Canon 80D vs. 70D (Is It Worth The Upgrade?)

Canon 80D vs. 70D (Is It Worth The Upgrade?)

– Hey there, Caleb Wojcik of DIY Video Guy here. In this video, I’m going to be talking about the Canon 80D, the new medium sized DSLR that they just announced yesterday versus the Canon 70D which has been out for a while, has become kind of a staple of what YouTubers are using to do their talking head videos or to vlog. So in this video I’m going to be talking about the differences between the two, so you can decide whether or not it makes sense to pay a little bit more to get the 80D or to stick with the 70D. So let’s get started. Available towards the end of March 2016, the 80D is going to have some upgrades over the 70D, the first of which being that it can shoot 60 frames per second in 1080p, versus 70D only shoots it in 720p. Also, you’re getting four more megapixels if you’re going from a 70D to the 80D. It’s going up to megapixels when you’re taking stills.

And you’re not going to get 4k video in this line of Canon cameras yet. This is a 60D. This shot 1080p like four years ago and the 80D is still not giving you 4k quite yet. So if you really want 4k, probably going to have to go with another brand for now or jump up to the XC10 from Canon, which is about $2,000. To breeze through a few more of the new features, it has a new battery, but the batteries are backwards compatible, they basically just put an N at the end of the LP-E6 batteries so they’ll last a little bit longer, with some new technology there.

Also, the headphone jack has been added. And the headphone and microphone jacks are also angled, so when you tilt the screen out, it doesn’t get blocked as quickly. Then you have other features like, you have an extra custom setting on the mode dial. So on the top here, instead of just one custom setting, you’ll actually have two. For some more still settings, you actually get more auto-focus points.

So, it’s jumping from 19 to 45, which is a added bonus. So if you are doing photography and you need to be able to have it pick a lot of different points, if you’re taking photos of action or things moving, it’ll be helpful to have all those extra focus points. Then there is continuous auto-focus in live view mode. So if you are not using the eye-piece, but you actually have your stills through the live view on the back, you can continuously auto-focus, which before you could only do that through the eye-piece on the 70D. The 70D added wi-fi, on top of the 60D, the one I have here.

But now the 80D also has near frequency communication, or NFC, so if you have a device like a phone or something like that where you can just put the camera up to it and transfer photos, that’s another way you can do so. Or you can still use wi-fi to get the photos to a computer or to a phone or tablet. The big jump going form 60D to 70D was a lot of auto-focus features, specifically in video mode. So, the face tracking and things like that. And the 80D also brings those back. So you can touch on the screen and change focus between different things in the frame, which is really, really helpful. The built in microphone is actually brought back to the front, it was placed on top here in the 70D for some reason. So it’s back towards the front like it is on the 60D. In the 80D, you have a maximum higher ISO, so you’re going to get a little bit better low-light performance or at least the ability to shoot more stuff in low-light, even if there is a lot of noise. Then, they announced three new pieces of equipment.

They announced a new kit lens that has a nano-USM auto-focus system. So it’s really, really fast at auto-focusing compared to the 18 to 135 kit lens that came with the camera before it. So if you’re just able to afford the camera body and one lens, then you’ll have better auto-focus ability with that lens. Now, an accessory that they just announced as well is the PZE1 power zoom adapter. And this thing sits on the bottom of your camera, underneath the lens, and you can use a motorized zoom feature instead of having to hand change the zoom, and it makes it really smooth looking. You can also change the speed so it zooms slower or faster. I don’t really ever zoom while I’m recording, I rarely, rarely do that, maybe I’ve done it, maybe, 10 times. But for certain types of things, if something’s happening and you’d need to zoom in on it, it’s going to better if it’s a little bit smoother.

So, that is about $150. Then, this next thing really surprised me. You get a shotgun microphone from Canon, which I don’t know if they’ve ever made microphones other than the ones that come in their cameras. But this is actually a shotgun microphone that you can put on top in a hot or cold shoe, plug it in through the microphone jack on a DSLR, and it’s about $250. That’s the DME1 shotgun microphone from Canon. Now the zoom adapter and the shotgun microphone are separate so that’s additional money you’re going to have to spend, but at a little over a $1,000 for the 80D, you are getting some upgraded features if you need the slo-mo, if you want more auto-focus points, if you want this new lens. There aren’t that many new changes to the 80D over the 70D though. There are a bunch of things that, in my opinion, are missing that should be added, and I’m not sure why they’re not. 4k video, most of Canon’s competition around this $1,000 price range have 4k video now, from Panasonic, Sony, other companies. You don’t have any flat picture profiles. So, you’re not going to get Canon log on this. If you’re going to want to use this and then grade it with cinematic color-correcting or grading later, you’re not going to get that.

You’re not going to get focus peaking. You’re not going to get zebra exposure warnings to know when you have your highlights blown out. You’re not going to get a clean HDMI output from this, where you could then record this signal on an external recorder without the interface and everything else in there. So, this is still just a, what I would consider, not entry-level because it’s not in the T-series or in the Rebel series. So it’s in the mid-range DSLRs and you actually do get some new features from the 70D, but I’m thinking if you’re saving hundreds of dollars to go 70D versus 80D, you probably don’t need to upgrade to 80D, unless you want the extra focus points, the slo-mo, maybe you really want that headphone jack. Those would be reasons I would upgrade, but at that point, you’re going to be able to save a few hundred dollars, probably to get a 70D secondhand or just a new one that’s been on the market for a while and put that money into lenses or audio or lighting or some other grouping.

So, that’s my recommendation and comparison of the new Canon 80D that they just announced and the Canon 70D. I’m biased towards video, stills wise it’s a little better with more megapixels and auto-focus points. Hope you figured out which one you’re in the market for or maybe it convinced you to go somewhere else and get some 4k or some other more dedicated video features like peaking and zebras and things like that. So, I’ve been Caleb Wojcik of DIY video guy, and I’ll see you in another one.

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