Canon has released two new DSLRs and a new mirrorless camera today - the EOS 800D, EOS 77D and EOS M6. We had an exclusive chance to get our hands on all three cameras and check them out.
Aimed at serious hobbyists, the Canon EOS 800D sits at the top of the line among the entry level DSLR's from the Canon stable. On the other hand the Canon EOS 77D targets the enthusiasts and serious hobbyists giving them a series of features. According to Canon, the EOS 800D is an upgrade over the EOS 750D and EOS 760D and has a host of features that will surely make the EOS 800D a choice for those who are buying their first DSLR or are looking to upgrade from the basic entry level. Canon said that the newly launched DSLR's will focus on catering the needs of the beginners and also serious amateurs by giving them the flexibility of a DSLR with no compromises to performance and image quality.
We had a chance to meet the Canon team a week before the launch and were given an exclusive preview of the upcoming cameras. Under the hood, both the EOS 800D and the EOS 77D share similar architecture in terms of hardware and specifications. The Canon team informed us that both the DSLRs have the same 24.2 MP sensors, reworked for better performance along with a new 45-point all cross-type focus points. Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes its way into both the cameras making focus tracking during photo and video possible. Canon also has claimed that the cameras have the world’s fastest AF for still shooting in live view mode of just 0.03 sec.
The cameras also feature electronic stabilisation that works for video modes. Canon claims that the cameras will provide up to 5-stops of stabilisation when paired with Canon's lenses which have Image Stabilisation built in. The processing capabilities of the EOS 77D and the EOS 800D are undertaken by the new DIGIC 7 processor. Both the cameras have an impressive ISO range of 100 to up to 25600. The video department is preceded by Full HD 1080p @ 60fps and the burst shooting allows shooting 6 frames per second.
Apart from the usual, the cameras also feature HDR videos and Timelapse movies which now allows users to control the change of exposure according to the scene. Also the Bluetooth technology now makes its way into the cameras, making it smart to switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to save power. The user interface has also seen some revamp making it easier to navigate the menu.
The main difference between the cameras however is minimal. The EOS 77D features a top LDC plate which the 800D misses. Also the scroll buttons of the 800D have been swapped for a turning multi-functional dial that rotates and also works individually and directional scroll buttons. The EOS 77D has a dedicated customisable AF-ON button which the EOS 800D misses out on. In a nutshell Canon has launched two different cameras with identical hardware but targets two entirely different audiences. The 800D will cost Rs. 56,995/- (body), whereas the 77D will cost Rs. 59,995/- (body)
The new mirrorless EOS M6
The new Canon EOS M6 is Canon's latest entrant in it's mirrorless EOS M series. According to Canon, the new mirrorless camera is the successor of the Canon EOS M3. A 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor camera, the EOS M6 will feature a DIGIC 7 processor. It will have 49 AF Points, 7fps (AF Fixed 9fps), an ISO range of 100-25600. We were disappointed to see that the camera did not feature an EVF. However, Canon informed that they are releasing a new removable EVF named EVF-DC2 with the camera body.
The camera can record Full HD video, and features a 3.2-inch touch, tilt LCD Panel. There is built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. The camera will come with a EF-M 15-45mm kit – EF-M 18-150mm kit, however, Canon informed that the price for the camera has not been decided yet.
We will be doing full reviews of the cameras in our upcoming issues, so make sure you don't miss them out!