Canon EOS 77D vs Nikon D5600: Midrange Melee

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Canon EOS 77D meets Nikon D5600

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When the Canon EOS 77D meets Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 and the Canon 77D are two of the latest midrange cropped APS-C format cameras from their respective companies. Yet, while the D5600 is a clear successor to 2015’s D5500, the 77D slots in between the prosumer 80D and the entry-level 800D as a midrange option for intermediate beginners looking to move up.  In essence, more controls at a slightly lower price compared to the 80D.

Here’s how Canon’s APS-C sensor lineup compares against Nikon’s:

Canon:

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Nikon:

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As you can see, there’s a bit of overlap at the lower end, but the EOS 77D does line-up better against the D5600. Both sport resolutions of 24.2 megapixels, with native ISO ranges from 100—25,600. They also have similar continuous shooting rates: the EOS 77D will do up to 6.0 frames per second (fps), while the D5600 does up to 5.0fps.

Both cameras do seem to be more than capable options for their target audience, but which would be the better option for someone looking to get more serious about photography? We put them to the test to find out. But first, here's how the two stack up against each other.

EOS 77D vs D5600
  Nikon D5600 Canon EOS 77D
Effective pixels
  • 24.78million
  • 24.2 Megapixels
Sensor
  • DX-format CMOS sensor
  • APS-C CMOS
Focal Length Multiplier
  • 1.5x
  • 1.6x
ISO rating
  • 100–25600
  • 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200)
Shutter speed
  • 1/4000–, 30s, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time
  • 1/8000sec. to 30sec. (total shutter speed range; available range varies by shooting mode), Bulb, X-sync at 1/250sec.
Auto Focus
  • Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/ 1 ft 8 in.–9 ft 10 in.)
  • 45 (Cross-type AF point Max. 45 points)
  • Dual cross-type focusing at f/2.8 with center AF point.
  • (Excluding some lenses with f/2.8 or larger maximum aperture)
Specialty Shooting Modes
  • Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Special scene modes (Group Photo, Kids, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect, HDR art standard, HDR art vivid, HDR art bold, HDR art embossed)
Exposure Control
  • Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
  • Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
Exposure Compensation
  • Can be adjusted by –5 – +5EV, in steps of1/3 or 1/2EV, in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and night vision modes
  • ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Metering
  • TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
  • 63-zone TTL open-aperture metering using 7560-pixel RGB plus IR metering sensor
  • Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
  • Partial metering (approx. 6.0% of viewfinder at center)
  • Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
  • Center-weighted average metering
Flash Modes
  • auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
  • Built-in flash function settings, external Speedlite function settings, external Speedlite Custom Function settings
  • Wireless flash control via optical transmission possible
Recording Formats
  • NEF (RAW): 12- or 14 bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats, movies are recorded in MOV
  • MOV
  • Full HD (1920x1080): 29.97p / 25.00p / 23.98p
  • MP4
  • Full HD (1920x1080): 59.94p / 50.00p / 29.97p / 25.00p / 23.98p
  • HD (1280x720): 59.94p / 50.00p / 29.97p / 25.00p
Display
  • 3.2" TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, brightness adjustment, and eye-sensor controlled on/off
  • 3" TFT color, liquid-crystal touch-sensitive monitor with approx. 1.04 million dots
Storage type
  • SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
  • SD / SDHC* / SDXC* memory cards
  • * UHS-I cards compatible.
Connectivity
  • IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g ,
  • Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1
  • Computer communication (Hi-Speed USB equivalent), GPS Receiver GP-E2, Connect Station CS100 connection, HDMI mini OUT (Type C - Auto switching of resolution) compatible.IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Battery
  • EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Battery Pack LP-E17
  • Approx. 600 shots with viewfinder shooting, Approx. 270 shots with live view shooting.
Dimensions
  • 124 x 97 x 70 mm
  • 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm
Weight
  • 415g (body only)
  • 493g (body only)

8.0
Performance
8
Design
8
Features
8
User-Friendliness
8.5
Value
7.5
The Good
Touch interface makes changing settings quick and easy
Good handling for such a small body
Fast AF in Live View due to Dual Pixel AF
The Bad
Pricier than the competition
Poor high ISO performance above ISO 12,800