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Vlogging is a popular way to take an idea and turn it into a video on whatever topic a person desires. The one drawback has been the need to be able to shoot the video outside of those situations where subjects and lighting can be controlled, such as in a studio.

The Canon EOS 80D camera possesses an Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% coverage so as to provide for a clear view while taking superlative still photos and shooting Full HD video at 60fps. It is well suited for vlogging, and here are the five reasons why.

1. Focus

A moving subject requires that a camera’s autofocus is able to keep up with their movements and make adjustments “on the fly” as necessary, for example, keeping focus on a person in a crowd or wherever the subject is not stationary. The EOS 80D uses a powerful 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and smooth autofocus that locks in on the subjects with a tap of the touch screen and keeps it there automatically. This allows the camera operator to keep their attention focused on framing what is being shot and not have to worry about the focus.

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2. Vari-angle Touch Screen Monitor

Being able to correctly monitor exactly what is being seen even as the camera’s position changes can sometimes be difficult due to the angle the camera must be held at. But since the EOS 80D’s touch screen is articulating — able to swing out and rotate up to 270 degrees vertically and up to 175 degrees horizontally — it becomes possible to shoot video at varying angles while still seeing it on the screen, even if it is the camera operator who is being filmed. The screen is also coated to help minimize smudges, responds to touch commands and maintains a clear image even in bright light.

3. The ISO range

Vlogging can occur in any kind of light, be that bright or dim, and isn’t confined to only situations where the subject is well lit. The EOS 80D has an ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 16000/25600) and its DIGIC 6

Image processor’s noise-reduction technology provides for outstanding performance regardless of light conditions when shooting video.

4. High Dynamic Range

Vlogging requires the ability to shoot anywhere, no matter what the quality of the light is. The EOS 80D takes advantage of High Dynamic Range by employing HDRM movie mode — which captures two HD movie frames at different exposures, one standard and one underexposed, and then recombines them together for playback at up to 30fps. This enables a greater range of highlights and shadow detail to be captured and viewed, especially in contrasty lighting.

5. Wireless Control

Being able to control a camera wirelessly from a smartphone/tablet broadens the opportunities for the camera operator. The EOS 80D incorporates wireless technology right into its compact design for controlling and monitoring using the free Canon Camera Connect app. Besides being able to review images, video can also be uploaded for sharing on social network sites through the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.

The Canon EOS 80D has built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) for seamlessly connecting to numerous compatible Android smartphones and the Canon Connect Station CS10, and is compatible with most EF lenses. It retails for $1,199.00 (body only).

Learn more about the Canon EOS 80D.

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