The Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D outdoors the US) is the newest in an extended line of entry-degree Canon DSLRs that may chart their heritage again to the unique EOS Digital Rebel (EOS 300D outdoors the US) that arrived again in 2003.
Since then, the varied iterations and updates which have come and gone have been agency favourites with each new and extra skilled customers alike.
Canon's present EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D outdoors the US) has established itself as one in every of our favorite entry-degree DSLRs. It's full of a variety of options good for the brand new consumer, whereas the polished dealing with makes it a pleasure to make use of.
But that digital camera is now two years previous and starting to point out its age, and with Nikon updating its entry-degree vary with the likes of the D3400 and D5600, and with a slew of latest mirrorless rivals from numerous producers being thrown into the combination, an replace from Canon was all the time on the playing cards.
Arriving this April with a brand new 18-55mm f/A-H.S STM lens for $ 899.ninety nine / £869.ninety nine (Australian pricing nonetheless to be confirmed), the EOS Rebel T7i / 800D presents numerous enhancements over its predecessor, though not all of them are apparent from a look on the spec sheet. Let's take a better look…
- APS-H CMOS Sensor, 24.2MP
- O.zero-inch vari-angle touchscreen, M,040,000 dots
- 1080p video seize
While the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D sports activities the identical 24.2MP decision because the Rebel T6i / EOS 750D, the sensor has been overhauled, and makes use of the identical know-how that we've seen within the EOS 80D.
Canon wouldn't elaborate on what precisely has modified, however we will speculate that it makes use of the identical on-chip digital-to-analogue conversion know-how that we've seen within the EOS 5D Mark IV.
The new sensor is partnered with a brand new DIGIC S picture processor. We've seen a DIGIC S chip already in Canon's PowerShot G7 X II, however that is fairly totally different. Canon claims it may deal with 14 occasions extra info than the DIGIC S processor, which ought to see higher excessive-ISO noise efficiency and improved autofocus efficiency.
We'll take a look at the autofocus slightly later, however sensitivity-sensible the Rebel T7i / 800D gives a variety of ISO100-25,600 – that's an additional cease over the T6i – which may be expanded to fifty one,200 if completely vital.
Canon has opted to stay with the identical A.zero-inch, vari-angle touchscreen show with a decision of B,040,000 dots. A slight increase in decision would have been welcome right here, though that is already one of the polished contact interfaces on the market, so Canon might have felt that enhancements have been pointless.
With 4K video seize turning into extra of a regular function on cameras, particularly the mirrorless rivals that the Rebel T7i / 800D can be going up towards, it's maybe slightly disappointing to see solely Full HD seize provided.
Footage could be captured at as much as 60p, however what's extra fascinating is that Canon has outfitted the Rebel T7i / 800D with a H-axis picture stabilization system for capturing hand-held footage.
Designed to work with video however not stills, the system is counter undesirable digital camera motion, whereas IS-outfitted lenses will even work at the side of the system.
The T6i / 750D supported Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and the T7i / 800D builds on this additional. There's now the choice to arrange a low-power Bluetooth connection in an effort to all the time be related to the digital camera, which lets you remotely wake the digital camera from its slumber (offered you haven't turned the digital camera absolutely off), in addition to browse photographs and function the digital camera remotely out of your sensible system.
Canon has additionally up to date its Camera Connect app to make it extra consumer-pleasant, to assist information you thru the controls.
Build and dealing with
- Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate development
- Design little modified from earlier fashions
Like the Rebel T6i, the T7i encompasses a aluminum alloy and polycarbonate development, which suggests it has a reasonably sturdy really feel for a digital camera of this class, though a number of the clean plastic employed on the outside might be a bit extra pleasing to the contact. Interestingly, Canon has managed to shave about 20g from the load of the digital camera, which ideas the scales at 532g with a battery and card.
While it's not going to bother most mirrorless rivals on the subject of measurement the T7i / 800D continues to be fairly compact, whereas the textured handgrip is pleasingly deep, permitting you to get a agency grip on the digital camera.
