Canon EOS Rebel T7i, 77D put the focus on the Autofocus

Earlier than expected, Canon is now unveiling two new members of its EOS DSLR family. While the DSLR camera category has always been marketed for professionals, the camera maker hasn't forgotten that every expert, at one point, started out as a newbie. That is why its is offering the EOS Rebel T7i for amateurs that want to graduate from entry-level DSLR cameras and their program modes. The EOS 77D, on the other hand, is geared towards "advanced amateurs" trying to level up their skill levels.

Both cameras have much in common. The biggest selling point of these EOS shooters is the optical viewfinder with a 45-point cross-type autofocus system. this is complemented by Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, available when shooting in live view mode. Both cameras also boast of a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 7 Image processor. Both also have a vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD touch screen.

The EOS Rebel T7i is actually a big step up for the entry-level series. It is the first time that an EOS Rebel camera would have a 45-point cross-type AF, as well as a Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Their purpose, aside from capturing breath-taking shots, is to help budding photographers see in real-time how mode changes can affect the final output of the shot.

For those higher up in the photography level, the EOS 77D offers a few features not found on its Rebel sibling. This includes an RGB+IR metering sensor and an anti-flicker mode. A top panel LCD and quick control dial make short work of accessing settings in a blink of an eye.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is scheduled to launch in April with a $749.99 for the body only. When paired with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens or an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the price goes up to $899.99 and $1,299, respectively. The Canon EOS 77D, on the other hand, starts at $899.99, body only. Kits with the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens or the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM are also available, at $1,049 and $1,499, respectively.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM can also be purchased separately for $249.99 starting April. Canon is also launching a $50 Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 which allows developers to control compatible cameras, like the Rebel T7i and 77D, from a distance of 16 feet.