Canon EOS 77D review

Like the EOS Rebel T7i / 800D but with more control

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The EOS 77D is a very capable DSLR, but it's a hard camera to get excited about. Don't get us wrong, it does a lot of things well: image quality is very good, while the Live View performance is the best we've seen in a DSLR. There's also the polished touchscreen controls, helpful interface and decent 45-point AF system.

However, there's no 4K video capture, the viewfinder offers only 95% coverage (and it's a cheaper pentamirror design as opposed to pentaprism) and the plasticky finish just doesn't chime with the price Canon wants for the camera. Mirrorless rivals have managed to use magnesium alloy if not on the entire body then at least on the top plate, so it's a shame the EOS 77D doesn't have this same tactile feel. 

And that's the rub with the EOS 77D – there's nothing here that makes it stand out from the crowd. If you want an entry-level DSLR the Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D is the one to go for, while those looking for something more advanced should spend the extra to get the EOS 80D. There's also the likes of the Nikon D5600 and D7200 to consider, as well as Panasonic's Lumix G80 / G85 and the Fujifilm X-T20. Until the price drops, the EOS 77D sits in a small patch of no man's land.


Phil Hall

Phil Hall is an experienced writer and editor having worked on some of the largest photography magazines in the UK, and now edit the photography channel of TechRadar, the UK's biggest tech website and one of the largest in the world. He has also worked on numerous commercial projects, including working with manufacturers like Nikon and Fujifilm on bespoke printed and online camera guides, as well as writing technique blogs and copy for the John Lewis Technology guide.