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The Nikon D5600 Vs. The Canon 80D
If you’re in the market for a good, all-around DSLR camera, two of the more popular choices are the Nikon D5600 and the Canon 80D.
Based on name alone, you can be assured of quality and durability. Both Nikon and Canon have a sterling history of manufacturing top end cameras and have built a strong following among professional and casual photographers.
The Nikon 5600 is recognized as an entry level DSLR camera while the Canon D80 is considered a mid-range option. The main reason for this is the more compact nature of the Nikon 5600.
At 124 x 97 x 70mm and 465gm, the Nikon 5600 is smaller and lighter than the 139 x 105 x 79 mm and 730gm Canon 80D. Lightness and compact size are plusses if you’re going on long mountain treks for nature photography.
Here are common features you can find in both the Nikon D5600 and the Canon 80D cameras:
- Wireless Connectivity – Easier connectivity
- Articulating Screen – Allows for flexible shooting positions
- Built- in Flash – Important under low- light conditions
- External Flash Shoe – Important for flash photography
- Touch Screen – Convenient access to features
- Optical Viewfinder – Better framing and more control
- RAW Support – Better quality of images
- Face Detection Focus – Ideal for portraits
- Max Resolution – More detailed images and allows for larger prints
- LCD Screen Resolution – Higher resolution
- Microphone Port – High quality audio recording
- Time Lapse Recording – Perfect for creative imaging
Now let’s compare the Nikon D5600 and the Canon 80D using key areas of photography:
- Sensor Size – Both DSLR use APS-C sensors but the Nikon D5600’s is larger at 23.5 x 15.6mm versus 22.5 x 15mm for the Canon 80D. Thus even though the resolution for both cameras is the same, you should expect the Nikon D5600 to shoot clearer and sharper images.
- AF Points – The Nikon D5600 and the Canon 80D have excellent tracking systems. But with a 45 AF point system, the Canon 80D has greater accuracy and speed in capturing images compared to Nikon D5600 which only has 39 AF points.
- Shutter Speed – If you want to capture fast moving objects, you need a camera with fast shutter speed. And that advantage would go to the Canon 80D with a shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds. The Nikon D5600 is slightly behind with a shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds.
- Continuous Shooting Speed – The Canon 80D has a continuous shooting speed of 7fps which is faster than the Nikon D5600 at 5fps. Thus, if you want to become a sports photographer, the Canon 80D would be the better choice.
- Display – The Nikon D5600 compared to the Canon D80 boasts of a larger display. The Nikon D5600 has a 3.2” Rear Touch Screen Swivel LCD compared to the Canon D80 with a display size of 3.0” 1.04m – dot Vari- Angle Touch Screen.
- Battery Life – The Canon D80 can 960 shots on a single charge compared to 480 for the Nikon D5600. That’s twice the number of shots!
- Durability – As mentioned, both cameras are durable but the Canon D80 has a special environmental sealing which makes it more ideal for shooting outdoors when conditions are tough.
Both cameras were put to a test to determine which one shot better images under different conditions. The results were as follows:
- Portrait Photography – Nikon D5600
- Street Photography – Nikon D5600
- Sports Photography – Canon D80
- Daily Photography – Canon D80
- Landscape Photography – Tie
At this point you must be thinking “Should I buy the Nikon D5600 or the Canon D80?”
Although the advantages seem to favor the Canon D80, both cameras will definitely deliver the goods.
- But if you are more into action photography the Canon D80 should be your camera of choice.
- Still Life photography and portraits are best shot with the Nikon D5600.