Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D review
If you are an enthusiast photographer who loves to shoot good photos through point-and-shoot cameras or your smartphone cameras and actually are good at it, than there would be a certain time in your photography growth. In that certain period of time, you would no longer be satisfied with your photos. You will start to think to get your hand on a DSLR.
Getting an entry-level DSLR will give a boost to your photography skills and you would feel a big change in the quality of your photos as compared to the cameras you were using earlier. Entry-level DSLRs are designed in such a way that the users would feel welcomed in the world of professional photography.
In any DSLR, whether professional ones or the entry-level ones, there is a bundle of manual controls, lighting options and interchangeable accessories providing a touch of professionalism and quality to the photos. Beginners should not be worried by seeing all these controls and buttons on a DSLR camera as there is a plethora of auto modes which would assist them until they are comfortable enough to play with the manual controls and other accessories.
Since 2003, industry giant Canon is creating the EOS Rebel series which have brought many beginners into the world of photography. The latest addition to the EOS Rebel series is the EOS Rebel T7i which has replaced the older EOS Rebel T6i. At an affordable price, this camera will give you a professional feel with lots of other interesting features. Let’s have a look at it.
Design & Build Quality
Similar to its predecessor the Rebel T6i, the latest Rebel T7i has construction of polycarbonate alongside aluminum alloy. The build quality of this camera is satisfactory but the exterior finish which is coated using matt plastic does not give a pleasing touch to the hands. Its size however is very compact giving you a sturdy and comfortable grip over the camera. Its weight is 532 grams with battery and memory card inserted which means it is 20 grams lighter than the T6i.
This entry-level DSLR also features a “guide mode” which assists the beginners to operate the camera efficiently and would explain them about different techniques in an easy-to-understand language without using many technical terms. This “guide mode” can be turned on or off at any point while using the camera.
Specifications & Performance
- 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
- 6 fps burst shooting
- ISO ranges from 100 to 25,600
The 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which a focal length multiplier of 1.6 times is able to capture some very good images. It can capture rich details with balanced saturation. As compared to the T6i, the T7i is brilliant at handling noise. Images captured at low sensitivity levels appear very clean and there is almost no chroma (color) noise. Although, there is some slightly noticeable luminosity (grain-like noise) in the photos.
The T7i is able to capture the images at an ISO range from 100 to 25,600. The camera delivers best image quality when the ISO level is set to 100 where a DSLR is least sensitive to light. On the other hand, noticeable noise grain could be observed when the camera is set to 25,600. A level at which the DSLR is extremely sensitive to lighting conditions.
The T7i provides the photographers with a good continuous shooting rate of 6 fps. If a photographer is shooting in JPEGs using a UHS-I memory card than the camera gives a limit-free shooting in a sequence and you could capture many shots. However, capturing only in RAW will give allow you to take 28 shots and RAW combined with JPEG will give you only 23 shots.
Talking about the video, the T7i is able to record some really nice videos but it does not offer 4K and the maximum resolution it could offer is the 1920 x 1080p. It can record a video at the rate of 60 fps in normal video recording mode. The built-in microphone can record pretty decently and Canon has also put an additional microphone input for users who want to attach an external microphone with the camera for better voice recording.
The area where the T7i outperforms the DSLRs of the competing brands including Nikon and Panasonic is the autofocus while recording videos. Thanks to the “Dual Pixel” autofocus, a smooth and rapid fast autofocus is offered by this entry-level DSLR. The “Dual Pixel” autofocus works by putting a phase detection focus on the sensor by dividing each pixel into halves due to which it doesn’t have to go back-and-forth to focus. It can record fast moving objects brilliantly without any nudge in the video.
Viewfinder & LCD
The design of the T7i is quite similar to the older T6i with slight changes in the viewfinder and the LCD. The viewfinder and the LCD are a little larger and brighter. The viewfinder provides the photographer a scene coverage of 95% with 19mm eyepoint. The touch-enabled LCD display measures at 3-inches with 1040K dots and is fully articulated which means that the photographer can easily shoot in unusual positions including the overhead position and the self portrait.
Battery, Storage & Connectivity
A major change in the T7i is the increased battery life. Although, it uses the same battery as the T6i, the LP-E17 battery but still it manages to shoot more than 600 shots with a single charge as compared to T6i’s 450. Talking about storage, the recommended card to use for the storage purpose is a card with 90 Mbps or any other faster UHS-I card. For connection, there is a Type-C Mini HDMI plus USB 2.0 High speed data. It also has Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities to transfer the data wirelessly.