The Canon EOS Rebel T7 (known as the EOS 2000D in the UK and the EOS 1500D in Australia) is Canon’s latest entrant into the competitive entry-level DSLR sector, replacing the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D.
With a relatively low price point (entry-level DSLRs can be noticeably cheaper than a lot of compacts and bridge cameras), these are the cameras that traditionally introduce new users to a brand, with manufacturers hoping it’ll be the one they stick with as they increase their knowledge and grow as photographers.
While the EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D outside the US) is Canon’s more premium entry-level offering, the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is aimed at the even more cost-conscious user who’s prepared to sacrifice a few features for a more affordable price. But is the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D a compromise too far?
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Canon EOS Rebel T7: Features
The only major difference between the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D and the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D may be the sensor. Out goes the now very previous 18MP sensor in favor of a newer 24.1MP chip, although it’s not the latest-generation chip that’s impressed in the likes of the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 800D, but an older variant that we saw in the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D.
While Canon is now onto the eighth incarnation of its DIGIC image processor with the arrival of the DIGIC 8 unit in the EOS M50, the Rebel T7 / 2000D sticks with the DIGIC 4+ that was in the Rebel T6 / 1300D – a processor that was already looking quite dated when that camera was announced a couple of years ago. Native sensitivity remains the same at ISO100-6,400, expandable up to 12,800.
Additional headline features remain unchanged: the modest 9-point AF system remains in the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D (with no sign of Canon’s brilliant Dual Pixel CMOS AF program for brisk Live Watch focusing), while the flush-sitting 3.0-inch display maintains the same 920k-dot pixel count, and foregoes touchscreen functionality.
There’s also a 95%-coverage optical viewfinder (pretty standard on entry-level DSLRs); while that might not sound like you’re missing much, it’s well worth paying particular attention to the edges of the framework when reviewing images, as you may find unwanted elements creeping into you shots.
Canon EOS Rebel T7: Build and handling
So the changes on the inside are minimal, and there’s not much new on the outside either. In fact, scrub the badges off the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D and the older Rebel T6 / 1300D and it would be impossible to tell them apart, thanks to their identical button placement and finishes.
The textured coating on the chunky front grip and rear thumb rest feel nice to the touch, but the smooth finish on the majority of the exterior means the camera has quite a plasticky feel overall.
The rear button configuration is easy to understand and navigate if this is your first ‘serious’ camera, as the ‘Q’ (short for Quick Menu) button enables you to quickly access and adjust commonly used settings.
While Canon has introduced a clean-looking graphical interface on its EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D and EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D, it hasn’t carried this across to the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D, which seems an odd decision – being targeted at new users, the Rebel T7 / 2000D would really lend itself to this more accessible interface.
That said, Canon has given the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D something of a halfway house interface-wise, with a simple in-camera feature instruction (swap between shooting modes, for example, and you’ll get a brief synopsis of what each one does), but we can’t help feeling it’s missed a trick here.
Canon EOS Rebel T7: Autofocus
Like the processor, the 9-point AF system in the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D was looking a little dated back in 2016, so it’s disappointing to see this fairly limiting diamond arrangement retained for the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D.
With the AF points clustered in the center of the frame, be prepared to re-frame your subjects if they’re off-center. Performance-wise, with a single (and more sensitive) cross-type sensor at the center of the gemstone arrangement the system will be good for general shooting, although it may struggle as light levels drop.
As the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D doesn’t feature Canon’s brilliant Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, focusing speeds in Live View mode (using the rear screen rather than the viewfinder) are sluggish to say the least.
In a nutshell then, the autofocus program on the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D comes up short – rival mirrorless cameras offer better protection and snappier AF, although you’ll probably have to sacrifice a viewfinder.
Canon EOS Rebel T7: Performance
Burst shooting has never been a strong point of entry-level DSLRs, however the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D’s paltry 3fps continuous shooting rate makes it one of the slowest cameras out there. If you’re looking to shoot action, or simply to capture something in a brief burst, this camera isn’t for you.
With the trunk screen having a 4:3 aspect ratio it’s at odds with the camera’s 3:2 sensor format, so when reviewing images or using the camera’s Live View mode you can’t take advantage of all the screen’s real estate, with black bands operating along the top and bottom of the frame.
Metering is handled by a 63-zone dual-coating metering sensor (not the newer 7560 pixel RGB+IR sensor used in the Rebel T7i / 800D), with Evaluative, Partial, Centre-weighted and Spot metering options available. Despite this being the older module, we found the Evaluative setting did a solid job when used it most conditions; it did have a slight tendency to underexpose photos, but that’s no bad thing in bright circumstances when you want to preserve highlights.
The white balance system on the Rebel T7 / 2000D performs well, and it’s nice to see an optional Ambience Priority auto white balance mode – that is designed to retain a warmer look in shots, which can sometimes be lost as the camera attempts to produce a neutral result.
At 500 pictures, the quoted battery existence is quite a bit less than that of the camera’s main rival, the Nikon D3400, which is good for a staggering 1,200 shots. Having said that, the Rebel T7 / 2000D compares very well to similarly priced mirrorless cameras.
Canon Rebel T7: Verdict
With the only major change being the update of the sensor from 18MP to 24.1MP over the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D, it is challenging to get enthusiastic about the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D / EOS 1500D. If there was an updated AF device with Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touchscreen power, along with a beginner-friendly graphical GUI, the current camera will be even more enticing.