A new year and new Canons to match with the newly announced Canon T7i (800D) and 77D (9000D). Odd’s are you’re wondering a bit where the 77D fits in, both Toby and I have been asked a lot this week. On paper, it’s a replacement to the T6S as a bridge camera between the entry level T7i and 80D. While making the product line and obscure Canon naming just slightly harder it makes things a bit more drawn out with the bare bones budget T6, the new entry level T7i for beginners, the 77D making a step up with video, then going to the 80D as a truly semi-pro platform.
While not a massive update we do get a few new tricks in these models as nice improvements brought down from the higher end models. While that might not sound impressive what is on the menu will make for a notable improvement. Maybe not enough to jump only one generation but if your camera is getting a little long in the tooth, such as a T4i, there is a good bit to be gained by an upgrade to say the 77D.
Upgrades and New Features
- Going with the biggest improvement first, !!!DUAL PIXEL AF!!! for both cameras. Brought down from the higher tier cameras this allows for smoother autofocus during live view
- Improved low light focusing, and a faster lock on time using 45 cross-type AF points. Upgraded from 19 to 45 AF points is a serious boost in performance!
- Digic 7 processors which should provide slightly better low light/high ISO performance
- Bluetooth along with Wifi and NFC and also remote control using the BR-E1 Remote
- Video time-lapse mode
- And this is all in a slightly smaller, slightly lighter, camera bodies
In the T7i (800D) you get the basics and just that, while in the 77D (9000D) you get body improvements in line with the higher end cameras for a more professional and easier manual control. So what is different? Like the T6i/T6s cameras, the difference is mostly in the body with the 77D offering a very slightly larger body that offers a top LCD screen, a rear dial, lock switch and an eye sensor used to turn off the LCD when you bring your eye up to the viewfinder. When shooting side to side there is no difference in photo or video quality.
The Canon 77D (9000D) offers the same performance and sensor as the T7i (800D)
- Saves you some money that you could use to buy the 50mm f/1.8 STM lens
- 8 grams lighter – can you feel that difference? I doubt it!
- Top LCD screen
- Rear Dial
- Lock Switch
- Eye Sensor
- AI Focus
- 5-axis digital image stabilization during video
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