Canon EOS 77D
Kirk Schwarz takes a look at the enthusiast-aimed Canon 77D, with its refined 24.2MP APS-C sensor, 45-point Dual Pixel AF and new guided menus.
Take a first look at Canon’s latest enthusiast DSLR and its raft of new features.
THIS YEAR MARKS 30 years of Canon’s wildly popular EOS system, and the Japanese giant has a lot to celebrate. In November it reported a 72% market share and 31% year-on-year growth in the DSLR market, and across the board an amazing one in every three cameras now sold is a Canon. So it’s unsurprising that the company has chosen to kick off this milestone year with three significant releases, the most exciting of which is the new 77D and its redesigned 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens.
The 77D sits between the new 800D and the 80D in Canon’s current line-up, and the company’s taken an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to this model, making only a few subtle changes from the slightly more advanced 80D. The 24.2 APS-C CMOS sensor is virtually identical, but has undergone some fine-tuning to increase sensitivity and image quality. The 45-point Dual Pixel AF covers 80% of the image area, meaning as well as collecting light the pixels also work to give you super-fast phase detection autofocus in either the optical viewfinder or the Live View mode.
When paired with the new 18-55mm lens – the world’s smallest non-retractable kit lens – focusing is also a world beater, at a speedy 0.03 seconds, and in testing we were seriously impressed.
The native ISO ranges from 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 51,200) to help you shoot in low light conditions, while the 5-axis in-body stabilisation (IS) gives smoother video footage and works with all existing lenses. The new 18-55mm also provides another 4 stops of optical stabilisation, giving you a greater degree of control when you find yourself working handheld.
Handling & build
The 77D is a fairly compact camera, but this doesn’t hamper navigation or hold. The grip feels pleasingly deep and secure, and the button layout is both simple and effective once you get used to it (existing Canon shooters won’t have any problems). The aluminium and polycarbonate chassis offers a good degree of ruggedness for use on location, and at 540g (body only) it’s also very light.
The rear screen is a touch-sensitive vari-angle 3in LCD. It boasts 1040k dots, which we found to produce great colours and sharp tones. Being vari-angle, the screen will pull out from the body to allow you to view images from either behind or in front of the camera. This isn’t a new feature to DSLRs but does offer you greater choice when composing your shots from unusual angles.
While the 77D is more of a tweak than a redesign, it is an extremely capable model and includes several features found in pro-level cameras, such as a top-plate LCD and dual control dials like those found on the 5D series.
Shooting in burst mode gives you 6fps, with the buffer holding up to 27 RAWs or unlimited JPEGs. This, along with its lightningfast AF, makes the camera ideal for capturing sports and wildlife photography.
As you would expect, the shutter speed runs from 1/4000sec up to 30 seconds as well as including a Bulb feature which pairs with the new BR-E1 remote shutter release, making long exposure shots easier than ever. A great new feature is the ‘always on’ Bluetooth, which means you can connect to the everimproving app and control your camera from your phone.
The new DIGIC 7 processor, which is 14x faster than its predecessor, makes the camera capable of Full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps, and the new time-lapse movie feature, originally from the 5DS, allows you to create movies from your time-lapses in-camera, which we love.
While steady and reliable, the video feature still hasn’t been upgraded to 4K which is a shame, and the lack of headphone port to monitor sound could put off more serious videographers.
The battery is rated for approximately 600 shots or 270 when using Live View.
The 77D is a capable camera that offers 45-point Dual Pixel AF, Bluetooth and both optical and digital IS, and while none of its features are particularly ground-breaking, it is a solid addition to the EOS family. It is also very similar in price and features to the 800D, making it a great next step up from the popular upper entry-level DSLR.
“CANON’S NEW 77D NOW BOASTS THE WORLD’S FASTEST AUTOFOCUS, AT A LIGHTNING 0.03 SECONDS”