6/22/2017 UPDATE: This page was originally published on 2/14/2017 as a Canon EOS 77D PREVIEW, written by Michael S. Palmer. We have replaced the preview content with a FULL REVIEW, written by Josh Fate.
For the most part, the advanced amateur-focused Canon EOS 77D sports many of the same components and performance specs as the entry-level EOS Rebel T7i. A 24.2MP CMOS (APS-C) image sensor, DIGIC 7 image processor, up to 6fps continuous shooting, ISO 100-25,600, Full 1080p HD video, HDR Movie mode, Time-Lapse Movie, and an optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type Autofocus system. Both camera systems also offer a 3.0" Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and Live Mode with Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivering "the world's fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds."
So why is it (very much worth it in our opinion) to spend $150 more on an EOS 77D versus the Rebel T7i?
First, Canon has pulled a similar 7650-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor from the EOS 80D for more accurate exposure and color measurements. Next, there's an Anti-Flicker shooting mode that will "help combat the on-and-off repetitive flickering from artificial lights found in high-school gyms or auditoriums." Lastly, the EOS 77D is more advanced, ergonomically, adding a top LCD panel identifying current settings as well as a quick control dial for adjusting settings on the fly.
Canon has also updated their standard kit-lens for 2017. The revised EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is 20% more compact than the EF-S 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Yes, you loose a touch of max aperture at wide open but the optics should be similar while image stabilization has improved.
Fast and Accurate 45-Point all Cross-Type AF system
Dual Pixel Technology provides the fastest Live View focus there is
New Feature Assist menu is great for learning new ways to shoot
LCD screen is great for shooting in tough situations
Video focus transition by touching the screen is amazing
6fps continuous shooting makes it easy to capture the action
Exceptional battery life when using the OVF (compared to a mirrorless camera)
WiFi and Bluetooth connections are easy and convenient for sharing your images anywhere
Video recording is not possible in any shooting mode
Feature Assist menu is a big drain on the battery
24.2-Megapixel APS-C CMOS Imaging Sensor
DIGIC 7 Image Processor
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
6fps Continuous Capture
7560-Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
ISO 100 - 25,600
3.0-inch Vari-Angle Touch LCD
Full 1080p HD Video Capture
45-point Cross-Type AF system
Feature Assist Guide
Electronic Movie IS
HDR for still and video
Built-in WiFi with NFC Capabilities
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
IN THE BOX
18-55mm or 18-135mm Lens (depending on the kit)
Battery Pack LP-E17
Battery Charger LC-E17
Neck Strap EW-400D
BUILD QUALITY & DESIGN
The Canon EOS 77D has a very solid, yet lightweight build that makes it easy to shoot with for long periods of time. The solid build and soft rubber grips make it comfortable to hold onto and able to withstand a bump or two while in use. The design and layout of the camera are pretty common for most DSLRs, especially for anyone familiar with Canon gear.
The compact Canon EOS 77D offers an easy-to-carry body that is light and comfortable. A large grip on the right and anywhere else you can possibly hold the camera sports a soft, rubber surface to help assure your grip. Looking on from the front you will find the shutter release button on the grip, while the pop-up flash, lens release and depth of field preview button are all set alongside the EF-Mount.
The back of the 77D is a mix between the higher level EOS models and the Rebel series. This toned down version of the higher-level cameras gives you fantastic manual control options while not overloading you with buttons and switches. The power/still/video switch sets on the corner of the back/top, with the MENU and INFO buttons just below. Moving across the top to the right you will find the Optical View Finder, Live View, AF-on, AE/FE Lock and AF point selection buttons. Below them are the Quick Menu, Playback, WiFi, Delete and 4-way controller; ending with the Mutli-Function lock switch.
The 4-way controller allows you to easily and quickly navigate the camera's menu systems and make your changes. The 4 directions also act as shortcuts to some of the camera's more popular shooting settings, when you are not in the menu systems. Mounted around the 4-way controller is the quick control dial, which is another way to navigate the menu system as well as changing shooting settings while shooting.
On the right side of the camera you will find the SD card slot; covered by a sliding, locking door. This keeps the card safe and secure at all times. The left side of the camera sports the I/O (Input/Output) ports. They are hidden under and labeled by rubber flaps that form a secure seal for moisture and dust protection. The ports include high-speed USB, HDMI output, remote and MIC inputs.
The top of the camera is fairly standard for a Canon EOS model, with the power and Mode Dial on the left-hand side. In the middle, you will find the pop-up flash and hot shoe. On the right are the Shutter Release, Command Dial, AF Area Selection and ISO buttons. A 1-color LCD panel displays the shooting information, with a button to light it in low-light situations.
The bottom of the camera is very simple, featuring the tripod mount and battery compartment.
MENUS AND DISPLAYS
Composing your images can be accomplished by either the Eye-Level optical viewfinder or the rear Vari-Angle LCD screen. Both offer a slew of shooting information and a crystal clear view of subjects. The OVF allows you to see directly through the lens of the camera. Dioptic adjustment allows it to be adjusted so anyone can see clearly. The OVF features an eye-level sensor, which is not found on the T7i. This sensor automatically turns the LCD screen off when the camera is raised up to your face, taking away the distraction of the screen while you are shooting.
The other option is the 3.0-inch, 1.04-million dot Vari-Angle Touch LCD screen. Bright and featuring a high resolution, this makes a second outstanding option for composing your images. Using the LCD screen, you get an actual preview of your shooting settings, exactly the way the camera will capture it, even when shooting with the creative art filters. Since the LCD is a touch screen, making setting changes and choosing an AF point as as easy as just touching the screen. This also works for changing AF points while you are recording video for a nice, smooth transition.
Canon has added the new Feature Assist menu to the 77D along with the T7i. This guided menu gives you a new, easy-to-follow menu and shooting guide. An introductory screen is found for each menu set that gives a description of what you will find inside. This system also gives you a brief description of each setting, so you will know exactly what it does. A guided shooting menu is also available. It will walk you through common shooting scenarios that produce popular effects or how to shoot in difficult settings.This guided menu may be turned off, taking you back to the standard looking menu system, which may save you some time if you know what you are looking for. This guided menu can drain the battery very quickly, since you will need to keep the LCD screen on in order to use it.
Now that you know all about the EOS 77D's features and specifications, it's time to check out its performance characteristics and see SAMPLE IMAGES. Please click over to the
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