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.

Practical Photography (UK) - - Spring -

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.

Main fea­tures

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.

Per­for­mance

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.

Ver­dict

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”

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