Canon’s immensely popular EOS camera system has long been synonymous with cutting-edge versatility and reliable performance. The respective additions of the EOS Rebel T7i to Canon’s celebrated entry-level line and the EOS 77D’s introduction of an entire brand-new category dedicated to advanced amateur photographers each mark eagerly welcomed companions to the brand’s first-ever Bluetooth remote control and the impressive newly unveiled EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. To put it mildly, we would call this wave of rollouts a collectively noteworthy way to usher in the Canon EOS System’s 30th anniversary and remind world just how committed the manufacturer is to putting first-class tools within the reach of burgeoning photographers.
Though one camera establishes an evolved branch in Canon’s EOS family tree and another adds to an already well-known legacy of products, the two cameras share plenty of attractive kindred features:
- High-Speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.0 fps
- HDR and Time-Lapse Movie modes
- Movie Electronic IS
- Built-in WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth technology for unimaginably easy image transfers
- 3.0” Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD
- DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-25600
- 24.2MP CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
- Precision focusing, thanks to an optical viewfinder with 45-point all cross-type AF system
- The world-class focusing speed (an unmatched 0.03 seconds) and accuracy of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase detection
Of course, that isn’t to give the mistaken impression that neither camera has its own unique appeal.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i
The T7i marks the introductions of the 45-point all cross-type AF system, DIGIC 7 Image Processor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase detection to the beginner-oriented EOS Rebel series. Canon designers went out of their way to absorb feedback from entry-level photographers and discovered prolific interest in breaking out beyond a DSLR camera’s standard program mode. The LCD now demonstrates exactly how adjusting settings manually or toggling between modes will affect the final image. The hope is that these in-the-moment demonstrations will help shooters compose increasingly gripping images by employing more daring touches such as shallow depth-of-field or lending a flowing or frozen aesthetic to subjects in motion. Bold new photographers can expect a number of imaginative filters to apply to video and still images to customize their captures with their own individually inventive characters.
Canon EOS 77D
The Rebel T7i “only” has to live up to the expectations of Canon’s bestselling starter line of cameras while empowering new photographers to spread their wings and experiment with their content in the moment. The EOS 77D has the challenge and privilege of establishing an entirely new identity geared toward equipping slightly more sophisticated amateurs to further augment their experience, knowledge and skillsets handling a DSLR camera. This emerging category in Canon’s catalogue takes users a step beyond the Rebel with such fine-tuning features as its Anti-Flicker shooting mode to offset repetitive on-and-off blinking from artificial light sources and its own take on the EOS 80D’s own 7650-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor, two tools that master the art of finding a way to make the light work for you. The quick control dial and top LCD panel enable quicker and easier control over settings on the fly for photographers more comfortable with a bit of improvisational composition. This is one fine camera for amateurs who appreciate exploring the devils that lurk in the details.
Either camera will no doubt pair fantastically with several new and recently released first-party peripherals. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens measures almost 20 percent smaller than its predecessor EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM but proves itself every bit equal for image quality with a lead screw-type STM, elegant design, and image stabilization at up to 45 stops of shake correction. Also, both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D are fully compatible with Canon’s first-ever BR-E1 Wireless Bluetooth Remote Control and the Canon Connect Station CS100 wireless photo and video management, storage and sharing hub. The newest Canon Connect Station CS100 firmware update is a must-have in itself, adding select compatibility with Canon and non-Canon cameras with an expanded range of supported file formats, video playback of computer-edited movies, and improvements to smartphone compatibility and connectivity.
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