The Canon T7i is also considered to be a great DSLR for beginners. It is also known as the Canon EOS 800D outside of the US and it is one of the most recent models from Canon. Previous Canon Rebel DSLRs were so yesterday and all the improvements, updates, and innovations in this line of DSLR make the Canon T7i a better version of its predecessors. The closest to this model is the Canon T6i which has proven its name in the market and is considered as one of the best canon entry-level DSLR but this better version makes the Canon T6i a thing of the past.
It may have been released back in February 2017, but the Canon EOS Rebel T7i (known as the EOS 800D outside the US) still sits at the top of the company’s range of entry-level DSLRs.
An update to the classic EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D from 2015, it mixes all of the traditional hallmarks of a Canon DSLR (great handling and image quality) with some strong specs that include a 6fps burst mode and 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i Specifications
- Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
- Lens mount: Canon EF-S
- Screen: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
- Burst shooting: 6fps
- Autofocus: 45-point AF
- Video: Full HD 1080p
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
- Battery life: 600 shots
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Canon EOS Rebel T7i: Features
Canon wouldn’t elaborate on what exactly changed, but we can speculate that it uses the same on-chip digital-to-analog conversion technology that we’ve seen in the EOS 5D Mark IV to handle noise better.
The new sensor is partnered with a Digic 7 image processor. This has since been succeeded by the Digic 8 chip that we first saw on the Canon EOS M50 but remains a good performer that enables the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D to deliver superior high-ISO noise performance and autofocus than Digic 6 cameras like its predecessor.
We’ll look at the autofocus in more detail a little later, but sensitivity-wise the Rebel T7i / 800D offers a range of ISO100-25,600 – that’s an extra stop over the T6i’s expanded 12,800 ISO ceiling, while there’s a Hi setting equivalent to ISO51,200 also available. You’ll just have to select this in the custom setting.
Canon has opted to stick with exactly the same 3.0-inch, vari-angle touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots. A slight boost in resolution, or increase in size to 3.2-inches (matching the Nikon D5600), would have already been welcome here, but perhaps Canon may have felt improvements were unnecessary right here, as it’s already one of the most polished touch interfaces out there.
With 4K video capture now a standard feature on cameras, especially on mirrorless rivals, it’s perhaps a little underwhelming to see only Full HD capture offered.
Footage can be captured at up to 60p though, up from the T6i / 750D’s 30p, while Canon has equipped the Rebel T7i / 800D with a 5-axis image stabilization system for shooting hand-held footage. Designed to work with video but not stills, the system is designed to counter unwanted camera movement, while IS-equipped lenses will also work in conjunction with the system.
There’s also a 3.5mm stereo microphone jack port, but no headphone port to monitor audio – something that’s pretty standard on cameras at this price point.
The T6i / 750D supported Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and the EOS T7i / EOS 800D builds on this. There’s now the option to set up a low-energy Bluetooth connection so that you can always be connected to the camera. We’ve seen something similar with Nikon’s SnapBridge connectivity, enabling you to remotely transfer images from your digital camera to a compatible smart device.
Canon’s Camera Connect app also lets you wake the camera from its slumber (provided you haven’t turned the digital camera fully off), as well as browse photos and operate the camera remotely. The digital camera Connect app itself has also been updated to make it more user-friendly and to help guide you through the controls.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i: Performance
Thanks in part to the Digic 7 image processor, Canon has managed to boost the continuous shooting speed to 6fps in the T7i. It’s a modest jump, though, and with mirrorless rivals offering faster burst shooting this is another area where it’s a shame that Canon hasn’t been tempted to try and squeeze out even more performance from the new camera.
Battery life has seen a big improvement though, and many mirrorless rivals would struggle to match the T7we / 800D’s 600-shot capacity. There is a caveat though, as solely using the rear display, if that’s how you like to shoot, will see battery life drop to 270 shots, while it lags behind its closest rival, the Nikon D5600, which can take an extra 220 shots (820 in total) before the battery will need recharging.
Getting to grips with creative photography can be daunting for new users, which is where the graphical Guide Mode on the likes of the Nikon D3500 has done really well in the past, so it’s welcome to see Canon introduce something similar on the T7i / 800D.
Canon has introduced a clean-looking graphical interface that helps users by explaining settings, and offering advice on what effects each will have on the final shot. For instance, if you’re in Aperture Priority mode the screen will illustrate what settings are needed for a blurred or sharp background, with additional info being displayed to help you further understand what’s going. For new customers, this will certainly be of benefit, while more experienced users can disable this feature in the menu if they wish, and stick with Canon’s more traditional menu system.
The T7i / 800D uses the same 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor as the T6i / 750D, with 63-zone Evaluative, Partial, Centre-weighted and Spot metering options. The evaluative system does a good job most of the time, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the weighting applied to the active AF point can mean you need to use exposure compensation in high-contrast situations; we experienced a couple of occasions where the same shot threw up two different exposures simply because we shifted the AF point slightly.
The white balance system performs very well, while the option of an Ambient Auto White Balance mode has its uses, delivering slightly warmer results that can be welcome, while White Priority can deliver clean, neutral results even in artificial lighting.
While It also is undeniable that the video quality for recording is quite disappointing but the Canon T7i will prove to be a well-loved model of DSLR for beginners.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i: Conclusion
There’s no doubt that the EOS Rebel T7i / 800D feels a touch dated compared to some of the latest mirrorless cameras. That said, it now offers comparatively good value and remains a good choice for beginners or smartphone upgraders who prefer the benefits of DSLRs, including superior handling and battery life. The sensor still impresses, with great performance at high ISOs, and delivers detail-rich images (though to get the best from the camera you’ll want some decent glass).
The graphical interface will make the camera even more appealing to new users too – combined with the logical control layout and polished touchscreen it makes for a hassle-free shooting experience. It’s disappointing not to see 4K video capture here, especially as most mirrorless rivals now offer it, while perhaps the biggest disappointment is the camera’s finish. While it’s similar to previous models, the onslaught of mirrorless versions that feel that much nicer in the hand exacerbate this shortcoming.