Introduction

The Canon EOS 77D (9000D in Japan) is a lightweight 24MP APS-C DSLR that offers impressive Dual Pixel Autofocus, good external controls and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It slots between the Rebel T7i and EOS 80D, and can be thought of as the successor to the Rebel T6s; if the name doesn't make that obvious, the specifications and feature additions over its lower-end Rebel sibling should.

Key specifications

  • 24MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
  • 45-point all-cross-type phase-detect autofocus system
  • Digic 7 processor
  • 3" fully-articulating touchscreen LCD
  • Top plate LCD for shooting information
  • Dual control dials
  • 6fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/60p video capture with microphone input

So is the EOS 77D more than a fancy Rebel in disguise? Well, not really. The only meaningful differentiators between this model and the Rebel T7i it was announced alongside are the dual control dials, top plate LCD and the addition of an AF ON button. Less meaningful differentiators include an extra eight grams of heft and some general button shuffling. And that's it. In other words, the same relationship was shared by the Rebel T6s and T6i.

All that said, we have to concede the name '77D' sounds a lot more serious than either the well-worn Rebel or XX0D monikers, and after all, this is a fairly well-rounded camera. It borrows an awful lot from its up-market EOS 80D cousin, and yet, comes in at a pretty steep discount. Let's see how they compare in detail.

Among the many things the EOS 77D inherits from the 80D is its 24MP sensor, which is a huge improvement over the sensors in previous 's' Rebels.
Processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. ISO 100 | 1/640 sec | F8
Photo by Carey Rose

Spec comparison

  Rebel T7i/800D EOS 77D EOS 80D
MSRP (body only) $749  $899 $1199
Sensor 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
Processor Digic 7 Digic 6
ISO range ISO 100-25600
(expands to 51200)
ISO 100-12800
(expands to 25600)
AF system  Dual Pixel + 45-pt all-cross-type
Shutter speed 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/8000 sec 
X-sync 1/200 sec 1/250 sec
LCD size/type 3" fully-articulating touchscreen (1.04M-dot) 
Viewfinder mag/coverage 0.82x / 95% 0.95x / 100%
('Intelligent')
Control dials One Two
AF ON button No Yes
Top plate LCD No Yes
Max Continuous 6 fps  7 fps
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/30p/24p
Headphone jack No Yes
Bluetooth Yes No
Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 960 shots
Battery grip No Optional
Weather-sealing No Yes
Dimensions 131 x 100 x 76mm 131 x 100 x 76mm 139 x 105 x 79mm
Weight (CIPA) 532 g  540 g 730 g

The EOS 77D then will broadly appeal to the same sort of consumer as the T6s/760D; namely, the photographer with enough experience to want a more hands-on approach and who must have an optical viewfinder of some sort. All of the not-insignificant advancements in the EOS 77D and the Rebel T7i make them compelling upgrade choices for users of previous Rebel (and even some X0D) cameras.

Edited to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. ISO 640 | 1/500 sec | F5.6
Photo by Jeff Keller

If you can forego an optical viewfinder, one could easily make an argument for the Fujifilm X-T20 or Sony's a6300, both of which offer 4K video and much faster burst shooting in smaller packages (though the a6300 lacks the level of direct control the 77D offers), and there's also the new Canon EOS M6, which shares an awful lot with the 77D under its skin. 

But with the addition of Dual Pixel AF, Live View shooting on the EOS 77D is arguably just as robust (if not more so, in some situations) than either the Fujifilm or Sony mirrorless options. And that gets to the heart of what really makes the EOS 77D so appealing; it may not offer the best of both the DSLR and mirrorless worlds, but it does offer a compelling balance at this price point.

So does the EOS 77D have what it takes to be your next camera? Let's find out.