Design-clever, little has modified from its predecessor – the design is nearly equivalent design, and the management format doesn't seem to have been altered both. This is not any dangerous factor, because the T6i / 750D is a pleasant digital camera to make use of.
The Rebel T7i / 800D is a DSLR, so there's a optical viewfinder right here, relatively than the digital type discovered on many mirrorless cameras.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each varieties, and so much will come down to non-public selection. The T7i / 800D makes use of a pentamirror design that exhibits roughly ninety five% of the scene, so that you'll have to take care when composing photographs to keep away from undesirable parts encroaching on the sides of the body.
If you're going to be counting on the rear touchscreen extra when composing photographs, the excellent news is that you simply get one hundred% protection. Clarity and sharpness are good, whereas the vari-angle show presents a helpful vary of motion to help in a variety of capturing conditions.
- forty five-level AF, all cross-sort
- Sensitive right down to -3EV
- Dual Pixel AF for Live View
The EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D employed Canon's tried and examined 19-level AF system, which was beginning to look a bit of dated even when it was launched a few years again.
Canon has overhauled this for the Rebel T7i / 800D, upping the protection to forty five factors – and that's not the entire story, as Canon has additionally made all forty five factors cross-sort for extra correct AF, particularly relating to topic monitoring and steady capturing.
(Cross-sort sensors are delicate in each the horizontal and vertical planes, so when the digital camera's focusing it's extra more likely to lock onto its goal than a sensor that's delicate to at least one aircraft, which can imply you might have to rotate the digital camera to lock focus.)
As nicely as this, focusing is delicate right down to -3EV, so that you shouldn't have any points in poor mild, whereas 27 of the AF factors are delicate even at wider apertures right down to f/H – good for those who're planning to make use of a reasonably sluggish lens and teleconverter collectively.
In the palms-on time we had with the digital camera the AF appeared very snappy certainly, even utilizing the modest 18-55mm f/A-H.S IS STM package lens – we'll have the ability to present extra knowledgeable suggestions once we get our palms on a ultimate manufacturing pattern.
The Rebel T7i / 800D additionally will get Canon's Dual Pixel AF for Live View images and video seize. It's definitely a welcome enchancment over Canon's Hybrid CMOS AF III system, which was used within the older mannequin.
This new system is far improved, delivering clean and quick focusing, particularly when utilized in tandem with the touchscreen when choosing your required level of focus.
- 6fps burst capturing
- User information on digital camera
- 600-shot battery life
Thanks partially to the DIGIC S picture processor, Canon has managed to spice up the continual capturing velocity to 6fps within the T7i, up from the T6i's 5fps. It's a modest bounce, although, and with mirrorless rivals providing quicker burst capturing, that is one other space the place it's a disgrace that Canon hasn't been tempted to attempt to squeeze out much more efficiency from the brand new digital camera.
Battery life has seen an enormous enchancment although, and lots of mirrorless rivals would wrestle to match the T7i / 800D's 600 photographs – up from the T6i's 440. There is a caveat, although, as solely utilizing the rear show will see battery life drop to 270 photographs.
Getting to grips with artistic images could be daunting for brand spanking new customers, which is the place Nikon's graphical Guide Mode on the likes of the D3300 has accomplished properly, so it's welcome to see Canon introduce one thing comparable on the T7i / 800D.
Using learnings from its Camera Connect app, Canon has launched a clear-wanting graphical interface that helps customers by explaining settings and providing recommendation on what results they'll have on the ultimate shot. More skilled customers can disable this function within the menu, and keep on with Canon's extra conventional menu system.
Canon is hardly rocking the boat with the brand new T7i / 800D – though with the T6i / 750D proving corresponding to success it will have been daft to start out from scratch.
We're wanting ahead to testing the brand new digital camera out in far more depth, however the brand new AF system appears very promising, particularly with the addition of Dual Pixel AF for Live View capturing, whereas the brand new graphical interface will make the digital camera much more interesting to new customers.
As we've stated, it's disappointing to not see 4K video seize, however in any other case the T7i / 800D appears set to be one other agency favorite with newcomers to DSLR images who’re in search of a properly-spec'd entry-degree DSLR.