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
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.
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.