Canon has released its latest plus one to their Rebel series which they call the EOS Rebel T7i.
The same model is known as the canon 800D outside of the US.
Canon has been known to be one of the leading companies in creating some of the best DSLRs in the market and they don’t disappoint with the T7i. Recently the Canon T7i was featured in our Buyer’s guide for Best canon cameras.
Here’s a quick set of features that this camera has before we go into a detailed review:
- 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel design.
- 45 AF points, all of which are horizontally and vertically sensitive.
- Built-in Wi-Fi with Bluetooth and NFC.
- 1080p video at up to 60 fps with electronic IS.
- Fully articulated 1.04M-dot rear LCD.
As you can probably already tell, this camera is directly aiming to target those who are beginners and trying to learn some more about photography and DSLRs in general. This camera is more for the casual photographer or for those who are just beginning as a Youtuber.
Compact and Functional Design Structure:
Since it’s for more entry-level or new photographers, the T7i external body is dotted and holds an easily identifiable external set of controls. It also has a Q or Quick Control button that lets you access your settings without having to go to the menu system first.
Furthermore, the camera offers more on-screen help which can later be disabled as the user becomes more familiar and gains knowledge of the camera. One of the drawbacks of the functionals of the camera is its three-step power switch.
The first two positions of the switching power on and off the camera. The third one, however, enables the movie mode, this makes it simply too easy to go into the wrong mode when using the camera. As simple accidental flick could ruin what could’ve been a well-timed shot.
The body of the camera is comparatively compact and quite comfortable to hold given that it has a deep handgrip and a dotted body. The dimensions are as follows: 5.2 x 3.9 x 3 inches and 17.1 ounces which is the body only. This makes the camera slightly larger and heavier than the Nikon D5600 which stands at 4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches and weighs 14.7 ounces.
The viewfinder and LCD are large and bright, but only provides 95 percent view of the scene which is common for cameras in this class. The T7i also has a vari-angle, 3-inch LCD which makes it easier to shoot overhead or low angles. This makes it better to capture images as one would want to without the difficulty of using a fixed LCD.
The touch screen is quite responsive and includes a shortcut that helps in changing settings and choosing focus points. However, the on-screen icons can be a little too small which means there’s a higher tendency to tap onto the wrong icon.
A single SD/ SDHC/ SDXC card slot is available. Alongside this, so are a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe for attaching an external flash when you, as a photographer, may need in case you need or want any extra illumination for your image. The camera also comes equipped with an external microphone jack.
On a total scale, the T7i delivers quite a good image quality. The camera produces accurate colors and generally well-balanced exposures since the images are very sharp and well-focused. However, occasionally the T7i’s metering system – which is the same as Canon’s T6i – tends to slightly overexpose the image’s highlights which can be seen true, for example, in the camera’s wide-angle shots of a landscape on a sunny day.
The camera is also good at capturing the fine details in both the shadows and highlights of an image. This also demonstrates that the T7i handles a very clever and wide dynamic range. It captures texture well while making sure everything is visible and sharply focused.
The T7i also has an added feature. It has an anti-aliasing filter which is also known as an optical low-pass filter. This filter will ever so lightly soften the images in order to avoid aberrations that may occur in clicking a picture.
Like a lot of the cameras sharing the same class as the T7i, the camera offers a number of different creative filters, including HDR or high dynamic range. HDR is known the broaden the dynamic range while at the same time intensifying the colors of that particular image.
4k video recording is yet to be introduced into entry-level DSLRs in which the T7i falls into; the camera, however, offers video capture at up to Full HD which is 1920 x 1080 at 60fps or 30fps. HDR and time-lapse settings are also possible through the T7i.
The T7i is the first Rebel to take advantage of Canon’s Dual Pixel Autofocus. The autofocus is a sensor-based advanced AF technology seen in higher-end Canon DSLRs like the 80D. It helps in the improvisation of AF in the movie and Live View shooting. It’s very effective when tracking subjects during video capture and is a welcome addition.
In total, the video quality is quite good, with natural colors and well-focused footage thanks to the camera’s dual-pixel AF. Furthermore, manual exposure adjustments are possible during filming but if you change the aperture or shutter speed, there can be significant audible noise. To avoid this noise when shooting, one should make sure they make changes through the touch screen options.
Under the best conditions i.e warm weather where one uses just the viewfinder and there is no use of flash, the T7i’s battery life is rated to be 820 shots per charge but drops to around 550-600 shots if you tend to use the flash a lot. It can go as low as 230 however if you’re shooting consistently with the camera’s Live View rather than the viewfinder says Canon.
The Canon Rebel series has always been a safe bet when investing in a camera as a new photographer. But it needn’t necessarily be the best camera available in the market. The camera, however, is a good competitor and is priced well for its features.
Guide modes are usual for the class of cameras that the T7i falls in, but it’s very rare for a camera to help its user learn how to use the camera beyond the guide mode. This, combined with the consistency of performance between the shooting through the Live View and viewfinder makes the T7i one of the easiest DSLRs use if someone is not familiar with how to operate one.
Being easy to use to photograph also makes it one of the easiest cameras to capture video with. We consider that an absolute win.
While the camera isn’t perfect at all given that its video quality is only full HD and it can be slightly softer, the settings are not always consistent between the Live View and the viewfinder shooting and the wi-fi system is a little too complex to maneuver around the first couple of times, the camera is indeed great for the audience that it intends to cater to.