Canon EOS 77D Review

Introduction

The Canon EOS 77D (9000D in Japan) is a lightweight 24MP APS-C DSLR that offers impressive Dual Pixel Autofocus, good external controls and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It slots between the Rebel T7i and EOS 80D, and can be thought of as the successor to the Rebel T6s; if the name doesn’t make that obvious, the specifications and feature additions over its lower-end Rebel sibling should.

Key specifications

  • 24MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
  • 45-point all-cross-type phase-detect autofocus system
  • Digic 7 processor
  • 3″ fully-articulating touchscreen LCD
  • Top plate LCD for shooting information
  • Dual control dials
  • 6fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/60p video capture with microphone input

So is the EOS 77D more than a fancy Rebel in disguise? Well, not really. The only meaningful differentiators between this model and the Rebel T7i it was announced alongside are the dual control dials, top plate LCD and the addition of an AF ON button. Less meaningful differentiators include an extra eight grams of heft and some general button shuffling. And that’s it. In other words, the same relationship was shared by the Rebel T6s and T6i.

All that said, we have to concede the name ’77D’ sounds a lot more serious than either the well-worn Rebel or XX0D monikers, and after all, this is a fairly well-rounded camera. It borrows an awful lot from its up-market EOS 80D cousin, and yet, comes in at a pretty steep discount. Let’s see how they compare in detail.

Among the many things the EOS 77D inherits from the 80D is its 24MP sensor, which is a huge improvement over the sensors in previous ‘s’ Rebels.
Processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. ISO 100 | 1/640 sec | F8
Photo by Carey Rose

Spec comparison

Rebel T7i/800D EOS 77D EOS 80D
MSRP (body only) $749 $899 $1199
Sensor 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
Processor Digic 7 Digic 6
ISO range ISO 100-25600
(expands to 51200)
ISO 100-12800
(expands to 25600)
AF system Dual Pixel + 45-pt all-cross-type
Shutter speed 30 – 1/4000 sec 30 – 1/8000 sec
X-sync 1/200 sec 1/250 sec
LCD size/type 3″ fully-articulating touchscreen (1.04M-dot)
Viewfinder mag/coverage 0.82x / 95% 0.95x / 100%
(‘Intelligent’)
Control dials One Two
AF ON button No Yes
Top plate LCD No Yes
Max Continuous 6 fps  7 fps
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/30p/24p
Headphone jack No Yes
Bluetooth Yes No
Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 960 shots
Battery grip No Optional
Weather-sealing No Yes
Dimensions 131 x 100 x 76mm 131 x 100 x 76mm 139 x 105 x 79mm
Weight (CIPA) 532 g 540 g 730 g

The EOS 77D then will broadly appeal to the same sort of consumer as the T6s/760D; namely, the photographer with enough experience to want a more hands-on approach and who must have an optical viewfinder of some sort. All of the not-insignificant advancements in the EOS 77D and the Rebel T7i make them compelling upgrade choices for users of previous Rebel (and even some X0D) cameras.

Edited to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. ISO 640 | 1/500 sec | F5.6
Photo by Jeff Keller

If you can forego an optical viewfinder, one could easily make an argument for the Fujifilm X-T20 or Sony’s a6300, both of which offer 4K video and much faster burst shooting in smaller packages (though the a6300 lacks the level of direct control the 77D offers), and there’s also the new Canon EOS M6, which shares an awful lot with the 77D under its skin.

But with the addition of Dual Pixel AF, Live View shooting on the EOS 77D is arguably just as robust (if not more so, in some situations) than either the Fujifilm or Sony mirrorless options. And that gets to the heart of what really makes the EOS 77D so appealing; it may not offer the best of both the DSLR and mirrorless worlds, but it does offer a compelling balance at this price point.

So does the EOS 77D have what it takes to be your next camera? Let’s find out.

Specifications

Price
MSRP $899 (body only), $1049 (w/18-55 F4-5.6 IS STM lens), $1499 (w/18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM lens)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Composite
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 26 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DIGIC 7
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 51200
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (14-bit Canon CR2)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes (flash)
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 45
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.82×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Group Photo
  • Kids
  • Food
  • Candlelight
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close-up
  • Sports
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • High-speed continuous
  • Low-speed continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Self-timer + continuous
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p / 26 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 4 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Includes Bluetooth LE and NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone or Bluetooth remote)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 600
Weight (inc. batteries) 540 g (1.19 lb / 19.05 oz)
Dimensions 131 x 100 x 76 mm (5.16 x 3.94 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional

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