Canon EOS Rebel T7i Review

Even though it was first introduced in February 2017, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i (also known as the EOS 800D outside of the United States) continues to rank at the top of the company’s entry-level DSLR lineup.

Featuring a comprehensive feature set housed in a compact and portable design, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR provides excellent photographic capabilities and a handy variety of settings and connectivity options.

Canon’s Rebel T7i digital SLR camera features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 image processor, allowing it to produce high-resolution stills and video in a more comprehensive ISO 100-51200 range to accommodate shooting in a variety of lighting settings. In addition, working with moving subjects is easier with the sensor and processor combination’s six frames-per-second continuous shooting capability.

In addition to the imaging characteristics, the sensor’s architecture allows for Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, which employs phase-detection autofocus to provide rapid, accurate, and smooth focusing performance while recording movies or taking stills in live View. Furthermore, a 45-point cross-type phase-detection technology is employed for still photography with the optical viewfinder to achieve rapid and precise focusing in various shooting situations.

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Essentially a re-imagined version of the classic EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D from 2015, it brings together all of the traditional characteristics of a Canon DSLR (excellent handling and image quality) with some impressive technical specifications, such as a 6fps burst mode and a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

In terms of shooting performance, it has since been surpassed by the Canon EOS M50, the mirrorless camera version. But, on the other hand, that camera has limitations, including a battery life of just 235 shots, which pales in contrast to this camera’s 600 images from a single charge.


While the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D has the exact 24.2MP resolution as the Rebel T6i / EOS 750D it replaced, the sensor has been completely redesigned and now employs the same technology as the EOS 80D.

It’s unclear what precisely changed, and Canon declined to disclose. Still, we may surmise that it uses the same onboard digital-to-analog conversion technology we saw in the EOS 5D Mark IV to cope with noise more effectively.

The new sensor is paired with a Digic 7 image processor, a first for the company. This technology has subsequently been replaced by the Digic 8 chip, which we first saw in action on the Canon EOS M50. Still, it remains a strong performer, allowing the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D to give better high-ISO noise performance and autofocus than Digic 6 cameras such as its predecessor.

Regarding sensitivity, the Rebel T7i / 800D has a range of ISO100-25,600, an extra stop higher than the T6i’s expanded 12,800 ISO ceiling, with a Hi setting equivalent to ISO51,200 also available. We’ll get into the autofocus system in more detail later, but for now, let’s look at the ISO range. You’ll have to pick this option in the custom settings.

This year, Canon has chosen to keep the same 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots that it used in the previous model. A minor resolution increase or screen size addition to 3.2 inches (to match the Nikon D5600) would have been appreciated here. Still, it’s possible that Canon believed changes were unneeded because the touch interface is already one of the most refined on the market.

With 4K video capture now being a regular feature on cameras, particularly on mirrorless competitors, it isn’t enjoyable to see just Full HD video recording on this model.

Video can be taken at up to 60 frames per second, an improvement over the T6i / 750D’s 30 frames per second. Additionally, Canon has fitted the Rebel T7i / 800D with a 5-axis image stabilization system for filming handheld footage. The technology, meant to operate with video but not still images, is intended to counter unintentional camera movement, and IS-equipped lenses will also function in concert with it.

Another notable absence from this camera is an audio monitor port, usually seen on cameras in this price range. There is also a 3.5mm stereo microphone connection but no headphone port to listen to the audio.

Build and Handling

The T7i is similar in design to the Rebel T6i, with an aluminum alloy and polycarbonate body. However, Canon has reduced the camera’s weight by around 20g, weighing 532g when equipped with a battery and SD card.

However, while we do not doubt that the quality of the construction of this camera is excellent, the camera’s largely matt plastic exterior finish does not feel very pleasant to the touch due to the matte surface. Nevertheless, if we’re harsh, it appears to be a bargain, especially compared to contemporary mirrorless competitors such as the Panasonic Lumix G90/G95 and Fujifilm X-T30, also excellent cameras.

While it won’t compete with most mirrorless rivals in size, the T7i / 800D is still tiny, and the textured hand grip is pleasingly deep, allowing you to maintain a firm hold on the camera even while shooting handheld.

Little has changed in design from its predecessor, except for a few tiny adjustments to the rear of the camera. For example, the indent for releasing the rear vari-angle display is now adjacent to the viewfinder rather than to the right-hand side, and the left-hand side of the viewfinder has a somewhat smoother slope than the right-hand side of the viewfinder.

