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)
MP 24 24 24 24
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)
Video 1080p60 1080p30 1080p60 1080p60
Headphone Jack Yes No No No
Mic Jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity WIFI/NFC WIFI/NFC WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth
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 |
$749 Body
$1499 with 18-135 | $899 Body

What’s new?

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 t7i vs Canon 77D
Canon 77D(left) vs Canon T7i(right) rear viewCanon 77D(left) vs Canon T7i(right) top view

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.

T7i

Available to pre-order through 

Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Canon EOS T7i Line
77D

Available to pre-order through 

Canon EOS 77D
Canon EOS 77D Line
M6

Available to pre-order through 

Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Black)
Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Line

Canon EVF-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder
Canon EVF-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder
18-55mm F/4-5.6
IS STM lens

Available to pre-order through 

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
BR-E1 Wireless
Remote Control

Available to pre-order through 

Canon BR-E1

 

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