EOS 77D

EOS 77D

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SPEED & AF PERFORMANCE
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Aperture Priority | F5.6 | 1/2000 | ISO 200 | 200mm |

AF performance on the EOS 77D is outstanding, whether you are shooting through the OVF or using the LCD Screen and Live View. Using the OVF, the camera relies on a 45-point, all cross type AF system that covers a great deal of the image area. This system not only achieves focus quickly and accurately, but it also lets the camera focus closer to the edges of the image. Depending on the lighting conditions and lenses being used, the camera achieves focus in less than 2/10 of a second most of the time.

Shooting with Live View gives you the fastest AF you will find on a DSLR thanks to Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with Phase Detection. While we have grown used to Live View shooting having a slow AF, mirrorless ILCs have pushed the boundaries and Canon has responded. Ultimately, Live View AF is not quite as fast as using the viewfinder, but it is very close and just as accurate. It also allows you to choose your focus points and even capture images by just touching the screen, making your AF selection even easier.

Powering both AF systems is Canon's DIGIC 7 image processor. The power of this processor really stands out, giving this entry-level camera some serious power. Along with allowing the camera's AF systems to work; the DIGIC 7 also helps reduce image noise, controls automatic shooting functions, creative filters, Dual Pixel Video capabilities and is still able to provide the camera with 6fps continuous shooting. 

Timing
    • Power On to First Image: 0.9 Seconds
    • Shutter Lag when Pre-Focused: Less than 1/10 of a second
    • Shutter Lag with AF: 2/10 to 6/10 of a second
    • Shot-to-Shot Delay: 0.30 seconds
    • Shot-to-Shot Delay with Flash: 0.72 seconds
    • Continuous Shooting Single AF: 6.17fps
    • Continuous Shooting Continuous AF: 5.83fps (Much clearer images than the T7i produced at this speed)

METERING
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| Aperture Priority | F2.8 | 1/400 | ISO 100 | 22mm |

Just like the EOS T7i, the 77D uses a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, which is broken up into 63 zones for maximum coverage. Four metering modes offer Evaluative, Partial (6% from center), Spot (3.5% from center) and Center-weighted with a range of EV 1-20 for complete control in any shooting situation. The 77D was very accurate in most shooting situations; even working well in backlit situations, exposing for the subjects better than expected, even in evaluative mode. 

STILL IMAGE QUALITY
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| Manual | F2.8 | 1/250 | ISO 100 | 50mm |

Fast and accurate AF, great metering and the DIGIC 7 working with Canon's 24-Megapxiel CMOS imaging sensor is a fantastic combination creating outstanding image quality for an entry-level model. All of our sample images came out with excellent exposure, accurate color and incredibly sharp with very few noticeable flaws. We did see some occasional aberrations in high contrast areas, but overall the camera kept them contained very well.

The image quality and overall ease of use of the 77D makes it a fantastic option for anyone looking to upgrade from a previous Canon EOS or point-n-shoot camera. Loaded with easy shooting modes and fantastic features, the 77D has a couple more controls than the T7i while putting out the same all-around image quality.

ISO PERFORMANCE
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| Manual | F4 | 1/200 | ISO 2500 | 50mm |

Higher ISO shooting, mainly for low-light and action shots, will add noise to your images as the camera makes up for faster shutter speeds and lower levels of light on your subjects. The more powerful the camera, the better noise reduction and high-quality low-light images the camera will produce. The EOS 77D does very well for an entry-level camera; providing sharp, usable images from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. Once you pass 3200, the noise levels increase quickly. If at possible you will want to avoid these settings, but sometimes they are a must. ISO 25,600, which is the highest the camera can achieve, is incredibly bad; giving you an image that looks like a bad smartphone image.

VIDEO QUALITY

Shooting video with the 77D is very easy once you put the camera into video recording mode. Since this camera is a DSLR, it cannot record video at any time. In video mode, the camera is very capable, capturing fantastic Full 1080p HD video at up to 60fps. Our video samples show sharp, vivid and well-exposed movies that include sound captured from the camera's built-in stereo microphone. AI Servo (Continuous AF) does an excellent job in most situations, thanks in part to the Dual Pixel Technology, following and keeping your subjects in focus. You can see, however, that the camera did struggle a bit with a solid black subject (which most cameras do). 

Another fantastic feature of the Dual Pixel Technology in video recording mode is its ability to change the AF points with a smooth transition while recording. This is a great way to produce a professional looking focus switch between subjects without using manual focus. This feature works with any EF-mount lens, but by far works the best with Canon's STM lenses, which are specifically designed for smooth, silent AF while recording video. 

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE
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| Manual | F1.8 | 1/50 | ISO 100 | 50mm |

The 77D, just like the T7i, features WiFi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. Connecting the camera to your smartphone makes incredibly versatile and allows you to copy and share your images from just about anywhere. Once connected, the Canon Connect app also lets you control the camera like a remote control. Changing settings, AF points and capturing images are just some of the available options in the app. The app can also be used to add GPS location to your images by using the GPS from your smartphone. Again just like on the T7i, the 77D was easy to connect to a smartphone, but the video feed from the camera has just a slight delay and came through a bit choppy.

BOTTOM LINE
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| Manual | F16 | 15 Seconds | ISO 100 | 24mm |

The Canon EOS 77D is a fantastic entry-level DSLR. Sporting a 24-Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS imaging sensor, DIGIC 7 image processor, Dual Pixel Technology and so much more, this is a camera that is ready for today's media-controlled society. Outstanding performance and quality from an entry level camera, if features just a few more controls than the T7i, but well worth it. The 77D is available as the body itself ($849) or in kits with either the 18-55mm IS STM lens ($999) or the 18-135mm IS USM kit ($1,249). 

PICK THIS UP IF...
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| Manual | F7.1 | 1/4000 | ISO 100 | 50mm |

Pick this up if you are looking to upgrade from a previous entry-level EOS model, since you would already have a start with the EF lens collection. It is also a great camera to make the jump from a point-n-shoot camera to a DSLR, for anyone looking for better performance and image quality or if you are looking to increase your photography knowledge. 

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