Before I fully dive in to the review of the Canon EOS 77D DSLR I would like to precursor it with an explanation of what this camera is used for and what level of photographer is using it as well as what camera I am coming from to provide some perspective to you, the reader. I consider myself a semi-professional photographer, by that I mean that I have gotten paid to take photographs of events, places, people, and products on multiple occasions. I feel confident in my work and can do most things when it comes to photography and I have had my work published in multiple issues of magazines and on multiple websites, this is where the professional part comes from. The semi part comes from the fact that I don’t make my living off of photography like most professionals do and I don’t consider myself in the top tier of photographers (I say this as I am aware of many others who produces better photos and who I am inspired by). So what’s the point? I say all this to explain that I don’t need the best camera in the world, that I don’t fight for every last mega pixel or strive for the best of the best when it comes to every spec in my equipment. I previously used a Canon T2i and with the exception of it getting a bit slow on the autofocus side of things as I started doing more auto racing and sport photography it was a more than capable camera (I have had photos taken by the T2i published and no one knew that they were not from a higher end 5D or some other multi thousand dollar camera body). Honestly I just need something quality, professional and with options when it comes to accessories and equipment and the Canon EOS 77D is just that.
I won’t spend too much time covering the comparison between the T2i and the 77D since the T2i is quite dated at this point but I would say if you have a T2i or any camera close to it, the upgrade is definitely worth it. The Canon EOS 77D or as its know in Japan, the 9000D, is lightweight and features a 24 mega pixel APS-C sensor with an impressive Dual Pixel Autofocus. The camera features very good external controls, and has WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity (both are great for using your smartphone to control the camera, to transfer files and to interact with other accessories). The 77D falls in between the T7i and the EOS 80D, here are the complete specs on the camera.
- 24MP sensor with Dual Pixel Autofocus
- 45 Point all cross type phase detect Autofocus System
- Digit 7 processor
- 3” fully articulating touchscreen LCD
- Top plate LCD for shooting information
- Dual control dials
- 6 FPS continuous shooting
- 1080/60p video capture with microphone input
You may assume that the 77D is just a fancy Rebel, but it really isn’t. Granted the only major differences between it and the Rebel T7i are the dual control dials, top plate LCD and an AF ON button, but those alone make a pretty large difference to most photographers (for me especially the second dial is important). Also the 77D borrows quite a lot from its up market cousin, the 80D without the large price jump. Mostly I think the 77D will appeal to the photographers like me who are serious, but don’t do it for a living and don’t have a giant budget to devote to photography alone (most photographers invest all their budget in to photo gear, but in my case as you know from Shutter Velocity, I love cameras, computers and cars, so I have to divide my budget equally).
Honestly for a camera body that can be had for $699 as of this writing I really can’t ask for much more when it comes to size, quality and features. I have been shooting with the 77D for close to a year and a half now and it has done everything that I have asked of it and then some. I have done a few portrait shoots, covered a few sporting events, auto races and have done wildlife as well without issue. The faster auto focus was a great help in the fast moving situations such as auto racing and sporting events and to me was one of the main things that separated this cameras abilities as compared to my last one. Sure, I’d love to own a 5D or some of the other multi thousand dollar camera bodies out there but truth be told there is nothing that the 77D isn’t able to achieve when it comes to my photography needs. I would tell you that if you are a photographer that has exceeded the level of the entry level SLR the 77D is a great choice for an upgrade (I can argue this point all day as most people just buy better equipment because they can rather than because they need to, there is a lot that can be learned in skill and ability before one has to truly upgrade, for example it’s like in racing, sure you can buy a faster car and go faster, but did you really become a better driver because of it?). Long story short I am extremely happy with the Canon EOS 77Ds performance and I would say if it’s in your budgeted price range that you should definitely check it out. I love mine and am sure that I will be happy with it for years and projects to come.