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Canon EOS 77D Review - Performance

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Canon EOS 77D Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs (same for Live View)
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.2secs (0.2-0.3s for Live View)
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.15secs (0.4s for Live View)
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.0secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.3secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.6secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
6fps (~ shots)
Continuous Shooting - RAW 5fps (24 shots)

We tested this with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Focus is very quick, as is shutter response, and this is equally as quick even when using live-view. Switch on time is good, as is shot to shot time. Continuous shooting is good, at 6fps, and with a fast memory card, the camera continued shooting without slowing down when shooting JPEG images, letting you shoot an unlimited amount (until the card is full). 


Canon EOS 77D Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Exposure is reliable, and the camera copes well with a variety of scenes. Using the "Auto Lighting Optimizer" (ALO) option you can extend the dynamic range recorded in shots, without necessarily having to resort to using raw images, or the HDR shooting options. Skin tones are good, and the camera gives pleasing JPEG results straight from the camera. For sharper images, you can process raw files, or adjust the in-camera settings.

The lack of face-detection focus when using the normal focusing mode, means that the success rate of portrait shots can be very low, especially when using a bright prime lens. If you want to use face-detection focus, then you'll need to switch to live-view. 


Canon EOS 77D Lens test images

Lens Performance - The camera has built-in lens correction, including peripheral illumination correction, to correct for vignetting, chromatic aberration, distortion, plus diffraction. This means it can correct for any issues that your lens may have, as long as the camera has the lens data loaded into it.

We used the 18-135mm IS USM lens which performed well at the wide-angle end of the lens, becoming softer at the telephoto end. Macro focus was reasonable, and image stabilisation helped to ensure shots were free from camera shake. We were much more impressed by the performance of the 35mm f/2 IS lens, and it is possible that the 18-135mm lens we got wasn't performing as originally intended.


Canon EOS 77D ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The level of detail captured is very good, particularly at the lower ISO speeds from ISO100 to ISO1600. It's not until you get to ISO3200 till you start to notice noise in images, and at this setting, results are very good. ISO6400 produces images that should still be usable, depending on your needs. ISO12800 may provide usable images, however, we'd recommend resizing images, or further processing (such as processing the raw file, or converting to black and white). ISO25600 and above are best avoided entirely. 


Canon EOS 77D White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives slightly warm results under tungsten lighting, and by using the white priority setting, the AWB can give much more accurate results, which is great for product shots. Using the tungsten preset gives warm results. The camera performs well under mixed lighting. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and the preset gives a slight colour cast. Thanks to the "White priority" AWB setting, and the good AWB performance, you shouldn't need to use any of the presets.


Canon EOS 77D Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of effects available, (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye Effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect), and we've shown examples above. The HDR modes are a little dramatic, and un-natural looking. There is no panoramic mode. 


Video - The camera can record FullHD video at 60, 50, 30, 25 or 24fps, with stereo sound. There's also a microphone socket if you want to use an external microphone. You can use the movie mode in auto or manual modes, and there's a time-lapse movie mode as well. Video quality is quite good, although using the electronic image stabilisation results in the frame being cropped, which reduces image quality. Video footage will benefit from the use of a lens with optical image stabilisation for the best quality, or the use of a tripod.  


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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS 77D

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pablophotographer 8 1.5k 368
21 Jul 2017 7:19AM
Nice to see Canon offering a variety of aspect ratios in their model Smile

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Niknut Plus
10 2.5k 82 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2017 4:28PM
Mmmmm !.....seriously yummy !......but 829 ????? pockets aren't that deep !!.Sad
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
23 Nov 2017 8:54AM
I received mine 2 nights ago, and it's a dinky little camera, much smaller than I imagined. I didn't notice if it was mentioned in this review, the electronic 5-axis image stabiliser is only for video. The touch screen is a huge help; instead of getting bogged down in menus, it's easy to control settings with the Q menu. This is my first Canon in years, so there's a big learning curve, but that's half the fun, isn't it?Smile I also considered the M5 mirrorless, but there's something about having an adapter between the lens and camera that makes me uneasy, though an EVF would be nice, I've been using one for 41/2 years. It took all of 5 minutes to forget all about them.Wink I shot a few images around the house and in the backyard, but today I went out with a Canon 300mm f4L attached, and I can see the slots in the tiny screws in the chimney across the street, amazing. Focusing is instantaneous, really, even though Ken said it isn't quite that fast; it's the fastest focusing lens and camera I think I've ever used; Canon's latest camera and a lens that was built in Japan in June of 1997. I was shooting 2 jackrabbits, which are almost pure white, in clean snow, and the camera and lens nailed it every time. For me it's a perfect wildlife/nature combination, and I can't wait till the birds come back next spring. I saw tonight where the price is dropping, $749 Canadian on with free shipping.

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