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Canon EOS 77D (DSLR)

Middle class progress

Moritz Wanke

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Conclusion from 06/28/2017

The Canon EOS 77D convinces in the test as a solid mid-range DSLR. The image quality delivers sharp and detailed images, and the swivel touchscreen makes the camera even more handy when in use. The plastic housing contributes to the low weight, but does not look particularly elegant.

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Canon EOS 77D: New at second glance

Even if the name Canon EOS 77D implies something different: In the test, the DSLR is classified in the middle class and sees itself as the successor to the EOS 760D instead of the EOS 70D, as the model name suggests. This also underlines the feeling that arises when you pick it up for the first time. The Canon EOS 77D is quite compact and pleasantly light at 542 grams. Nevertheless, the reflex model is quite ambitious and vies for attention with professional features. The cost price of 860 euros is correspondingly ambitious. It marks the highest price so far for a mid-range DSLM. Is the investment worth it - especially for owners of the previous model? The answer is short and sweet: yes and no.
At first glance, the 77D has hardly changed compared to its two years younger predecessor. Sure, there is now a 77 instead of a 760 on the front - but what can interested amateur photographers really expect? 24 megapixel resolution, the swiveling 3.0-inch touchscreen and a very small optical viewfinder with 0.51x magnification are all too familiar. Most of the innovations are inside the solidly made housing made of plastic or polycarbonate, as the manufacturer puts it. A new APS-C sensor is doing its job here, and for the first time in this camera class it has the in-house dual-pixel technology. The contrast autofocus in live view mode benefits from this, because it sharpens twice as quickly as with the 760D at around 0.5 to 0.6 seconds. The 45 phase fields with precise cross-sensor detection even require only 0.3 seconds under low light.
In addition to the autofocus, the new image sensor contributes to the somewhat better image quality. Image noise is a bit stronger and shows up quite clearly from ISO 1,600 in the 100 percent view. On the other hand, the edge sharpness is convincing with a good 1,858 line pairs per image height with minimal light sensitivity and only loses minimally with increasing ISO. The reproduction of details cannot quite keep up with this and only delivers good results up to ISO 1,600. From ISO 3,200, which is often required for indoor shots, textures appear increasingly muddy and washed out. Test and practice photos in full resolution can be found in the photo bag.
Photo gallery: Canon EOS 77D including test photos
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Canon EOS 77D: Video with HDR

The video mode has also improved slightly, but it still lags a little behind the priced DSLM competition. Full HD with 60 frames per second is the maximum - when the HDR function is activated, the frame rate is halved. In contrast to photos, video recordings enjoy electronic 5-axis image stabilization and thus appear a bit calmer even without IS stabilization in the EF (-S) lens. In addition, there is a microphone connection under the left protective hood, which with an external pickup delivers better results than the built-in variant, which sounds flat.
The right shoulder of the case is surprisingly adorned with a second LCD that displays current settings such as aperture and ISO value in an energy-saving way. Above all, this saves the battery, as the almost 1,500 triggers and 145 video minutes show. As a further battery-saving measure, Canon has installed a proximity sensor above the optical viewfinder. The sharp swivel LCD is deactivated when aiming with the viewfinder. In contrast to the EOS M5, however, the autofocus area cannot even be quickly changed by swiping. This is done via one of the two direct buttons provided for this purpose - or via the menu, which is the more cumbersome variant. Incidentally, the convenient touch input works here.
Speaking of the menu: Canon has provided the system menu with explanations of functions for beginners. If you want the familiar layout back, you have to set the options »Recording screen« and »Menu display« to »Standard« in the "Display Level" tab.

Canon EOS 77D: Almost on a professional level

In addition to the menu and automatic subject recognition, there are ten beginner-friendly scene programs to choose from, which the camera can set accordingly. Advanced users and professionals alike will appreciate the two knurled wheels for selecting aperture and shutter speed as well as the RAW format. Raw data significantly shortens the length of the series: while the series recording works with six frames per second, regardless of the format, the Canon EOS 77D can handle an unlimited number of JPEGs, but only 30 RAWs. For a camera of this class, however, this is a remarkable achievement. By the way: If you can do without a shoulder display and proximity sensor, you can get the otherwise identical EOS 800D for around 60 euros less. But to be honest: the extra charge is worth it.
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The Canon EOS 760D offers similar performance at a significantly lower price. 24 megapixels, fast phase autofocus and practical extras such as a shoulder display also score points with our alternative. Only the autofocus in live view mode does not work quite as quickly.