Image quality

Our latest test scene simulates both daylight and low light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget switches between the two. The daylight scene is manually white balanced to give neutral grays, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests. Raw files are manually corrected. We offer three different viewing sizes: 'Full', 'Print', and 'Comp', with the latter two offering 'normalized' comparisons by using matched viewing sizes. The 'Comp' option chooses the largest-available resolution common to the cameras being compared.

The Canon EOS 77D puts up performance in our test scene that is all but identical to the higher-priced EOS 80D (the details of which you can read about here), as well as the EOS M5 (which you can read about here); this isn't surprising as all three share what is likely the same sensor, and though the M5 and 77D both have newer Digic 7 processors compared to the 80D's older Digic 6, there seems to be no real impact on image quality.

In general, then, you can expect typically pleasing Canon colors, with reds that are less muddy than a Nikon D7200 and less yellow-tinged than the Sony a6300. The JPEG engine can still use some work, though, as it continues to show fairly rudimentary sharpening that is prone to haloing. The highest ISO values losing low contrast detail while leaving behind plenty of noise. Raw noise performance lags slightly behind the D7200 and a6300. The EOS 77D shows less moiré than the Sony (just like the EOS 80D), which does suggest the presence of an anti-aliasing filter, though its still capturing a pretty good amount of detail.

Good color, fast autofocus...but still soft with the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens.
18mm | ISO 100 | 1/100 sec | F5.6
Photo by Jeff Keller

It's worth noting that for real world shooting, one of the bundled kit lenses for the EOS 77D may leave you wanting more. The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM offers good reach, solid build quality and lightning-fast autofocus, but our copy suffered from overall softness throughout the zoom range. We found the EF-S 24mm F2.8 STM to be a much more rewarding companion to the 77D, though the 18-135mm will still be a great choice for video.

Video

The EOS 77D captures video at up to 1080/60p. As you can see in the above comparison, it's all but identical to the older EOS 80D in terms of detail capture on our test scene. There are some trade-offs in sharpness versus moiré, and it shows broadly similar detail capture and less moiré than the Sony a6300 in 1080p; in other words, not great. The Fujifilm X-T20 shows somewhat sharper results, but with plenty of false color.

In terms of handling, the EOS 77D is light on capture aids, but continues the Canon tradition of making remarkably stable video capture as easy as it can be. Though it does rob your footage of some detail, the built-in Digital IS works very well, and there's a microphone port to get higher quality audio. You can see a histogram before you start recording, but it disappears when you begin your clip, and there's no manual focus peaking nor zebra highlight warnings.

It should be noted that, alongside other recent Canons, this is one of the only consumer cameras currently on the market that offers easy and dependable autofocus while shooting video clips; face detection and tracking are both very, very good, and this continues to be one of the most convincing use cases for Dual Pixel Autofocus in general.

Lastly, you only get full-automatic Video shooting, or full-manual, meaning there is no option for users to shoot in aperture or shutter priority. Happily, Auto ISO is available in manual shooting mode.

The above video demonstrates Canon's Dual Pixel AF in Live View on an EOS M5, which shares both its processor and sensor with the EOS 77D, so you can expect similar - in other words, very good - performance.

So it's not going to be anyone's first choice for high-end cinema shooting, but the EOS 77D will be great for those looking for a vlogging camera or it has the potential to be a good home movie machine for families.