -1/8000 30 sec- 1/4000 sec
Continuous shooting speed 7fps 4.5
Video Full HD 60fps Full HD 30fps
Display 3 inches 1.04 million dot Vari-angle LCD 3.2″ 2,539k-Dot  LCD Display
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Wi-Fi, NFC. Remote shooting Built-In Wi-Fi
Environmentally sealed Yes No
Dimensions 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm 145 x 111 x 71 mm
Weight 730g  770 g

Sensor size difference:

Sensor size comparisonAs you can see the sensor size of Canon fullframe camera vs Canon APS-C camera, large sensor will gather more light compared to the APS-C sensor resulting more details and better nosie performance.

Advance AF system inside the Canon 80D camera: Canon 80D  features advance AF system compared to Canon 6D camera.

The Canon 80D uses Dual AF system – 1. Phase AF module inside the camera and 2. Dual pixel CMOS AF sensor. The Canon 80D uses Dual pixel CMOS AF Sensor and Phase AF Module with 45 Point AF (all cross type), on the other side we have Canon 6D and it features 11 Point AF system only.

The other major difference is the use of Hybrid CMOS AF sensor inside the Canon 80D camera and with the help of the Hybrid Sensor the camera can do Blazing fast AF while shooting in live-view mode or Video mode. However, since the camera uses traditional contrast detect sensor the camera uses contrast AF system while shooting in live-view or video mode.

Fast Continuous shooting speed featured by Canon 80D camera, while having more resolution and the Canon 80D features fast continuous shooting speed compared to Canon 6D camera.

Canon 80D vs Canon 6D back image

Canon 80D offers vari-angle LCD screen, Canon 6D features fixed LCD display.

Better Video mode in Canon 80D camera: Canon 80D camera features Full HD  video recording @ 60 frames per second on the other hand the Canon 6D is Full HD video mode is limited to 30frames per second.

The other biggest difference in the video mode of both the camera is AF speed, with the help of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology the Canon 80D camera is able to do balzing fast AF during video mode and on the other side we have Canon 6D camera with traditional CMOS Sensor that uses slow and sluggish contrast detect AF system while recording a Video.

For sports shooter and videographers we recommend Canon 80D camera.

TIP: Best Lenses for Canon 80D DSLR

The High ISO test between the Canon 80D and Canon 6D camera clearly shows the difference between the image quality of both the camera.

High ISO Test

Canon 80D vs Canon 6D High ISO Test [ Click here to Jump on Verdict]

Canon 80D @ ISO 1600Canon 80D ISO 1600 Canon 6D @ ISO 1600Canon 6D ISO 1600
 Canon 80D ISO @ ISO 6400Canon 80D ISO 6400  Canon 6D @ ISO 6400Canon 6D 6400
 Canon 80D @25600Canon 80D ISO 25600  Canon 6D @ ISO 25600 Canon 6D ISO 25600

Image quality analysis: Starting from the ISO 25600 the difference is clearly visible, the Canon 80D image is un-usable. At ISO 6400 Canon 6D showing flawless image with super details and clarity on the other side the Canon 80D look bit fuzzy. You can look at the images of both camera at ISO 1600, Canon 6D still clearly wins. Undoubtedly Canon 6D delivers better image quality compared to Canon 80D.’

Verdict:

For still shooter who looking for image quality only we highly recommend you to get Canon 6D camera.

Spend $500 more and get a Canon 6D, It’s a is a better camera compared to Canon 80D. The bigger fullframe sensor inside the Canon 6D gives out more details compared to Canon 80D smaller sensor as you can see in the High ISO test images of both the camera. The photodiodes inside the Canon 6D camera is also bigger, since despite of having smaller sensor area the Canon 80D features 19% more pixels and due to the more pixel density the light gathering capability of every single pixel drops dramatically.

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Best Lenses for Canon 80D Camera

Best lenses for Canon 80DBest Lenses for Canon 80D camera, so you are here to see recommended lenses of Canon 80D, but before that I think you already know that Canon 80D is one of the best DSLRs that Canon Ever made. The sensor is developed on new architecture to maintain more dynamic range compared to previous generation of Canon sensors. The 45 Point AF module and the Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Technology will help you to get crystal clear images without a doubt.

