Tak­ing you be­yond the ba­sics

Canon EOS 77D

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Mar­cus Wong

The EOS 77D slots in be­tween the pro­sumer 80D and the en­try-level 800D as a new op­tion from Canon for be­gin­ners look­ing to move up to a more ad­vanced cam­era from their point-and-shoot or mo­bile phone cam­era. All three use the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sen­sor, but the EOS 77D gains Canon’s lat­est Digic 7 im­age pro­ces­sor which helps both with Live View shoot­ing and sub­ject track­ing per­for­mance.

Like the EOS 80D, the EOS 77D sports a 45-point all-cross-type phase de­tect sys­tem. And it also uses Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF sys­tem, thus en­sur­ing speedy fo­cus no mat­ter if you’re shoot­ing via Live View or viewfinder. The EOS 77D also main­tains the ex­cel­lent rear LCD with

A com­pact but pow­er­ful step up from an en­try-level sys­tem cam­era.

swivel and touch, al­low­ing you to go through the menus and var­i­ous set­tings of the cam­era by touch like you would a smart­phone.

Com­bine that with the Q menu in­ter­face, and you have a recipe that lets you quickly and eas­ily ac­cess all of your most used fea­tures on the cam­era. You can re­view im­ages taken with the EOS 77D just as you would on a smart­phone, with pinch zoom and the abil­ity to swipe from one im­age to the next. And go through the ex­ten­sive menus in the same way, rather than hav­ing to use the four-way di­rec­tional pad.

In terms of over­all lay­out, the EOS 77D shares more in com­mon with the EOS 800D than with the EOS 80D, with the sole di er­ence be­ing the LCD info dis­play in place of the mode dial, which has been moved to the left of the cam­era. The light weight and small size of the EOS 77D also makes it easy to grip with one hand, thus al­low­ing you to bet­ter bal­ance the weight when us­ing longer lenses.

We found the EOS 77D to be fast and re­spon­sive for an en­try-level cam­era, with fo­cus­ing in both Live View and Video modes be­ing quick and ac­cu­rate, even in lower light lev­els. Im­ages had a good amount of de­tail, and col­ors were quite true to life over­all. High ISO per­for­mance was also fairly good for an en­try-level cam­era. De­tail loss started from ISO 3200 on­wards, but color noise was well con­trolled through­out the ISO range with just hints of it start­ing to show from ISO 6400. We’d rec­om­mend stay­ing be­low ISO 12,800 un­less ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary though, as the de­tail loss from noise re­duc­tion is quite ev­i­dent.

Over­all, we’d say the Canon EOS 77D pro­duces pleas­ant im­ages with good sharp­ness and col­ors in all of the var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions we put the cam­eras in. It’s fast to fo­cus and more cru­cially, picks good AF points when placed in Zone fo­cus mode, thus giv­ing good place­ment of depth-of-ield, en­sur­ing that your im­age looks sharp over­all.

The kit set with EF-S 18-55 IS STM might be $200 more ex­pen­sive than the 800D’s equiv­a­lent kit (which re­tails for $1,249), but if you con­sider that the larger spread of con­trols will prob­a­bly make for a smoother tran­si­tion to a to a more ad­vanced model later on, you’ll prob­a­bly agree that the price dif­fer­en­tial is worth it. Af­ter all, the best way to learn is to jump straight in, and the EOS 77D will let you do just that.

Color noise is well sup­pressed at ISO 12,800, but there’s a lot of de­tail loss as a re­sult.

The top LCD sta­tus panel is the most ob­vi­ous change from the EOS 800D.

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