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Canon refreshes its entry-level and mid-range EOS DSLRs with Rebel T7i and 77D

Create: 02/25/2017 - 13:33
Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Both models use a 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Compact 18-55mm kit lens announced
  • Rebel T7i provides on-screen instruction about shooting modes and functions

Canon has refreshed its low-end and medium-range of DSLRs with two new models: the Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D.

The two new models take advantage of an improved focusing system, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which Canon says provides “the world’s fastest focusing speed” of 0.03 seconds. Canon’s recently released mirrorless camera, the EOS M6, uses the same autofocus sytem.

The T7i and 77D share a number of other features:

  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25,600
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 video.
  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 2, NFC 3 and Bluetooth 4 technology
  • Vari-angle touch-enabled 3.0-inch LCD monitor
  • Pentamirror optical display
  • Can record up to 6.0 frames per second
  • Built-in pop-up flash

Available shutter speeds run from 30 seconds to 1/4,000 plus B. Images are saved as either RAW or JPG to SD cards. Each camera has a single SD memory card slot.

The cameras are powered by a single rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Neither camera has an option to add a battery grip. Both can be powered by AC when using the proper Canon adapter.

The T7i and 77D are identical in size with the 77D weighing slightly more.

New EF-S 18-55mm kit lens

Canon also announced a new kit zoom, the EF-S f/4-5.6 18-55mm IS STM. At 7.6 ounces, Canon says this lens is 20% smaller than its predecessor and doesn’t sacrifice image quality.

This lens is intended for APS-C cameras only, and its full-frame equivalent zoom range is 28.8-88mm. It accepts 58mm filters.

The lens has 12 elements in 10 groups. The lens doesn’t retract and is just 2.4 inches long, compared with 2.7 inches for the previous model. As its name indicates, the lens has built-in image stabilization, which Canon says provides up to four stops of compensation.

Canon says the lens is textured with a “black leather coating” to make the focus and zoom rings easier to grip.

The lens is available separately, starting in April 2017, for US$249.99.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon has added a feature that should appeal to novice photographers. When the mode dial is switched or when different features are selected, information is provided on the LCD monitor that explains what that mode or feature does and how it affects the image.

The inclusion of a digital learning library is something that Nikon has done with its entry-level DSLRs.

The T7i is 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches (131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm) and weighs 18.8 ounces (532 grams).

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i will be sold in several packages, staring in April 2017:

  • Body only for US$749.99
  • Body and EF-S f/4-5.6 18-55mm IS STM zoom lens for US$899.99
  • Body is with the EF-S f/3.5-5.6 18-135mm IS USM zoom lens for US$1,299.00.

Canon EOS 77D

For those looking to step up from their entry-level camera, Canon recommends its 77D. This model has an LCD panel on the top deck, containing such information as ISO, shutter speed, exposure and remaining battery power.

The 77D also uses the 7,650-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor that is used in the 80D. The 77D also has an anti-flicker mode that attemps to counter the effect of flickering artificial lights that are often used in high school gymnasiums, where school sporting events typically take place.

The 77D is 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches (131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm) and weighs 19.0 ounces (540 grams).

Like the Rebel T7i, the Canon EOS 77D will be available in April 2017 in several packages:

  • Body only for US$899.99.
  • Body and EF-S f/4-5.6 18-55mm IS STM zoom lens for US $1,049.00.
  • Body and EF-S f/3.5-5.6 18-135mm IS USM zoom lens for US$1,499.00.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.