First Look at the Canon EOS 77D
The crop sensor DSLR segment is increasingly becoming too confusing thanks to multiple products that seem to overlap each other in both features and price points. And I am not even down to comparing products from all the manufacturers out there. The Canon line-up itself has become a classic case of too many overlapping choices. With the announcement of the EOS 77D, it has become more complicated than ever before.
- Digic 7 image processor, Iso 100-25600
- Hdr movie & time-lapse movie
- Built-in Wi-Fi*, NFC** and Bluetooth***
- Flash memory type: SDXC
The EOS 77D is the latest upper entry level DSLR offered by Canon. This is a crop sensor camera, powered by the same 24.2 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor as the EOS 80D.
As a matter of fact, the camera has much in common with the EOS 80D with some improved features to boot. The pricing points, however, make the 77D a bit more interesting, especially, because, at $50 less than the EOS 80D, you also get an 18-55mm kit lens to boot.
But as we have seen earlier, pricing is hardly all that matters when it comes to choosing a camera. Let’s take a closer look at the EOS 77D and find out how good this camera is.
The sensor of the EOS 77D is the same that is on the EOS 80D. Both feature a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The 22.3 a 14.9mm sensor is capable of capturing images of the size 6000 x 4000 pixels. All images are 14-bit.
Though both the EOS 77D and the EOS 80D feature the same 24.2-megapixel sensor, the claim that the former is an improved system is apparent when we check details of the image processing engine. The new 77D features Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processor as compared to DIGIC 6 on the EOS 80D.
The DIGIC 7 image processor was first seen in the PowerShot G7 Mark II that was launched in 2016. Later the EOS M5 also came with the same processor. DIGIC 7 has a generous amount of improvements over the DIGIC 6 processor. DIGIC 7 improves the overall subject tracking performance as well as better noise handling at higher ISO. The DIGIC 7 is said also to handle small aperture induced image diffraction better than DIGIC 6.
The EOS 77D retains most of the good features of the EOS 80D. E.g., the auto-focusing mechanism of the newer camera is the same 45 point all cross-type system as in the EOS 80D. Needless to say, the new camera also features Canon’s much loved dual-pixel AF auto-focusing mechanism.
Quite expectedly, the better image processor translates into a better high ISO low noise performance. The EOS 77D has a native ISO range of 100-25600. In the extended mode, it can go from 100 up to 51200.
The 19mm optical viewfinder at the back of the camera only gives 95% frame coverage. For entry level (and upper entry level) systems this is a major problem. You never get to see the full image which the camera sensor is about to record. That means you have to be careful when composing to check whether there are distracting elements at the corner of the frame. Else, you will have to crop them out during post-processing.
Additionally, this is a not a pentaprism powered viewfinder, with just a pentamirror. That means the image you see through the viewfinder appears slightly darker compared to something that is powered by a pentaprism.
A feature on the viewfinder, you will not find on entry level DSLRs is the eye sensor. As soon as you look through the viewfinder, the display on the LCD screen at the back of the camera goes off. This saves both time and battery.
Rear Lcd Screen
The 3’ rear LCD screen of the EOS 77D has a resolution of 1040,000 pixels and comes with touchscreen properties. The screen swivels, and that is something you would love using when shooting videos especially when shooting from below or above the eye level. The LCD screen also gives 95% screen coverage only.
Top Lcd Screen
Just like the 80D and other mid-level crop cameras in the Canon lineup, the EOS 77D also has a top LCD screen. The top LCD panel helps in setting the camera settings, aperture, shutter speed and ISO without having to look at the back of the camera repeatedly.
Video Shooting with the EOS 77D
The 77D shoots full HD videos at a maximum frame rate of 60fps (59.94 fps). The maximum clip length is 29 mins and 59 seconds. Along with the video clips, built-in stereo mic captures decent audio bytes. Additionally, you also have the option to attach an external noise-cancelling mic which records far better sound quality.
Continuous speed on the EOS 77D is, however, below par compared to the EOS 80D. The 77D shoots at only six fps in the burst mode, at full resolution and for a maximum of 21 frames only.
Standard mini-USB socket, HDMI C (Mini) and 1/8” microphone socket. The camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability. Wireless connectivity allows images and videos to be transferred from the camera to your laptop or server by connecting to any available wireless network.
The presence of NFC connectivity makes pairing between your camera and a compatible device that much easier. Needless to say, NFC allows your camera to transfer images to your smartphone or tablet and from thereon share it with the rest of the world.
External Control Dials
There are a bunch of external controls on the EOS 77D. The rear command dial, the front command dial as well as the array of buttons and dials on the top panel as well as the rear of the camera.
Live-view on the camera is turned on just by pressing one button located at the right of the optical viewfinder. Press it again to initiate video recording.
Overall Build Quality
This is where the 80D probably feels a bit better built than the 77D. For one thing, the 80D is the heavier of the two cameras.
The EOS 77D is designed to fill in the gap between the EOS 80D and something like the Rebel T7i. It combines features from the EOS 80D as well as the Rebel T7i and prepares a package that consumers are looking for something extra in both the other segments might be interested in.
EOS 77D vs. 80D
Would I prefer the EOS 77D over the EOS 80D? Not really. The 80D is a great camera in itself, even with the slightly higher price tag. Sure it has the improved image processing, but then, when was the last time you shot at ISO 25600 and bragged about a fantastic picture?
Would I migrate to a 77D from a Rebel? Well, the only thing that you should migrate to from a Rebel is a full-frame, and the EOS 77D does not fit that purpose. The only thing the 77D does is create doubts and confusion in the mind of consumers.