Canon 80D vs Nikon D720 Review: Which DSLR Is Still A Bang For A Buck For 2016?

17 October 2016, 2:00 pm EDT By C. de Lacy Mobile & Apps
A guest at Georgina Chapman's Marchesa studio for Canon's THE BIG MOMENT with the world's smallest and lightest DSLR on Dec. 17, 2013 in New York City.  ( Brian Ach/Getty Images for Canon )

While both cameras aren't exactly new, the Nikon D7200 and the Canon EOS 80D still stand through the test of time. Both of them are still worth purchasing if they are choices for upgrade. But which one provides that extra oomph not usually found on midrange cameras?

Here are some of the highs and lows of both cameras that make them better than each other on specific areas.

Release Date

One of the factor that consumers might be looking into initially is the release date. In this regard, the clear winner is the Canon EOS 80D as it was just out February this year. The Nikon D7200 has been released way back March 2015, making it almost one year older than the other.


While there's a huge gap between their release dates, both camera still have 24 megapixel sensors with almost identical crop factors. In terms of image quality, both the Nikon D7200 and Canon EOS 80D actually got a score of 84 on Dpreview.

This much should already be a good rough estimate of how the two compares and how they actually stand in the midrange to professional entry DSLRs.

Both cameras can also shoot 1080p HD videos that can be up to 60 frames per second and with manual exposure controls.


This factor is where the two differs greatly. Despite being almost a year older than the Canon EOS 80D, the Nikon D7200 has still has a bit of an advantage in terms of the other features.

One feature is that the Nikon D7200 has its own focus motor, making it easier to find lenses that will work for along with the function, especially those who are a bit low on the budget. The Canon EOS 80D, does not have this feature and the autofocus function will still rely on the lenses.

The Nikon D7200 also has about 10 percent more focus points, which can be handy on burst shooting and action shots. That isn't to say that Canon 80D's 45 auto focus points are lagging behind as it still gets the job done.

Both cameras are weather-sealed, making them very suitable for extreme outdoor activities.

The only advantage that the Canon 80D has over the Nikon D7200 is the touchscreen feature, its flip-out screen, which can be very useful on certain scenarios and the use of magic lantern.


This is another tie-breaker, which could prove deciding between the two a bit tricky. Both the Nikon D7200 and Canon EOS 80D are priced starting at $1,199.

In the end, it would still depend your certain brand preference. Both the Nikon D7200 and Canon EOS 80D are good and have their own strengths and almost no weaknesses compared to the rest at this price range. Making a mistake of buying one in favor of the other is hardly a mistake at all.

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