A Quick Canon EOS 80D Lens Cheat Sheet

Best Lenses Category
Best Canon Portrait Lenses Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART [Highly recommended]
 Best Pro Kit-Lens Sigma 18-35mm F1.8
 Best Tele-photo Zoom Lens Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM Lens
 Best Sports and Wild-Life Shooting Lens Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS II USM Lens
 Best Wide angle Prime Lens Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens
Best Macro Lens for Canon 80D camera Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

 

1. Best Canon Lenses for Canon 80D

Starting from good and affordable Portrait Lens

Canon-50mm-Lens-image

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Canon 50mm F1.8 STM

The recently announced Canon STM lens uses STM stepping motor  that makes the lens perfect for Still and Video shooting from Canon 80D camera.  The Lens supports Movie Servo Function of the Canon 80D camera and will give you near silent shooting experience without adding the AF noise of the lens in your videos.

The Good: Affordable, Works very well in still or video mode

Bad: None


2. Best Canon Professional Portrait Lens

Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART

Canon 80D best Portrait lens imageBuy this Lens from Amazon and B&H

The Best portrait Lens for Professional still work, yes even better than Canon 50mm F1.2 L and cost less. The lens gives you super sharp images even when used at wide maximum aperture range. Believe me if you use this lens on 5DSR camera will get perfect sharpness at maximum resolution.   The sharpness is incredible in the corners and lack of chromatic aberrations makes it perfect for professional work.

The Good: Best of class image quality

The Bad: Price is bit high

 


3. Recommended Pro Kit-Lens for Canon 80D

Canon 17-55mm F2.8

Canon 80D best event shooting lens imageBuy this Lens from Amazon | B&H

Canon 17-55mm F2.8 need no introduction, the lens features constant F2.8 aperture and built in image stabilization. The lens generates excellent bokeh at F2.8 and gives you sharp images throughout the zoom range, keep in mind that lens is not too expensive for the quality you receive.

The Good: Covers a wide range, Fixed F2.8 aperture and gives sharp images

The Bad: Price

World Best low-light Zoom Lens for Canon 80D Camera, Highly recommended for shooting event, wedding and

Better alternative of Canon 17-55mm Lens is Sigma 18-35mm F1.8


 

4. Best Kit Lens for Canon 80D

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Sigma 17-35 F1.8 lens imageSigma 17-35mm F1.8 Lens from Amazon | B&H

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens is world only lens zoom lens that features constant F1.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. The lens is low-light friendly and gives out excellent images with creamy bokeh. This lens is now on top of my Canon 7D Mk II camera all the time.

The Good: Constant F1.8 Aperture, Sharp images and creamy bokeh.

The Bad: None


5. Best Tele-photo Zoom Lens for Canon 80D

Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Canon 80D best zoom lens Canon 70-300mm L Lens Buy Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6LUSM Amazon || B&H |||| Amazon UK

We recommend you to get 70-300mm L IS USM lens if you want pro output from your images. The 70-300mm L IS USM is undoubtedly the best zoom lens for Canon 80D DSLR, the lens produces tack sharp images even at the 300mm end. The Lens is also very good at street shooting due to its Two mode optical Image Stabilization System increases usability by approximately four stops.

The Good: Excellent Image Quality, Solid build and Image Stabilization.

The Bad: Price

Alternative: If you are on budget you can get 70-300mm Non L Lens [Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM], captures stunning images when used at F7 aperture


6. Best Sports and Wild-Life Shooting Lens

Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS II USM Lens

Canon 80D best sports lens imageBuy Canon 70-200mm F2.8 Lens from Amazon | B&H

On of the best lenses ever made by Canon, the 70-200mm is a multi-purpose lens can be used for sports, wildlife photography or you can also use this lens to capture stunning portraits with super creamy bokeh. The ultrasonic AF motor of this Lens Lock AF in no time, it produces extremely sharp images with enormous amount of details. The IS II Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. One of the best lenses Canon ever made.

The Good: A Prime example of performance, speed and Quality

The Bad: Price


7. Best Wide angle Prime Lens for Canon 80D

Before we begin you must know that two ultra wide zoom lens for Canon 80D available

  1. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens ($649) Amazon and B&H (announced on 2004, Canon should announce its new version)
  2. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens ($279) Amazon and B&H (we recommend 10-18mm IS STM)

Best Wide-angle Lens

. Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM VS Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens was introduced back on 2004, the lens and waiting to be replaced by a new version, the lens does offers bit sharp images when compared to Canon 10-18mm lens when used at Max aperture, but when you use them at standard aperture settings used for capturing Landscape or Architecture, you won’t going to notice any difference. Canon 10-18mm lens is the best choice for you if you want best wide-angle zoom lens made by Canon.

If you are a DXO Mark Lab fan than you must know that the DXOMark score of Canon 10-22mm USM Lens is 13 and Canon 10-18mm STM IS Lens score is 12. Very minor difference in optics quality of both the lenses.

