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Canon EOS 80D vs 77D

by Birgit
(London, UK)

Hi! I’m currently looking to buy a camera for fashion and gig photography and I’m choosing between Canon EOS 77D & 80D. Which one would you recommend? And also, would you suggest buying the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens for gigs? Thanks so much!

Size comparison of 77D and 80D
Size comparison of the smaller Canon 77D with the larger Canon 80D

Hi Birgit,
Thanks for your question about the Canon 80D versus the Canon 77D. Both the 77D and 80D will work well for shooting regular gigs as well as photographing fashion. These two cameras have many features that are the same with only a few that might make a difference for you and will help you choose the best fit. We'll get to those in a minute, but first I wanted to answer the question if the Sigma makes for a good 77D or 80D lens.

Lens For the 77D or 80D

The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens will work perfectly with both the 80D as well as the 77D. The "DC" in this Sigma's description means its intended to be used with Canon's APS-C "crop" sensor cameras like the 77D and 80D.

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
The Sigma 17-55mm f/2.8 Lens is a good match for both cameras.

The 77D and 80D have the same crop factor of 1.6X. With the Sigma lens you'll get the same angle of view as a 27-80mm on a full frame camera. You will like the "fast" constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 as good for shooting in low light situations.

80D Versus 77D comparison

One big difference between the 77D and the 80D is price point. Both have come down in price since they first came to market. The 80D on 2016 - 77D in 2017. You'll save several hundred dollars on the 77D over the 80D. Canon intended the 77D to be a new category of camera, positioning itself between the Rebel t7i and the EOS 80D. The 80D is positioned between the 70D and 90D-my favorite.

The 80D is bigger and about 35% heavier. Neither the 77D or the 80D come close to the weight and size >b>Pro Canon DSLR cameras, like the 1D series. Both are easy to grip with one hand, although if you're trying to keep your gear as small and light as possible, the 77D has the advantage here.

If you are shooting events that may require taking lots of photo for long periods of time without interruption, the 80D has a clear advantage over the 77D with better battery capacity.

77D battery compared to 80D battery
The 77D battery is smaller and has less capacity than the 80D battery

You can get battery grips for extended shooting (Non-Canon made for the 77D), but that adds to the size and weight of your set-up.

Canon 77D Advantages

1. PRICE The 77D costs several hundred dollars less. That leaves more money for the right lens.
2. STABLE VIDEO You'll get smoother video with the image stabilization feature of the 77D.
3. SHARING The Canon 77D has Bluetooth technology. For me, that's irrelevant, but that could be a big difference for you.
4. PROCESSOR The 77D has a Digic 7 processor. Thai's an advancement over the Digic 6 processor.

Canon 80D Advantages

1. WEATHER The 80D has better weather sealing to protect your camera when you're shooting under poor weather conditions.
2. VIEWFINDER The viewfinder is brighter and gives a more accurate "same view" as the image that hits your sensor.
3. FRAME RATE The 80D has a slight edge over the 77D, shooting at 7 frames per second, rather than 6 frames per second.
4. INDURANCE The 80D is built with a larger battery so you can shoot longer without the interruption of having to change batteries.

Although neither the 77D or 80D cameras are categorized as pro cameras both will give you excellent image quality and can be used for professional jobs. I use my Canon 90D professionally all the time. Both cameras can double as webcams and both have nice bright articulating LCD touch screens.

I hope this post helped you with your comparison of the 80D and the 77D, Birgit. Feel free to comment on how you make out choosing either camera.


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