Canon EOS 77D

£829/$849 The EOS 77D brings Canon’s lat­est imag­ing tech­nol­ogy to the en­thu­si­ast DSLR mar­ket The 45-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem locks on briskly, even in poor light

Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - Phil Hall

A com­pact, user-friendly DSLR with big ideas

The EOS 77D was launched at the same time as the EOS 800D, which we re­viewed in is­sue 191. In­ter­nally, the two cam­eras are iden­ti­cal, but the EOS 77D adds an LCD sta­tus panel on the top plate, a sec­ond con­trol dial on the rear, an AF-On but­ton for sports pho­tog­ra­phers and a Lock switch to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal changes to camera set­tings.

In­side, there’s Canon’s lat­est 24.2-megapixel APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS sen­sor and the 45-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem (all cross-type) used in the 800D and more ex­pen­sive 80D. You don’t get 4K video, but the EOS 77D can shoot full HD at up to 60/50fps, with five-axis dig­i­tal sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Build and han­dling

The EOS 77D’s body is made from alu­minium al­loy and poly­car­bon­ate resin. The ul­tra­smooth fin­ish on much of the ex­te­rior feels quite pla­s­ticky and at odds with the camera’s price, but the grip is com­fort­able and the tex­tured fin­ish has a nice tac­tile feel.

The touch­screen in­ter­face works re­ally well and is one of the most pol­ished ex­am­ples we’ve seen. The op­ti­cal viewfinder of­fers only 95% cov­er­age, though: this is typ­i­cal for an en­try-level DSLR, but seems out of place at this price level.

Per­for­mance

The 45-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem locks on briskly, even in poor light. In con­tin­u­ous AF mode to track a mov­ing sub­ject, there’s a no­tice­able boost in per­for­mance over Canon’s older 19-point AF sys­tem, al­though it will still mis-fo­cus the odd shot in a se­quence. For Live View and video record­ing, Canon’s Dual Pixel AF tech­nol­ogy is the best sys­tem in a DSLR, de­liv­er­ing snappy fo­cus­ing, even while track­ing a mov­ing sub­ject.

The eval­u­a­tive me­ter­ing mode does a good job but, as with other EOS cam­eras, the sys­tem is weighted to the ac­tive AF point: some­times sim­ply shift­ing the AF point can yield two dif­fer­ent ex­po­sures.

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