The Canon 80D is weather sealed but it doesn’t have the same level of weather sealing that you would find in higher-end models such as the Canon 7D Mark II. But still, the Canon 80D has good weather and dust resistance for its price point.
The weather sealing on the Canon 80D is good enough to protect it from a very light drizzle rain and dust.
You don’t need to worry about the camera getting wet with a few drops of rain but you should avoid taking it out in a heavy downpour.
Canon 80D specs
|Lens Mount Canon||EF-S|
|Sensor Resolution Effective||24.2 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)|
|Sensor Type: 22.5 x 15 mm (APS-C) CMOS||22.5 x 15 mm (APS-C) CMOS|
|Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 SecondsBulb/Time|
|ISO||100 – 25600|
|Shutter Type||Electronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane|
|Autofocus Points||Phase Detection: 45 (45 Cross-Type)|
|Focus Mode||Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF|
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average, Evaluative, Partial, Spot|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 7 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 25 Frames (Raw) / 110 Frames (JPEG)|
|Weight||1.61 lb / 730 g|
Pros and cons of the Canon 80D
- Rugged, weather-sealed body
- Great low-light performance
- Fast and precise Dual Pixel autofocus
- 100% viewfinder coverage
- Strong battery life
- Useful touch focus
- Easy to use
- No 4k video support
- Only one card slot
- No zebra function
As you can see from its specs and pros & cons above, the Canon 80D does pack a lot of punch for a crop sensor DLSR camera. It’s easy to use, has great battery life, and is very durable.
The only thing missing from this camera is 4k video capability which would have been nice but not a deal breaker.
Is the Canon 80D waterproof?
It is also worth mentioning that the Canon 80D is not waterproof and will break if submerged in water. You have to use a waterproof underwater housing if you want to use this camera underwater.
Canon 80D waterproof case
Fortunately, there are some waterproof underwater housing available for DSLRs that will allow you to take your camera into deeper waters. It’s also useful if you’re just looking for something that can handle light showers.
The DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case is a great option.
Which Canon DSLR is waterproof?
There are no Canon DSLRs that are waterproof. However, Canon DSLRs are really tough and they can take a few splashes of water.
Using a waterproof underwater housing is highly recommended for any kind of underwater photography. They will protect your camera and lens from getting damaged.
Canon 80D Alternative
If you want a camera that has robust weather sealing, then the Canon 7D Mark II is a good alternative. The camera is more durable and is intended to be a pro-level crop sensor camera for outdoor use.
The Canon 7D Mark II’s autofocus is fast and ideal for sports, wildlife, and birds in flight. Also, its burst rate of up to 10fps is accurate and reliable.
I’ve used my Canon 7D Mark II in light rain without a cover and it still working perfectly. Although, I will still not use it for hours in heavy rain without a cover.
Its build is indestructible but it is also heavier than Canon 80D. The camera is made for more rugged use and has a magnesium-aluminum alloy body.
Which Canon lenses are weather sealed?
Canon EF and RF Prime Lenses:
- Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L
- Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L
- Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L
- Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L
- Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L
- Canon EF 135mm f/2L
- Canon EF 200mm f/2L
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L
- Canon EF 500mm f/4L
- Canon EF 600mm f/4L
Canon EF and RF Zoom Lenses
- Canon EF 8-15mm f/4
- Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L
- Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L
- Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L
- Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
- Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L
- Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L
- Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L
- Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L
- Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L
As of the moment, there are no EF-S lenses that are weather sealed. However, some Canon RF and Canon EF lenses with an “L” label on them have some sort of weather sealing and are generally more expensive than their non-L counterparts.
Can I use my Canon camera in the rain?
Yes, you can use any Canon camera in the rain for a short period of time. However, they are not waterproof so if you’re planning on shooting in the rain for longer, it’s best that you use a camera with some sort of weather sealing and put a waterproof cover on it.
Weather-sealed vs Waterproof cameras
Weather-sealed means that a camera is protected from moisture and dust but it still can’t be submerged in water for too long without getting damaged. Waterproof means that a camera can be used underwater for an extended period of time without any problems.
Emma Lucy is the Founder & CEO of Emma Lucy Photography. She has over a decade of experience shooting weddings and other intimate events. She also tests the latest digital camera bodies, lenses, analog cameras and other gear from Canon, Nikon, Sony and other camera brands. She currently lives in London where she spends most of her time being a self-employed professional photographer and writer.