Recommended Wide-angle zoom Lens

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Canon 10-18mm Lens imageBuy Canon 10-18mm Lens from B&H and Amazon

The Canon 10-18mm Lens is the most affordable and best wide angle lens that you could find. The picture quality is good and STM motors inside the lens offers silent and fast autofocusing.  The lens also features built-in image stabilization that 10-22mm lens is actually missing/ Also recommended for still as well as video purpose.

 The Good: Affordable, sharp, Image Stabilization and STM

The Bad: None


 

If you are strictly looking for quality in your Wide-angle shots than you must get Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens

8. Best Wide angle Lens for Canon 80D

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens

Canon Tokina LensesBuy this lens from Amazon | Amazon UK | B&H Store

One of the best third party lens available for Canon 80D camera is Tokina 11-16mm lens, the lens will give you outstanding image quality and sharp images, yep even better than Canon made 10-18mm Lens, for this lens only I have included the MTF chart of the lens so you can see the lens produces super sharp images even when used at wide aperture setting .

MTF-chart-of-tokina


 

 Best Macro Lens for Canon 80D camera

9. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon best macro lens imageBuy Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM form Amazon

The best macro lenses for Canon 80D camera is 100mm F2.8 Lens, the 100mm lens can also be used to take stunning close-up portrait shots. The features Canon’s Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology that helps you to capture hand-held shots without the use of tripods all the time.  It’s near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and high quality optics that delivers excellent color and contrast and the lens also features dust and moist resistance body, highly recommended for canon 80D DSLR.


Canon 80D Buying Advice

Creating a perfect Bag and selecting best lenses by keeping eye on budget and your need

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Canon 80D – 18-35mm F1.8 – View Full Size

The best all in one Lens available for Canon 80D camera is undoubtedly Canon 17-55mm F2.8 Lens but once I have used the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens it changed my mind. The Canon 17-55mm F2.8 lens will cost you approx same as Sigma lens but by losing some focal length you get a F1.8 Zoom Lens. With Sigam F1.8 you get super creamy Bokeh, excellent low light performance and sharpness is unmatched. It’s a perfect PRO lens for a camera like EOS 80D.

For those who want a perfect zoom lens for your Canon 80D camera we recommend you to get 70-300mm L IS USM lens, it’s one of the prefect zoom lens Canon ever made. But sadly it’s cost more than the camera body itself.

canon-10-18mm-lens

Canon 80D + 10-18mm IS STM Lens – View Full Size

For those who want to get perfect landscape and architecture shot we recommend you to get 10-18mm STM lens, of course many old photographers will recommend you to go and buy 10-22mm USM but don’t listen to them. I do agree that 10-22mm s slightly sharper which is visible during lab test. Otherwise the 10-18mm lens is affordable  ($599 vs $279) and STM lens will allow you to record noise free video (lens is optimized for video recording) and feature built-in optical image stabilization (OIS absent in 10-22mm). Hence we highly recommend you to get 10-18mm STM if you are interested in landscapes and other wide-angle photos.

Canon 80D Sensor Showing Excellent Dynamic Range

Canon 80D image

Canon 80D Sensor Showing Excellent Dynamic Range compared to Canon 70D camera during the test conducted by dpreview team, you can see the test results below
Canon 80D vs 70D image Comparison imageNew Sensor design is the actual reason behind the increased dynamic range. The new sensor design is implemented on recently announced Canon 80D and Canon 1DX Mark II camera. In general Canon sensors AD/DA unit (analogue to digital converter) was placed away from sensor resulting more noise in image due to longer electrical path. Now the sensors of Canon 1DX Mk II and Canon 80D sensors have on-chip AD/DA converter, by shortening the electrical path the electrical noise generated is minimize resulting better images.

So finally we may see a positive review from DxOMark Lab report.

More details at Dpreview

Also take a look at – Canon 80D vs Canon 70D vs Nikon D7200 – High ISO Test

Canon 80D vs Canon 70D vs Nikon D7200 - High ISO Test

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We are comparing Canon 80D vs Canon 70D vs Nikon D7200 to find out the best camera for you. The Canon 80D is announced by Canon on Feb 17, 2016. Let’s talk a bit about the Canon 80D, the Canon upgraded the core specification of Canon 70D to a new level. we have also done a specification comparison review here so you can look at the detailed up-gradation report of Canon 80D.

Why Canon 80D is a camera of next generation – We will talk about the sensor part later here we are discussing the overall technologies used inside the camera.