Aside from that, the design is nearly identical to the T6i / 750D, with the same control arrangement as the previous model. However, this is not always negative since the T6i / 750D is a pleasant camera.


Canon has increased the continuous shooting speed of the T7i to 6 frames per second, partly because of the Digic 7 image processor.

Though just a slight improvement, with mirrorless competitors, now providing quicker burst shooting, Canon should have been tempted to attempt to squeeze even more performance out of the new camera.

On the other hand, the T7i / 800D’s battery life has significantly improved, and many mirrorless competitors would struggle to match its 600-shot capacity.

With one caveat: if you shoot only with the back display, the battery life drops to 270 photos, putting it below its closest competitor, the Nikon D5600, which can take a further 220 shots (820 total) before needing to be recharged.

Getting to grips with creative photography may be intimidating for new users, which is where the graphical Guide Mode on cameras, such as the Nikon D3500, has done well in the past. It’s thus encouraging to see Canon release something similar on the T7i / 800D in the future.

With the introduction of a simple-to-use graphical user interface, Canon hopes to assist customers by explaining settings and providing advice on each option’s consequences on the final photo.

For example, if you’re shooting in Aperture Priority mode, the display will show you which settings are required for a blurred or sharp backdrop and extra information to help you understand what’s going on.

This will undoubtedly be useful to beginning users. However, more experienced users may disable this menu option if they continue with Canon’s more traditional menu structure instead.

Image quality

The new 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor in the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D produces excellent results. While there isn’t much of a difference between this new sensor and the one used in the T6i / 750D in terms of out-and-out resolution, with both cameras functioning well, the enhancements made in other areas distinguish this new sensor.

The way this camera dealt with noise was maybe the most significant improvement over the previous model. Images seemed quite clear and saturated at low sensitivities, but it is only as the sensitivity range increases that significant gains become apparent.

Raw files processed with Adobe Camera Raw appeared high quality, with photos seeming exceptionally clean even at ISO 6400.

Despite some luminance (grain-like) noise, the structure of this noise is excellent, and there is little discernible chroma (color) noise to be seen here. Saturation has taken a slight hit, but it is still perfect.

As you might anticipate, image noise becomes considerably more apparent at ISO 25,600, with saturation and detail deteriorating due to increased visible noise.

Despite this, the results are still relatively good when all aspects are considered. Therefore, we’d recommend avoiding this option whenever feasible, although it can allow a little versatility if you’re in a pinch and need to capture an image in low light.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Specifications

Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 7
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (14-bit Canon CR2)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes (flash)
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points45
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.51× 35mm Equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesGroup PhotoKidsFoodCandlelightNight PortraitHandheld Night SceneHDR Backlight ControlPortraitLandscapeClose-supports
Built-in flashYes
Flash Range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speed continuousLow-speed continuousSelf-timerSelf-timer + continuous
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiAverageSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 60p / 26 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p / 4 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notesIncludes Bluetooth LE and NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone or Bluetooth remote)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)600
Weight (inc. batteries)532 g (1.17 lb / 18.77 oz)
Dimensions131 x 100 x 76 mm (5.16 x 3.94 x 2.99″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes


There’s no denying that the Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D feels a little outdated compared to some of the most recent mirrorless cameras on the market. However, it is currently a decent value for money. It continues to be a viable alternative for novices or smartphone upgraders who prefer the advantages of DSLRs, such as more excellent handling and battery life.

The sensor continues to amaze, with excellent performance at high ISOs and producing photos that are rich in detail (though to get the most out of the camera, you’ll need some good glass).

Furthermore, the graphical user interface will make the camera even more appealing to first-time users; paired with the logical control structure and the polished touchscreen, it results in a hassle-free shooting experience for all users.

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Canon EOS Rebel T7i FAQs

Is the Canon Rebel T7i discontinued?

Although Canon has stopped producing the Canon Rebel T7i, the camera is still sold by several third-party vendors and can be found in used condition on the secondary market.

Is the Canon T7i good for beginners?

Yes, the Canon T7i is a good camera for novices looking to upgrade from a smartphone or a point-and-shoot camera to something more capable. It has user-friendly controls and features that can help new photographers learn the basics of photography.

How old is the Canon Rebel T7i?

The Canon Rebel T7i was introduced in 2017, so as of 2022, it is around five years old.

Does the Canon T7i have Bluetooth?

The Canon T7i does come equipped with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, allowing for wireless file transfer and control of the camera remotely.

Does the Canon T7i have autofocus?

The Canon T7i has an autofocus system with 45 cross-type AF points for fast and accurate focusing.


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