The Canon EOS 77D is a new and improved evolution of the Canon T6s, and its performance compares closely with the Rebel T7i, one of the best low-end DSLRs according to reviews, only with a higher price and a larger body size. It doesn’t come up to the standards of the EOS 80D, which was designed for the true photography enthusiast, but it has a nice handgrip and produces good quality images. But before we discuss the performance of the 77D, let's get down to basics and explore the features of this great little camera.
Pricing And Features
The Canon 77D is a moderately high-priced, mid-range camera. The basic camera can be found in brick and mortar stores or online, beginning in the range of $649 to $899. Depending on options, packages and markups, it may go as high at $1499. The standard package comes with:
This camera is a 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) format and uses a CMOS sensor manufactured by Canon, ensuring precise zooming and greater accuracy. Lifelike colors and fine details worthy of printing are the result of this camera. The Color Detection AF senses skin tones and tracks it to help maintain focus on a person in still or action shots.
This camera is a compact 5.2” x 3.9” x 3.0” and weighs a hefty 37.2 oz., including the battery and lens. Ergonomically speaking, this camera body is easier to handle than the Rebel and provides the user with greater control. The weight of it may feel a bit cumbersome for long shoots, but attaching the built-in mount to a tripod will lighten the load as well as provide stabilization for a steady shot.
For a photographer, nothing ruins a shoot like having the battery die prematurely. Using the included rechargeable proprietary LP-E17 lithium-ion battery, and the adaptable AC/USB charging unit (included), one full charge is good for around 270 shots with the Live View on, or for up to 600 stills. That can go quickly, so we suggest you get an extra battery and keep it charged as a backup to avoid this problem.
Startup time on this model is a mere 0.4 seconds from the time you switch it on, and the Play/Record time is a nearly immediate 0.2 seconds. The DIGIC 7 image processor captures fine details and helps keep graininess to a minimum. Processing is fast, even in low light outdoors and in darker inside shots. This processor captures the subject and mood of the moment in true-to-life lighting.
The high-resolution, 1.04 million dot display is easily viewable, even in bright sunlight. The intelligent eye-level optical/LCD viewfinder, and a 3.0” rear display, make it easy to be sure of your framing. The Vari-angle touchscreen is tilting and articulating for convenience and ease of operation, and it simplifies taking high or low angle shots. It features touch-sensitive controls including a two-finger swipe. The screen is coated to help prevent smudges. The 3.0" Clear View II LCD monitor offers clear viewing and playback. An additional LCD display on the top of the unit, gives quick access to exposure settings, battery life and the number of remaining shots, and includes gridlines and focus points to help you view all of the data you need.
However, the 77D uses the same optical pentamirror viewfinder as the T7i, good enough for beginners or casual photographers at 95 percent coverage and 0.82x magnification, but it doesn’t compare favorably to the 88D’s pentaprism viewfinder at 100 percent coverage and 0.95x magnification.
You have a variety of options for saving your shots including JPEG, 14-bit, CR2 RAW or RAW+JPEG. Available resolution choices include:
A variety of ISO modes offers versatility: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White, Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom. Even in dim light, it is possible to shoot without giving up the smallest of details. A selection of frame rates gives you several choices. You can also capture action shots at up to 6 fps (frames per second). Burst mode is not only fast, but also offers 19 focus points to ensure sharp images at sporting events or other high-speed situations. The 77D quickly tracks and locks onto your subject and allows you to confidently capture anything moving—sporting events, animals, cars, you name it.
As far as both manual and autofocus go, the built-in 45-point system employed by the 77D compares well to both the T7i and the 80D, and makes focusing in on video and live-view mode a breeze. The normal focal range is 39 cm to 15.4 in to infinity. The video quality is 1080p for clean movies. Time-lapse movie mode adds versatility and enjoyment. You can condense a long period of shooting into a short, high-speed video – film clouds, sporting events, people walking by – you are only limited by your imagination.
This camera also allows you to create Full HD movies and save them as MOV or MP4 files. The 77D features HDMI video connection and gives you the choice of 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 or 640 x 480.
The 77D features a built-in E-TTL II (Evaluative Through the Lens) autoflash, which provides for illumination of the subject without unnecessarily causing red-eye. A pre-flash allows the camera sensor to meter the lighting situation and adjusts the flash to obtain the proper exposure.
A plus for this camera is its ability to perform auto focus in live view mode, allowing for fast and accurate shots, and clear images. The processor ensures fast image capture as well, and it helps minimize grain and improve the clarity of details. The auto flash and pre-flash keep lighting and colors, especially skin tones, accurate and clean. Overall, this camera produces excellent image quality.
A multi-format memory card slot in the 77D makes it easy to save or transfer image files and movies. Many types of memory cards, including SD, SDHC and SDXC formats are compatible. You may also use UHS-I and Eye-Fi cards. To reduce buffering time, we recommend the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I SDHC card. A longer wait may result from using a slower card, and it may also limit burst length in continuous mode.
The Canon EOS 77D features Wi-Fi capability and is compatible with iOS versions of Android smartphones and tablets. Easily connect and transfer files directly to compatible smart devices using the free Canon Camera Connect app. (Data charges may apply.) PictBridge compatibility is also supported.
Bluetooth connectivity is built in, allowing you to send photos directly to compatible printers without going through a computer. Upload images directly to social media services.
Exchange data with other compatible devices that have NFC capability. Connect to the 77D Canon's Connect Station CS100 device with a simple tap on the NFC icon to allow remote operation of the camera.
The 77D is a solid choice for those who have surpassed the amateur status of the Rebel T7i but have not reached enthusiast level. It will feel and operate similarly to the Rebel, with a few improvements. The heavier weight and larger size, combined with an ergonomically designed handgrip, make the 77D easier to control and handle.
The 77D features more filters and preset shooting modes, more like those found in higher-end DSLRs. The addition of the quick control dial and top viewfinder beef up the convenience and functionality. High ISO performance has been enhanced in this model, as it has the 45-point autofocus system.
Image quality is excellent – clean and crisp, with a minimum of graininess due to very fast auto focus. True-to-life colors, fine details and accurate lighting, and consistent skin tones result from the DIGIC 7 processor.
The Canon 77D is also a trustworthy choice for video production due to Canon's high-speed Dual Pixel CMOS AF focusing system, which offers on-sensor phase-detect AF for live view focusing. A variety of movie file formats, including time-lapse, provide an endless medium for the creative mind. This camera does not support 4k video resolution.
Average battery life is below par when compared to some similar cameras, so buying an additional battery for backup is recommended. This camera is not waterproof, so keep that in mind if planning to shoot from behind a waterfall.
We would rate the 77D as Canon’s best better-than-basic camera for those who want performance without spending their life savings to get it. Overall, the Canon EOS 77D offers favorable performance in its class.