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Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D: Which Mid-Range Camera You Should Buy?

Entry level DSLRs are good to learn basic camera settings and basic photography concepts, but you need to upgrade your gear to level-up. Mid-range DSLRs like Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D, which we will discuss, can be a great choice to level up your photography skill.

Making a comparison between Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D is make sense because they have the similar specs and features. One of the visible differences between Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D can be seen on the display section. Canon 80D comes with an articulated display that supports touch operation while Nikon D7200 doesn’t offer the same technology on its display.

But, once you dig deeper, you will find that Nikon D7200 is better in some sections. Let’s start this comparison by taking a look at the table below.

Specs comparison: Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D

 Nikon D7200Canon 80D
AnnouncedMarch 2015February 2016
Sensor24.16-Mpix APS-C CMOS25.5-Mpix APS-C CMOS
DxOMark score8779
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6016 x 40166288 x 4056
ISO100 - 102400100 - 25600
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/8000 - 30.01/8000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)67
Mount typeNikon F DXCanon EF-S
Weight1.69 lbs1.61 lbs
Battery typeEN-EL15 Lithium-ionLi-ion, LP-E6N, 7.2V, 1865mAh
Number of autofocus points5145
Autofocus modesAF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A) Continuous-servo (AF-C)One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC
Image formatJPEG, RAW (NEF)JPEG, RAW (CR2)
Other featuresLive view, tropicalization, mirror lockup, exposure, bracketing, WB bracketing, HDMI, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocusLive view, mirror lockup, articulating screen, touch screen, USB, Wi-Fi, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocus
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As briefly mentioned above, one of the visible differences between Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D is the screen. On Canon 80D, you can make the settings by tapping the screen since Canon 80D offers a touch screen display which also articulated. On the other hand, D7200 doesn’t support the same technology. The only way to make the settings on Nikon D7200 is by using the available buttons on its body. Even so, the screen of Nikon D7200 is capable of displaying a sharper image since it has more pixels: 1228800 compared 1040000 belong to Canon 80D. Also, Nikon D7200 has a slightly larger screen size, 3.2-inch compared to 3-inch.

There is no relation between screen resolution and the quality of the photos you take, but a camera screen with a higher resolution is better for previewing the photos you took.

What about other specs?

Let’s start from the ISO. Nikon D7200 offers higher ISO range than Canon 80D. In Nikon D7200 you can set the ISO up to 102400 while on Canon 80D the highest ISO you can select is 25600. The lowest ISO you can select — be it on Nikon D7200 or Canon 80D is 100.

Nikon D7200 Canon 80D

 

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If you want to take the photos of moving objects, you need a camera with more autofocus points as well as more frame rates which is capable of capturing more image on a single shutter press on the continuous shot mode. For this sort of need, it’s tricky enough which once to pick. One the one hand, Nikon D7200 offers more autofocus points. One the other hand, Canon 80D has more frame rates than Nikon D7200. Meaning that Canon 80D is capable of capturing more images on a single shutter press. Be it Nikon D7200 or Canon 80D has the same shutter speed range of 1/8000 – 30.0.

The matter of connectivity, Canon offers Wi-Fi so you can transfer your photos to smartphone or tablet via Canon Camera Connect app. So is Nikon D7200. This camera also offers Wi-Fi to allow you transfer photos from camera to smartphone or tablet via Nikon’s SnapBridge app. The battery of Nikon D7200 can be used to take more photos than Canon 80D’s. On a single charge, the battery of Nikon D7200 can be used to capture about 1,110 images, while Canon 80D’s is only capable of capturing about 960 images.

Sensor comparison: Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D

The similarity between Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D also cover the sensor. Well, the sensor of Nikon D7200 is slightly larger, but the difference is not too significant.

Although the sensor of Canon 80D is slightly smaller than Nikon D7200, it has more photo detectors (higher resolution). So, if you need a camera which capable of generating higher maximum image resolution, you should choose Canon 80D. The sensor of Nikon D7200 has the crop factor of 1.5 while Canon has the crop factor of 1.6. Both of them have the same aspect ratio of 3:2. We have created the image below to makes it easier for you to compare the sensor size between those two DSLR cameras.

Body comparison: Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D

There is no relation between a camera body and the quality of the photos it can generate. But in case you want to compare the body of Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D, we have also created the images below.

As you can see on the images above, there is no significant difference between the body dimension of Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D. Nikon D7200, however, is a bit heavier than Canon 80D.

Photo results comparison: Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D

Say you have made a decision which camera you want to buy. But before making a purchase, you want to convince yourself once again by taking a look at the examples of photos taken using the camera you choose, whether Nikon D7200 or Canon 80D.

There are a bunch of online resources you can refer to for finding the examples of photos taken using certain camera. We always recommend Pixabay since this website has an abundant photo collections. In case you don’t have enough spare time to conduct a research, we have done it for you. Just take a look at the images below. We also added the EXIF data in order to allow you to identify the lens used on each photo.

  • Nikon D7200

  • Canon 80D

Conclusion

Finally, we have come into this section. Conclusion has always been the hardest part when you are comparing two items. In general, there is no significant difference between Nikon D7200 and Canon 80D. At least if you use what’s on the paper as the parameter. The specs and features of these two mid-range DSLRs are not much difference.

Nikon D7200, however, has a slightly larger sensor than Canon 80D, but the difference is not too significant. Despite its smaller size, the sensor of Canon 80D has more photo detectors. As a result, Canon 80D is capable of generating photos with higher maximum image resolution. There are some section where Nikon D7200 is better than Canon 80D. Conversely, there are also some areas where Canon 80D is better than D7200. To help you in making a decision, you might can take advantage of the DxOMark score. According to the test results of DxOMark (you can see the score on the specs table above), Nikon D7200 is better than Canon 80D. But keep in mind that the aspect DxOMark tests is only the sensor performance.

Overall, be it Nikon D7200 or Canon 80D is a great cameras. Frankly, we will suggest you to choose Nikon D7200. Almost forget. Be it Nikon D7200 or Canon 80D has no capability of recording 4K videos. The maximum video resolution these camera can record is 1920 x 1080 with the frame rates of 60.

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