The Canon 80D uses Two Different AF system. The Phase AF module and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. So when you are using the Viewfinder the Phase AF module of the camera is active and when you are using live view display or shooting a video the Dual-Picel AF system gets activated.

Whereas the Nikon D7200 uses only Phase AF module  and the camera sensor is traditional and limited to contrast AF only.

Hence the Canon 80D is able to acquire quick AF on subjects compared to Nikon D7200 while recording video or shooting subjects with  live-view mode on.

Canon 80D have advance AF system but Nikon D7200 offers better image quality.

Bit Surprisingly the Traditional Contrast detect Sensor of Nikon D7200 shows more details compared to Canon 80D at base ISO level (ISO 100)

Nikon D7200 vs 80D at ISO 100 Continue reading Canon 80D vs Canon 70D vs Nikon D7200 – High ISO Test

Canon 80D User Manual Download

Canon-80D-user-manual-imageCanon 80D announced by Canon few days ago, you can see the announcement article, sample images and we will also soon publish all the comparison related to the Canon 80D camera.

Click here to download the PDF Manual of Canon 80D

The recently announced Canon 80D camera is a decent upgrade over Canon 70D and brings a bunch of new features inside  it – take a look at the Canon 70D vs Canon 80D specification comparison review here.

Canon 80D vs Canon 70D - Major Differences

Canon-80D-vs-Canon-70D-imagCanon 80D vs Canon 70D, Canon 70D successor does have enough changes to make you spend $1K cash on it, let’s find out.

Features/ Models Canon 80D Canon 70D
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
Sensor size APS-C – 22.5 x 15 mm APS-C – 22.5 x 15 mm
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor DIGIC6 DIGIC 5+
Image Stabilization No No
AF system 45 points (all points cross type) 19-Point All Cross-Type
ISO 100-16000 Standard and 100-25600 Expandable 100-12800 Standard and 100-25600 Expandable
Shutter Min/ mix Shutter 30 seconds -1/8000  Shutter 30 seconds -1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 7fps 7 fps
Video Full HD 60fps Full HD 30fps
Display 3 inches 1.04 million dot Vari-angle LCD 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Wi-Fi, NFC. Remote shooting Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Environmentally sealed No No
Battery life
Dimensions 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5 mm
Weight 650g 755 g

 

SENSOR – Canon 80D is better than Canon 70D – Yes

The sensor inside the Canon 80D is completely new and features more standard ISO range compared to the Canon 70D camera, 4+ pixels inside the sensor resolution will add more details yo your images by maitning the same or may be better level of low-light performance.

Auto Fous – Canon EOS 80D is Better than Canon EOS 70D

Upgraded Phase AF Module AF System (45 vs 19 AF points)

The camera features upgraded Phase AF moudle AF system that carries 45 Points all cross type and the most advance part of this camera is 27 of the points are capable of focusing down to f/8 while shooting with super tele-photo lenses. Canon 70D AF system was limited to 19 point AF only, so its a big positive change on terms of dedicated Phase AF module inside the camera.

Upgraded Dual Pixel CMOS AF System inside Canon 80D (Fast AF during live shooting )

We have completely new Dual pixel CMOS AF sensor inside the  of the Canon 80D camera, the 24MP camera sensor is developed with next generation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology used inside the Canon 7D Mark II camera and its AF performance during Live view shooting and video recording is significantly better than Canon EOS 70D.

Advance Image processor inside the Canon 80D compared to Canon 70D

The Canon 80D arrived with DIGIC 6 image processor inside the camera and the 70D was using Canon Dual DIGIC 6 image processor and as a result we can see slight increase in the performance speed of the Canon 80D DSLR.

Maintaing the Continuous shooting speed despite if increase in resolution – The Canon 80D carries 4MP + resolution compared to Canon 70D, but the continuous shooting speed of both the camera remains same.

Standard ISO range also pushed to approximate 1+ stop, the standard ISO range of the Canon 80D camera has been pushed up to 16000 but believe me it won’t going to show up any significant difference.

Canon 80D vs Canon 70D High ISO Test

Canon 70D vs Canon 80D ISO 6400 imageCanon 80D does show bit improvement over Canon 70D but that not sufficient to upgrade your Canon 70D camera with 80D, I will suggest you to wait  for Canon 90D or get a Fullframe camera.

Canon 80D or Canon 70D – Finale Verdict

Canon 80D features new sensor and advance AF system, hence you can see in the High ISO test that despite of increase in resolution the camera is still showing less noise compared to Canon 70D camera, hence we recommend you to get Canon 80D over Canon 70D.

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