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The 80D looks extremely similar to the previous model (70D) but look inside and there have been some significant upgrades. The 80D features an all new 24MP "DualPixel CMOS AF" sensor - the sensor not only captures the image, it also acts as part of the autofocus system. This significantly improves autofocus capability when using the camera in Live View mode (using the LCD screen as the viewfinder). It is still not as fast as normal viewfinder operation, but the gap is closing. The autofocus system is also upgraded - the 80D uses 45 focuspoints compared to the 19 points in the 70D.

The most significant update for dental use is the two Custom Modes (C1 and C2). This allows us to pre-program the 80D so that C1 is set for portrait views and C2 is set for all of the closeup views. Simply choose the custom mode for the view(s) you are taking and focus and shoot.

The Custom Modes are also nice in case someone changes settings on the camera. To get back to the proper settings, you simply turn the dial to another mode and then back to the User Mode - all of the pre-programmed settings are then restored.

Additional changes include:

- the lastest Canon Digic 6 processor (faster than the Digic 5 in the 70D)
- full LCD touchscreen control
- built-in Wi-Fi for image sharing and camera control from a smartphone or tablet (Canon offers a free app)
- 7 frame-per-second continuous shooting for recreational shooting
- built-in electronic viewfinder gridscreen

Built-in Wi-Fi is a very nice addition to the 80D but it doesn't work the way that most dental offices would like. You can use your smartphone, tablet or computer to view images on the camera's memory card and you can also control the camera using one of these devices as a live view remote. You can also transfer images once they have been captured on the memory card, but the camera will not automatically transfer the images to a device.

The Canon MR-14EX II macro flash is the first of four flash options. The MR-14EX II's flash head is shaped like a ring flash, but it is actually "split" into two arced tubes. This gives you the even illumination of a ring, but still allows you to vary the power from side to side. This affords you more creative control over the lighting. (shown above - image #1)


The second option is the Metz MS-1 wireless macro flash. The Rebel T7i and 77D are the latest Rebel models that have a built-in wireless speedlight controller. To use the Rebel T7i or 77D with the Metz MS-1, you simply pop-up the built-in flash and camera controls the flash output for a proper exposure every time. This combination is lighter and more balanced than the other two flashes as there is no power pack on top of the camera or a cable from the camera to the flash.
(shown above - image #3)


The third option is the Canon 270EX II Wireless Macro System with R2-U Bracket (shown below). The package includes two Canon 270EX II flashes and the R2 bracket. The 80D's built-in wireless flash transmitter which controls the Canon flashes for a perfect exposure.
(shown above - image #2 and below)


The fourth option is the Nissin i40 Wireless Macro System with R2-U Bracket. The package includes two Nissin i40 flashes and the R2 bracket. The built-in wireless flash transmitter controls the Nissin flashes for a perfect exposure.

There are three lens options for the 80D: the Tokina 100mm macro lens (18oz.), the Canon EF 100mm macro lens (20.5oz.) and the Canon EF 100mm L macro lens (22oz.). All three lenses offer very similar optical quality while the Canon EF 100mm L macro lens adds Canon's Image Stabilization (IS) system. The IS system makes focusing easier - a sophisticated system measures movement and counteracts the movement by shifting lens elements. If you are taking a mirror shot and you have the mirror in one hand and the camera in the other, you will be amazed how much more stable the image is in the viewfinder. The 100mm L macro also features higher quality glass elements for the sharpest possible image. If you have any questions about which lens is best for your needs, please call us.

This table shows the evolution of the Canon xxD camera models:

Model Date Announced Resolution Wireless Flash LCD Screen Wi-Fi Live View Video
D30 4/2000 3.1MP No 1.8" No No No
D60 2/2002 6.3MP No 1.8" No No No
10D 2/2003 6.3MP No 1.8" No No No
20D 8/2004 8.2MP No 1.8" No No No
30D 2/2006 8.2MP No 2.5" No No No
40D 8/2007 10.1MP No 3.0" No Yes No
50D 8/2008 15.1MP No 3.0" hi-res. No Yes No
60D 8/2010 18.0MP Yes 3.0" hi-res.(3:2)
articulating LCD
No Yes Yes 1080p HD
70D 7/2013 20.2MP Yes 3.0" hi-res.(3:2)
articulating LCD touchscreen
Yes Yes Yes 1080p HD
80D 2/2016 24MP Yes 3.0" hi-res.(3:2)
articulating LCD touchscreen
Yes Yes Yes 1080p HD


Click here to open a chart comparing the specs of the Canon & Nikon SLR cameras


What's Included in the Package?
Complete systems (camera, lens and flash) also include an 8GB memory card, USB memory card reader and a professional grade hard case. The case is designed to hold the camera completely assembled and well protected.

The complete camera system is pre-assembled and tested. It is shipped to you in a professional hard case with custom PhotoMed instructions for clinical use. The complete system also includes unlimited telephone/email technical support and loan equipment support if anything ever needs repair (Continental U.S. only). Unlike other sources, we never charge for tech support or loan equipment (except shipping charges).

Accessories are too numerous to list here. PhotoMed carries everything you might need for your 80D: memory cards, memory card readers, recreational lenses, etc. Give us a call and we'll help you decide which accessories will work best for you.

Our technical experts have answers to all your digital questions. Call for more information.


Canon 80D System Pricing
There are three lens and three flash choices for our Canon 80D Systems - use the grid below to determine the price of your system. Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding lens and flash configuration.
80D Systems w/Tokina 100mm lens w/Canon 100mm lens w/Canon L 100mm lens
w/Metz MS-1
macro flash
$2549.00
$2699.00
$3099.00
w/Canon MR-14EX II
macro flash
$2749.00
$2949.00
$3399.00
w/(2) Canon 270EX II flashes
and R2-U Bracket
n/a* (see note below)
$2899.00
$3299.00
w/(2) Nissin i40 flashes
and R2-U Bracket
n/a* (see note below)
$3039.00
$3439.00

* This option is not recommended as the Tokina lens extends in/out as it is focused making it more difficult to use with the R2 bracket.



Canon 80D Options and Recommended Accessories
Listed below are popular accessories for the Canon 80D. Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding options or accessories.
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only $99 when purchased with a camera system - reg. $149
$99.00
AAA Rechargeable NiMH battery kit - quick charger and 4 AAA batteries
(recommended for use with Metz MS-1 macro flash)
29.00
AA Rechargeable NiMH battery kit - quick charger and 4 AA batteries
(recommended for use with Canon macro flashes)
29.00
Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS II Zoom Lens (White Box packaging) Compare at $199
99.00
8GB SD Class 10 Memory Card - high speed SD memory card for HD video recording
15.00
16GB SD Class 10 Memory Card - high speed SD memory card for HD video recording
20.00
32GB SD Class 10 Memory Card - high speed SD memory card for HD video recording
25.00
extra lithium-ion rechargeable battery for Canon 80D
70.00


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