Canon announces the EOS M6, EOS 800D and EOS 77D
15 February 2017 | Category: General News
In a flurry of activity, Canon has announced three new interchangeable cameras, an 18-55mm lens, a new external electronic viewfinder and a Bluetooth remote.
First-up, the Canon 800D and 77D are DSLRs which replace the Canon 750D and 760D respectively. They are aimed at relative beginners but offer niceties such as a vari-angle touch-screen and wireless connectivity.
Meanwhile the EOS M6 is a mirrorless system camera which has a similar specification to the EOS M5 but lacks a built-in viewfinder. With that in mind, Canon has also introduced the EVF-DC2, an optional electronic viewfinder with a 0.39-inch type screen and 2.36 million dots.
According to Canon, the 24.2 million pixel sensors in the three cameras are new, having a different design from those in the recent Canon 80D. The changes are claimed to boost image quality and autofocus performance.
Each of the sensors is coupled with Canon latest processing engine, Digic 7, which again brings better image quality and autofocus performance as well as a speed boost.
The sensors are all Dual Pixel CMOS AF devices which mean the cameras have phase detection autofocusing in live view and video mode - as the EOS M6 is a mirrorless camera this is its sole autofocus system.
In addition, the two DLRs have 45-point autofocus systems for use when composing images in the viewfinder. These points are all cross-type for better subject detection and are a significant step-up from the 19-point AF systems of the 750D and 760D.
All three cameras have NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity built-in to allow images to be shared to smartphones and tablets as well as Canon’s Connect Station.
The Bluetooth system is ‘always-on’ and if the camera is in sleep mode, it’s possible to bring it to life using a paired phone or the new Remote Controller BR-E1 which also uses Bluetooth connectivity.
Similar but different
Like the models they replace, the two DSLRs have a very similar specification and are distinguished by handling differences. The 77D is the more advanced of the two, having a secondary LCD on the top-plate and a Quick Control dial around the navigation pad and the back. It also has an AF-on button, which is useful for back-button focusing.
To accompany the new DLSRs, Canon has introduced the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. It features 4-stop Image Stabiliser for better low light shots and near-silent STM focusing. It’s also the smallest non-collapsible 18-55mm lens to date.
Price and availability
The Canon EOS M6 will be available in black and silver and is set to retail for £729.99 body only, £839.99 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens or £1,079.99 with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. The EVF-DC2 will retail for £219.99
Meanwhile, the Canon 800D has a price tag of £799.99 body only or £869.99 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. The Canon 77D will retail for £829.99 body only, £919.99 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and £1,119.99 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
Sold separately, the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will retail for £219.99 while the Remote Controller BR-E1 will have a recommended retail price of £39.99.
Clearly we hire and don't sell but we will be looking to add the equipment to our stock list!
Everything will be available from April but if you’re keen to learn more, our friends at Camera Jabber have got some hands-on previews of the new cameras - follow the links below to read more.