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Performance

  • 6fps burst shooting
  • User guide on camera
  • 600-shot battery life

Like the T7i / 800D, the EOS 77D can rattle off shots at 6fps – we'd have liked to have seen this number improved to match mirrorless rivals like the Lumix G80 / G85, which is capable of 9fps, although that would risk the new camera treading on the toes of the EOS 80D's 7fps. 

Battery life is good, at 600 shots, although you'll want to keep a spare handy if you plan to shoot predominantly with the rear display activated, as this will see battery life drop to 270 shots. It’s also worth bearing in mind that Nikon’s D5600 has a 820-shot battery life, while the D7200 can go for 1,100 shots. 

Read more: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D review

Also like the T7i / 800D, the EOS 77D takes advantages of Canon's new clean-looking graphical interface, which is designed to help inexperienced users get to grips with some of the camera's key controls. Where the cameras differ is that you have to turn this feature on in the display settings of the EOS 77D, whereas it's the default mode of the T7i / 800D.

The EOS 77D sports Canon’s tried-and-tested 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, which we’ve seen in numerous Canon DSLRs (it’s also in the EOS Rebel T7i / 800D), with 63-zone Evaluative, Partial, Centre-weighted and Spot metering options.

Metering is pretty sound, but the system can be tricked by high-contrast scenes

Metering is pretty sound, but the system can be tricked by high-contrast scenes

For the most part the evaluative mode will be the one you’ll be using, and it does a good job. As we’ve found with other EOS cameras though, because the system is weighted to the active AF point you can run into issues in high-contrast situations, as simply shifting the AF point can throw up two different exposures – some of our shots were a little overexposed for our liking.

The white balance system performs very well, while the option of an Ambient Auto White Balance mode has its uses, delivering slightly warmer results that can be welcome, while White Priority can deliver clean, neutral results even in artificial lighting.

Image quality

The EOS 77D uses Canon's new 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, and as we’ve seen with the T7i / 800D this performs very well. Resolution is pretty much identical to the results from the T6s / 760D – which is hardly a surprise when you consider that they share the same pixel count – but it’s elsewhere that the new sensor design shines, particularly the way the camera handles noise.

The 24MP sensor renders a very good level of detail

At lower sensitivities shots appeared very clean with good levels of saturation, but it’s when you start increasing the ISO that the EOS 77D’s sensor really impresses. Looking at raw files edited in Adobe Camera Raw, our test images looked very pleasing to the eye even at ISO6400. Granted, there’s some luminance (grain-like) noise present, but it’s well controlled and has a fine structure. There’s hardly any chroma (color) noise present, and while saturation suffers a touch at this sensitivity, the overall result is very good.

ISO100

ISO800

ISO800

ISO6400

ISO6400

Knock the sensitivity up another couple of notches, to ISO25,600, and saturation and detail deteriorate, while noise becomes very noticeable. We’d avoid using this setting where possible, although images will still be just about usable if you have to shoot in poor light and it’s your only option.

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You can recover plenty of highlight and shadow detail from the 77D's raw files. This is the straight shot (converted to mono)...

You can recover plenty of highlight and shadow detail from the 77D's raw files. This is the straight shot (converted to mono)...
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...and here's the image with detail recovered in Camera Raw

...and here's the image with detail recovered in Camera Raw

Dynamic range is better than we’ve seen from the T6s / 760D, but the latitude available to recover detail in the shadows and highlights isn’t quite a match for rivals like the D5600 or X-T20.

The EOS 77D delivers pleasing JPEG colors, though they can perhaps look a little muted when up against rivals with more punchier color output. If you want to give your JPEGs a little more 'bite', opt for one of the Picture Styles, or shoot raw for complete control.