Canon EOS 77D Review: A Step-Up From Canon’s Entry Level Cameras

All round a pretty impressive camera, just don't take it out in the rain.

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The Canon EOS 77D is a recently launched APS-C sensor powered DSLR. It features a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processing engine. The EOS 77D is aimed at enthusiastic users who are looking to upgrade from a point & shoot camera as well as first time digital camera buyers who might be interested in something better than a Rebel. The EOS 77D pinches something from both the pro grade Canon systems as well as the Rebel series systems. Let’s find out more about these systems.

Sensor

The sensor inside the EOS 77D is a powerful 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS one. The sensor is capable of producing image files of the resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels. With a high resolution sensor on a smaller space, you can expect a bit of noise related issues, especially when shooting in low light and a bit of image softening as well especially at smaller apertures.

Image Processing

The EOS 77D is powered by Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 image processing engine.

Auto-focusing

Auto-focusing on the EOS 77D is powered by a 45-point all cross-type auto-focusing system.

ISO Sensitivity

The native ISO sensitivity of the camera is 100 – 25600. It can further extended to 51200.

Still Shooting

The EOS 77D is not cut out for fast action or sports or those sort of photography pursuits. But having said that the camera is no mug. It has a reasonable 6 fps continuous shooting speed and that should get you about a frame or two of sharp images if you shoot about 10-12.

Video Shooting

The EOS 77D shoots full HD (1920 x 1080p) at a frame rate of 60 (59.94) fps. The camera benefits from the dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing technology that powers the latest Rebels and many of the mid-range DSLRs. Dual-pixel CMOS auto-focusing uses on-sensor phase detection technology which can quickly lock focus even when shooting in live-view mode. This also benefits movie shooting. A built-in stereo microphone means you should be able to record decent quality sound in-camera as well.

Rear LCD Screen

The rear LCD screen of the camera is a large 3” 1.04 dot screen with touchscreen functionalities. The touchscreen functionality in Canon’s mid-sized cameras is a treat to work with, especially when shooting videos as well as live-view stills. It works pretty much the way your average smartphone’s tap to focus feature except much better.

Additionally, the LCD screen is a vari-angle one. It swivels which is why it becomes a lot easier to shoot from very acute angles. Movie modes are what would be perfect for this sort of screen. There are a million different things that you could do with this camera in terms of video shooting.

Connectivity

Built-in Wi-Fi is a must have these days, especially for the mid-range DSLRs. No one wants to plug their cameras to their laptops or run around with a SD card in hand. Simply switch to an available wireless network and start transferring images and videos.

The presence of NFC connectivity means pairing the camera with compatible devices is a lot easier than usual. In addition the EOS 77D also has Bluetooth connectivity. With Bluetooth you can use a tablet or smartphone device as a remote control for your camera.

Build Quality and Weather Sealing

The EOS 77D comes with a top LCD screen. A top LCD screen is very handy, especially when you need to quickly check what exposure settings you’ve got or what focus mode you have selected or the flash settings and make adjustments as required.

One thing for sure, the EOS 77D isn’t designed for outdoor photography in inclement weather. Weather sealing, as per Canon, isn’t something great. You wouldn’t want to take this out in the rain or for that matter in a dusty and extremely moist environment.

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