Canon has announced new DSLRS – with Dual Pixel AF
And an updated mirrorless camera! SO Canon just announced – a Canon T7i (800D), a 77D (9000D) and the M6 (mirrorless camera) – If you are trying to figure out where the new 77D fits in the line up you are not alone – I have had a handful of confused readers write in over the last week, based on our post about the leaked specs, asking what the Canon 77D offers vs the Canon 80D. I have a quick comparison below but briefly the 77D is the successor to the T6s and the T7i is the successor to the Canon T6i. Canon will continue to offer the T6i making their line of Rebels quite large with a T5, T6, Sl1, T5i, T6i, T6s, T7i, 70D, 77D, 80D ALL still being offered/sold.. That’s quite the lineup. The big headline – DUAL PIXEL AF is in the new cameras!! That is the fast and smooth AF during live view – immensely helpful for video and makes using live view a much more pleasant experience. Additionally Canon has shrunk the T7i a bit more, this makes me think we will not see a SL2 anytime soon.
A quick comparison of the two new DSLRS the T7i and the 77D with the older T6i/T6s and the 80D. below the chart I have a few more differences between the 77D and the T7i and some recommendations about which you might want to buy.
|Spec||Canon 80D||Canon T6s/T6i (750/760D)||Canon T7i (800D)||Canon 77D (9000D)|
|ISO||100-16,000||100-12,800||100-25600 (expands to 51200)||100-25600 (expands to 51200)|
|Processor||Digic 6||Digic 6||Digic 7||Digic 7|
|Number of AF pts||45 (all cross type)||19(all cross type)||45 (all cross type)||45 (all cross type)|
|Viewfinder||100% pentaprism||95% pentamirror||95% pentamirror||95% pentamirror|
|Live View AF speed||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Excellent|
|Top Shutter Speed||1/8000||1/4000||1/4000||1/4000|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250||1/200||1/200||1/200|
|FPS||7 (live view 5 with AF)||5 (live ~1 with AF)||6||6|
|Low Light focusing||-3 EV (very good)||-0.5 (ok)||-3 EV (very good)||-3 EV (very good)|
|Battery Life||960 shots||440 shots||600 Shots||600 shots|
|Weight||730g (1.61 lb / 25.75 oz)||565 g (1.25 lb / 19.93 oz)||532 g (1.17 lb / 18.77 oz)||540 g (1.19 lb / 19.05 oz)|
|Current Price||$1499 with 18-135 | $1099 Body||$1049 T6s with 18-135 | $849 Body||$1299 with 18-135 |
|$1499 with 18-135 | $899 Body|
The T7i/77D now offer Dual Pixel AF, much improved low light AF performance and 45 cross-type AF points, Digic 7 processors which should provide slightly better low light/high ISO performance, Bluetooth and a new battery providing better battery life over the T6s/T6i models. And a video time-lapse mode. And this is all in a slightly smaller, slightly lighter body.
The Canon 77D offers the same performance and sensor as the T7i
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. They both use the same NEW battery.
Canon 77D(left) vs Canon T7i(right) top view
Canon T7i (800D) vs Canon 77D (9000D)
This is easy – If you are considering these cameras I expect you want to shoot manually and the 77D with the rear dial and top LCD screen make this a more manual friendly camera. I talk more about this in my T6s review If you are on a strict budget the T7i saves you some money that you could use to buy the 50mm f/1.8 STM lens
Canon 77D vs 80D
This is a tougher decision. The real strengths of the 80D – bigger battery providing almost 1,000 shots per charge, weather sealing and a significantly faster top shutter speed at 1/8000 of a second along with a headphone jack make this a more professionally capable camera for photographers and videographers. If you are a casual photographer the 77D offers savings and a camera the will provide more than enough power for you. If you plan to become more serious about your photography or videography the 80D offers just that much more room to grow that I do recommend purchasing.
About that Mirrorless Camera the M6
it is NOT replacing the M5, this will be an additional model alongside the M5. The improvement between the two will be the M6 includes stabilization for video and they have removed the EVF – providing an optional EVF you can attach in the hotshoe. This makes the camera a little more compact but in my opinion a lot less desirable. I want an EVF on ALL my cameras – otherwise bright sunny conditions make it very hard to see what’s happening on the back of the LCD. (more soon)
Other interesting bits-
These new cameras now offer Bluetooth LE for additional connectivity options and Canon is releasing a Bluetooth wireless remote. The BR-E1, price $50, is capable of triggering the camera up to 16 feet. It can also control that lens zoom, PZ-E1, that was released with the 80D.
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