EOS 77D and EOS 800 DSLRs launched alongside EOS M6 mirrorless model
Just a couple of weeks shy of the 30th anniversary of the launch of its legendary EOS System Canon has unveiled two new APS-C format DSLRs – in the shape of the EOS 77D and EOS 800D – as well as a new EOS M6 mirrorless camera. But what features do they offer filmmakers and are they a good choice for shooting video?
First off, you could argue that the lack of a high resolution 4K shooting capability on any of the cameras is a disappointment. Instead they all offer 1080p (1920×1080) Full HD video shooting at up to 60 frames per second, making them more of a tool for amateur filmmakers as opposed to pros.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
However all three of the models feature Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which is a major plus point for shooting video as it tracks subjects naturally and gives smooth AF transitions. The similarities on the three cameras also include the 24.2 megapixel sensor and the DIGIC 7 processor, which is said to be 14x faster than the DIGIC 6 processor so should easily allow for faster processing of both still images and video footage.
EOS 77D & EOS 800D
In a similar way to the EOS 750D and 760D models the 77D and 800D are very similar in spec. They both have a 3.5mm microphone port although there is no headphone port to allow for monitoring audio in your videos. The DSLR duo also feature 5-axis in-camera digital stabilization, which means that video footage can be stabilised even when non-IS lenses are used. The electronic stabilisation can be combined with optical stabilisation when using compatible Canon EF or EF-S lenses.
The key differences between the cameras include the design and controls. The slightly higher spec EOS 77D has a top plate LCD and a rear four-way control dial, although both cameras feature a dedicated Live View/Movie recording control to the right of the viewfinders.
Of note to filmmakers is the fact that both DSLRs only feature one SD card slot so you will be limited to shooting to the maximum capacity of your SD card before a physical card change is required. Also a High Dynamic Range (HDR) Movie Shooting mode is in both DSLRs, which helps to retain more detail in bright areas of a scene when shooting video.
Whilst clearly not a choice for those who want to shoot video at higher resolutions than Full HD the EOS 77D and EOS 800D do have some great ‘trickle-down’ features from higher specified EOS DSLRs and, as such, will be appealing to those less experienced filmmakers who may already be using the EOS system or those who are taking a first leap into DLSR movie shooting.
EOS M6 features
The mirrorless EOS M6 camera has several points of note, not least the fact that it has a removable viewfinder. On the video side of things as mentioned earlier it offers Full HD shooting at 1920×1080 and it also incorporates the built-in 5-axis IS seen in the EOS DSLRs to aid stable footage when shooting video hand-held. It also features a double-hinged adjustable rear LCD panel that can be adjusted upwards (like a waist level finder), downwards and forwards, which can be useful for shooting and viewing scenes at odd angles.
Pricing and availability
As far as price and availability are concerned the EOS 77D will have an RRP of £829.99 body only whilst the EOS 800D will be a tad less at an RRP of £779.99 – both cameras are due to be available from the end of March 29017. The mirrorless EOS M6 will have an RRP of £729.99 and will be available from the beginning of April 2017.